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Can upper back pain on both sides be a sign of pulmonary embolism?

Can upper back pain on both sides be a sign of pulmonary embolism?

Yes: But there are many more common causes unless there are signs of clotting swelling heart failure.
To determine see your pcp and sort it out. ...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


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Does pulmonary embolism have warning signs first? I'm not having symptoms but I've been on bed rest and trying to get back on feet slowly.

Does pulmonary embolism have warning signs first? I'm not having symptoms but I've been on bed rest and trying to get back on feet slowly.

Chest pain, SOB: Signs of pulmonary embolism include chest pain and shortness of breath. This is an emergency. Preventive steps while on bed rest, aside from taking anticoagulant medication, include frequently flexing and extending the ankles, wearing compression or support stockings, and having the use of a pneumatic compression device. When able, get up and move around as much as possible. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Can palpatations alone be a symptom of pulmonary embolism?

Can palpatations alone be a symptom of pulmonary embolism?

Maybe: Palpitations or irregular heart rhythm may be associated with PE but are also associated with may other things, many of which are benign. Usually there is some other symptom such as chest pain, sweating, shortness of breath or air hunger.
A PE is unusual in a young active person who has not had trauma or surgery ...Read more

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Does your back hurt of you have a pulmonary embolism? And does the pain tend to come and go?

Does your back hurt of you have a pulmonary embolism? And does the pain tend to come and go?

Have you seen a Doc?: Classic presentation of pulmonary embolism is a sudden onset of pleuritic chest pain (pain with breathing/cough); & shortness of breath. Unfortunately, PE may have no obvious symptoms at presentation & that's why it's considered a silent killer! While, symptoms may vary from abrupt catastrophic hemodynamic collapse to gradually progressive dyspnea, pain that comes and goes would be atypical. ...Read more

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I went to emerge with chest pain a while back. If I had a pulmonary embolism would they have found it?

I went to emerge with chest pain a while back. If I had a pulmonary embolism would they have found it?

Test results: A chest radiograph may be normal, EKG changes include SVT and an elevated BNP may be present. If large enough, PEs affect oxygenation and cause shortness of breath. If you had chest pain, you most likely did have a chest x ray, EKG and an oxygen level. If all your screening tests were normal, it is less likely that you had a PE. More details are needed though. ...Read more

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Hi! I have symptoms of pulmonary embolism, but d-dimer test is normal. Is it possible to have pulmonary embolism with normal d-dimer?

D-dimer: Yes a d-dimer can miss a PE if the clot is small or if the test is done too soon or if the test is done incorrectly. The diagnosis is a combination of history, exam, labs, and radiology studies as well as clinical judgement. ...Read more

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Had a pulmonary embolism last year in june & was off the medication in feb. Iv been getting really bad upper back pains for 2 months now. Another pe?

Had a pulmonary embolism last year in june & was off the medication in feb. Iv been getting really bad upper back pains for 2 months now. Another pe?

Needs evaluation: Two months is a long time to stay without help for the bad pains, particularly with your medical history. Please see your doctor as soon as possible for proper diagnosis and care. Take care of yourself. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of pulmonary embolism after dvt?

What are symptoms of pulmonary embolism after dvt?

Maybe Many or none: If the clot is big, sudden shortness of beath, chest pain, rapid breathing/heart rate, dizziness/weakness, fatigue, heart failure, blue/cyanotic lips/fingers/toes etc... Some people suffer from chronic embolism--small/tiny clots which may not cause much symptoms at all, but over time can cause more damage. So, if you have trouble wtih DVT etc. Take your meds and follow doc regularly. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does pulmonary embolism pain come and go? Can it make your back hurt?

Repeated PE: Intermittent pain bespeaks of repeated PE, not one PE with recurrent pain
Seek your PMD advice ASAP ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a pulmonary embolism or dvt?

What are the symptoms of a pulmonary embolism or dvt?

Chest pain: For pulmonary embolism: Chest pain, shortness of breath are the most common. Coughing up blood, mild fever can also happen. Fast heart rate may be another sign. You will feel more winded while walking. For DVT: leg pain, swelling in one leg. ...Read more

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What are the symptom s of pulmonary embolism? My daughter has trouble exercising and has swelling and shortness of breath

What are the symptom s of pulmonary embolism? My daughter has trouble exercising and has swelling and shortness of breath

Shortness of breath: Along with shortness of breath, signs of a pulmonary embolism would be coughing that may produce blood, chest pain that worsens when taking a deep breath, lightheadedness, wheezing, increased heart rate. If you are concerned of a possible pulmonary embolism, immediate medical attention is advised. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a pulmonary embolism?

What are symptoms of a pulmonary embolism?

Symptom...: Pulmonary embolism can occur without any symptoms. Some symptoms include sudden onset of shortness of breath, coughing up blood, chest pain, racing heart, etc. The person may have a low oxygen level. If this diagnosis is suspected, go to the er immediately since this can be life-threatening. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a pulmonary embolism?

What are the symptoms of a pulmonary embolism?

Symptoms...: Pulmonary embolus or pe can happen in patients without any symptoms. If there are any symptoms, the most common symptoms are shortness of breath with increased heart rate. The patient tends to have a low oxygen level. There may be leg swelling if the clot originated in the leg, the most common scenario. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of pulmonary embolism pe?

What are the symptoms of pulmonary embolism pe?

Short of breath: Sudden onset shortness of breath. Sometimes sharp chest pain that changes with breathing. Rapid heart rate and occasionally if big pe dizziness and fainting. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of having a pulmonary embolism?

Pulmonary emboli: Can be large or small, single or multiple. They can also be silent, ; no symptoms. Or they can be fatal and cause very rapid loss of oxygenation and cardiac function. Typical symptoms of smaller emboli would be acute shortness of breath, often associated with chest pain. Swelling in the legs or pain with touching or movement may be related to a common source for the clots from the deep leg veins. ...Read more

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When after the initial symptoms would a pulmonary embolism cause serious problems?

When after the initial symptoms would a pulmonary embolism cause serious problems?

Varies: Initial symptom can be sudden death, then a continuum of possibilities.
Could have pe and no symptoms, to chest pain, shortness of breath, hemoptysis- lung bleeding, arrhythmias, syncope, collapse etc. ...Read more

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Iv got a pulmonary embolism & would like to kno if there are any signs & symptoms that I shud know about & when should I seek medical advice?

Iv got a pulmonary embolism & would like to kno if there are any signs & symptoms that I shud know about & when should I seek medical advice?

Seek care now: Seek immediate medical care. A pulmonary embolism can block the blood from getting adequate oxygen from your lungs. In many cases it is caused by blood clots that travel to your lungs from your legs. This can cause serious illness and even death. Signs include shortness of breath, chest pain, bloody cough, fatigue, and extremity swelling. ...Read more

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Can you have a pulmonary embolism for months? I don't know if it's just a disk problem but awful pain center back/rib/hip area, Have siatica to

Can you have a pulmonary embolism for months? I don't know if it's just a disk problem but awful pain center back/rib/hip area, Have siatica to

Hard to say: Typically Pulmonary embolism would cause worsening issues like difficulty breathing, heart palpitations, fever etc. So unlikely it would go on for months, likely days but you go downhill pretty quick if not treated right away since a PE is an emergency. ...Read more

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I have been having shortness of breath the past few weeks. I'm wondering do symptoms from a pulmonary embolism come and go or do they remain constant?

I have been having shortness of breath the past few weeks. I'm wondering do symptoms from a pulmonary embolism come and go or do they remain constant?

Shortness of breath: Shortness of breath is a very serious symptom and you should go to your physician and get a full exam right away. A physician needs to check your vital signs and see how well you are oxygenating your blood. There are a myriad of causes of shortness of breath and you should be seen immediately whether the onset was sudden or gradual, it is persistent. ...Read more

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Can I get back on hormonal birth control while treating a pulmonary embolism?

Absolutely not: You absolutely cannot take hormonal contraception that contains estrogen when being treated for a pulmonary embolism. In fact you should never go back on any estrogen for the rest of your life. Estrogen is a risk factor for pulmonary embolism and deep venous thrombosis. Consider an iud or another method. ...Read more

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Tender to touch left shoulder, back and ribcage. What could this be? Would it be a pulmonary embolism

Rarely: PE's only rarely have pain to the touch. Common symptoms of PE are chest pain with breathing, shortness of breath, cough with occasional bloody phlegm, dizziness, calf pain and swelling. Some of the risk factors are hormones like birth control pills, recent surgery, smoking, pregnancy, cancer, and prolonged immobility. PE is a life threatening condition, seek immediate treatment if concerned. ...Read more

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Can recurrent pulmonary embolism cause chronic hypoxia and clubbing nails? I have symptoms of pulmonary embolism with blue clubbing nails. Ok d dimer.

Can recurrent pulmonary embolism cause chronic hypoxia and clubbing nails? I have symptoms of pulmonary embolism with blue clubbing nails. Ok d dimer.

I suppose it is: Possible, but have your doctor look for other causes such as structural heart or lung disease. Clubbing can be a sign of longstanding hypoxia, but it is really non-specific. The only way to tell for sure whether or not you have pulmonary emboli is with CT angiogram or pulmonary angiogram. Both are invasive tests, so your doctor will order them only if there is a high clinical suspicion. ...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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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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My question is related to menopause symptoms. I know I cannot take HRT due to a history of blood clots-pulmonary embolism- and TIA. However, is BHRT safe considering this history?

My question is related to menopause symptoms. I know I cannot take HRT due to a history of blood clots-pulmonary embolism- and TIA. However, is BHRT safe considering this history?

No!: Estrogen increases risk of blood clots. Having a history of blood clots (TIA, PE), you need to avoid all estrogen-containing products. This includes oral birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) that contain estrogen. Bioequivalent hormone replacement therapy (B-HRT) does contain a form of estrogen and therefore is as dangerous for you to take as regular HRT. Avoid all estrogens! ...Read more

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I had 9 emboli's in my left lung. Had all symptoms of a pulmonary embolism. I was later told that I had pneumonia. I was never sick nor had a fever.

Occam's razor: If you were diagnosed with multiple pulmonary emboli (CT scan with PE protocol), it isn't unusual to develop pulmonary parenchymal changes and even pleural effusion. The emboli are causing lack of blood supply to the parenchyma and causing tissue death and a release of infammatory markers. Sometimes the changes can be construed as infection when not. Occam's razor applies. ...Read more

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Just had a Pulmonary embolism, constant ulcers on my tongue, IBS symptoms, constant headaches etc could I have Beh├žet's disease?

Bechets: This is an autoiflamatory disease with no known ca;use but has been associated with a vasculitis an possibly inflammatory bowel disease. your symptoms are to general to establish this diagnosis but biopsies may be helpful. There is no specfific treatment other than symptomatic. There isn't enough information to establish that diagnoses ...Read more

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Back Pain (Definition)

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Pulmonary Embolism (Definition)

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