Lung function 3 years after blood clots
In summer 2003 I was taken into hospital with what turned out to be multiple blood clots in both lungs, after several weeks of shortness of breath and nearly passing out.
I was on blood thinners for 6 months and was deemed "clear" though I was not given any more VQ scans or actual tests.
No reason has ever been found for the clots - no DVT was found, and I had various blood tests (including genetic), and an ultrasound on my pelvis, but no explanation was ever found.
3 years later my lung function is still not best. I get breathless when walking uphill, especially if I am carrying a bag and my chest actually hurts. I don't feel like I can really take a proper deep breath, even at rest. Strangely, I don't get breathless when I exercise - I play tennis and badminton and can hurl myself round the court with no ill effects.
Despite the sport mentioned above, I would not consider myself fit. I am about 3 stone overweight, and because of a severe back problem, I am unable to do very strenuous exercise (ie aerobics). Consequently, I almost never do cardio-vascular exercise and when I play tennis and badminton I run in very short bursts and then there is a natural break between each point.
Anyone else experienced this residual problem years after pulmonary embolii?
I don't feel it's worrying enough to go back to my doctor (especially as I am worried they would refer me to the hospital and I'd end up being kept in for a week like I was 3 years ago!), but any opinions gratefully received.