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Comment from: LF, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 31

In January of this year, I suffered a pinched nerve in my back. It affected my right leg, which got numb and weak. I sat in my chair for the better part of 3 weeks, for I couldn't straighten my leg. I couldn't even sleep in my bed. I was stuck to my Lazy Boy pretty much for the duration. I decided on chiropractic care to relieve the nerve in my back. It worked, but I was still having problems with my knee. I still couldn't put any weight on it. Two weeks ago this past Monday I was working on a bathroom faucet, on my knees, moving around. Within an hour of this activity, I started to get short of breath. I thought it was a chest cold, so before that night, I took some cough medicine. The next day, I still felt a heaviness in my chest and the shortness of breath was worse, but I waited 2 days before I called anybody. That indecision almost killed me, for when my son came over to take me to the emergency room Thursday night, I was so weak and winded I couldn't leave the house. We called 911 and shortly thereafter found out I had pulmonary embolism in both lungs, about 6 clots in all, but it could have been worse. My medical team is pretty certain, that these clots came from that same right leg that was disabled some 2 months earlier. I've been home for a week, now wearing my medic alert necklace for warfarin, and taking it easy. Please don't procrastinate like I did. I have 5 grandchildren, and a wife of 36 years. They almost lost me because I waited to say anything.

Comment from: deb, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 28

I am a 54 year old woman and was hospitalized with a very large saddle pulmonary embolism last November. I had been very unwell with shortness of breath, palpitations, a terrible cough, and chest and back pain. I am on Xarelto for life and have suffered depression and anxiety. It's been a long and painful journey and my biggest fear is that the clot will recur.

Comment from: bwegley, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: August 20

Three years ago, I had weeks of gasping for air and dizziness. I was told by the general physician (GP) that I was anemic and given a prescription for ferrous sulfate. I took it as prescribed but the symptoms worsened. I was barely able to walk from one room to another without sitting down to catch my breath. When I visited my GP, he immediately admitted me to the hospital. I was anemic and several other tests were given. A cardiologist visited and ordered a CT scan and x-rays of my lungs. They were filled with blood clots and I'd had a minor heart attack from leaking around my heart. I was given heparin IV then injections of something of which I can't remember the name, and then put on 5 mg warfarin, given iron infusions and blood transfusions. After 4 days in the hospital, I was released and have been on 2 mg warfarin daily since then. During the past 3 years I have had 2 additional Iron infusions; the last one a year ago. The dizziness and shortness of breath is occurring again and getting worse. A blood test was taken and my CBT was 10; if the rest of the test shows no persistent anemia, I am to see the GP.

Comment from: Sara, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 04

I was recently diagnosed with bilateral pulmonary embolism (blood clot(s) in both lungs). I woke up one morning with severe right side rib pain. When I sat up in bed I was short of breath. I gradually got up and slowly moved around. The shortness of breath subsided but I had the severe pain. I took Advil and a hot bath. Eventually the rib pain subsided. Within the next few days my left calf felt achy and a hard sensation. One night I had a nagging feeling and headed to the emergency room. D-Dimer blood test, and CAT scan with contrast was done. I was diagnosed with bilateral pulmonary embolism. An internist decided to keep me overnight. I started blood thinners in the hospital (pills) and because my condition did not worsen, I was released the next day. The internist highly suspected my birth control pills as the cause. He wants to rule out other possible causes and will be sending me to a hematologist and echo cardiogram. I'm taking blood thinner pills too.

Comment from: JudeM, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 10

Besides childbirth, the pain from the pulmonary embolism (PE) was the most unbearable I have ever experienced. I am 48 years old, a non-smoker and overall quite healthy. I have been very tired for the past few months and I noticed getting winded just going up 14 steps to the bedroom. I figured I was out of shape because I haven't been walking in the lousy weather. The pain woke me up out of my sleep about 1:30 in the morning. When I got out of bed the stabbing pain took me down to the floor and I couldn't breathe without horrible pain. I cried which made everything even worse. I thought it was a heart attack and figured this was the end. The pain was on my right side from my spine to my breast bone, my shoulder and down my arm. I drove to the emergency room (ER) the next day and they found the PE with a CT scan. I was immediately put on blood thinners and pain medications. I spent 2 and a half days in the hospital. I will be on blood thinners for 4 to 6 months. Bleeding is ridiculous. One little stab, and there was a puddle of blood. Very scary! This whole mess was due to birth control pills. If I knew then what I know now!


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