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Dr. D. Love
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Was diagnosed with dvt in Feb 2016 for which I was treated

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Was diagnosed with dvt in Feb 2016 for which I was treated until June when it seemed to have disappeared.
It's now come back yesterday 26 th August and again I have to take tablets daily.
Couple of questions
Have joined a gym and am due to start in a week, should I cancel.
Do I have to go back to wearing compression stockings.
Many thanks.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 1 year ago.

Hello from JustAnswer. This is Dr. Love and I will be glad to help you today.

It is fine to be active immediately after diagnosis of a DVT, but it would be better to postpone any new exercise regimen. After a month of treatment, it is safer to increase activity levels.

If you intend to use the gym to have a location to walk a track in air conditioning, that would be fine. But if you are intending to implement a broader exercise regimen, it would be better to wait until you have been on treatment for a month.

It is appropriate for you to wear compression stockings. Compression stockings do not directly treat the DVT, but rather are primarily used to help ease symptoms, such as swelling, and to prevent recurrence or complications. If there is a significant amount of tenderness is present and compression stockings are uncomfortable, the doctor may wait until some of the acute pain and tenderness is better before using compression stockings. But if you can tolerate them, it would be appropriate to use them.

If I can provide any additional information, please let me know.

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 1 year ago.

Please let me know if I can provide any further assistance.