For the past few months, I have been having calf cramps like crazy. It started during my workouts. Cramps so bad that I couldn't get out of the pool - I would just hang out to the wall with tears in my eyes trying to breathe through the severe pain. I also noticed I was getting more cramps at night. The last couple of weeks, my legs have felt bad. Not exactly sore but tired. I would feel a dull pain in my lower leg or right below the back of my knee.
I started doing some research and although I had no swelling or red spots, many of my symptoms were similar to symptoms associated with leg clots. Apparently, DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis - aka leg clots) is a risk factor in obese people but the patch increases the risk by 60%.
I stopped taking the patch and I'm looking at the nuva-ring or going back on depo-provera.
Just thought it might be helpful to pass this information along.