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Had a bit of a surprise one month ago in the form of a "bilateral main pulmonary artery embolism with right heart strain and pulmonary trunk dilation" (thank you discharge notes). While I was happy just to be receiving some oxygen, the doctors looked concerned and gave me thrombolysis treatment in the emergency department, I spent the night in hospital for observation, and then I was sent home, feeling on top of the world with a week's Clexane injections.
However, at the end of the Clexane I began on Pradaxa and promptly developed a bloot clot in my right calf. Excruciating. (A doctor has since told me that blood clots and starting on some blood thinning pills are not unknown.) After a week of morphine and resuming on the Clexane the blood clot pain subsided (phew) and I have been able to resume life "as normal".
For the last two weeks I have been experiencing chest pains, but another trip to the emergency department and tests showed that there is nothing to worry about, and that the pains are probably normal post PE. (Thanks so much to all those who have shared their accounts in this forum.)
Tomorrow I have a CT scan, and the following week I have an appointment with a haematologist to review the blood thinning options. (I'm hopeful that I will no longer be stabbing myself twice a day, my stomach is looking like a pincushion.)
Anyway... the wisdom I am seeking is that, now that I can walk again (almost) normally (given the DVT pain), can I start going for some walks around the community? My heart always complains if I do walk more than 50m at the moment... (but then again, it complains while I am lying in bed too) do I listen to my heart and hold off from exertion or do I push through and get at least some exercise? Am I trying to rush things?
Thanks for your wisdom,
Chris, 39, New Zealand
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