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foot swelling

I am just wondering; to those of you who have dealt with swelling of the foot from dvt, how long did the swelling last before it become more tollerable and or gone? mine has been two months now and no signs of it getting better.My INR was 2.2 yesterday and the clots are thinning but no one can tell me whats going on with my foot.
Thank you for any input.
john

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JEB2007
JEB2007

I had bad swelling for approx. a month into treatment, and it was mostly gone (unless I worked it too hard) after 2-3 months. I still have an occassional rough day with it.
Stay hydrated, exercise as much as you can (it improves the blood flowing back up the leg, since you have valve damage) and wear compression stockings if your doctor will allow. The stockings aren't glamorous, but they work!
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I agree with all Jeb says, my consultant told me yesterday that exercise really helps and to get walking, so I am going to try to do some every day - I will get this swelling down!
Compression stocking are also good, if you get the right size. Here in the uk they don't seem to have it sorted particularly well.
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Thank you everyone; I am so glad that I found y'all. It's nice to be able to share this with ppl who have gone through this.
john
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Hey all! My doctor keeps telling me that I should stay off of my feet and keep the swollen foot elevated. I understand that but I need to get back to work and I have been off of my feet for 6 weeks with the advice from several differt doctors. I just need to vent I guess; I really need to get back on my feet and thats why I keep asking about the swelling.
John
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I understand though...its so frustrating to be told "just stay off your feet" when there are bills to be paid. My job doesn't really offer a place to kick my leg up, nor would they appreciate it... I was able to get my position changed to one that required less movement, so I'm grateful-since I have to work.
Catalyzt
Catalyzt

Ya, this drove me crazy when I first got back to work. I sat in lawn chairs, I propped my feet up on boxes, I even tried standing up for a while. FINALLY I found a chair that works (if combined with a footrest Ottoman.) If you want the link to it, post or send me a message. I never thought I could work at a desk all day again, and now I do! Also remember that in the US, at least, your employer *must* make accomodation for a disability or medical condition. You don't have to threaten to sue, usually, just tell them "I really need this chair and we have to make room for it." If they start making a fuss, just keep saying that you don't understand why they wouldn't accomodate your medical condition. Give them a hawk-like stare, fold your arms across your chest, and don't back down! BTW, I did not have much luck with compression stockings, but that may be just me. And yes, Subie, walking is key. Work slowly up to at least a mile a day on flat ground.
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hey John... keep exercising.. pump and pump and pump... I have suffered from post dvd symptoms since last february...have tried the 'stay in bed with foot up theory'... do you have a gym nearby? suggest starting on the treadmill at a slow speed for 1k (kilometer) to start with every 2nd day... when you are sitting, pump your foot ie lift up and down (i count to 30 every set) get the muscle in your calf working ... I went to the gym yesterday and walked 1.7 km and did some rowing...at this stage the cross trainer is too harsh.. the swelling in your foot will not go away by bed rest..(tried it... I know ) good luck
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Thank you all for the advice. After what has felt like HELL, I am getting back on my feet.When this all started I was told I had tendonitis in my foot, then it was broken, then finally they found the clots. After almost 3 months of this the swelling has gone down and next week I am getting fitted compression stockings. I have also found out that I had a mild stroke and now an umbillical hernia.I am walking around my block for now because of the muscle loss in my leg from being on crutches and a cast from Late Dec. to Late Feb. Hopefully I will be going back to work soon which is manual labor; my dr. said that the hernia is still pretty small( the size of a thumb end) so at this time I am not having anything done to it. I was in shock with all this new info about the mild stroke and hernia so I am still not sure about the hernia situation as far as what I can do or not do with this.However, I am finally seeing the end of the tunnle.Thanx again,
John
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They told me it would take 2 wks. It took 4mos. I think if I had tried the compression stockings earlier, it would have made a dif. I just got them a few wks ago and the swelling is gone and so is the pain (well most of it)
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i have swelling in both feet and lower legs, i wear the commpression socks always. my therapist tried something called wrapping for 3 weeks it really controlled the swelling until you take the wrappings off for a couple hours then the swelling comes back. i have had my clots for 6 months.
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i had a clot in my calf back in 2002. when I started treatment the doctor told me that my calf will never be the same. to this very day, my calf that had the clot is still slighty bigger then my other one. i stayed off my feet as much as i could and kept it elevated as much as i could, my problem was that i was in my first yr of college and couldnt exactly take a month off school
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I'm about 1.5 months out from when my DVT was found (I had pain for 2 months before I saw a doc though)...my INR has been theraputic for a month...I had no swelling of the calf or anything, until this weekend...I got overambitious and went to Disney Land this weekend...I think the walking and flying has caused a set back because my ankles are wider than my feet and my leg (with the DVT) is killing me! I have an appointment for another ultrasound tomorrow...I know some people get puffy from flying, but I have never had this happen in 20 years of flying...I'm a bit scared...
Catalyzt
Catalyzt

Sorry to hear about that, Complexity! Take it easy for two or three months, and don't fly for at least six. I needed a cane for several months. It will likely get much better, but it takes a long time, and getting just the right amount of exercise is key. And don't beat yourself up too much if you overdid it. We all do it sometimes... if the swelling starts going down overnight, that's a good thing.