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Another pulmonary embolism
Old 09-09-2013, 10:33 AM   #1
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Another pulmonary embolism

"Another" as in, my first, but I see there are some older threads on similar subjects.

In my case it happened after a 12-hour and 6-hour drive on successive days. Woke up in a motel when half-way home with acute right-side pain in the rib area. Managed to get to sleep and drive home, then went to the ER. After several hours of checks and tests (putative diagnoses included pinched nerves, kidney/vesicular stones, and at one point trapped wind), they found the PE in the scanner. (My regular doctor's comment this morning: "They should have found it within half an hour".) They also found a plausible site in my leg for a DVT, which is something of a relief as the most likely alternative source of minor clots is cancer.

Anyway, this was all two weeks ago. I spent five days in hospital, getting out just in time to go on a week's vacation. I'm now wearing thigh-length stockings every day and taking Xarelto, the new all-singing, all-dancing blood thinner that is replacing Warfarin (no management required, no need to avoid eating foods with vitamin K, and it only killed a couple more people than the alternatives during clinical trials).
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Didn't you already start a thread about your PE? A short hospital stay

Scary stuff...
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I'm confused. Did you have a second pulmonary embolism? Or is memory loss to blame for the duplicate threads?
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I'm confused. Did you have a second pulmonary embolism? Or is memory loss to blame for the duplicate threads?
Cr*p. Yep, memory loss. Aargh.
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Cr*p. Yep, memory loss. Aargh.
No problem. My goodness, with all you have been through, surely it deserved a second thread for emphasis. I hope you recover smoothly and soon.
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taking Xarelto, the new all-singing, all-dancing blood thinner that is replacing Warfarin (no management required except for the need to constantly make notes to counter the dreadful memory loss).
Fixed it for you.
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I had the DVT (sat too long one day), did the Warfarin therapy, and have had no problems since. I was lucky I didn't have the PE, as you did (or something worse). I'm not on any meds now except the daily baby aspirin (81 mg).
I've kept using the stocking when I know I'll be immobile for long periods (the recommended exercises may work well when flying on a plane, but I'm sure not going to give up sleeping on those flights over the pond).
Good luck to you!
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