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varicose veins pain after a D & C

By Anonymous November 4, 2011 - 10:02pm
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I lost my baby @ 9 weeks and 6 days. Had a D & C today after a long night of cramps and heavy heavy bleeding and losing my baby at home.
I was ok after the procedure but now my varicose veins which look terrible is really paining me. Is this s bad sign for a clot? Should i call the doc.. What should i do?? Pls help..

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Dear Anon,

I'm sorry for your loss. Please do call your doctor because although vericose veins can be painful at time, you want to make sure that this isn't a blood clot (other symptoms include redness, swelling, warmth to the touch and a gradual onset of pain)

Please keep us updated,


November 5, 2011 - 9:25am
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Anonymous (reply to Rosa Cabrera RN)

Thx a lot Rosa..
Just came back from the ER and they did an u/s, no blood clots thank God. But they need me to do another one after a couple of days bcz of the pain and the swelling...
For anyone who might suffer from this, the dr. said that bcz of the way they place the legs during the D&C, the legs can have serious pains. Warm massages are required and to elevate the leg on sth high, almost same as heart level, not to stand too much, all these would make the recovery better.
Just pray no one lose a kid or have my experience.. really painful:(

November 5, 2011 - 4:18pm
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Hi Anonymous,

It helps to know people that you can relate to. This is why I share my miscarriage with our members. Mine was in 2007 and it was my very first pregnancy. I also had a D&C and although it was meant to be an outpatient procedure, I lost a lot of blood and spent the night at the hospital for observation. I remember having to wear SCD's, or Sequential Compression Devices on my lower legs until I was discharged-- they were extremely annoying because they were constantly compressing my lower legs but they are certainly better than developing a blood clot. Thank you for sharing your pointers-- it is important that when patients have limited mobility, they understand the risks, signs, and symptoms of DVT and ways to help prevent it. For those recovering at home, although you can't have the SCD machine with you, you can purchase TED stockings which are also known as anti-embolitic stockings to compress your calves and promote venous return. 

The emotional pain of losing a child is only something that others who have been lost a child can relate to. It doesn't matter if you lost that child at 5 weeks or 5 months during your pregnancy-- the pain is still the same. From the minute a parent finds out they are expecting a child, a love and bond forms between you and the little one that is growing inside of you-- this bond will remain forever. You will forever cherish your little angel. 

If you would like to join our group, Empty Arms-- you are more than welcomed to-- please share your story with others: https://www.empowher.com/groups/Empty-Arms

Best Wishes,


November 7, 2011 - 7:56am
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