The daily routine of putting two injections in my stomach is really getting old. Some days it goes very smoothly, but some days I psych myself out and it takes several stabs to get it right. What gets me through this routine is the fact it keeps me alive and my baby girl, hopefully, will be healthy. Don’t get me wrong, I’m counting the days until my baby’s birth when I can switch back to my oral blood thinner Coumadin.
The injections are Lovenox , which I’ve written about before. By giving injections rather than swallowing a pill, the blood thinner doesn’t cross the placenta, which is safer for the baby. The injections are also necessary for me so that I don’t develop any blood clots, which could result in another stroke. The downside of doing injections, other than the annoying jab to the belly everyday, is that I can’t have an epidural during labor.
Varicose veins are large, often winding dilated veins that often stick out from under the skin and occur mostly in the legs. They occur because the valves in the veins that prevent blood from flowing backward (away from the heart rather than towards it) are not working properly. In some people this is a hereditary problem, in others the problem may be acquired (multiple pregnancies, large babies, pelvic surgeries, obstructions to the veins of the abdomen, tumors, and injuries to the legs, hip or knee replacements , to name just a few causes). People who spend most of the day on their feet may develop worse symptoms from these veins then people who do not. Superficial “spider veins” that discolor the legs (called telangiectasia) and may to some people be unsightly, are not varicose veins, and do not cause blood clots, thrombophlebitis, or pulmonary emboli. Thrombophlebitis is an inflammatory condition in which the vein has been injured and as a result of this i...
Treatment - back strain
A common misconception about back pain is that you need to rest and avoid activity for a long time. In fact, bed rest is NOT recommended. If you have no sign of a serious cause for your back pain (such as loss of bowel or bladder control, weakness, weight loss, or fever), then you should stay as active as possible. Here are some tips for how to handle back pain and activity early on:
Stop normal physical activity only for the first few days. This helps calm your symptoms and reduce any swelling (inflammation) in the area of the pain.
Apply heat or ice to the painful area. One good method is to use ice for the first 48 to 72 hours, then use heat after that.
Take over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB) or acetaminophen (Tylenol).
Sleep in a curled-up, fetal position with a pillow between your legs. If you usually sleep on your back, place ...
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