Hi everyone, I am desperate for some answers. I suffered DVT which embolised into multiple PE's back in July 2012. I've been on warfarin (and clexane on and off) for about 8 months. I am fit and healthy and did not have any risk factors apart from the combined pill which I had been taking for about 2 months. The chest pain I experienced with the PE's was indescribable and I've suffered from residual pain ever since. I know how lucky I am so I am not complaining in the slightest, just trying to make sense of a few things.
My question is, I came off the warfarin on monday the 15th of April. The very next day residual pain (or at least that is what I thought) got worse. By last night (18th) it was so bad that at one point I could barely breath, I rang the OOH service and they sent an ambulance. To cut a long story short, they gave me a clexane injection and I had a CT scan this afternoon which showed no new PE's and even better, all the multiple ones were gone. There was evidence of Atelectasis in the left lung but nothing else. That was great news but it left me with the question as to what was causing the pain which is identical to that I had with the PE. They have told me I am at a high risk of developing more PE's now that I've come off warfarin but how will I know when to take action when the pain I had yesterday turned out not to be a PE. I am still in pain now and finding it hard not to panic that it may be another clot.
Does anyone know if coming off warfarin could have left me more susceptible to pleurisy?