Learning About Pulmonary Embolism
December 16, 2011 7:32 PM Subscribe
How long does it take for breathing to return to normal after Pulmonary Embolism?
posted by R2WeTwo to Health & Fitness (7 answers total)
I was just in hospital for three days after doctors discovered a Deep Vein Thrombosis from my ankle up into my abdomen and Pulmonary Embolism (both lobes, three nodes, one "Saddle) that likely began back in April. My only symptoms were shortness of breath that had grown steadily worse and a small area of pain when I sat just right. I never coughed once, which the doctor found surprising. I quit the pill the day before I landed in the ER and I'm doing isometrics on the couch as I heal a broken bone so risk factors are greatly reduced.
Everyone in the hospital was wonderful but no one could tell me much about the pulmonary part. I only speak to the doctor's assistant now and if I say anything about shortness of breath she talks about sending me back to the ER. As of today my blood is "therapeutic," so I need not do any more shots, just the daily Coumadin. Yet the shortness of breath isn't any better than before the ER and might be a little worse. I'd like to learn all I can about the healing of the lungs, what it looks like, how long it takes, how much the typical patient should exert, and whether it's possible that some damage may be permanent after this much time. I'm not doing any pulmonary therapy and my oxygen level at rest in hospital was usually 95-97%.
You're not my doctor, but if there is any general information from experience or other expertise…