New PE's

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Well, I am now a lifer on blood thinners. I was off Coumadin for less than 3 months, I got sick with bronchitis with asthma. During being sick and my provider ordered labs, I asked if she could add a d-dimer. The d-dimer was elevated. A stat CT scan showed PE's in both lungs. What can I say..... I just continue trying to stay healthy..eating right and out walking as much as I can... And life continues on....

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    Sorry to hear. Do you feel ok on Coumadin?
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      Yes an no. My tastes buds are different again. I'm not at therapeutic INR yet. Still hovering at 1. Being bridged with the Lovenox still. It's the regimen of being on the Coumadin that gets me. And knowing I'm gonna need to be monitored for life being on the thinners that I haven't wrapped my brain around yet. But, suppose not much different then diabetes or anything else... I suppose a grieving process I'm going through too.

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    What caused your pes? Do you have a blood clotting disorder or on bc or long trips or anything?
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      Mine they don't know for sure what causing them. Don't have any genetic causes. All the other reasons I can't be tested for because on the blood thinners.

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    I am so sorry sue, it is difficult as we cannot see inside ourselves isn't it. I hope you can eventually be free of the clots.

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    Sorry to hear, Sue, but good news that you survived new PEs. So wise of you to request a d-dimer test! Is it possible for you to switch to one of the newer anticoagulants
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      I can after I've lost more weight. The pharmacist said other types of blood thinners, besides the Coumadin, don't work well in people who have a higher BMI.

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      Sue, this is the first time I've heard that. My BMI is 29 and I also need to lose weight--about 30 pounds for health reasons--, but I'm taking Eliquis 5mg twice a day. What BMI do you need to have before you can make the switch?

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