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The formation of blood clots is a fairly common problem. Most of the time it isn't dangerous. However, sometimes a blood clot can lodge in the lungs causing death. People are at higher risk for blood clots after certain types of surgeries, such as knee or hip surgery. Blood clots commonly form in the legs. This condition is called deep venous thrombosis (DVT). Sometimes the clots break loose and make their way to the lungs. But DVT rarely causes problems after knee arthroscopy. (Arthroscopy is a procedure using a tiny TV camera and requires only small incisions.) This article reports on a rare case of a man who died of a blood clot after knee arthroscopy. The man was 46 years old. He had arthroscopy to remove part of the meniscus in his knee. One week later he collapsed and died. Doctors couldn't find anything else to blame for his death besides the knee arthroscopy a week earlier. Remember, complications of DVT are very rare after arthroscopy. Studies show that about three to eight per...
Blood clots are scary. Sometimes you don't even know there are there, until it's too late. That was the case for me. I was going along, living life, feeling fine, and then suddenly I couldn't move my arm or talk. It happened that quickly. One second I was fine, the next, I was not.
When I got to the emergency room back in August 2001, doctors thought I had Bells Palsy. Deep down, I knew they were wrong. Deep down, I knew I was having a stroke , but didn't want to believe it. I was relieved for a moment by thinking I could go home and this would all go away. I'm glad I didn't. Finally, a neurologist examined me and told me what I feared - I was having a stroke.
Once I was rolled back into radiology, the doctors found the blood clot behind my left ear. It's amazing it didn't make it to my brain, but it was still killing my brain cells every second it was there. Since I got to the hospital within three hours of my initial symptoms , I was a candidate for tPa , a clot-busting tr...
For 3 weeks now, I have pain that started behind my right ear. I thought it was a pinched nerve, went to chiropractor for adjustment, it's still the same. Also went to hospital Emergency Room they did cat scan, found nothing. Referred me to a neurologist, the appointment is two weeks away. What should I do, can't stand this much longer. I am an 80 year old female. Betty.
Unfortunately, it's virtually impossible to suggest much for you via the Internet. Only a doctor who's had the opportunity to review your medical history, discuss your symptoms with you, and examine you in person can safely suggest anything to relieve your pain because, without knowing what's caused it as well as your medical history, we can't know what's safe or appropriate to suggest.
Two suggestions are to call your family doctor for assistance between now and your appointment with the neurolog...
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