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Hi I have not used a forum before but need some reassurance that all is going well. I have had a dry cough for nearly 3 months which seemed to appear after a long flight to New Orleans back in March. I did not seek medical advice and then flew to West Africa back in May. During my time in West Africa I felt unwell, my cough was bad and I noticed I was short of breath on occasions. During my return I very nearly collapsed in CDG airport only just making it to my flight to Aberdeen. ON arriving home my wife took me straight to my GPs and I ended up in Aberdeen High dependency Unit. I was diagnosed with a significant PE and a clot in my left ventricle. I also had total renal failure and significant liver failure. I was slowly nursed back to health but had great difficulty with anti coagulants which just did not work (been on dabigatran for 2 years). Eventually stabilised on Warfarin and now have my INR under control. During my time in ARI my right hand went completely white and one of my right arm pulses was lost. My legs are like elephants although the swelling is now subsiding. Right arm better now although two fingers are numb.
My question is; the clot in my heart has gone and I am able to take gentle exercise without being too breathless. Is this together with my reduced leg swelling, a sign that the PE is reducing. What about the cough which is not improving. I would be grateful for any advice.
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