Hello all! I came across this site a few days ago as I was looking up information about superficial blood clots. I'm a little concerned and would really appreciate any information you'd be willing to give.
I was in the hospital from 9/12 - 9/16 with pneamonia. (BTW, i'm a fairly active 28 y.o. female.) During that time I was on three medicines through iv... antibiotics, phenergan and cortisteroids. I had two ivs blow my first day, one my second day and two more the third day, on the fourth day they placed a picc line in me.
After coming home from the hospital I noticed my veins were becoming hard in my left arm. one above the iv site on my forearm and the other around the site on my hand. Well, it got worse, the site on my forearm began to get harder and and you could see and feel the hardened vein running three inches up my arm. Around the site on my hand, the vein on my middle finger was hardened, my wrist has a lump and other veins around it have hard balls in them.
I was doing warm compresses and it seemed to get worse, called me doctor he said not to worry, do the warm compresses and take tylenol for pain. A few days ago I woke up my hand was swollen, pale and cold... So I took a trip to he ER. The doc told me to do warm compresses and was going to prescribe an antibiotic.
I told him I just came off and antibiotic three days prior and he asked what my concern was... I said I was afraid I had blood clots. He asked If a doppler would make me feel better and I said yes, so he ordered it.
They did the dpppler on my left arm and said I had three superficial clots in my forearm and four in my hand. When I returned to the ER they were ready with realease papers and told me to do warm compresses and in time the clots will disolve on their own.
Now i'm not trying to be super paranoid, but my doctor is kind of a "walk it off" doctor and everything felt very rushed in the ER. So all I would like to know is, am I being ordered to do the correct thing? And is there anything I should watch for? I've tried to research this on the internet, but most results are about Deep vein thrombosis and most results are about clotting in the legs.
Thank you so much to any and all who have taken time to read this! I appreciate any reply.