Bunion surgery- PLEASE READ

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Hi guys!

I am now 3 weeks and 1 day and unfortunately I am in hospital as I developed a blood clot in my lung.

I have never felt pain so bad so please please everyone who has this operation please get mobile as soon as possible! This is a very painful, scary time for me and I can't think about my foot at the moment.

Please stay fit and mobile!!!

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    OMG, poor you.

    It's touch and go about moving around after this type of op, it's so confusing you either do too much, or too little and then get told off for not doing enough of whatever. But what happened ? What are they doing to help you?

    keep your spirits up, and keep posting, shall say a prayer or 2 for you, if you don't mind.

    caroline xxxx

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      I honestly felt that I wasn't informed well enough what to do or not to do. I just had shortness of breath and tight chest then horrible stabbing cramping pain in my left side. It hurts to breathe, cough, laugh, I can't lie flat etc...

      My dad has had blood clots in his lung before so I recognised the signs and went to a and e and now this is my 4th night in here. I'm having blood thinning injections, strong painkillers, oxygen and then will have warfarin to make sure this doesn't happen again.

      Please look out for the warning signs too I did have pain in my left calf but dismissed it as muscle pain. Please get any pain checked out and stay mobile!!!

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    Hello Beth,

    I am so sorry to hear that your in the hospital. How did this happen? We're you not mobile enough and this is what happened? I'm about 3weeks too and have been having more pain in my foot. Lots of pressure and fire. I think it may be from doing to much. I have to pin on top of foot and staple on big toes. I'm not suppose to walk on it for 8 weeks. I'm half way there and suddenly having more pain.

    I wish you well, and praying for you.

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      Hi Jennifer,

      Well I genuinely thought I was mobile enough! But clearly not! I just don't want anyone else going through this so if you get any pains at all in calf or chest please get checked! On the up side the pain in my chest has made me forget the pain in my foot!

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    Beth, I am so sorry to hear that. It is indeed very important to keep mobile. Any surgery on hips, knees and , to a lesser extent , feet are at a higher risk of you developing a clot. Movement is very important in helping to prevent this but some people are just unlucky and will develop this anyway.

    I did what I was supposed to and only got up to go to the toilet etc in IThe first week but kept doing exercises whilst seated ( rather like those suggested whilst on a plane). At my first check after 6 days I was diagnosed with a DVT in my left calf.

    Like yourself I was devastated and was only grateful that it was not more serious like you have I.e , in your lungs

    I am extremely grateful for the exceptional care that I have received since then and for the wonder of modern medicine. I was placed on a more modern drug than warfarin and have recently come off it after 4 months.

    I am now being checked in case there is a familial link with developing a DVT because my sister developed two in her lungs after her hip replacement .

    To everyone reading this - be careful. Keep as mobile as you can and speak to someone as a matter of urgency if you have any concerns.

    To Beth - good luck. Modern medicine is fantastic and I am sure that you will be fine. Keep positive and look after yourself

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      Hi Karen,

      I'm sorry you had DVT and glad you're nearing the end of your recovery!

      It just shows that we must get any concerns checked and try to mobilise as quick as possible!

      But it is true some people just develop them even though they have taken all measures!

      Just make yourselves aware of the symptoms guys- I keep being told I'm too young for this- I'm only 22 which shows anyone at any age can get them!

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      Thanks Beth 

      i was put on a medication called Rivaroxoban which is a more modern medication than Warfarin and is easier to manage. It does not require the frequent testing of your blood that Warfarin needs. Doesn't need the 'stinger' jabs in your stomach either. Might be worth asking about, although of course it might not be suitable for you

      i M being tested for any familial connection which may be the same as you from what you say about your Dad. On the other hand, the doctor has said that I could just have been unfortunate and developed this as a result of surgery and that there should be no further issue. 

      You are young to have developed this. However, on the positive side of things as you are young you should recover well Really wish you good luck. Keep us I formed of your recovery. Have a good rest and look after yourself

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    Beth, so sorry to hear your story! I am 10 weeks post op and have developed what I think is sciatica in my leg as it comes and goes but there is calf ache (pain would be too strong a work) and radiates from my hip but I am just about to email my surgeon to check as I am not in the UK,  but thank you so much for highlighting this!

    Good luck for a very speedy recovery.

    Best wishes Sandra 

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    Hi Beth,

    i wish you a good recovery. By posting this on the forum you are doing a very good thing. Everybody should be aware of those signs after surgery and nobody tells about it in the hospital.


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