Blood Clots - Deep Vein Thrombosis

Recently I injured my back at work.  Over the next week my condition took a downward spiral. Muscle spasms became almost constant, and I lost all of the strength in my knees and my feet began to tingle like they were falling asleep.  My knees would not support my body and I took a nose dive, hitting the pavement really hard.
Being checked for respiratory failure, never had a problem!

I ended up in the Emergency room where they did a spinal tap to check my spinal fluid for protein. The doctor suspected Gillian Barre Syndrome. The lab work came back that my protein level was not high enough to support GBS, so they sent me home.

A couple of days later I fell again and was in 
Walking 3 days later with assistance

absolute agony. I ended up being admitted to the hospital where they gave me infusions of Immune Globulin (1.8 liters) over 3 days. The doctors told me I would not walk for months and might end up on a respirator. I told the doctors that I had fallen and this was all from a back injury, but they had other ideas.  One of the uncommon side effects of Immune Globulin is blood clots. I just happened to be one of those lucky guys that happened to get that uncommon side effect. Each .2 liter bottle of Immune Globulin has the antibodies of over 1000 different people.  It is screened for HIV and Hepatitis, but still has other things that are not screened out.


So I now have antibodies going through my blood from over 9,000 

different people.
My calf in the Emergency Room 19" in diameter.  It's usually 15"

Blood clots or Deep Vein Thrombosis can be a serious life threatening problem.  Every year 100,000 - 180,000 deaths are attributed to blood clots.  Most of them start with a blood clot in the leg or legs.  This is nothing to fool around with.

Every five minutes someone dies from a blood clot or deep vein thrombosis.

I spent a month on my back with my leg elevated. During that time I was giving my self 2 shots daily of Lovenox, which is a type of Heparin. (The video above shows how to give yourself a shot to  minimize bruising and pain.) I also am taking Warfarin to thin my blood. 

Finally after 3 weeks I am able to wear Anti-embolism Stockings, which has made me much more ambulatory. The stockings really help with the swelling and have reduced the pain I was experiencing. Four weeks after a blood clot, it is generally considered to be much less likely to break off and cause a Pulmonary embolism, stroke or heart attack.  It may take up to 3 months to resolve completely, either absorb or become a permanent part of the body.

I was not a good candidate for blood clots, because I was already taking a teaspoon of Carlson's fish oil every day and also taking 250 I.U. of Serrapeptase each morning upon waking.  My blood clotting factor before the clot was 1.2, which is just slightly thinner than normal (1.0).  My clotting factor now with Warfarin is running between 2.0 and 2.5, which is much thinner than normal. I feel like the Immune Globulin was unnecessary and I would not be going through any of this, if the doctors had listened to me about my back injury.

I had an MRI in between the hospital and having the blood clot. The MRI showed bulging and protruding disc, with some stenosis.  Which really backs up a back injury as the cause of all of this. It doesn't change anything though.  Deep Vein Thrombosis is nothing to fool with.   When buying anti-embolism stockings make sure and measure your calf with a cloth tape measure to get the right size for your leg. They are much less expensive at than at the drug store.

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