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Don't ignore it! 2 months 2 weeks ago #440057

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Two weeks ago today we drove down from Cumbria, and in a six hour journey we stopped for breaks at Stafford and Strensham. That evening my right calf was a bit achy which I put down to it being mainly in a restricted position. As it hadn't got better by Thursday this week I rang the local health centre to seek an appointment with the leg nurse. The Receptionist said I should speak to a doctor and the rest is history. Despite having just an aching calf (not really painful) and no other symptoms or lifestyle concerns my doctor decided to have blood tests and prescribe anti coagulants just in case. The test results for suspected DVT were over the roof. So I had emergency scans and tests at the regional hospital which confirmed DVT. I am now on three months anticoagulants. I was lucky as with no real symptoms had been carrying out normal activities such as gardening, deep cleaning the caravan, dog walks of five miles a day etc. I've now found out that quite high percentage of DVTs don't give any warning. So from hereon even when the medication has finished I will be wearing my compression socks for long drives. I've always used them for flights but when I look at it I can achieve more movement of my legs in an aircraft than I can in the car. Hopefully travel insurance for next summers holidays in Europe won't be too exorbitant as the EH1C should still be the first resort in an emergency; well until March 2019 this is!! :angry:
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Don't ignore it! 2 months 2 weeks ago #440058

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Sorry to here that.

Healthcare doesn't come under the EU but the EEA, being a member of the former makes you a member of the latter but not all members of the EEA are members of the EU, wether we stay in the EEA remains to be seen, also we have reciprocal arrangements with non EEA countries, so there is reason why we couldn't with our European neighbours.
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Don't ignore it! 2 months 2 weeks ago #440065

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Sorry to hear about that Clive hope you're doing ok .
Being a bus driver and driving 8 hours a day plus , any chance I get I'm out of the cab stretching my legs and walking a few minutes, don't want nothing like that to hapen doesn't take much for your legs to go to sleep even worse when everything is automatic and your left leg does nothing ! :unsure:

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Don't ignore it! 2 months 2 weeks ago #440069

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Thanks. Driving an automatic I do move my left leg/ankle around as I drive. It’s my right leg that’s got the problem. Of course when towing on motorways my right foot is pretty well static as speed sits between 55-60 mph. Other than regular breaks and water I may have two options. One is use speed control for periods and take right foot off the throttle and exercise it a bit. The second option which is less attractive would be to wind the outfit up to very high speed by flooring the throttle then easing off rapidly and braking back down. Repeat ten times to get blood flowing !!! Not very acceptable methinks.
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Don't ignore it! 2 months 2 weeks ago #440072

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Take care Clive, thank you for putting the post on.
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Don't ignore it! 2 months 2 weeks ago #440074

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Oh dear Clive. Sorry to hear this.
That's the trouble of ageing :(
EU insurance wise you will know the reciprocal arrangements are not quite as good as people think. Their NHS versions are nothing like ours and the agreement doesn't apply to the private hospitals.
Let's hope this is a one off problem and doesn't recurr.
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Don't ignore it! 2 months 2 weeks ago #440079

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Dustydog wrote:
Oh dear Clive. Sorry to hear this.
That's the trouble of ageing :(
EU insurance wise you will know the reciprocal arrangements are not quite as good as people think. Their NHS versions are nothing like ours and the agreement doesn't apply to the private hospitals.
Let's hope this is a one off problem and doesn't recurr.
All the Best DD

Thanks DD. My point about having an EH1C is that travel insurers generally prefer the first “port of call” to be a state hospital. That keeps their costs down. Of course I know the EH1C doesn’t cover things like additional costs of accommodation, transport, return home, or repatriation should the worst happen. I think I’d be quite prepared to accept state emergency aid in the countries we visit with the caravan. May not have a lot of say in the matter. :-) I gather that for travel insurance DVT is one of those pre existing conditions that always have to be disclosed no matter when it happened. But I’m sure different insurers take different views of the risks. One thing I’d not be prepared to do is to exempt the condition as I’m sure any other cardio or vascular incident when abroad would be linked to the previous DVT by the insurer.
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Don't ignore it! 2 months 2 weeks ago #440132

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You should get the EH1C as you might find your travel insurance only covers the costs above this in EU countries. This does not apply to all policies but I have seen the clause in one that I looked at.
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Don't ignore it! 2 months 2 weeks ago #440154

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I haven't said anywhere that I would not obtain an EH1C, which I actually have anyway. My point was that travel insurers T&C will often, if not always, require you to use State medical facilities if practicable, for the clear reason that it keeps their costs down, and should in theory keep premiums down.
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Don't ignore it! 2 months 1 week ago #440314

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Nasty! DVT can have very serious complications. It seems like you did the right thing and hopefully you will soon be back to health.

Travel insurance can be a minefield and i thought if you disclosed the pre-exsisting conditions the insurance company would bump up the premium to compensate.
In 2010 I was diagnosed with having Addison’s desease. It’s quite rare ( about 1 in 100,000 of the population) and in itself is easily treated. However slight infections like a cold or the like can be very serious and at least lead to a few days in hospital or a one way trip in a black Rolls Royce.
The problem is getting insurance cover quite a few companies were happy to take me on but excepted cover resulting from complications caused by the Addisons desease. Making the policy as much good as a chocolate frying pan.
I finally found a company via the Addisons desease self help groups website that covers without exception.
So be careful with insurance cover when they seem to accept pre-exsisting conditions then exempt them from the policy cover.
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