This is my second bilateral PE. The first time I only had shortness of breath. This time I was short of breath for the last 2-1/2 months. Both Cardiologist and Pulmonologist missed it. Until I doubled over in pain last Wednesday and could not breathe. I was in the hospital 5 days and just got out last Sunday afternoon. Have to admit, I did a little more today than I have been. I was advised to "take it easy" and that it can take 4-6 weeks to resolve. But tonight the pain is back. Not as bad, but there.
Hi Lynnedz56. Yes, it still takes a while for your lung to heal. I had a PE in June 2008 & could feel a difference in my lung for months afterward. It wasn't severe pain like I experienced initially (it wasn't as if I was giving childbirth through my lung LOL), however, my lung & breathing didn't feel "optimal". Due to this way of feeling, I had some extra tests done to ensure that the clot had actually dissolved & that there weren't any more clots. All clear. :)
I found out last year that I have asthma.
Also, as a footnote, I had a DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) at the end of March. I'm still experiencing pain in my leg infrequently.
My mother had several PE's but doesn't recall any pain.
I wish you all the best, Lynnedz56!
from Wendy :)
For most people the answer is yes. Based on my personal experience, recovering from multiple episodes of DVTs & PEs, it takes longer for the shortness of breath to go away and certain tasks are more difficult than others. Right now for me, climbing stairs causes shortness of breath but walking and cycling is not a problem. Since you have had multiple PEs have you looked for a Hematologist? You may have a blood disorder that is causing your susceptibility to get PEs. I would be surprised if your PEs will resolve in 4-6 weeks. What blood thinner medication are you on, Warfarin, Arixtra, or Lovenox? Are you taking Plavix either by itself or with the above blood thinners? There are concerns with Arixtra and Lovenox since you state that you have renal insufficiency but that can be worked around by your Hematologist. Is there a reason why your Cardiologist has not performed a stress echo test? This would be less invasive than the heart catheterization procedure.
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