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Wolf dog  cdyson wrote over 1 year ago

Folks, great site as I need a support group to better comprehend what I have. 11/9 underwent meniscus surgery, 11/13 went to ER as calf/knee were so swollen and calf was extremely painful to touch. Never had blood clots, athletic 44 year old female, was on Sprintec (birth control-BC). Taking now 7.5mg warfarin and have not introduced any greens in order to keep INR at 2. Don't plan on going back on BC. I am going to fly mid Dec what should I do in preparation for this? Wear the compression socks? Just on bad leg or both? I almost able to walk normal, but very concerned if my surgery went wrong or what happened. I am so new to this that any guidance you can offer would greatly be appreciated, thank you!

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Dog and kitten sleep  Veronica - - posted over 1 year ago

Sorry about your situation. Blood clots are a side-effect of any surgery, some procedures more than others. Cutting into the body, compounded with prolonged inactivity can cause clots.

It would be ideal if you did not fly (you should also talk to your doctor about flying).

However, if you are going to fly be sure to drink LOTS OF WATER. I mean TONS of water. Water is so beneficial to the body and helps prevent clots.

For example, heart attacks (damage to the heart usually caused by a blood clot blocking the coronary artery) occur more often in the morning than any other time of day. Why? Because the body is dehydrated from not receiving water overnight while sleeping. Drinking a tall glass of water first thing in the morning before you do anything is so important.

Additionally, you mentioned compression stockings. Those are good too. A blood clot in the leg causes damage to your veins. The damage can be permanent but greatly reduced by the use of compression stockings during the healing process (and used afterwards for prevention). Your doctor can prescribe you medical grade compression stockings that are fit to your body. Those are better than over the counter socks (although otc socks are better than nothing).

Lastly, during your flight you need to move your legs around often. Move your feet around in circles at least every hour. Also get up and walk around the plane (if you drink lots of water you'll have to get up a lot to pee anyway).

Hope that helps.

Useful links:
http://healthnews.uc.edu/news/?/7562/
http://www.clotconnect.org/patients/faq-frequently-asked-questions/faq-how-soon-after-a-clot-can-i-fly

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