many times, just the fact tha the legs are elevated is enough to stop the pain. Definitely is extremely uncomfortable when legs are lowered - almost immediately. Interesting thought using ice. Have always heard that heat is the desired medium to use. Hey, if it works - hooray. Watch the legs for swelling, redness, temperature and pain in the calf. Stay in close touch with doctor. I believe that the incidence for a DVT (deep vein thrombosis - in other words a clot) may just possibly be higher with a history of a thrombophlebitis. If you ever bump, briuse, or injure a leg in any way, be especially alert for symptoms - and your doctor will be your best ally - don't be afraid to ask question if you have any doubt. That's what we all have a doctor for. Keep those legs up - good luck.