Blood clots can happen to anyone, for a variety of reasons, and just as varied as the risk factors for blood clots, are the individual recoveries from them. Recovery is different for everyone – it can take weeks, months or years and some people deal with the physical and emotional challenges of surviving a blood clot for the duration of their lives. The physical recovery from a blood clot was unlike anything I have ever faced before. It was painful, it was overwhelming, it was confusing and it completely changed my life. I didn’t know where to turn for support or information about blood clots or recovery.
Recovery from a deep vein thrombosis (blood clot in the leg or DVT) or pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lung or PE) is hard…but you’re not alone. Here is more information to help you through your recovery.
Are you newly diagnosed with a blood clot and don’t know where to start?
For more information about physical recovery from a blood clot, visit these links:
- How long does it take to recover from a PE?
- What does recovery from a PE look like?
- Compression Stockings 101
- Finding a specialist that is right for you
- Three symptoms you shouldn’t ignore
- Post-thrombotic syndrome
Explore these links for more about:
- How to stay safe on the go when taking anticoagulants
- How to engrave your medical ID (and why you should wear one)
- How to manage your INR with INRTracker
- How to manage your INR with OATBook
- How to remember if you took your medication
- Menstruation and anticoagulants
Let’s talk about feelings – because they’re also an important and often overlooked aspect of recovery from blood clots. I was not prepared for the emotional and psychological impact of surviving a blood clot. If you are feeling anxious, depressed, overwhelmed or scared – you’re not alone.
For more about emotional recovery from blood clots, visit here:
Do you feel like surviving a blood clot has changed your entire life?