Tiny subsegmental pulmonary emboli

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I've always had chest pain and upper back spasms with tight breathing due to costochondritis and anxiety. When it started up again this past week my doc ran a d-dimer and it was elevated at 1630. My chest CT showed a tiny subsegmental pulmonary embolism in each lung. They put me on eliquis and told me they weren't too concerned with the clots as they were dissolving and really tiny but more concerned with why and future issues. I also have lyme disease so that could be why. I hate eliquis. Makes me feel out of it and awful. Getting a lot of side effects with memory and muscle pains. And I don't know if my chest, tight breathing and back pain is related to this at all. Sometimes the pain is better, sometimes awful, it moves around and if I get my back massaged it really spasms. My anxiety is through the roof. Any opinions? Any alternative to the yucky eliquis? Any natural remedies? Thank you.

I should mention this followed a period of extreme stress. A tree fell on our house during a storm and my daughter was diagnosed with a mental issue.

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    I was on eliquis for 6 months when I had small pes in 2016 and it made my chest and back hurt for the 6 months till I got to come off.
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      Do you remember your dose? Do you take anything now or were you able to stop everything?
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      Did you have pain caused by the tiny blood clots or were they asymptomatic? Thanks
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      I think it was 5mgs twice a day. I'm on baby aspirin since may 2017. I still get paranoid I'll have another one but they think mine came from kicking a door. I have no blood clotting disorder or anything. My moms on thinners for life because she had got a couple pes and dvrs but she doesn't answer medical questions very well. I don't know why. She's hard headed. I did not have many symptoms when I had mine other than a small needle pin pain in my chest and my blood pressure was 240/160. They said I had a right ventricular strain due to it but 6months after I had another echo and there was no sign of a strain.

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