I had a letter from a claim seeking company, I'm still trying to work out who was the guilty party, the doctors surgery, the hospital outpatients department or the hospital physio department. it could, of course, be anyone from any of those. I can't think that there would be much left over for me after a company making a claim on my behalf in Hungary.
When my son was doing his law course to become a solicitor the fees for the final year were several times what they had been before. This was because all the students are expected to arrange with law companies be taken on for final training, these agreements always result in the employer paying the final year fees. People went to firms specialising in various facets of legal work except for one - Personal Injury companies. This shows how lowly they are regarded by solicitors themselves.
OK, this has been a bitch of mine for over 10 years now (since I used to have to take the stuff) but Heparin! What idiot decided to take something that stops blood clotting and then place it in an injectable form meaning you have to make yourself bleed to take it? Where in the sense of logic does this sound like a good idea?
I had to take it for about 3 months when I was on it, and during that period of time I was helping to run a festival event. I got picked up by security one day as the nice white t-shirt I was wearing had lots of little blood stains on it and upon invetigation they thought I was using intravenous drugs. Fortunately the medical team on site knew I was using Heparin and only that saved me from being carted off to the local police
I had to self-inject with heparin last December for two weeks until the warfarin stabilised - this is variable and depends entirely on what one ingests and the regularity of the food and drink. Woe betide you if you miss a meal, eat the wrong stuff, get a bug (which I did after only one week) or miss the timing slot. A very eccentric drug, just as effective as heparin, but far cheaper - but sadly far more limiting than heparin for an individual.
I actually asked if I could remain on heparin for the six month treatment course. Obviously, I was denied the opportunity.
I am here to tell the tale because both drugs worked after I had a DVT - no-one could give me a definitive answer as to why except that I had had a very nasty bug three weeks before the DVT arose (thus immobilising and dehydrating me) and, of course, smoking doesn't help!
At no time did I bleed around the injection sites - lots of bruises but no blood. So maybe the science has moved on in the last ten years canis, or maybe you're not doing it right, F1Yorkshire. Or maybe I was just lucky!
Jen I had to take it for the same reasons as yourself, though I had a series of 9 individual clots over a period of 2 years, the second time I was rushed into hospital from work with a severely swollen leg they left me on the Heparin for 3 months due to the fact that I had a chaotic lifestyle, never ate at the same time, couldn't guarantee to take medication at the same time every day etc etc etc. Having a major phobia of needles really didn't help my outlook on the Heparin injections and at one point I had to have daily doctors appointments to be given the injections due to not having the ability to put the needle anywhere near my own skin.
I think my bleeding from the Heparin injection sites was due to the fact that my whole system got messed up and some days my blood couldn't clot even if it wanted to, whereas others it would be so quick to clot that they worried about me having further clots due to not being able to walk properly due to having clots hence low activity.
I feel for anyone who has ever had DVT as I know how incredibly painful it can be, but it now does give me the excuse for upgrading seats on flights over 4 hours as a medical one rather than just wanting the ability to lie flat and have my own decent touch screen entertainment system
Earlier on this year I had to be tested for DVT, the doctor said that he was confident that it was not that which was making my leg swell, but he would be failing me if he did not get it ruled out. I had to go to the hospital twice, both times everything was fine. But I do remember watching what was happening on the ultrasound scanner, quite interesting when they activated it.