I got one about 9 years ago. I had been on the pill for years, and was on the patch for 3 mos when I got one. The patch has higher risks and has been under some big class action suits for not disclosing it.
I first thought it was restless leg in my left calf, but the sensation didn't go away with stretching or exercise. I went for about a week before reading through the side effects list, then went to my gyn. I didn't have any swelling, but it was enough to send me to get an ultrasound. They sent me home with strict homebound orders for the weekend. I had to take lovenox injections in the stomach for 5 days, with a nurse who came in and drew blood.
After those 5 days, I was on warfarin for 6 mos, having blood drawn weekly to make sure my platelets levels stayed low. After 6 mos they ran a genetic test and ruled out any disorders.
It was a nightmare, and I'll never be allowed to take hormones again.
at 6:25 PM on May. 13, 2011