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Anyone with knowledge about the longer term effects of this on here, we would really appreciate it? My DH had a PE 5 weeks ago following major orthopaedic surgery. Information on what to expect post PE has been thin on the ground to say the least and he finds himself still exhausted much of the time, and still with intermittent chest discomfort. Is that normal?
Any advice or experience would be brilliant, thank you.
Thanks v much. He had Clexane for a couple of weeks post op, but his PE came after he stopped it, 3 1/2 weeks post op. There hasnt been an explanation of the size of the clot, no, although he was told he also had pneumonia. He thought he was on the mend, but feeling rough tonight, very tired with chest pain again. Its just knowing what to expect really. He's on warfarin for 6 months.
I had a pe January 2000. I am perfectly fine except maybe can't blow balloons up that are hard to blow up. I used to have sticky lungs where every now and then it would feel like my lungs had stuck together. Doesn't happen now though. I had the flu once and got a lung infection. I am quite paranoid that I will get another one day. My pe was pretty bad. I was coughing up blood and had several clots in both lungs.
He is doing too much. He shouldn't be going to the gym yet.
Be really careful about co-codamol and ibuprofen. Both of those can be dangerous if taken with warfarin. Make sure the clinic monitoring his INR know exactly what he is taking, when he started and if he stops or changes the dose. He should have frequent INR tests if he is taking ibuprofen. Ditto antibiotics.
Sorry - I need to explain a bit more. If he reduces or changes the dose of co-codamol or ibuprofen he should have an INR test within 3 - 5 days. He should have an INR test within 3 - 5 days of starting those, or any new drug, if they are a recent addition since he has been on warfarin.
Thanks 3littlefrogs. He is just desperate to get his hip better (he had a resurfacing done) so has been trying to get to the gym a few times a week. He isnt taking ibuprofen regularly, just the co-codamol at bedtime. He's flaked out and gone to bed now bless him. He's off on a very long journey (hundreds of miles) for his DS's graduation next week and then going camping for a weekend the week after. Am guessing this all fits into the 'doing too much' category? He was discharged from hospital (for the PE not his ortho surgery) very suddenly after 4 days - no advice,no information either so didnt really know what to expect.
It does sound a bit much TBH. The single most important thing is that he must take sufficient warfarin and his blood test records with him, and he must remember to take it regularly while travelling etc. He can't afford to miss any doses at this stage as it is still early days.