Hello again! This means most of the time you don't see a specialist and the whole system is fairly slack! Pulmonary embolism recovery experiences vary greatly from patient to patient. Pulmonary embolism is a blockage in one of the pulmonary arteries in your lungs. In these cases the patient will stay in the hospital for a longer period of time. https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/venous-thromboembolism. A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot that takes place in the lungs. I have chosen to see my hematologist once a year rather than dropping him entirely. Once your medical team has decided that you are safe and stable you may be allowed to use the restroom. That's the thing.. they never really made a fuss about my diagnosis, that made my partner think that nothing will happen to me. I'm not crazy and I'm not the only one worried this will happen again or I might not wake up the next morning. They haven't killed me so I accepted them. Your doctor may prescribe blood thinners for six months or longer to prevent additional clots from forming. I came back again a few days ago with worse pain. I will be on coumadin for life. I was given low molecular weight heparin to self inject until my primary care doctor could get me to therapeutic range. It's now 3 months nearly since Pete has been on this drug and fingers crossed it seems to work well for him. I get a fullness up into my neck like it is going to burst with pain in my eye. Vitals are good and ultrasound showed nothing. I will gladly share your article/experience with anyone I can! Also his feet swell up and are numb all the time. I did not even know what PE was, and what it all meant. The total time this will take depends on the size of the clot. I should be fine. Mine are all gone. Ena Wanliss. I'm on warfarin (alternating 3 and 4 mg each day) Others feeling like this? Your body will get stronger. Medical experts have reported unusual blood clots in people with COVID-19. You've definitely made being a survivor seem more manageable. This is called DVT. Because the clots block blood flow to the lungs, pulmonary embolism can be life-threatening. Despite physical therapy 3 times a week to increase my endurance, I have remained short of breath with activity. With treatment, the body has a chance to heal from pulmonary embolism without the threat of new clots. If your blood oxygen and heart rate look good you will begin to be allowed on supervised walks of the unit. I would love any feedback on chest sensations if anyone else has experienced them. My experience here has been just as you relayed. I've got some good doctors and trust all will be fine. Followed up with my primary care dr 3 days later. The hospital has a scheme whereby a nurse comes to the patient's home every morning to do the INR blood test until the levels are right. What I had to do is to learn the difference to heavy breathing during exercise and gasping for breath and know when I was on the verge of entering into gasping. Accessed Nov. 16, 2019. And I wonder, why was the author not on Xarelto/Eliquis which seems easier to work with than the other blood thinners. Chest. I now deal with shortness of breath many days, feel like I have the flu, chest pains, leg pain, headaches, dizziness, you name it. The experience depends essentially on how prolonged the affected individual had the clots of blood prior to they were identified and cared for and how harsh the pulmonary embolism (PE) was. Thank you so much for your insight! This never worked, he got worse. i know i am old(76) but someone please help me as my GP does not bother to help me and i don't know what to do. Lung damage appears to heal, just takes time: “CT scans at 6 weeks showed lung damage from inflammation and coronavirus-induced fluid accumulation — which shows up as “ground glass” patches — in 88% of patients. I was so lost but began my research so I could once again start to live. Initial treatment at the hospital indicated the doctors were also suspicious of a heart attack. No more problems again. Other than treatment information, however, I found very little information about what the recovery itself would be like. While most people recover from blood clots and are able to return to the activities they enjoy, everyone recovers at their own pace. Thank you for collecting all this information and offering it here at this website. I am wondering if it could be an event that occurred over six months ago. Dealing with the uncertainty. Nonthrombotic pulmonary embolism. That was my first night. Diagnosed 2+ weeks ago with massive bilateral PEs. All tests show no cause after brain, gastro, kidney and liver scans. Here are some things that you might experience once home: While these symptoms are common you should not dismiss them. Good news is that so much is known about warfarin. I met with surgeon (he removed my gullbladder several years ago) and he will remove my lipomas and take a look around my abdominal area via liproscopic surgery. Before the broken hip I was a keen road cyclist thinking nothing of riding 100 miles. Should I be seen again? If you don't trust it you can have more testing to see what it is. Dealing with bouts of depression. The blood does not circulate as it should. If the clot breaks loose and moves through the bloodstream, its called a venous thromboembolism (VTE) and may represent a life-threatening condition. I have a clot in my leg and 3 in my lungs. Doctors are happy with my progress. I still feel chest pain on some days. I only have heterozygous Factor V Leiden. Recovery comes. I have been off of the warfarin for four weeks now and my heart rate fluctuates between 70 and 90 beats. Another trip to A&E the same day and they put Pete on the blood thinning injection and booked him in for an ultrasound a week later on his leg looking for a DVT. The blood leaks and he can hear it. b) A fib and A flutter were a major issue in hospital. It began last Tuesday evening. Thank you!! People who are inactive for long time have increased chance of getting blood clots in lungs. W/C have been around a long time and well known. It is also called pulmonary embolism. These articles were formed in a large part due to Daily Strength. I made a drive to and from Michigan to get stuff from grampa's house last weekend. I was out of work for around 3 months. As a health professional, doctoral student, mother, and caregiver, Ena Wanliss is living the fulfilling life she always dreamed of. Registered charity in England and Wales (326730), Scotland (SC038415) and the Isle of Man (1177). I am finding that colds and other respiratory infections hit me harder and for a longer period of time. I was walking on uneven paving when the heel of my shoe got caught, I fell forward onto my knees and ended up with a small fracture to the tibial plateau of my right leg. This therapy prevents new clots from forming. Pulmonary embolism can also lead to pulmonary hypertension, a condition in which the blood pressure in your lungs and in the right side of the heart is too high. It was a 'Variable Extrathoracic Airflow Obstruction'. Then started having chest pain on Friday & have been told I have PE. He also suffers extreme itching all over, he has a bright red rash and despite using masses of moisturiser, his skin is very dry. Self-induced stress will probably knock you off sooner than life in general and even if it doesn't, it will make your stay less enjoyable :-). My husband fell off a ladder last March, he was rushed into hospital and they discovered multiple clots in his lungs. I knew, though, that I needed to be there—and that the ER doctors would likely save my life. This content does not have an English version. When you will be encouraged to walk the unit is based on what residual heart damage is found and how your body is faring. Each time someone was in I had to get a temperature and blood pressure reading. My primary doc was consulted by phone and a spiral CT scan with contrast dye was ordered. That evening I was placed in the step down unit. It's now been 6 months and I've had my baby. Docs amazed kept telling me they were witnessing a miracle each day I survived. Lena Welch (author) from USA on December 29, 2013: Thank you! My husband had a PE after surgery for a hernia. in 2009 I went for surgery to remove blood clots from both my lungs. I was let out of hospital in august and still have major chest pain shortness of breath. I'm only being checked monthly for my INR. Thank you very much for this article. Both times at home. Thank you for writing this. Those who are not unstable will have calmer diagnosis and treatment. Blood clots in people with COVID-19 tend to differ from those present in people without the disease who have strokes or clots in the lungs. You did the right thing going back and they did the right thing diagnosing you. I was diagnosed 12/6/16 with PE in both lungs as well as a pulmonary infarction in my right lung. It has been a tough struggle though, and I have learned to resign myself to the fate that I will never have the energy or the drive I hade prior to my PE. Bingo! Impressive work. Pooling of blood tends to … Info helpful. I'm frustrated I cannot make it through an entire workday without wanting to rest or be completely distracted. Under control at moment. If you are diagnosed with a PE you are one of the lucky ones. Now, a year later, I manage to walk about 5 miles and even to jog slowly nearly 2 miles. See the stories of satisfied Mayo Clinic patients. They can test you to see if there are any new clots that have shown up. Thank you for your post - I think PE must be the same world wide so it's good to know what lies ahead for me I'm two months post and on warfrain. When I got home and in to see my Dr., he was puzzled. So ER docs out there, ask about any recent bodily trauma. The best you can do for yourself is to stay in communication with your doctor. I was a smoker and still have a drag off hubbies but am doing well on patches and trying to stop. It survived a potentially lethal assault. Thank you for your insight and words of encouragement. The goals a patient must reach in order to be discharged are: The big question that many people have is "what does therapeutic range mean?" The breathing problems from that cause coughing, mild shortness of breath, chest pain, and fast heart rate. Blood thinners or anticoagulants for treating pulmonary embolism (PE) avoid new clots from developing while your body tries to rupture up the blood clots. I am still taking warfarin. For the first few weeks you may be going once a week or so. I now realize I am so lucky to be alive. They're done heart scan (no damage). It was an excellent read I too had a pe and suffer from asthma like symptoms and the cramp like pain you experienced. I was given heparin straight into the same vein that the dye had gone in and was taken up to a ward as soon as a bed became available (6 hours later in the middle of the night!) It was successful, and now I am on blood thinners for the rest of my life. Blood clots in lungs recovery. This may give you some things to consider and ask about. You are right about pursuing questions. What you need to remember is, the condition which you have recently suffered is potentially fatal. I am wondering what other studies have found. It's been very helpful. Grandparents and other relatives live past 100. The hospital felt that I would be safe at home as long as I continued a heparin type drug until my INR was high enough. Her articles typically focus on the medical sciences. For this reason, most hospitals are aggressive about taking measures to prevent blood clots, including: The risk of blood clots developing while traveling is low, but increases as long-haul travel increases. Now my goal was simply get back home and see my Dr. He directed us to a bed and told Pete not to move around. Surgery can have many complications and one of them is blood clot in lungs. I am feeling fine except for the continuing reflux, which is temporarily worse because I'm avoiding taking Zantac as it interacts badly with warfarin. com. This is referred to as a pulmonary embolism and can be deadly. This was on Friday July 25th, just a fortnight ago. Pregnancy is still feasible. I'm on warfarin (alternating 3 and 4 mg each day) Others feeling like this? A year makes all the difference in the world! This will give you a lot more freedom and will be a large step in your pulmonary embolism recovery. Not to be the bearer of bad news (although I do have a pessimistic nature to be honest), I think more patients need to be told this – and more doctors need to realize it. Went to er because of severe calf pain, swelling and shortness of breath. Anti anxiety medication as well as asthma medication may help you depending on your circumstances. Blood tests are not finding anything. After I was off the medication for 2 weeks the blood test was done again and came out negative. This is known as pulmonary infarction. Due to the major changes that have happened to me while I am recovering I have been polishing a 9mm round to load into my Glock. I ache all over, but it's not debilitating--- I swell very easily and have had issues with swelling my entire life (with no known cause-BP was always great). Treatment is typically for 3-6 months, although blood thinners may be continued for life if you have a clotting disorder or cancer that increases your risk of another clot. The results make clear that—even in those with a mild-to-moderate infection—the effects of COVID-19 can persist in the lungs for months. I have been on drugs for my Rheumatoid Arthritis for 10 years and I smoked (hoping I've quit for good this time) and I'm obese. I am 14 months out. Like right now. If you have a life-threatening pulmonary embolism, our surgeons may need to perform an open embolectomy using general anesthesia. The first year was tough with lots of false alarm rushing to hospital and extra CT scans I didn't need. A blood clot can be a life-changing diagnosis for many people, and the path to healing is a little bit different for everyone. Taking measures to prevent blood clots in your legs will help protect you against pulmonary embolism. As that pain subsided, fatigue entered the equation. https://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/pulmonary-disorders/pulmonary-embolism-pe/nonthrombotic-pulmonary-embolism?query=Pulmonary%20Embolism%20(PE). I was prescribed Coumadin and sent home. I was sent via ambulance to the ER after fainting and having seizures twice within 15 minutes. I’ve been hospitalized numerous times with blood clots in my lungs. After 4 days in ICU and 2 days in step down room, I was discharged. Life was going on as usual. Thumbs up, Sharing and now following you! I wonder if they have clots and find myself concerned that the twinge of pain is something more. And to top off the bad news, they found 2 x 21mm gallstones, which I cannot remove as am on blood thinners. This makes pulmonary embolism a very serious problem. Mayo Clinic is a not-for-profit organization. Lensa Welch has been writing on HubPages for over nine years. I also have an asthma like condition. Blood clot moving to the lung that causes breathing trouble and risk of death (pulmonary embolism) Your doctor might advise surgical thrombectomy if you have a very large clot. Thank you so much for your article! It's a long road but dooable. I should add that I'm a New Zealander, with the benefit of free hospital care. The pain became so bad for him that he couldn't walk to the kitchen without being out of breath. And, in COVID-19, microscopic clots may restrict blood flow in the lungs, impairing oxygen exchange. I nearly died. Need for interventions. Docs say it is nothing to worry about. If you have never been tested for clotting diseases and conditions in the past, I highly suggest that you insist on a hematologist to run a battery of blood work to determine if you have any clotting conditions. and had an EXERCISE cardiopulmonary stress test. I've learnt more from you then I have the doctors, which I found myself becoming quite emotional & teary! 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