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Question: chest pressure, cough, more...


 nelly145 - Tue Feb 21, 2006 3:15 pm

I am 20 years old, female, do not smoke. For about 3 months, on and off, I have been having strange chest and throat symptoms. There is a pressure and soreness in my chest, if i even lay a hand of my chest it feels so much pressure like someone is sitting on it. I feel as though i cannot take a satisfying deep breath. I always have to urge to cough and clear my throat and "hawk" up mucus, it rarely subsides during the day. The mucus is usually clear or light yellow, but occasionally a larger chunk of darker yellow/tan will come up. I have also noticed at times my chest up through my neck/throat feel really hot inside, like my breath is really hot or something. Also I get a high heart rate at times and it feels irregular at times, too. Sometimes I get this all day and night, other times just for a 1/2 hr. to a few hours a day. For some reason I have this fear of pulmonary embolism due to having a high d-dimer. Would symptoms of PE come and go though or would they remain constant or get worse? Any other ideas on this? thank you!
 Theresa Jones, RN - Wed May 24, 2006 5:44 am

User avatar Hi nelly145,
A productive cough of yellow, or green colored sputum usually indicates a respiratory infection. I certainly hope that you have had an evaluation by your physician. Symptoms of a Pulmonary Embolism would typically remain constant and actually worsen and may be life threatening if left untreated. Your symptoms, in my opinion, would not be a likely picture of a PE but would be more indicative of a respiratory infection.
Sincerely,
Theresa Jones, RN

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