Lensa Welch has been writing on HubPages for over nine years. With Xarelto, I don't have to have my blood levels checked like you do on Coumadin. I've had this pain for years and all test have come back normal except all CTs for past 3-5 years have shown some slightly larger lymph nodes and haziness in my masenteric abdominal region. here is the link https://www.facebook.com/groups/apsca/. My levels became therapeutic fairly soon after my 3 day stay in the hospital and I've been taking 10 mg Warfarin daily. Over time, the tissue heals, but it can take three months to a year or more for a person’s lung function to return to pre-COVID-19 levels.” Lena Welch (author) from USA on January 25, 2014: Thank you! Taking actions to stop blood clots from forming in the legs also can help to protect an individual against pulmonary embolism or the clot from moving from the leg to the lungs. He directed us to a bed and told Pete not to move around. For most people with a pulmonary embolism or a blood clot in the lung, the recovery time will take several weeks to months to recover completely. But the hematologist that visited me in the hospital put me on Zeralto she said it would be easier no blood tests or special diet, and sent me home as I did not need to wait for the meds to reach the therapeutic level. He wouldn't recommend anything else right now - at least for me (I have a clotting condition). Now we are just trying to piece together the puzzle. Clot busters are a high risk treatment but can be a lifesaver for an unstable patient. Placed on Zarelto. At next meeting with my doctor, he will discuss additional steps to be implemented going forward. They also think another injury caused the second clot in the same place as there was one very old and one new. But when clots break free and travel through the bloodstream, they can block blood flow to essential organs such as the lungs (causing a pulmonary embolism) … Recovery is different for everyone – it can take weeks, months or years and some people deal with the physical and emotional challenges of surviving a blood clot for the duration of their lives. and had an EXERCISE cardiopulmonary stress test. You're at higher risk if you or any of your family members have had venous blood clots or pulmonary embolism in the past. Medical experts have reported unusual blood clots in people with COVID-19. The breathing problems from that cause coughing, mild shortness of breath, chest pain, and fast heart rate. Gasping is my term for breathing harder and faster than what ordinarily would be expected. Now I'm back to low level mountain biking. In June 2010, I felt a pain in the right side of my upper chest that I thought at first was just gas pain. I hope so as I can't picture mixing them! So I am still taking it day by day. I travel frequently for work and just. Started me on Xarelto. If you're on a load of meds including antibiotics and your docs need you to be on warfarin get blood work checked early and quickly. This was such helpful information. If you have a life-threatening pulmonary embolism, our surgeons may need to perform an open embolectomy using general anesthesia. All rights reserved. It works quickly and is frequently overlapped for numerous days with a sonant anticoagulant, like … As of now- months later I still can't walk up a trail 50 yards without my o2 dropping. I was nauseous as anything. Now, a year later, I manage to walk about 5 miles and even to jog slowly nearly 2 miles. I am currently taking Lovenox injections and taking Coumadin trying to get my INR up to 2.25. How another PE may kill me. A single copy of these materials may be reprinted for noncommercial personal use only. Blood clots and blood vessel problems COVID-19 can make blood cells more likely to clump up and form clots. I know after reading it and the many comments following that I am NOT alone. I am still depressed though as I am generally an up person and active. The blood clot was confirmed and it was also confirmed that he has no blood clotting disorder, they believe the clots he has were caused by trauma. Started aqua zumba exercises 3 weeks ago, then chest pain and shortness of breath for the last 3 days. I was reading and relaxing on a chair at home. I am now on Lovenox and Coumadin. And, in COVID-19, microscopic clots may restrict blood flow in the lungs, impairing oxygen exchange. All I remember is, on the fateful day, feeling a bit dizzy - then I began struggling for air. Surgery is not the only kind of … Blood clots in lungs recovery. Kearon C, et al. I was in the hospital for 4 days. i am very lonely and need help. Thank you so much for your article! The dehydration from the ordeal was pretty bad... about 6%. Walking will also help to prevent new clots. There is no recovery time for the pulmonary embolism. Five years after that, he went to hospital again with excruciating back pains and was coughing up blood - he couldn't lay or sit down with this. Thank you for your insight and words of encouragement. Most often the problem occurs in hospitalized patients who do not move out of bed and walk for prolonged period of time. I've been put on Xarelto (no Coumadin for me, apparently), and am hoping my nasty upper back pain (which is what brought me to the doctors in the first place) and fatigue subside soon. I was diagnosed in March, 2015, with multiple bilateral PE. Blood work is checked day and night to keep your heparin dose at the correct, safe level and to see how your warfarin treatment is progressing. Blood clots are rare in young, healthy people. I felt fine until I tried to walk to a friend's house and found myself short of breath after a couple of minutes. And to top off the bad news, they found 2 x 21mm gallstones, which I cannot remove as am on blood thinners. A month ago I wore a heart monitor for two days at home, still no communication from the hospital. Normal PFTs (while sitting), negative cardiac stress test though told at the end I had a VERY POOR exercise tolerance. RSNA. All of these people may have different thoughts about your situation. in 2009 I went for surgery to remove blood clots from both my lungs. I could feel intense pressure and throbbing in my ears, kind of like a displaced headache. My EKG and echocardiogram were typical and showed no damage. My vitals were fine and I was safe. I am not an alarmist, but wonder if I should be? I have small cloths in both lungs and larger clots in my legs. On warfarin for life now. Many people with pulmonary embolisms never get a diagnosis until they are being autopsied. I still occasionally have twinges in my legs and have not felt 100% yet. I felt a very heavy weight pressing on chest. It got worse though a few days ago. The osteopath confirmed it was likely to be a slipped disc and worked on him as well as giving him exercises to do at home. I'm trying so hard not be afraid. Going back to my old Rheumy! Then, suddenly (12 hours later) I woke up in the ER being told that I had collapsed and suffered a "massive pulmonary embolism" and that I was very lucky to be alive. 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. Im worried. Grandparents and other relatives live past 100. I pushed my pulmonologist when he blew me off (I'm a nurse and will not accept that for my patients, won't for myself either!) I now deal with shortness of breath many days, feel like I have the flu, chest pains, leg pain, headaches, dizziness, you name it. I also did not have most of the visible symptoms of DVT, just a lot of pain and a little warmth behind the knee. While in the hospital I researched my diagnosis. I've been on medical leave for a while already for a condition called Pseudotumor Cerebri- fancy words for too much fluid in my head that puts pressure on everything. With treatment, the body has a cha… At this point we were at the end of our tether as Pete was getting worse everyday and our baby was only 4 weeks old. What Causes Blood Clots In Lungs After Surgery? Above all talk to your doctor. My Doctor advised me this tablet for life time. Vitals are good and ultrasound showed nothing. He was able to quit smoking and we stayed on top of any illness. So I caught a taxi to the hospital and fronted up to the triage desk. This therapy prevents new clots from forming. Doctors think my big problem is my 60 mile (90 minute) morning commute. I'm on warfarin (alternating 3 and 4 mg each day) Others feeling like this? In addition, some medical conditions and treatments put you at risk, such as: Blood clots are more likely to form during periods of inactivity, such as: Pulmonary embolism can be life-threatening. No travel for the next couple months. Blood Clot Treatment and Recovery A Patient’s Guide Here are steps you can take to reduce the ... • 2-4% of PE patients will have chronic lung damage (thromboembolic pulmonary hy-pertension) ... clot busting system time to dissolve existing blood clots. 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. If any of them are severe, or you are not sure whether they resemble a clot or recovery, you should go to the emergency room and tell them that you had a recent PE. I am currently taking xarelto and not quite sure of my next steps. I am sorry you have had to be a survivor twice. I imagine the clots, although there were a lot of them, must have been very small because all my vital signs were normal. So far, no signs, so I haven't asked him. These need to be treated so you can go back to living! A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot that occurs in the lungs. This may happen when you are immobile for long periods, such as after surgery, during a long trip in an airplane or car, or if you must stay in bed for an extended time. Thank you for collecting all this information and offering it here at this website. Only to find I had an extensive DVT and bilateral PE. Good news is that so much is known about warfarin. Always fatigued and tired. 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. Although anyone can develop blood clots and subsequent pulmonary embolism, certain factors can increase your risk. “There’s the initial injury to the lungs, followed by scarring. Please feel free to check us out at aps-internation.ca or www.anitphospholipidsyndrom.com or www.aps-canada.com Thanks, and keep up the great work! and blood clot following an ankle surgery. My (worthless) advice is don't get too wrapped around the axle about various numbers unless they change or hit some obvious bad zone. Blood clots can cause life-threatening events like strokes. Warfarin has to be at a fairly precise level in order to work well. Live with intention and appreciate your body. Went back to the GP with the results and was sent immediately to see a Respiratory Consultant. Ironically, in February and March, my thyroid and one functioning vocal cord went nuts during this time. I didn't have any pain in my lungs and still don't. The new doctor we saw referred him back to the hospital as an out patient in ACU the next day. 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. 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!) If still there (which I think they are) I am hoping they will be gone after a year or two on thinners. Only allowed to "walk" as exercise for the next couple weeks, then I enter a local cardiac rehab program (as happened the last time, I also had afib during this episode). For the first few weeks you may be going once a week or so. At 12 weeks, this measure dropped to 56%. There is so much confusing information out there and I think this forum helps ease a lot of my worries. Within an hour, Pete was blue lighted by ambulance to the Royal Free Hospital in London. Pulmonary embolism symptoms can vary greatly, depending on how much of your lung is involved, the size of the clots, and whether you have underlying lung or heart disease. My husband was diagnosed several years ago with emphysema. I am not the kind of person to sit by and wait to get better. All is well here. Never drank, took drugs or over counter meds in my life so most likely caused by anticoagulant medication. How can i tell if ill have permanent problems from these clots and if so what could they be? He said it is negative and is sending me back to my cardiologist and referring me to a new vocal cord specialist (first one told me my cord was 'aged'! Blood clots are semi-solid masses of blood that may be immobile (thrombosis) and impede blood flow or dislodge to other parts of the body (embolism). Or, he or she may advise surgery if your blood clot is causing severe tissue injury. Am on Xarelto (for next 6 months) and apart from the feeling of having something sitting on my chest whenever I lie down, I'm otherwise going about my normal routines. For … Thank you! Everyone else in the ward was complaining about how cold it was. They tested him for a kidney infection which was clear and gave him pain killers. On Eliquis now with some NAL liver damage. That isn't too bad. now I get out of breath just on the excecise bike after 3 mins. After surgery 40 yrs ago had a PE. I have a cough off and on and shortness of breath. Shyron E Shenko from Texas on March 06, 2014: Hi Lwelsh, thank you for sharing this for all of us who may not know what PE is (me) but I know what an aneurism is (Count down to a Miracle) and I know what Coumadin is. My blood pressure was 200/90 for a few days. I am only 52. I made a drive to and from Michigan to get stuff from grampa's house last weekend. Thank you !!! Went to er because of severe calf pain, swelling and shortness of breath. I give thanks to God every day that he spared my life that night. © 1998-2021 Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER). Turned out I had multiple embolisms in both lungs. Anise oil is often used as a muscle relaxant and anti … It can harm part of the lung due to restricted blood flow, reduce oxygen levels in the blood, and affect other organs too. I am 49. 3 months off warfarin. Thumbs up, Sharing and now following you! There have been a lot of ups and downs. What is blood clots in lungs? I then spent five days in cardiac intensive care. That was my first night. I would think that asking for an echo isn't a bad idea. Some patients die before they even know that they have a PE. Breathing exercises and GERD medication helped that to become manageable. I was not prepared for anything, as I drove around for tests on my own. Rae uk. Accessed Nov. 16, 2019. Now I am fighting hard to not sink into depression, although I can feel it knocking on the door at times. Annals of Internal Medicine. Blood clots most often start in the legs and travel up through the right side of the heart and into the lungs. For many people this will mean an INR between 2.0-3.0. These tests should include a doppler (ultrasound) of your legs (both calf and thigh areas) to check for additional clots and an echocardiogram to evaluate damage that may have been done to your heart. She was misdiagnosed at first, but her persistence in seeking further care saved her life. I was on there a lot during my recovery period. Another said I need Dr House!! In desperation we tried a chiropractor, he informed Pete that he would need £850 worth of sport massage to correct the problems with his 'back'. And I am now 2 weeks out of the hospital after a PE so encompassing that I had to have tPA to save my life. Get adequate rest and follow your doctor’s guidance on when to return to a normal routine. I'm struggling with recovery as I thought I'd get some blood thinners and oxygen for a while. the night it happened I was on my way home when i just didn't feel right. Docs say it is nothing to worry about. Wish I could afford health insurance. I would guess I am around 85% recovered. I think you've relieved my anxiety more than anyone. Woke up feeling like i wasnt getting enough oxygen. This had a major effect on Pete as he was getting slightly better but when he INR was too low he went back to being very ill again. You learn to live with the physical symptoms and setbacks. I thought it was overly warm but I was sweating so much that eventually the wet bedclothes made me cold. Accessed Nov. 16, 2019. I would love any feedback on chest sensations if anyone else has experienced them. Most of us don't have stereotypical symptoms and the symptoms we do have overlap with other diseases. So my question is, has anyone else experienced something similar and if so, how long does it last? Any use of this site constitutes your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy linked below. Thanks for publishing this article it did help in parts but i still have so many questions i am 22 i was 21 when i was digonesed with factor v i was under warfrin and tinzaparin injections for a year now im free of PE but im constantly thinking i have them any suggestions of what the doctor can test me for thanks im from the uk. The doctor changed his medications around but he passes out when breathing a bit hard. Did have echocardiogram yesterday. I had an echo but it was just to look for thickening of the muscle due to strain from having a massive PE. I was losing my voice, the quality changed and had to have a motility study and speech therapy. Am on warfarin and asprin plus many meds for CHF and antibiotics as a precaution that the removal of my colon did not have problems. Recovering from pulmonary embolism will take some work, both on your doctor’s part and on yours. Again, thank you for just taking the time to read my story. Doctors may treat or prevent blood clots by prescribing blood-thinning medications. Goringe Accountants from London, UK on September 21, 2014: Great information and also some amazing comments! A PE is usually a VTE that travels from the leg to the lungs. I’ve been to the er several times because of chest pains and they ran lots of blood tests and did x rays, I was told everything was normal. Was in a wheelchair for 9 months in a nursing home. I started feeling a lot better when I stopped it. 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. 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