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My primary doc ordered blood work requiring 17 vials! Among other things, he's looking for a genetic marker for my blood clot. He does think the event was caused by a combination of immobilization + dehydration and expects me to be on Xarelto for 4 months, unless of course, a genetic marker is found. Crossing my fingers none is found.
I have a couple questions that I hope someone here can help me with.
1) My doctor said Xarelto prevents new clots from forming, but there could be "old" clots lurking somewhere that could stlll cause trouble. That it takes about 2 weeks for all the old clots--wherever they may be in the body--to clear. My fear is that a pre-Xarelto clot will make its way to my lung or heart. Is this a risk anyone has heard? I'm a little freaked out.
2) When I got my pneumonia shot today & blood drawn my blood clotted quickly. Isn't that a problem? My biggest issues with Xarelto is...how do I know it's working? I've only been on 30mg/day for 4 days, so maybe it's not enough time to thin it?
3) When my son got my Xarelto prescription filled, the pharmacist said they were "out of one of the chemicals" they needed, but then found it. Is it possible my prescription was not filled correctly, which is why I'm still clotting? Is there a way to check the efficacy of this prescription?
I'm still in a paranoid phase, because this is still so new and scary. My doctor was very encouraging and pleased with my vitals, lung/heart function, current blood work, etc. However, there is more testing in the works.
Thanks, in advance, for your help.
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