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I'm very scared at the moment and would really appreciate your advice. I'm 25 years old and stopped birth control bbout 4 months ago after I went to the hospital complaining of chest pain with a high heart rate and shortness of breath. After testing my blood they told me that my D-Dimer was elevated and rushed me in for a CT scan (which was negative).
In May I went back in complaining of similar symptoms and my D-Dimer came back elevated once again, but the CT was negative. Apparently my D-Dimer is slightly elevated recently and it has been causing me a lot of stress wondering why this is happening. They also did a dopplar ultrasound of my leg, which was clear.
Last night I felt worse than ever before, pain behind my sternum and right side of my chest and back. I felt like I couldn't take a deep enough breath. My heart rate was up and I was crying because of how constricted my breathing felt. Once again they tested my D-Dimer and of course it came back elevated (0.77 on a < 0.5 scale). This time I denied the CT scan and now I'm terrified, not knowing if the third time is indeed the charm in this case. I don't know what is causing my pain and why my D-Dimer came back high again. I am afraid of excessive radiation from all of these scans but I'm also afraid that this time something is wrong and I could really be doing myself harm by waiting to re-test my D-Dimer.
I have been having a lot of bloodwork recently and do have some brusing on my arm from that, which might explain the elevation. Even so, the chest pain and shortness of breath are leaving me terrified and perplexed. I don't know what to do. Right now I'm waiting for my brusing to go away and ceasing any bloodwork for a week to re-test but I'm scared I'll do myself harm by doing this. I'm also scared of possible cancer in the future with 3 chest CT scans in a 4 month period.
I'm reaching out because I'm so scared I can't sleep at all.
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