... after a return flight from Australia to the UK. I do not smoke, I have never taken the pill, I am not overweight and I am reasonably active. As far as I know there is no history of blood clots in my family either, but i have had a blood test this week to check for disorders (i will get the results next week). My ultrasound shows multiple clots in my left calf area. I have been prescribed Xarelto and told to wear support stockings for the foreseeable future, even up to 24 months hence. I am shocked that I have DVT and am now cursing myself that I did not take precautions on the flight such as staying hydrated and moving around the plane regularly as I have travelled extensively over the years and I am aware of the risk of DVT's when flying long distances. I am hoping and praying that the clots will disperse eventually and that this is just a one off incident and that I will go back to being medication free and in good health. Am I being realistic? My doctor is just a regular GP from my local medical centre and he seems a little clueless about DVT's to be honest. A quick search on the Internet seems to indicate that DVT's are common and some statistics even state that death from DVTs and PE's are more common than breast cancer in the USA - terrifying stuff.
It needs to be treated with anticoagulants and you need to stay off of it as much as possible to rest the leg. Clots can move and moving the muscles in your leg can help it along. A DVT is nothing to play with, because it can cause things that cause death, like PEs and strokes. You will have to take anticoagulants for a while until the clotting incident is over, then can be re evaluted. You don't need to have a clot in family history to get one. The flight most likely is why you got it.
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