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Pain in calf (deep vein thrombosis?) Spidermans♥Mommy 4 kids; Ohio 4230 posts
status 25th Jan '12

I had a c-section on January 16th. While I was in the hospital, I had to wear the "air bag" things on my legs, to prevent blood clots. They would press on my foot and push it back, and ask if I had any pain from it. I never did while I was in the hospital. Well, Monday nite or Tuesday morning, I started having pain in my left calf. It feels almost like I pulled the muscle, but I honestly don't recall doing anything to it. It's painful when I put pressure on my foot, and it aches if I touch it. Again, it feels like I pulled the muscle, or how it felt after I would have a leg cramp in the middle of the nite while preggo. I am so worried that I possibly have a blood clot. I know I probably don't, but I can't seem to come up with any other explanation. I see the dr. tomorrow to get my staples out, so I will talk to her about it then, but I was wondering if anyone has had deep-vein thrombosis, and if so, what did it feel like to you?



Thanks in advance for any advice/answers.

Katie's Bees Virginia 15428 posts
25th Jan '12

That's exactly what mine felt like. I'd call your dr's on call line.

Spidermans♥Mommy 4 kids; Ohio 4230 posts
status 25th Jan '12
Quoting Katie's Bees:" That's exactly what mine felt like. I'd call your dr's on call line."


What did they do for you when you had it? Did you have to go have a scan to see if it was a blood clot?

{tamz} Due September 2; 1 child; Maryland 2518 posts
25th Jan '12

To me it felt like an almost Charlie-horse (like that cramp that wakes you in the middle of the night) all the time. It kind of felt like I had pulled the muscle and it wouldn't get better. I tried a few things and while they helped a bit termporarily it would always come back full force.



I didn't have a warm or red spot on my calf, I believe just cause I'm bigger and it wasn't felt through the skin. It dislodged about 1.5-2 weeks later after/before an u/s on my calf to try to find it. I ended up with multiple blood clots in each lung. I'm almost off the blood thinners now, after 6 months. I was in the hospital for a week.



Basically, don't mess around with that stuff....if it feels like that then you should definitely have your Dr check it out and don't let them push you aside and tell you it's fine. That kind of thing should never be taken lightly. Good Luck.



also, I had a c-section and I used to smoke (quit while preggo) and I have always been overweight and was put back on the micro pill after birth.

Spidermans♥Mommy 4 kids; Ohio 4230 posts
status 25th Jan '12
Quoting TamaraL:" To me it felt like an almost Charlie-horse (like that cramp that wakes you in the middle of the night) ... [snip!] ... and I used to smoke (quit while preggo) and I have always been overweight and was put back on the micro pill after birth."

I don't feel a lump in my calf, nor do I have the "hot red spot" that I read about. It basically just feels like a charley-horse, or like I pulled the muscle. So it IS possible to get it more than a week after having surgery? I am really scared about it....I know how dangerous they can be. I am definitely going to mention it to my dr. tomorrow.

Katie's Bees Virginia 15428 posts
25th Jan '12
Quoting Spidermans_Mommy:" I don't feel a lump in my calf, nor do I have the "hot red spot" that I read about. It basically just ... [snip!] ... I am really scared about it....I know how dangerous they can be. I am definitely going to mention it to my dr. tomorrow."



You need to call your dr tonight. Mine didn't go into my lungs, but they did put me on blood thinners and monitored it. It wasn't after a c-section - but just less than 2 weeks after abdominal surgery where they cut from my pubic bone to the top of my belly button. I didn't have the 'hot' spot or redness either.

{tamz} Due September 2; 1 child; Maryland 2518 posts
25th Jan '12
Quoting Spidermans_Mommy:" I don't feel a lump in my calf, nor do I have the "hot red spot" that I read about. It basically just ... [snip!] ... I am really scared about it....I know how dangerous they can be. I am definitely going to mention it to my dr. tomorrow."


I can't say for sure when mine started but I know I was admitted like 2-2.5 weeks after c-section. Talk to your Dr about it. If in the meantime you have pain in your lungs like when you are breathing (reminded me of bronchitis pain when breathing) then go to the hospital. Otherwise tell the Dr tomorrow and they should look into it cause I don't think Dr.'s take that lightly.



Unfortunately we didn't catch it in time so they didn't see it on the u/s. The only reason I went to the ER was cause DD was in the NICU and I thought I had bronchitis and I didn't want to expose the NICU to that.

Spidermans♥Mommy 4 kids; Ohio 4230 posts
status 26th Jan '12

Thanks ladies. I saw the nurse practitioner today. My blood pressure was really high, which is very unusual for me. She actually put me on meds for it. She checked my calf and they scheduled me for a doppler scan of it tomorrow morning. I am really starting to get freaked out about this....

{tamz} Due September 2; 1 child; Maryland 2518 posts
26th Jan '12
Quoting Spidermans_Mommy:" Thanks ladies. I saw the nurse practitioner today. My blood pressure was really high, which is very unusual ... [snip!] ... my calf and they scheduled me for a doppler scan of it tomorrow morning. I am really starting to get freaked out about this...."


I'm glad they took you seriously, but your blood pressure won't get better if you freak out :P



I don't know for sure, but I think that it's unlikely it will dislodge if it's been this short of a time with it. But, like I said before, if you start having pain in your chest then go to the ER right away. If they thought something could go wrong between now and then they would have done the u/s today. They also did mine the next day.



And if they do find a blood clot you will be put on blood thinners, but you probably wouldn't be admitted and you just would need to discuss birth control options with your Dr (that has been a major pain for me). Good Luck, update when you hear more tomorrow!