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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.

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

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Cough (Definition)

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


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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?

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

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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?

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

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I had a pulmonary embolism 3 weeks ago and my breathing is still not great what should I do?

I had a pulmonary embolism 3 weeks ago and my breathing is still not great what should I do?

PE: It may take some time to return to normal after a pulmonary embolus (pe) depending on the location and size of the blood vessels involved. To be on the safe side, you should let your doctor know how you are feeling and double check that you are on the correct dose of blood thinner. ...Read more

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If my child is having difficulty breathing, could this be pulmonary embolism?

If my child is having difficulty breathing, could this be pulmonary embolism?

Not Likely: Unless your child has multiple other serious medical conditions, then it is very unlikely for a child to have a pulmonary embolus. But if your child has conditions which predispose to pe, then please seek prompt medical attention if you are concerned. ...Read more

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D dimer 1100 - reference up to 500. Right side chest pain when breathing in. Pulmonary embolism?

D dimer 1100 - reference up to 500. Right side chest pain when breathing in. Pulmonary embolism?

Maybe PE.: The d-dimer test in and of itself is not diagnostic of PE, but an elevated level is suggestive of such. Would need confirmatory testing with either CT angiogram or ventilation/perfusion scan. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Pulmonary embolism: It is safest to consult your doctor. Tests should be done to exclude pulmonary emboli as the reason for your symptoms as Warfarin does not offer 100% protection. If emboli have been excluded, other test could be done, eg. To check for reflux. ...Read more

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2 Negative D-Dimer tests but extreme chest pain, difficulty breathing, exhaustion and rapid heart rate. Could I have a Pulmonary Embolism?

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

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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?

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

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Do you cough up blood with a pulmonary embolism?

Do you cough up blood with a pulmonary embolism?

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

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Is it common to cough up blood with a pulmonary embolism?

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Is it common to cough up blood with a pulmonary embolism?

Possibly: If the blood clot is lodged in the periphery of the lung, it can cause a pulmonary infarction, part of the lung tissue dies leading to bleeding. You can therefore cough up blood. This is an uncommon presentation. The majority of patients do not have this symptom. ...Read more

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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%?

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

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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?

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?

Possible: I would see your primary care doctor as soon as possible, especially if shortness of breath persists. They will be able to determine. This might even be an instance to go to the ER. It is difficult to determine based on the evidence in the question. ...Read more

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Could I have a pulmonary embolism as a result of deep vein thrombosis?

Could I have a pulmonary embolism as a result of deep vein thrombosis?

Yes: Pulmonary embolism is the most serious consequence of a deep vein thrombosis but is an uncommon occurrence. ...Read more

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What is someone surviving deep-vein thrombosis and/or pulmonary embolism?

What is someone surviving deep-vein thrombosis and/or pulmonary embolism?

Many: There are many who have survived and have done well with anticoagulation or filter use to prevent further enlarging pe. ...Read more

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Are there any connections between the deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism?

Are there any connections between the deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism?

Cause and effect: Deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot that forms in the veins, often in the legs, but also in other places. If a clot breaks loose and travels to the lungs, it is called pulmonary embolism. A pulmonary embolism can be fatal. ...Read more

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After pulmonary embolism, how long should I wait until I can exercise again?

After pulmonary embolism, how long should I wait until I can exercise again?

No wait: As long as you are followed by a doc and take the right medication.

No need to stop exercise. ...Read more

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Is there a connection between the deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism?

Is there a connection between the deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism?

Yes: Thrombus (clot) within the deep veins of the legs, arms, and pelvis may travel to the pulmonary arteries in the lungs and cause pulmonary embolism. ...Read more

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How to tell if it's deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism? What are the major differences?

How to tell if it's deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism? What are the major differences?

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

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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?

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

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Can there be any connection between the deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism?

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

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If I had pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis, would I know it or are they "silent killers"?

Need evaluation: 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

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How can I best prevent pulmonary embolism if I had a deep vein thrombosis?

How can I best prevent pulmonary embolism if I had a deep vein thrombosis?

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

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Is operation the only alternative for deep vein thrombosis with pulmonary embolism?

Is operation the only alternative for deep vein thrombosis with pulmonary embolism?

No: In fact, surgery is almost never indicated for pulmonary embolism or dvt. Almost all cases can be treated effectively with blood thinners. ...Read more

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Why don't people in comas develop deep vein thrombosis (dvt) and then die of a pulmonary embolism?

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

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What can I do to best prevent pulmonary embolism if I have a deep vein thrombosis?

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

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Embolus (Definition)

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


Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more