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I recently had a pulmonary embolislm. I was treated with

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I recently had a pulmonary embolislm.
I was treated with blood thinners.
The doctors are happy with my progress.
I had a bag of popcorn late last night and have woken with mild chest pain. Is it indigestion.?
I havr takrn Tums and a valium.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 2 years ago.

Hi there,

I understand your concern given the recent episode of pulmonary embolism.

You are on blood thinner with good response.

Hence, another embolism is not likely so soon.

Besides you do not have any shortness of breath or any worsening pain with physical activities.

Hence, this is not likely heart related as well.

On the other hand, pop corns can be greasy and hence can cause acid reflux commonly.

It may also irritate the esophagus as well.

So your symptoms are due to the mild esophagitis likely.

Tums should help.

Stronger anti acids like Ranitidine ( pepcid) also can be used.

Valium is not necessary.

If the symptoms worsen, then you should go to the urgent care for further evaluation.

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Expert:  DrRussMD replied 2 years ago.


Go in to day and get an EKG and an exam.

We can NOT examine you. We do not know if your blood thinner is currently therapeutic.

Get and exam, get your INR tested, and have an EKG.

Do not wait on this: be safe, not sorry.

Good luck.

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