Since joining this site I have seen a lot of people have been put on aspirin rather than warfarin.
I was one of them - for good reason - they started me on wafarin 2 years ago when they first detected that I had AF but I developed a bad bleed somewhere in the middle of my gut. Back to hospital - touch and go for a while and off the wafarin.
All went well for 2 years but as we all know AF gradually gets worse until last week my arm and hand went weird ( pins and needles and numb) and icy cold.
Went to my GP he gave me letter and off I went to A & E
6 hours later I'm told my symptoms aren't that bad and I probably sleep on the arm or have carpel tunnel.
Next morning, no better so back to the GP who has a hissy fit and says he has a full roster but sit in the waiting room he will sort it - half a hour later he comes out with a name of a doctor to see in A & E.
That doctor reluctently ordered a ulrasound on my arm that showed up the clot. So after a week in hospital Im now back on wafarin but being monitored daily.
I don't want to play russian roulete with another clot.
I was extremely lucky it lodged just south of my elbow, just after the junction where the artery splits in two so my hand was still getting some blood supply.
I think the moral of the story is not to be alarmed but to question everything and to understand your body - you know it better than them and you know when something isnt right.
Sorry to waffle on - keep smiling