Postpartum dvt. Experience?
I had a DVT during my first pregnancy, and if that's what you think this could be, PLEASE get it checked out. With mine, it was in my thigh/groin area. It felt sore for a few days, and gradually got more painful, then to the point where I could not move my leg to walk. If you notice your leg swelling up or turning a dusky or purple colour, it is really cause for concern. They probably won't put you on anything until they find out what it is. I think they diagnosed mine via ultrasound, they can also use a CT scan. If it was a clot, they would put you on heparin, which is not harmful to your baby (I've been on heparin injections every pregnancy and for 6 weeks postpartum every time.)
The best thing to do is to move your leg as much as you can--staying active and avoiding being in one position too long can prevent clots. Elevate your legs. And get it checked if it's still sore!
Robyn, the heparin didn't effect your breast feeding or babies clotting factors? How scary that must have been! What do they think caused it..outside of the obvious-pregnancy-but what Part? I wonder if having SPD increases your chances?
They never did figure out what caused my clot--they tested me for clotting disorders and lupus, and couldn't find a reason. I've checked with multiple doctors, and been assured that low molecular weight heparin will not pass through breastmilk, and have never had a problem.
Very scary experience! I thought at first it was sciatica, because the pain was radiating up into my back, but when I couldn't walk and my leg was all swollen, I knew something was wrong. I ended up spending two weeks in hospital on IV heparin, and then another two or so weeks in a wheelchair. I was about 9 weeks pregnant at the time. I still get paranoid every time I have a pain in my leg.
Hope that is not what you're dealing with! Definitely a good idea to call.