I woke up yesterday morning and could barely walk on my right leg. My calf was swollen and my knee was extremely stiff. My neice, who is a nurse with a local doctor here, is staying with us a few months until she gets married. She became immediately concerned and made me an appointment at the doctor's office.
To make a long story short, it turns out I have a deep vein thrombosis or blood clot in the large vein behind my knee. Now I must undergo several days of bed rest and start a regimen of 2 shots in the abdomen each day for a week and 1 coumadin tablet every night to thin my blood in the hope that the clot will dissolve in a couple of months or so.
The doctor was shocked that it was a clot since I don't have any of the risk factors. The biggest danger is that the clot could break up and travel to the lungs where it could block blood flow and kill lung tissue.
Has anyone else here had this type of problem and what can I expect? Thanks for any info.