• 1 month ago

    54 y/o female dangerous symptoms blood test results included plz help my Mom

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    Summary of symptoms for anyone who cannot or does not want to read the detailed symptoms:
    *I have taken her to ER twice the first time they checked her heart and said nothing came up. The 2nd time 2 days ago they did a d-dimer, contrast CT and sent her home!! I asked them to scan her brain they didn’t and they only put Diagnosis of coughing up blood - she complained of right leg Charlie horses and they did not even check for a blood clot!

    Symptoms List Summarized:
    -chest pain over a year now
    -palpitations
    -at ER 2 nights ago she described it as a constant pain in her left upper side of her chest
    Coughed up blood clot 2 weeks ago
    -Fatigue
    -nose bleeds
    -Anxiety and Stress (she attributes to being from her job and some of it probably is)
    -Feels like it’s hard to swallow
    -she is always clearing her throat
    -recently I see her grabbing her neck more and more (universal sign for choking)
    -lack of balance
    -dry cough
    -feels like she is congested
    -coughed up almost a 1 inch blood clot less than 2 weeks ago
    -Charlie horse pains often in her right foot and lower leg (sign of DVT)
    -she described to me she “felt like there was a blood clot in her neck” 
    -she physically looks drained
    -she seems to know something is wrong
    -she is forgetting things she never should forget (she bought my baby an elephant and it’s head and ears flap - she was SO happy to show my baby this toy and less than ONE or TWO months later, she asked me who got it for my daughter!! I almost cried because I know something is wrong.)
    -today she was holding my daughter standing still and lost her balance and said “woah” this has happened more and more frequently!
    -severe constipation (thinks her bowels were impacted and couldn’t be go to bathroom for a week!)
    -dehydration
    -extremely thirsty

    *My Dad thinks her tripping is normal and I think he is blinding himself to it because he doesn’t pay enough attn or he thinks it’s normal and he said he forgets stuff sometime and loses balance but I can tell you for a fact he doesn’t and if he does it’s nothing like my Mom has been! 

    Detailed explanation and symptoms:
    I need help getting my Mom diagnosed and admitted to a hospital until they are 100% positive about her diagnosis. 

    My Mom has had chest pain for over 6 months, probably a year. She coughed up Blood 2 weeks ago and is not a smoker. In November, when I knew something was wrong; I told her to go the ER - I made her go quite honestly. They did an EKG, and said everything was fine and her heart looked good. I know she has a lung problem, thyroid problem and possibly a brain problem. I am positive because of handwriting analysis. I backed off for a while after her EKG was good because I was worrying her and my parents were both getting upset. She had mild and completely random - maybe once a week or once every two weeks - problems with her memory. She had random leg pain only in one leg and she didn’t know how to describe it. She had a minor and very little cough I think she has been hiding from me.

    In December, around Christmas, she was watching my baby and she said she reached for something behind the radio and pulled a muscle. I kept telling her to go make sure that was all it was and she just kept ignoring it. She had the pain to where at times I could tell it was bothering her and at times it hurt her to sit and feed my baby when she visited which really bugged me. This pain she had was in her upper left quadrant (near her ribs and she described it as basically from the front of the lower rib area to the back of the lower rib area). She never had it looked at! It hurt her for ATLEAST a month probably more like 2 months. 

    I have noticed her “tripping” or losing balance for the past 3-6 months but it is becoming more and more often. I said something to her almost every time I seen it happen and she brushes it off as if nothing happened. Well, it has got more and more frequent to the point I’m worried she will fall and really hurt herself or while holding my baby, fall and hurt my baby along with herself!! :( 

    Also, she told me just recently she has been having a lot more symptoms than I realized.

    I made her go to the ER last night with the following symptoms:
    -Coughed up blood clot 2 weeks ago
    -Fatigue
    -Anxiety and Stress (she attributes to being from her job and some of it probably is)
    -Feels like it’s hard to swallow
    -she is always clearing her throat
    -recently I see her grabbing her neck more and more (universal sign for choking)
    -lack of balance
    -dry cough
    -feels like she is congested
    -coughed up almost a 1 inch blood clot less than 2 weeks ago
    -Charlie horse pains often in her right foot and lower leg (sign of DVT)
    -she described to me she “felt like there was a blood clot in her neck” 
    -she physically looks drained
    -she seems to know something is wrong
    -she is forgetting things she never should forget (she bought my baby an elephant and it’s head and ears flap - she was SO happy to show my baby this toy and less than ONE or TWO months later, she asked me who got it for my daughter!! I almost cried because I know something is wrong.

    Her grandma had mini strokes often and her grandma and grandpa were both on blood thinners.

    Last night they gave her a contrast ct of her chest, blood work and d-dimer and told her she did not have a PE or lun cancer. They didn’t even check her right leg for a DVT! 

    She is also lightheaded and said she gets dizzy when she goes to lay straight back or when she touches or lays on a specific area on the back top of her head. 

    They didn’t even do an MRI!!!!

    They released her with a diagnosis of coughing up blood - they didn’t even do enough testing to find out wtf is going on!!!!!

    Please help. Before her contrast ct last night they gave her Ativan via her IV... she went to work after the hospital without sleeping even though she assured me she would sleep.

    Today, on the way home from work, she actually went off the road and could have Really got hurt. That was almost a full 10-12 HOURS after the Ativan. I realize lack of sleep could cause it but I know something is SERIOUSLY wrong.

    She has an apt. Monday at 8am. I am going to type a letter with all of her symptoms and demand they admit me her and find out what is causing all of these symptoms. I’m frustrated and disgusted with the care she is receiving. I also took her to the PCP on Monday last week who listened and said that it couldn’t be a PE because coughing blood isn’t a sign of a PE (MORON) and he ordered a CBC diff and lipid panel or whatever and a CT without contrast which he said needed a pre with from insurance.

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  • 1 month ago

    RE: 54 y/o female dangerous symptoms blood test results included plz help my Mom

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  • 9 days ago

    RE: 54 y/o female dangerous symptoms blood test results included plz help my Mom

    Please try and remain calm. First off nobody can read the lab results you posted so all I have to go on is what you communicated. When they ran the d-dimer and the other labs did they tell you if they were in a normal range? If so and if the chest ct was negative then it is highly unlikely your mother has a PE or DVT. Coughing up a chunk of blood 2 weeks ago doesn't mean she has a PE. If could have come from her sinuses or her GI tract. I have had both PEs and DVTs. With a PE you have a chronic cough with pink froth and severe pain in the chest and the pain does not come and go it stays until the PE is gone. Same with a DVT. Is her leg discolored? Purplish to white with no pink nailbeds in the toes. Does your mother remember injuring her leg in anyway? Has she had to sit in 1 position for several hours like on a plane? DVT's are rarely spontaneous there has to be a reason for one to develop in a persons leg. Lack of movement in the legs or some injury are the most likely cause of DVTs. Chest CT would have shown a mass in the lung if she had lung cancer. Yes you should make a list of your and your mom's concerns to address with her primary care physician. Be ready to listen to what you are told and make notes. If you are not satisfied get a second opinion. As far as dizziness when she goes to lay down or when she lays a certain way it sounds like labyrinthitis. If she has had a sinus infection this could explain the coughed up blood and the loss of balance and the dizziness. Sinus congestion can cause congestion in both the middle and inner ears. Bloody nasal drainage goes down the back of the throat and she coughs up a chunk of blood and she gets dizzy and losses her balance because of congestion and drainage in the inner ear. Could explain the difficulty in swallowing raw throat from nasal and ear drainage there are tubes that run from the ears to the throat and they can get clogged. Also dry cough once again sounds like sinus drainage.