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Old 12-28-2011, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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Maybe this might help: I was reading that studies have found that the herb Butcher's Broom is effective at reducing the symptoms of phlebitis and varicose veins. Please Google and you will find the information. Apparently, it constricts veins and reduces the swelling, thus helping with the pain. It works as a vaso-restrictor and an anti-inflammatory.

Please note that this herb is not to be taken if the person has high blood pressure as it can raise the blood pressure.

This is a herbal remedy that seems to work for phlebitis, varicose veins--and hemorrhoids! I found mine on line at Swanson, but there are other online sellers of this herb in capsule form.

Hope this helps!
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Old 12-28-2011, 05:55 PM
 
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Erm, you don't want to be recommending a vaso-constrictor for someone who has phlebitis. Blood clots and varicose veins need for the veins to be dilated, not constricted.

Phlebitis is swelling caused by a blood clot. That means it's swollen because there is no place for the blood to go. Vaso-constrictors would tighten the vein even further, and potentially cause a hemmorhage due to bursting the vein open from the pressure.
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Old 12-28-2011, 06:24 PM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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Erm, you don't want to be recommending a vaso-constrictor for someone who has phlebitis. Blood clots and varicose veins need for the veins to be dilated, not constricted.

Phlebitis is swelling caused by a blood clot. That means it's swollen because there is no place for the blood to go. Vaso-constrictors would tighten the vein even further, and potentially cause a hemmorhage due to bursting the vein open from the pressure.
thanks I don't want to try Butchers broom. We go back to the doctor tommorow, it's better but there is an area on the knee and to the side of the knee that is still red and swollen. He's been back to work 2 days so far. The veins are coming out, no question about it, just not sure when or what type of surgery yet.
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Old 12-29-2011, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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Doctor said the phelibitis is looking alot better but there are still a few spots. We go back January 23rd and at that point we will discuss surgery options and when it will be done.
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Old 02-16-2012, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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Good news, My husband is having surgery to remove his varicose veins on his right leg. March 13th is the surgery. It actually took almost 2 months for this last phlebitis attack to get better. Has anyone had this surgery and can comment on it??? My DH is very glad this is being done finally. He wanted it done years ago but was told it was not neccessary by a former doctor.
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Old 02-17-2012, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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The only thing I do not see mentioned in your post is compression stockings. Prescription stockings would be a good idea, and he probably should plan on wearing them every day, even after the phlebitis gets better. I could not live without my support hose why has your doctor not put hubby in support hose already?

He should also be up and walking frequently, then elevate the legs when he sits down, preferably getting the feet above heart level. I do the same....

If he smokes, he needs to stop. Now. Cold turkey. Ask his doctor for medication that can help.
YES, QUIT CIGARETTES NOW! IF HE MUST SMOKE SWITCH HIM TO A PIPE ALLOWING 1 OR 2 PIPE BOWLS OF PIPE TOBACCO A DAY!
If he is overweight, that needs to be addressed, too, in the long term. YES, loose weight as you can get more walking when his legs heal up. No couch potato time for him!

It has now been two weeks since the last ultrasound. If he is still having severe pain, another one might be wise, to make sure clots have not started to form. Doctors' offices will be closing for Christmas, so I would call the vascular specialist's office ASAP.
Blue for the OP........
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Old 02-17-2012, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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LOL he's not a smoker, hates the smell of pipes and has lost 90 lbs so far. He has support hose, 12 pairs actually. He is also very active.
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Old 02-17-2012, 05:22 PM
 
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LOL he's not a smoker, hates the smell of pipes and has lost 90 lbs so far. He has support hose, 12 pairs actually. He is also very active.
Not a smoker?

Well, shut my mouth!

Sorry!
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Old 02-17-2012, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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Not a smoker?

Well, shut my mouth!

Sorry!
That's ok. I could understand people thinking that. He's also not much of a drinker but he does have a drink once in a blue moon.
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Old 02-18-2012, 09:47 AM
 
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Great to hear the surgery is coming up soon. I wanted to push you again to start trying the compression stockings. Phlebitis can be a recurrent problem.... especially if he is on his feet all day at work and does heavy lifting. It would stink for him to go through the surgery, and then develop the problem again.

While the pain is better, now is the time to start getting used to putting the stockings on. If my 70 year old father can put on the high compression stockings (20-30mmHg of pressure) by himself, there is no excuse he can't! It just takes practice. Ask the nurses in the Vascular clinics for some tricks for putting them on.

I also recommend buying this inexpensive tool. It is what my Dad used initially. Now he doesn't need it anymore, he is so good at putting them on himself.

http://www.amazon.com/Jobst-110913-S.../dp/B00120238E

Once you get used to wearing the stockings, you will find that the pain decreases and your legs will feel better everyday.
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