Deep Vein Thrombosis

see also Thrombosis

Presence of blood clot in a deep vein, usually in leg or lower abdomen, obstructing return of blood to heart; pressure in veins and capillaries below clot rises, causing pain, swelling oedema, and sometimes dark red discolouration of skin. If you have these symptoms, consult your doctor if there is no improvement in 12 hours. Danger is that fragments of blood clot will be swept into lungs (pulmonary embolism). Prolonged immobility, polycythaemia, Obesity, and oestrogens (in oral contraceptives and post-menopausal hormone preparations) encourage development of deep vein thrombosis. Orthodox treatment options are painkillers, anticoagulant drugs, drugs to dissolve clot, or surgical removal of clot.

Specific remedies to be taken every 2 hours for up to 6 doses while waiting to see medical doctor

  • Purplish-blue extremities, pain and swelling relieved by warmth, especially if left side of body is affected Lachesis 30c
  • Limb extremely swollen and sensitive, causing unbearable bursting sensation, allowing limb to hang makes symptoms worse Vipera 30c
  • Deep vein thrombosis accompanied by varicose veins, great pain, fatigue Hamamelis 30c
  • Right side of body most affected, limbs swollen and cold, condition follows bad bruising Bothrops 30c

Self-help: If you are on the pill, discuss alternatives with your medical doctor. Losing weight, giving up cigarettes, adding garlic and fresh ginger in cooking, and taking regular exercise all decrease risk of thrombosis. See Atherosclerosis for other sensible precautions.

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