I was 22 and two weeks postpartum after having a complicated delivery of my first and only baby. I began having intense back pain when breathing or moving, so I contacted my midwives, OB/GYN, and PCP. They all told me that it was a pulled muscle and prescribed muscle relaxers.
I took one dose and realized they were not safe for breastfeeding and stopped. I was in constant agony for a week. My PCP agreed to see me and then ordered a CT, stating she did not think anything would come of it. It turns out I had multiple blood clots in both lungs, or pulmonary emboli.
I was prescribed blood thinners and stayed on them for six months. Since I was breastfeeding, I had limited options and had to have INR checks multiple times a week. If my providers had listened to me and paid attention to my symptoms, I would not have been left waiting for over a week while in such severe pain.
Now, I’m more of an advocate for knowing the signs and symptoms of blood clots, and I make sure to enjoy life to the fullest.