I have never been diagnosed with PE but I did have a large DVT in my L leg from toe to pelvis. My question is about how a PE feels. Is it sometimes subtle and if you were very ill, weak, rundown and super medicated by percocet every four hours with the occasional IV morphine and dilaudid (sp)?, could it have been missed? I have been off all the pain meds since September. I think they might have done a chest x-ray with a mobile machine when I was hospitalized but I do remember being very lightheaded and short of breath and had some vague pain in my left lower ribcage area after I left the hospital but I assumed that if it were PE it would be impossible not to know because of the nature of the thing, right? I was very, very very much in denial for the first few months to the point that if there was pain of any kind I would just attribute it to something "normal". I did not even think about my leg pain just tried very hard to distract myself. This is pretty embarrassing now to admit. I guess It was some sort of fear based reaction and I had been through a lot already, It all started with a surgery gone wrong where my spinal cord was cut and fluid leaked for months requiring three more surgeries. I am just now starting to question what really happened and why and how it could have been prevented and how it can be prevented in the future. I still feel a little out of breath on exertion but I am assuming that it is from not being active since June and from being bed ridden two months. Was there some other test that should have been done? They have listened to my chest multiple times and the one mobile x-ray is all they used. Thanks and sorry so long.
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