Calcified DVT?

I am a runner and about two weeks ago I was awaken with a deep pain in my lower calf. I thought "pulled muscle". This went on for a few more nights and then the pain stayed with me all day. I had no swelling or redness. I went to the Doctor and an ultrasound revelled a blood clot. The Doctor said it was one to two months old and calcified and I had nothing to worry about and to go off birth control pills. I do not remember any pain one or two months ago and I asked him why I was feeling this pain now. He said maybe a pulled muscle or phlebitis. In which case he said he would prescribe Naproxen for either condition. I feel like I should be looking into this further. What other test should I have done? The pain is better but running is really hard my leg feels very heavy and weak. Also we are leaving in two days for a vacation that involves an 8 hour car ride. Thank you for any replies.

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Did you see a vascular doctor? That would be my first recommendation so that you are seeing someone that deals with this regularly. Maybe others that have had DVts on this site can answer from there. I have vein issues but have not had a dvt. Good luck.

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By the way, I live in Iowa too....just noticed you do:)

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Thanks for your reply fellow Iowan. I haven't seen a vascular doctor yet. Going to have a dye test done to see how healthy my veins are in a couple weeks.

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I had a DVT for a few months and no one caught it. Mine calcified in my leg. I have chronic swelling and pain known as post thrombotic syndrome. I agree you need to see a vascular specialist before it gets worse. I too was a runner, non smoker etc. I think mine was from taking Yasmin. The doctors here never thought of a blood clot. Since I was running and working out, they kept saying I had pulled a muscle. Had they caught it sooner it could have been completely dissolved or healed. It took a pulmonary embolism to find it. That was five years ago. It took a long trip to Mayo clinic and several stents for me to learn what was really happening. I wasn't prescribed compression hose soon enough either. They really help. I am not able to run or do as I used to. I don't mean to discourage you but you should see a vascular specialist, one that deals with veins. I hope this helped you. Let me know how you are doing.

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I can feel your sadness and frustration and really hope things get better for you. Thanks for sharing your story. Was the embolism caused from the calcified DVT or had another clot developed? I just can't believe my Doctor didn't do anything more than the initial ultra sound that discovered it. I made an appointment to go back and discuss my concerns.

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I'm not sure how it happened. It's kind of a blur. The area is my leg is still very narrow and without blood thinners could clot again.
I hope you get some answers at your next appointment. Keep me posted.

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I had a DVT 7 months ago. Just like you, it felt like I had a pulled muscle.

My doctor sent me to the ER.

I had a DVT with several pulmonary embolisms.

The only symptom I had of the pulmonary embolism was abad cough, that is what I went to the doctor for.

You want to get this checked out.

My DVT was caused by clotting antibody in my blood. I have to take warfarin for life. Most people only need to take it for six months.

The organization Clot Connect has good info on DVDs

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Thanks for your reply. I have had a lot of advice to get this checked out more thoroughly and have finally made an appointment with a vascular Doctor. I will post whatever I find out. My appointment isn't until May.

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Sorry to hear of your DVT. It can be very scary and frustrating to find out what to do after a DVT. I had my DVT about 10 years ago and am now dealing with post-thrombotic syndrome. Most likely the heavy/tired feeling in your leg is due to restricted blood flow due to the damaged veins/valves that occurs post DVT. You probably should be wearing a medical grade compression stocking on the affected leg which will help with these feelings and also help to avoid post-thrombotic syndrome. If you can't get in to see the vascular MD sooner you might want to ask your regular doctor about this and they can write a Rx for the stocking which can be a bit pricey. A doctor needs to advise you on what compression level would be best for you, and the vascular MD would be best for this so I would push and try to get in to see them sooner if possible. Maybe they have a wait list or in the past I have been known to call each morning to see if there were any cancellations so that I could get in sooner. This is one situation where it is best to get in to see the vascular MD as soon as possible to get some answers and work on a plan for future care, testing, monitoring, etc.

When traveling it is important to remember to keep the blood flowing to avoid another DVT. This holds true when in a car or plane or sitting around anywhere to long. I try to get out and walk each hour when driving and do the same when on a plane--walk the aisles. Point and flex your toes and make circles with your feet to get your blood circulating. And stay hydrated---drink a lot of fluids.

The goods news is that your clot has calcified, which usually means that a piece will not break off and result in an embolism and it also means that it has stopped growing. Due to a clotting disorder mine kept growing from mid calf up into my groin area which is one of the reasons I have post thrombotic syndrome--a lot of my veins and valves were damaged by the DVT because it was so large.

There is a good website with a lot of information on DVT's and what to do after diagnosed or when you suspect you have another one, questions to ask the doctor, etc. Check out "stop the clot".

Hope this helps!

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Thanks Mlynn! Sorry to hear of the complications you experienced due to your DVT! I reallyy appreciate your insight on the things I should be doing. I was able to go to my pharmacist and they were able to measure and get me some compression stockings which they too advised I wear them especially when traveling.

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A lot of really good responses and advise on here, but I would also see a hematologist for genetic testing to rule out Factor V Leiden and other genetic conditions that can predispose you to clots. I had a DVT with no symptoms, knew I had Factor V, but was lucky it was caught. Nothing was done besides Lovenox injections for 10 days while taking Coumadin (injections are short acting heparin - you take them while getting on Coumadin to bring your PT/INR under control right away). I'm a life-long anticougulant patient too. Like everyone else that has posted, I have damage in the leg valves and calcification that leaves me with post-thrombotic syndrome. I live in Phoenix, Arizona, where it is way too hot to wear compression hose, so they recommend elevating the leg. Not much else they can do about it after the fact. But do see a hematologist to rule out any genetic conditions (I lost three brothers to clots - one before they could test for Factor V, and two after testing because they weren't put on anticougulation therapy). Hope this helps, and good luck!

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I too would recommend getting into a vascular doctor sooner if you can! I hope you get some answers soon. Good luck.

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I feel sad for the loss of your brothers DVTfromFactorV. I think I am going to go to the Doctor sooner. You have made me see how important it is. It is just weird though how my family Doctor never suggested any follow up.

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I wouldn't be too hard on your family doctor, even the ER trauma docs aren't up on DVTs and PEs. If you have the chance, google "March is DVT awareness month" and go to the American Society of Hematology's website (I'm going to try and post the url here, but don't know if it will come through - http://www.hematology.org/News/2011/6473.aspx). DVTs and PEs, along with awareness, is a recent thing in the medical community (only over the past five years or so). The National Instutue of Health formed a seperate department for hematology a few years ago, where it was always grouped with oncology/hematology. They are making so many breakthroughs so quickly it is hard for even the specialists to keep up! Anyway, I would highly recommend anyone who has had a DVT or PE check out the March is DVT awareness month, and to download the pdf for exercises you can do in bed to help prevent DVTs. I even gave all the info to my primary care internist and she appreciated it. Best of luck to you!

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I too had a DVT and bilateral PE's. I had a herniated disc and was in extreme pain but I hobbled around and only missed a few days of work. I had an epidural and a nerve block for the pain and no one ever paid any attention to my leg discomfort. I saw a pain management doctor and a neurosurgeon. I felt a tightness in my calf but everyone thought it was from sciatica due to the herniated disc. One day I woke up with pitting edema of my shin and I was then diagnosed with the DVT's. I think I had it for a while and never really had pain or any symptom of a PE. They are attributing it to birth control. I have been on Coumadin for 4 months and have read many research articles. Now they say that taking Coumadin for 2 years is associated with a greater reduction in reoccurrence of a DVT. My daughter recently found out she has Factor V Leiden, heterozygous but my doctor has not tested me yet. For now, I am staying on Coumadin. I was totally healthy, active, exercise regularly and never had any health problems before until this. It is very scary.
Even though the clot is calcified, I am surprised they didn't put you on Coumadin to prevent another clot from forming. Are you going to have clotting studies done?

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I had a DVT many years go, had treatment for it however it has now been discovered its never completely dissolved and i now have a chronic thrombosis in my calf, all hardened.

now due this i have been diagnosed with CVI, and I have an edema. I would visit a vascular surgeon and get a professional opinion on tretment or even a hematologist.

I am currently not of clot preventing medication at the moment as their are side effects and i woudl liek to have children someday. and there is nothing they can do about my vein now as its a deep vein. I also too wearing compression stockings.
I'm at the point now trying to decide if I'm gettign a stent or not, as I also have May-Thurner Syndrome, not much research out there though :(

good luck!! go get it checked out.

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When I had my second bladder cancer (turbt), a week later my leg was painful but no swelling or redness. Went to the ER & ultrasound showed a DVT. They put me on the Lovenox & Coumadin. They knew about my surgery. Big mistake! My surgery bleed out & back in the hospital for a week getting the bladder irrigated. Went to a hematologist & had several ultrasounds to tack it. A few weeks later he said it calcified & no more treatment needed. I have had 2 more turbt surgeries since & my leg has constant pain of low grade. Anyone else been through something like this? Any ideas how to get the pain stopped? I'm going to my general doctor tomorrow.
Thanks in advance. Bruce

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I have PAD in arms with stents. Now having pains in legs to see what is going on. I am currently going to see hematologist for blood clotting problems after stents. I had blood clots in stent in arm after being on Plavix. Please see hematologist and vascular surgeon. Also a long trip in car, stop at least every two hours and walk around to not get clots. When you get apt for vascular surgeon, tell them you are planning a long car trip. They may be able to do the Doppler before you go.

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