Risk of Blood Clots

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edited November 2014 in Risks

Rheumatoid Arthritis article: Risk of Blood ClotsRisk of Blood Clots

Rheumatoid arthritis significantly increases a person’s risk for fatal blood clots in the lungs (pulmonary embolisms) or in the legs (deep vein thrombosis).

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  • Wow! Anything else? And here I thought deformity would be the only issue!
  • I got very sick about 1 mo ago, very high liver enzymes, very high white count, and 103 temp. I think they thought I was dying. Hospitalized but never did diagnose it. Doxycycline for a mo. Now, everything hurts. All joints, fingers have started swelling in the joints. I think I even broke one finger smacking it on the table. I'm also having reflux, heartburn, etc. now mammogram redo because of changes. I was walking 3 miles daily before I got sick, but now when I walk, I walk stiff like a robot. Does this sound familiar to any of you out there?
  • @cindyt sounds like your gall bladder possibly gallstones. That was the cause of my heartburn reflux and elevated liver enzymes and white blood count.
  • NormaNorma Member
    Hi ive had RA for 8yrs now it has caused me serious health problems! Besides the awful pain I have pulmonary fibrosis caused from the RA, n congestive heart failure, kidney failure, sepsis, n pneumonia! I was on a ventilator for nine days in March! Now I read it can also cause blood clots! ! I haven't took any Ra meds in a year,but lung n heart dr says I have to treat the Ra, but as you all no it lowers ur immune system!All I no to do is pray n trust in God! !
  • This article is the first time I've ever read about RA & PE connection. I've had RA 30+ years, and 12 years ago had a doublePE. It left part of my lung nonfunctional because of the blood flow being blocked. I had no clue, thought I had a UTI because it hurt on the side of my waist. Fortunately I went to the hospital because I couldn't lie down, stand up, nor sit. They CAT scanned me immediately, and put me in cardiac ICU. I feel very fortunate to still be above ground. I still give myself a Lovanox shot before l travel by plane to avoid a repeat. I drink lots of water all the time. So far, so good.

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