How can I manage lung pain?
Some patients will be fine without pain medication or have adequate pain control with acetaminophen (i.e., Tylenol). If that is inadequate, a short course of anti-inflammatory medication may be prescribed but typically the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs i.e., Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Naprosyn) used for inflammation will increase the bleeding risk by affecting the platelets while on anticoagulant medication to prevent further clots. In cases like that, your provider may prescribe Celebrex which does not affect platelet function unlike the NSAIDs. It is also important to have a low threshold for calling the doctor since symptoms cause frequent anxiety.