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Calf Pain, Blood Clots and Cancer

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Did I win the lottery or something? I swear, it’s about time I receive some sort of good luck!

Yesterday afternoon my calf started hurting again. The docs raised my pain meds and i am still having back and calf pain. The calf pain started getting worse as the night went on. By the time that I had gotten out of bed to walk to the cafeteria for dinner, my calf was so sore I could barely stand to walk on it. It feels the exact same as it did a night or two before I went into the hospital last time for the blood clot.

We had the doc on shift take a look at it. He didn’t seemed concerned at all. He said that the medication I am taking now, Coumadin and Lovenox does not get rid of the blood clot, but only thins the blood and the body naturally gets rid of the clot over months time.

If that’s the case, then why does it hurt just as bad, but have even more symptoms? Before my calf did not hurt to the touch. My leg also didn’t have the swelling on the outside of the calf, only on the back and inside of the ankle.

I guess I will just have the new doc on shift take another look at it tomorrow. I am supposedly going to be discharged tomorrow if I feel up to it. The dinner I ate last night made my stomach cramp a little so I think I am going to try a normal breakfast, maybe even some eggs and see how I feel.


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Blood clots can lead to many health complicatons including stroke and are more common among inactive and/or obese individuals.

Blood clots are life threatening however exercise can help prevent their formation and assist in dissoving of existing clots. This fact was discovered and presented to the American Heart association in 2003 by the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

The study found that levels of an essential blood clot dissolver known as tissue type plaminogen activator (t-PA) are greatly diminished in overweight men (by as much as 30%). This reduced protection in the blood stream leads eventually to problems with blood clots.

Walking for a period of three months for a mere 45 minutes a day, five days a week however increased the amount of t-PA in the obese participants blood by as much as 50%. The study showed that after this walking regimine the obese subjects had similar levels of t-PA in their blood to that of lean participants in the study. Read more at http://www.trekdesk.com/walk/Blood_Clot.html

June 23, 2009 - 7:08pm

Melissa, I also am following your journey with incredible interest and a lot of admiration for you. I am sure that you will help teach others how to fight for their health! Especially when the hospital is ready to let you go and you say uh, no, I don't think so, not when I'm feeling like this. Many people at that point would have gone home. Good for you and thank you so much for chronicling your story.

March 16, 2009 - 8:08am
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I read through your blog/website and it's wonderful to read - you are going through so much and are so brave. Good luck with your fundraiser and keep blogging.

Is there any family history of this kind of lung cancer, that you know of?

Keep up your amazing fight!

March 14, 2009 - 11:11am
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Anonymous (reply to Susan Cody)

Hi Susan

I am actually adopted so I am not aware of any family history.

Thanks for the kind words!

March 30, 2009 - 3:40am
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