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PE was posted 08/31/2008 09:36 am by Anon
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Hi - am writing as Anon simply to protect my mom's privacy - please understand. She had a history of PE long before her PC diagnosis (unrelated, but I may have a couple of insights that may help you). The shots you're describing are probably lovenox or another agent that actually makes any existing clots adhere to the blood vessel as they then dissolve over time. Coumadin is often then given over the long-term (for my mom, life) to prevent new clots from forming. But in those first 48 hours after PE, it's important to prevent a clot from breaking off and circulating throught the body, like to the lungs, heart or brain. Now - the difficulty breathing, in my mom's case, lasted awhile as she had several clots throughout her lungs and it takes time for those to dissolve and then sometimes there's some scar tissue that can make breathing sound short for quite a while. Sometimes the original source of the clot is never found - PE is the first indication that there was a clot somewhere. I know this is scary stuff, and it's a lot on top of PC -may your mom feel better soon, and you, too.

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