BENEFITING: National Blood Clot Alliance
EVENT DATE: Jun 17, 2017
In 2014, I was diagnosed with Pulmonary Embolisms, which are blood clots that made their way into my lungs. I had arrived at the ER around 4:30, was taken in at 6:30, CT scanned at 8:30, and given results shortly after. Everyone was surprised to hear that someone so young and lacking visual or obvious symptoms had "double PEs." I was lucky enough to not have any additional clots in my legs, which saved me from some additional trouble surgery. I was discharged with blood thinners for the next six months along with many follow-ups, including bloodwork that found I have a mutation (Prothrombin g20210a) that increases my clotting.
The most important point for EVERYONE is don't ignore your symptoms. I can't stress this enough. If they remain for more than two weeks, get yourself checked out, no matter how small it seems. I had a bit of shortness of breath and a little chest pain that came and went. Looking back on it, I was also pretty tired throughout the last few weeks. Despite these minor symptoms that had mostly gone away, 3 doctors said its a long shot but let's check. Don't let your doctor(s) write it off. You know yourself best. If something is wrong, don't settle or be lazy with getting examined, tested, etc. You never know.
Please take some time to get to know the symptoms of blood clots. For 1/3 of PE cases, the first symptom is sudden death. Know the symptoms of DVT and get to a doctor before it becomes a PE.