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Comment from: PE and Travel, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 12

I have a confirmed pulmonary embolism. I wonder if there is any risk if I travel by air.

Comment from: Chazeen, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 02

I have just been diagnosed with angina. During the past week I presented to the emergency room and was diagnosed with a suspected pulmonary embolism. I was discharged and referred back to my doctor for further assessment. He wasn't very helpful so I have made another appointment with my cardiologist. I have been experiencing the following symptoms: burning pain across the chest which gravitates to either side; a feeling that I can feel my heart in my throat; a dry cough and pains in my back both sides at lower lung level. A couple of times thought that I was going to pass out. When I breathe in, I feel that I am not getting full breath. I also have a gurgling sound around my left lung. My appointment with my doctor is tomorrow.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 19

I am a female, 49 years old, non-smoker, on oral contraceptives since age 16 for family planning and long heavy menses and gradually worsening shortness of breath. I excercise almost daily, but found I could not do the easiest of my step videos without my heart racing to over 150bpm. As I have gained almost 30 lbs over the year, I thought I was just "out of shape," but then could not walk up stairs without heavy breathing and my heart racing. Bloodwork, chest x-ray showed to be normal and pulmonary function tests were normal except for slightly decreased diffusing capacity (oxygen not transferring to the blood like it should). A CT scan yesterday showed multiple emboli.

Comment from: Ant, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 14

45-year old male. Non smoker, non-drinker. Office job. Clinically obese, but six foot six muscular ex-athlete. Infrequent long-distance walker. No classic pre-conditions (no long distance flying, surgery, trauma etc). Diagnosed PEs to both lungs. Onset for me was very rapid - over 2-3 days before collapse. First sign: uncomfortable getting to sleep - required extra pillows to raise head/chest. Breathlessness walking up stairs. Briefcase became heavy to carry. Unable to walk fast. General fatigue. Finally, 2 days later, upon even minor exertion - shortness of breath, rapid shallow breathing, very rapid heart rate, weakness in legs and arms, pains in chest, arms, back and head. Dizzy episodes. Collapse.

Comment from: riverrat46, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 12

In 2000 I became very short winded. I went to four different doctors with the same prognosis and they couldn't find anything wrong.I had nuclear stress test, EKG (electrocardiogram), a stress test, and a Doppler of the heart. I was told I was all right, even though I knew better. December 2, 2008 all of a sudden, I couldn't get my breath and had some of the worst pain I have ever had on the left side of my chest. I thought it was a heart attack. A test showed a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in the right lower extremity, with a pulmonary embolism (PE) in both lungs. I am now on warfarin for the rest of my life. My lung doctor told me I was very lucky to be alive. Being a wild land firefighter I had to walk a lot so I stayed in shape. If you come down with shortness of breath and they can't find a reason, get them to check for blood clots in your lungs. I am very blessed to be alive and hope this will help someone. They can do blood work and if you have anti-platelet syndrome (also called Hughes Syndrome) you will need to be on warfarin.

Comment from: Shell, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 12

My Doctor suspected that I had a clot in the lung. I had pain in my chest and my blood tests showed a clot. I am 6 months pregnant. At hospital they pressed my sternum and said it wouldn't hurt if it was a clot, and diagnosed me with inflammation of the sternum. Today I had to go to Dr as I was having squeezing pains which were pretty terrible. It felt like a heart attack. The doctor gave me some Gaviscon and the pains stopped, but still have sore chest and hurts when I breathe. He said I am having esophagus spasms and prescribed Losec, which I haven't taken yet.

Comment from: cazzie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 07

At first I found I was breathless “ I thought I had over myself with work), so ignored it then I started having tightness in my chest. I put that down to indigestion. Then I was like I was fighting to breathe. The pain got so severe that if I laid down, the pain would intensify. It got so that I couldn't breathe and I couldn't walk without gasping for air. I went to the emergency room and that is where I learned that I had pulmonary embolism in both lungs.

Comment from: Linda Vaughn, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 26

I was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism on December 14th and remained in ICU for 5 days before going to CCU. I was on Heparin and Coumadin and I am still taking Coumadin 5mg one day and a pill and a half the next because my doctor said that my Coumadin level was at 1.6. I had a blood clot in the left leg that moved to my lungs and I was told that I had saddle clots in both of my lungs. I am back to work and back in school taking classes twice a week. I still tire easily but I do make sure that I rest as needed.

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