Hope things are going better for you now Craig! My INR was 3.2 and I still developed new clots. I hope you are well, and you are right, we have to be our own advocates. Sent me home with some inhalers and anxiety medicines. Am I considered safe from having another embolism in both lungs. I wish you all the best. I was put on Xarelto immediately while in the hospital, they dismissed me a few hours later. They’ve always shown me to be fine. I go tomorrow for my first inr blood draw. In your case, it is quite common to feel discomfort in your chest after a pulmonary embolism. I am soo happy and relieved I finally Read someone else that is having health issues after their blood clot has disappeared… You can e-mail me here if you like: weebs88@icloud.com. I was initially told 6-8 weeks recovery, which was clearly BS. Now getting to the hospital its a long wait just to get a bed 12 hrs to be exact sitting in the emergency room waiting for my turn. On the not so good side, my wife noticed a lump on back of my knee earlier this week. I assume you had every blood test done right? I could be good for a few hours. Walking up my drive pulling a garbage cart leaves me breathless. This can cause significant pain and swelling during pulmonary embolism recovery and beyond. i still get tearful when I think about my situation. In 2008 I was on my way to climb a mountain and I thought I was having another PE. After nearly 10 days in the hospital on blood thinners I was released. I have got two PE’s so far in my life. This causes so much anxiety in me because I feel I’m not improving. I just want answers. Anyway, eventually she was properly diagnosed and subsequently treated at hospital for nearly 10 days. Do i need to worry? *Light headedness Further investigation by a TEE revealed 3 holes in my heart…which the cardiologist said “has no effect on my blood clots.” I am really scared as I continue to have left side chest pain. I had multiple PEs in 2013 and multiple in 2015. You have questions or concerns about your condition or care. Since they done tests up the wazoo the first time and knew the issue….they hit me with morphine which actually made the pain worse…then a little bit of Dialdid which is pain med that worked while in hospital…gave me 20 Percocet prescription and sent me home. I have a strong family history of clots but the hospital and GP wont do the test because mine happened 5 weeks after surgery. Her blog. There appears to be very little medical information about ‘post PE syndrome’ from the GPs. I had my first pe in 2003. It is now 2017 and I am no better. I was hospitalized for 10 days in December 2015. Not sure if that’s correct… not sure what to do…, Hi Jill- unfortunately I don’t think I could be of much help with your questions – as I am fairly new at this. Sign up below to receive our newsletter every Thursday morning. My chest C.T. But I know after reading everybody’s posts that I am not crazy. Hi my name is Larraine and its actually quite a relief to hear there are other people out there experiencing the same symptoms.I went for minor surgery on my knee last july 2014 and when I came out I collapsed,The paramedics gave me 50/50 chance of living my sats were so low.I had a CT scan and was diagnosed with two massive P E ‘S one in each lung and a DVT.I was in critical care where I was thrombolised which was horrific.I have since suffered post thrombotic syndrome in my leg and post traumatic stress disorder.I still get the pains in my chest and have dizziness,headaches and loss of balance,I will be on warfarin for life.My doctor also doesnt feel that the chest pain is due to the existing problem but I have always felt it is the same pain I was having.Sometimes when you are being told this it makes me feel neurotic!! Did u travel recently? As of recently I’ve been to the point that I treat the Drs, like they treat me, they just look at me like what I’m describing is some otherly world description of what I’m experiencing. A PE is usually a VTE that travels from the leg to the lungs. Hi Jeanette Thank you BTW I’m 57 yrs old. I was put on Tamoxifen for,about three months after my breast cancer, to block estrogen.When my oncologist was notified, he immediately wanted me to stopped when I told I had had Pulmonary Embolism and a DVT in my right left knee. 4 months in, I started to have severe chest pain in different location and intensity than the P.E. Yale Medicine provides extraordinary expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary embolism. Tell me that they have NEVER heard of a patient continue to have these symptoms post P.E. I am told that it is not life threatening so I push myself to do things I enjoy and am back at work part time. I continue to have bouts with shortness of breath as well..and pain upon exertion, coughing and hiccups. It was unprovoked; no risk factors so I’m now on blood thinners for life (Xarelto). You feel lightheaded, short of breath, and have chest pain. It’s almost 3am here in buffalo, ny and i cant sleep….im more so afraid to go to sleep. But that didn’t make sense as I’ve come down 50lbs in the past year, if anything I should be feeling better right? 5 days later still with worsening fevers, dripping night sweats and chest pain, headaches, back, rib pain called doctor on Saturday, sent me back to urgent care, another chest X-ray revealed that I had gotten worse and shouldn’t have on the two antibiotics they said. Pulmonary embolism chest pain. It is now progressed to being fairly debilitating. My heart sustained some damage. i hope you get your answers and advice, God bless you! They say clot is almost completely gone. I had a very large PE 3 weeks ago with ‘severe segmental and subsegmental filling defects worse on left than right’ and multiple smaller clots further in causing atalectasis (collapse). It may look swollen and red. I spent 14 days in the hospital bleeding for 12 of those days and passing very painful clots from my right kidney. Peter, I am writing to thank you for posting. 3 years later I’m still dealing with symptoms. As I mentioned above I’m a rather large individual with a large abdomen, the bruising covers roughly 15-20% of my abdomen to give you an Idea of how significant the bruising actually is. I just experienced my first PE in both my lungs. The testimonies here prove there is something to this, I’m going to continue to push with my Pulmonologist, he is a good man and I think will listen now that I know there are more like me out there too. I had no previous symptoms that I was aware at the time. Was given Lovenox in the hospital and then on Eliquis for one year. This condition is known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Usually rapid heart beat is present. My doctors assure me its not but you know your own body. I hope yours will return to normal functioning as well. Followup apt not till tuesday. Two hours later they call and tell my you have two more PE’s. A pulmonary embolism (PE) is a blood clot in the lung. Some of these conditions are serious and life threatening. Then, What Does A Pulmonary Embolism Feel Like? He has had many procedures and even has a spinal cord stimulator now which gives him about 25% relief but not enough to provide quality of life. Noticed swelling in left foot & ankle. There is no stretching or massaging the pain away. With treatment, the body has a cha… The significant discomfort I felt in my chest continued and worsened over the next few months. Emergency Services were called my blood pressure was 190 over 93. If that doesn’t work, ask for referrals to new doctors. Michelle, Do the CT scan D-Dimer are not always conclusive. Her blog Personal Health Navigator provides advice and answers questions from patients and their families, relying heavily on medical and health experts. He is a non smoker fairly healthy until this. Chest pain all on its own is a common and alarming symptom of pulmonary embolism. explanations? I hope to do the same. I’m now on a very high dosage of blood thinners. When I go to the doctor now they say I’m fine but I still suffer from Post PE. I knew I was going to die from this whatever I had, so I insisted that they find out what was wrong. My advise is that even as much as pain it will be go get a CT scan. Sometimes shortness of breath. I don’t understand why they would put her on naproxen while on blood thinners. I am about 3 months out from having it and I have really bad days with this chest pressure and weakness. We need a support group because the doctors have NO clue!!! Although most people with a pulmonary embolism experience symptoms, some will not. I’ve tried explaining this to my specialist and family dr…no one has ever heard of this..This pain/ discomfort goes in waves. I was reading that Costochondritis pain occurs frequently to the left of the breastbone. I was Immediately admitted for a overnight stay Because, he said, it’s their job and it’s better to be safe. On Eliquis every 12 hrs 10 mg each dose. I have come off oxygen but still need slow release morphine for pain which I have tried twice unsuccessfully to come off. I’ve been to the emergency room 5 times since and each time they say they don’t see any reason for my shortness of breath or any other symptom I’m having. It must be treated quickly to be lifesaving. I had no DVT’s. My affairs are in order, if I check out on the trip, so be it. Three PE’s in less than a month and a half’s time. I can’t even get through the day now being at home as is. I sometimes wonder if I’m clotting even with the warfarin therapy and then after a short time, the clots are dissolving. Pain is the body’s alert system…. Pulmonary embolism’s most obvious symptoms include: shortness of breath that gets worse with exertion chest pain or discomfort that worsens when you bend over, cough, or eat passing out Shes being closely monitored. I started having PEs in 2000, I was a runner and mountain climber, had quite a few of them, doctor always said I was in great physical shape, which I was of course. She was an active volleyball player. My husband told me to just go to sleep which was his awful suggestion before that thankfully i ignored. The leg pains last for a few hours then go away. I am 3 years post PE in my right lung. Take care. And I wrote down every question. Hi I am just kinda worried.. My PE happened 5 weeks after an ankle operation and I had no DVT. *High blood pressure What I need to know is, when to call 911. For these, please consult a doctor (virtually or in person). What bothers me the most is the shortness of breath, and No answers. I am four months past my pe diagnosis and this pain has worsened in the past week or two. I have had several recurring pe’s and although we’ve found the reasons (factor VIII deficiency and Apl syndrome), they have yet to find where the clots are actually coming from. I was diagnosed with a P.E. This was 10+ months ago. Call your doctor if: Your arm or leg feels warm, tender, and painful. Still waiting for answers from someone. I have reached out to my primary doc, but have not heard back about the leg issues. I have tried.. Xarelto.. Eliquis…(gave me very itchy skin and major headaches) now on Pradaxa …Yet another c.t scan the clot is gone..My Issue Is…I have severe back and chest pain. Allergy to many medications. I’m lost and have major complex about my life in general right now. I want to be checked out. I am two months out, on 20mg xarelto, and having intermittent left side chest pain & weakness. BIG change. I am also recovering from bi-lateral pulmonary emboli, and almost six months later continue to experience very similar chest pain (right sided, medial sternum), usually irrespective of exercise, but when I overdo the walking/housecleaning it worsens. Pulmonary Embolism Support Group. I was wondering if they had you just taking a blood thinner or whether you were on blood thinner and Heparin shots too? My 36 yr old dil has stage 4 breast cancer & asked me to take my 4 grandchildren to Fla for spring break since she would be down from a chemo round. Is anyone else in the same boat? I am still getting short of breath, extreme chest pain and tightness in the legs. The hoops I have been jumping through, tests and trying this and that has finally stopped. Recovery from a pulmonary embolism often begins in an emergency room or an emergency squad. 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