(PE) Pulmonary Embolism

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Back in September last year I got told I have PE. I have had no problem with it since I went on Wafarin. But last week it was my daughters birthday and I blew up 8 balloons. Whilst doing the last balloon I said to my husband I don't think I should be doing this. Since then I have had really bad chest. It hurts every time I breath, every time I walk up the stairs and it hurts when I clean the house.

Is that normal?

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    Hi Shannon. So sorry to hear you have had a setback. Think you should get checked out as it came on so suddenly. Anxiety won't help. Hope it is nothing just a blip. Good luck. x

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    I found after performing stressfull work physically I sometimes cough or have heavy breathing for a few hours. Feels like a bride at times. I have found going to fun 3x week and using a tread mill for 30 minutes each time is making my lungs feel better and allowing them to expand. . I think the exercise strengthens the lungs that the pulmonary embolism damaged.
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    Given that it started after exertion, it sounds more like a pulled muscle than a clot. There are a lot of small intercostal muscles around the ribs that are used during breathing and the unaccustomed action of blowing up the balloons may have pulled one. If it is muscular, it will take a few days to sort itself out.

    However, as others have said - get yourself checked over to be on the safe side.

    All the best


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    If it gets very bad have it checked Bette safe than sorry but I know what you mean. I have some good days and then help move some junk from my old property this weekend and feel like oh my goodness that was a mistake!!

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