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Old 06-27-2008, 11:50 AM   #1
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did something stupid and scared myself...need help

i looked up symptoms ive been having on the internet even though i know i shouldnt and of course it scared the crap outta me. i dont really remember when it started i think it was sunday or monday ive been getting pains in my chest back and shoulder and have been coughing a dry cough ive also been really tired and kinda dizzy and have had a headache. last night my jaw hurt too but i couldnt tell if it was jaw pain or a toothache. my first thought was bronchitis or something like that. well i looked up my symptoms and they told me it could be a pulmonary embolism! ive been researching it but i cant really get a whole lot of information other then that it has a high fatality rate. if it was a pe would it have gotten to the point where i would be severely sick by now since its been almost a week? i dont know if that is something that goes from nothing to the worst like a heart attack or if you can have it for a while before it gets real bad and you start passing out and all that. im sure im probably just being my usual hypochondriac self but im really worried. i just wanted to get some information on it

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Old 06-27-2008, 12:25 PM   #2
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Re: did something stupid and scared myself...need help

They thought I had a PE just a couple of weeks back. My symptoms were related to my heart in the end, but I had severe chest pain and difficulty breathing was an understatement. I also kept collapsing completely.

PE is something that is more a risk factor in pregnancy, but the risk is still very low... They have to do tests if they suspect it. Chest x-rays they can protect the baby from...but they also did a VQ perfusion scan which does carry a small risk to the baby as it involves the use of radioactive isotopes.

I would presume if you have had the symptoms a week then the chances of it being a PE are slim, but as a PE is very dangerous indeed - as you obviously read, then you have to run the symptoms past your doctor asap.

I hope you feel better soon.
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