More and more Americans are benefiting from knee joint replacements for severe arthritis. Problems sometimes occur after the operation to reduce knee motion. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or blood clots is one of these problems. DVTs can be prevented in patients receiving a knee joint. Drugs, leg pumps, and exercise are used in this effort. Without these measures, 50 to 70 percent of patients having this operation will develop DVT. With preventive steps, the number of patients affected drops to 30 percent or less. There are several drugs that can be used to prevent blood clotting. Aspirin is a commonly known choice. Others include enoxaparin and warfarin. This study looked at two drugs used to prevent blood clots and how they affected knee range of motion after knee replacement surgery. One group of patients received aspirin after the operation. The second group got enoxaparin. Both are blood thinners with advantages and disadvantages. Enoxaparin can cause major and minor cases of bleeding...
I feel like I’m in a no-win situation. I talked last time about pregnancy and the dangers of my blood thinning medication, Coumadin, on a newborn baby. The fact is, I’m also worried about the effect pregnancy could have on me.
My doctor said I had abnormally thick blood. That coupled with the birth control pills I was taking, caused the blood clot behind my left ear, resulting in my stroke . I obviously cannot take birth pills anymore, so I wonder why would I risk my health and become pregnant. I mean birth control pills basically trick your body into thinking it’s pregnant.
The risk of stroke is actually lower while on the pill than being pregnant. In fact, there is a very slight risk of developing blood clots in the legs, but much less than the risk during pregnancy. Among women who do not take the pill, 5 per 100,000 women per year develop blood clots. Among women who do take the pill, the risk slightly increases to 15-20 per 100,000 women per year. For women who are pregna...
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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