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Pulmonary Embolism Coughing Deep Breathing Exercises
I had a pulmonary embolism in march 2012 and was intubated in icu...I continue to have tightness in my lungs upon deep breathing and pain in my back.
See a physician: After 1 year scar tissue may have developed or the original disease process needs t o be checked. See your physician and they probably will order a followup chest xray. ...Read more
The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more
Middle back hurts when deep breath. Hurts when moving. Been going on for a day. Doesn't hurt when breathing normal. Sound like pulmonary embolism?
No: It doesn't sound like a pulmonary embolism, but it does sound like muscular pain as it hurts with moving. Pleurisy, an inflammation of the lining of the lungs, is also possible but much less likely. Rib injuries should be considered if there was recent trauma. Shortness of breath or fever would be warning signs of pneumonia. By your description, it sounds like muscle pain. ...Read more
Chest pain on right side of chest, pain when breathing esp. Deep breathes, ER ruled out pulmonary embolism, what else could be the cause of this pain?
Pneumonia: Pleurisy, pneumothorax, shingles, liver disease, and intra-abdominal adhesions are common that can cause this type of pain. You need to follow up with your doctor with the test results from the ER so you can get relief from this pain. ...Read more
No: This has no association with pe.Get a more detailed answer ›
I have had chest pain for a few days. It feels worse when stressed or breathing deeply. I also feel like I am having reflux. I had pulmonary embolism in April and on Warfarin - not sure if this relates?
2 Negative D-Dimer tests but extreme chest pain, difficulty breathing, exhaustion and rapid heart rate. Could I have a Pulmonary Embolism?
D-Dimer: The D-Dimer test is helpful in diagnosing a PE, but not definitive and required to have same. See the Lung Dr. With your symptoms and assure you get a complete and continuing work up of your issues. Best wishes. ...Read more
Strange dropping sensation in chest, makes breathing short and heart fast. Ct scan clear, chest xray clear, not pulmonary embolism or dvt. What is it?
Event recorder: Supraventricular tachycardias are fairly common in young adults. This can cause similar symptoms. To know if that is the case, you need to have an event recorder to determine what is your heart rythm when you are having the symptoms. Transient atrial flutter or other supraventricular tachycardia with rapid ventricular response could cause it. Cut caffeine, nicotine and stress. Beta blocker. ...Read more
Sometimes...: Coughing up blood, or hemoptysis, can be a symptom of pe. Hemoptysis is a symptom that always requires an evaluation because it can be a sign of malignancy. These diagnoses are life-threatening so always see a doctor if hemoptysis is present. ...Read more
Convinced I'm going to drop dead pulmonary embolism two neg d diners clear chest X-ray ECG normal just tachy hurts to breathe chest cough oxy says 93-97%?
Need reassurance: A chest x-ray will not reveal pulmonary embolus. The negative d-dimer is very reassuring. The most sensitive test for pulmonary embolus is Chest CT with contrast. Ask your doctor about the need to have that test performed, at an American College of Radiology approved facility (for quality measures) if possible. ...Read more
Pain/swollen vein in right calf for 2 weeks, shortness of breath and small cough for 1 day, risk of DVT. Could I have a pulmonary embolism?
I have a history of DVT and pulmonary embolism. Recently, I developed intense pain in my leg with no swelling. But it's red and painful. I am short of breath and have a nagging dry cough. What should I do?
Many: There are many who have survived and have done well with anticoagulation or filter use to prevent further enlarging pe. ...Read more
As long as you are followed by a doc and take the right medication.
No need to stop exercise. ...Read more
Can be the same: In some patients a DVT leads to pe. In other patient they have one or the other. A DVT is a clot in the deep veins such as the legs, or veins in the pelvis with associated swelling of the legs. A pe is clot in the pulmonary artery in the lung and could be associated with chest pain, shortness of breath, passing out as well as coughing or wheezing. ...Read more
I have a DVT in my right calf and thigh plus bilat pulmonary embolism what type of exercises can I do.?
If you didn't know you had a DVT, could exercise be good for a clot and bust it and get rid of it or would it turn it into a pulmonary embolism?
DVT: If someone suspects they have a DVT, they should always seek medical treatment. It can only be safely dissolved with specific medications monitored by a doctor, often in the hospital. ...Read more
Yes very much: They are highly connected. A deep vein thrombosis [ dvt] is clot in the deep tissue usually the legs. If part of the clot breaks off it will travel to the lungs and cause a pulmonary embolism. [ pe]. To put it another way : pe's pulmonary emboli come from broken off parts of dvts. ...Read more
If I had pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis, would I know it or are they "silent killers"?
Dvt is characterized usually by unilateral leg swelling either from the calf down or thigh down depending on the localization of the clot. Associated symptoms are pain and tenderness in the leg and sometimes increased heat. Pulmonary embolism is usually associated with shortness of breath or fatigue. A venous ultrasound,
d-dimer blood test and, chest ct would be the indicated tests. ...Read more
Need to discuss: This with your doctor. You need to be on blood thinner for at least 6 months. Also have your blood checked to see if it is too thick. Some patients also need an ivc filter (see radiologyinfo. Org). ...Read more
Why don't people in comas develop deep vein thrombosis (dvt) and then die of a pulmonary embolism?
No movement: Yes, people in Comas do develop deep venous thrombosis. In order for a pulmonary embolism to developed. The patient needs to get up and move which causes the DVT to transfer from the legs of the lungs. If the patient doesn't get up, the DVT won't move, the PE will not develop ...Read more
Anticoagulation: As stated anticoagulation of the blood is the treatment for DVT and is effective in preventing pulmonary emboli. Ivc filters should not be thought of as the treatment for dvt. They are useful for patients that can not be anticoagulated due to other diseases. Filters are effective at trapping large embli but do not treat the DVT and do not trap smaller emboli. ...Read more
Usually a blood clot that migrates from one area of the body to another. Most commonly a clot from a leg vein to the lung. It can also pertain to a clot, or atheromatous material that moves from one segment to another, such as cholesterol material in a carotid lesion moving into the ...Read more
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