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Hello, and firstly thanks in advance for any advice people can give me.
I am 36 yrs old and had a mechanical aortic heart valve replacement in 2007 and so I am on warfarin for life. My range is 3-4 which on average takes 8mg of warfarin to sustain.
My problem is that the one thing in life that really makes me tick is downhill mountain biking and I find that just a slight fall can be enough to cause massive swelling, bruising and agonising pain. Having just spent the last 3 days in pain that absorbs me so much it brings me to tears following a slight fall I feel I need to seek advice. (By the way after a trip to a&e and enough codeine to sink a battleship things are now a bit more under control). I am not ready to join the local knitting club any time soon so keen to seek advice into any warfarin replacements that would cause less of the swelling and bleeding (if such a thing exists) the next time this inevitably happens.
I have spoken with my GP about it and he was not prepared to offer me a replacement on the basis that things are harder to reverse if it all goes wrong. Having spoken with a friend who is also a doctor on the subject yesterday she advised that there was a reversal but it was just not as simple. She wasn't sure if it was licencesd for my condition though.
Is there some advice and recommendations anyone can give or do I just need to put up with this?
Thanks for your help
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