Hi, I'm new here. I'm just trying to get an understanding of PE symptoms.
For the past few weeks I've been having some calf pain that I initially put down to muscle cramps. Recently, though, the pain has increased, although no redness, no swelling are present.
I went to the hospital A&E twice already, they measured the calves, did an X-ray (fine), measured the oxygen saturation (fine), did a d dimer test (negative) and sent me home saying that it isn't DVT not PE. I did say that I have moments when I'm not breathing too well and I have a dry cough, though not persistent but they put that down to my pericarditis (that's another story but suffice is to say that the hospital believed I have pericarditis but my cardiologist says I don't, so I'm not sure what applies really).
The calf pain continues - both calves. Today I've tried to do a bit of housework and I got breathless and coughing like crazy, plus a bit lightheaded. I feel so tired as if I haven't been sleeping for days, which I did.
To me this really sounds like PE but I can't get these people to believe me! I know that it is difficult to diagnose in the absence of the obvious swelling, redness in the calves and in the absence of sharp pain in the chest. I do have some chest pain, but it is more central and diffuse, though I get some sharp stabs once in a while in the upper front left of the chest.
My questions are:
- what symptoms made you go to the doctor, which then got you diagnosed with PE/DVT
- how did you get the doctors to take you seriously?? Which doctors did you go to? I've been to the GP and she measured my calves (no swelling) and my oxygen saturation and concluded no PE but said if still worried to go to A&E. I've been there twice and they keep sending me home but the symptoms aren't going away!
Am so worried and don't know what to do. Any ideas?