Hi all- I think I just need to vent. I was just diagnosed with another Dvt last week and am on Lovenox injections foe 6 days and coumadin for life. I am really upset- Here is a recap of my history. In March of 2007 I went to urgent care because i woke up and couldnt bear any weight on my right foot- there ws pain and a little swelling afound my ankle. I was 40 at the time and also on birth control pills. The dr told me i had plantar fasciitous(sp?) and sent me home- I questioned his diagnosis which he did not like. A week later I ended up in the hospital with bilateral multiple PE's and extensive clottong from ankle to groin- I almost died. I was found to be heterozygos for factor leiden. Anyway, i saw a pulmonoligist for a while ( due to the fact that the Pes killed part of my lung tissue)- and he decided to take me off the coumadin last September because i didnt have any other risk factors- with the warning that if i had another incident, I would be on the coumadin for life. Fast forward to last week-I went to my general dr with pain in my calf last Tuesday. I told him my dnt/pe history( he wasnt the reg Dr I see(she is in Africa) but I told him my history and he had my chart right in front of him. After measuring my calves and doing some other visual tests on my leg, He said it is probably a pulled muscle and to give it 24 hours . And he said he could give me an ultrasound - but there is a question of who is going to end up paying for it( i am currently on the states medicaid program because I am not employed . ( I was shocked that he mentioned pay- but ignored the comment) On Wednesday night my ankle was swollen- so Thursday at 9am I called and told the office i needed the dr to order a scan because my symptoms were worse. I didnt hear back - so at 3pm I called and said either write me an order or I am going to the emergency room. They finally did and I ended up in the emergency room after my scan because they found a DVT in my left leg. I am really mad now-I dont know what to do- i followed up with that Dr. on Friday and he seemed concerned and remorseful- but I now dont trust him. What should I do? Any advice is welcome- Why dont drs take this seriously- I almost died the first time- how long does it take for a dvt to break off and become a PE? 24 hours could have been the end of my life?? Sorry this was so long- And the real question is who is going to end up paying for the care of my two children if I would have died this time??
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