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Comment from: acorns21, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: September 02

At age 77 I had a pulmonary embolism (PE) while resting in my recliner. I was fairly active walking my large dog 2 times a day, and had not traveled in over 2 years. Hospital stay was 3 days, I was put on heparin, then Coumadin. Doctor tried warfarin but it made me really sick. It caused a very painful swollen upper right of abdomen. I stayed on Coumadin for 6 months. After 10 days I was able to walk the dog again and drive short distances. I see both heart and lung specialists once a year and all seems to be fine. From reading other blogs I see that I am not your typical PE patient.

Comment from: Dr. Jay, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 05

After a long bike ride (3 days, 100 km per day at 80 degrees) I got shortness of breath. It is 1 year out with a pulmonologist since finding the pulmonary embolism, doing Symbicort, 2 inhales BID, warfarin 7.5 mg SID. I have plateaued with treatment. I am reasonably functional, can ride 100 km, needing 1 hit of albuterol after 40 miles. I was told I've got asthma and COPD, but am 'insensitive to obstruction'. I am grossly dissatisfied with treatment results, but maybe I'm just old. I am currently on short term prednisone at 20 mg SID for 4 days, then 10 mg SID for 4 more days. Expiratory force monitor is 300 first thing in the morning and then goes to maybe 400 midday.

Comment from: Lucy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 09

I had a vein ablation (leg). A week later I was in hospital with AE (arterial embolism) and PVT (portal vein thrombosis). Today (4 days out of hospital) doctor reduced my blood thinner. My level was in the 4 range. Tonight I'm experiencing back and chest pain.

Comment from: Laurela, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 04

Five weeks after ankle tendon surgery (on Lovenox for the three weeks that leg was immobilized), I returned to biking for exercise and very light weight work in the gym. I woke up a couple mornings later thinking I'd pulled a muscle, at my shoulder and middle ribcage. The pain grew worse, and it became impossible to draw full breath. At the hospital, they did a CT scan with dye and found several emboli in lower lobes of both lungs. I'm now on Xarelto for foreseeable future. In the interest of disclosure, I do have the C677T clotting disorder and had made two short flying trips within three weeks of ankle surgery.

Comment from: Ray W, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: February 06

I felt a very heavy weight pressing on chest. The pain was exacerbated by lying on my back. I thought I was having a heart attack. Initial treatment at the hospital indicated the doctors were also suspicious of a heart attack. I had a CT scan, where the doctors found an embolism in left lung. I am now on Lovenox and Coumadin.


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