Blood thinning injections

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I discovered that I have blood clots as an incidental finding in a CT scan in my prostate cancer diagnosis. I have been put on Clexane injections which are administered twice a day. My stomach is now full of lumps and swelling, this is becoming quite painful. I have been on these injections for one month. I was told by the hospital originally that it would be for 3 months, and then I would be switched to tablets. But now my GP is indicating that the injections could be permanent. The leaflet that comes with the injections implies that they are something that is only temporary. Does anyone have any experience in this, please?

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    I suffered an unprovoked bilateral pulmonary emboli last year and whilst I was on warfarin for that I suffered a DVT. I will be on daltaparin injections for the rest of my life as well 
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    Do you know where your clots are, I had clot(s) in the lung after a hip op but was given apixaban for 3 months but, it made me ill so I stopped taking it after a month.

    Are you injecting only in your stomach, because if you look it up, you can inject in the thighs and buttocks. Tell your doctor to give you something else if he wants you on anticoagulants. As you are having cancer treatment that can cause clots apparently. I hope you find a more suitable treatment, I was on fragmin which is injected for a month after my hip op, so I do know how you feel.

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    No you shouldn't be on them long term. GPs aren't always reliable for advice for certain things. I was on injections and was told 6 months maximum. They are fine short term but can lead to problems long term. Your hospital will probably get in touch when you come to the end of your 3 months, if they don't, get in contact with the anticoagulant department give your details and ask what you need to do next.

    Before your injection, put some ice on the skin for a minute and do the same after. you can also have the injections put in your arms and legs, just not too near the muscle.

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    Clexane is the preferred anticoagulant for cancer patients. I was originally on Clexane while being treated for bowel cancer, and then switched to Apixaban after a year or so. Are you seing a specialist or just a regular GP?

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