After having a niggly ache to my leg which I'd ignored for a couple of weeks as just getting old....just turned 60...on Friday night I experienced intense pain in that same calf which frightened me. The calf is bigger than the other but has been thus for years. Got seen on Saturday, DDimer positive, but only just up, started on Apixaban today, waiting for scan. Discomfort tolerable when walking but builds up when standing or lying.
I'm overweight....my fault I know...so I put the blame entirely at my door. But I am terrified. Terrified that clot will break away and kill me. I've seen it and it happens so quickly. Terrified that despite never having had an accident, a broken bone or a wound that required stitching, I will get one and just bleed.
I also read in the literature they provided me with yesterday, that the scan is groin to knee.... but my pain etc is calf and lower leg predominantly. I'm terrified they won't scan the right bit and will say I don't have a clot so can come off thinners etc......and it will kill me.
I know I need to get a grip but I'm finding it really difficult. Has anybody experienced similar who can reassure me?
Many thanks and good health to you x
Happy Birthday to you. I had the Venous Doppler Ultrasound and they will go to below the knee. I had ankle swelling and they did go below the knee although quite a few Utube videos does not show it. When you go in, you can tell them where it is and they can and will call direct to your doctor to inform her/ him, if they need to, tell her/him exactly where you need the scan done, when you show them. They will scan all up and down your leg. The hardest part is over because you are being treated. The prognosis is excellent for clot treatment today. No need to worry.
Thank you so much, I can't tell you how much that helps. I've told my hubs how to unlock phone to inform my friends, how to get dog food, treats, do training etc etc......just in case I peg it! I am a born worrier, and this has blown my health anxiety off the roof!
I will make sure I point out to the sonographer exactly where my pain is. I hope you ate doing well x