Blood Clots Kicked Me When I Was Already Down: James’ Story

Blood Clots Kicked Me When I Was Already Down: James’ Story

I woke up one morning in the summer of 2011 with nausea and pain in the left side of my torso/abdomen. At first, I wrote it off as a stomach bug and called in sick at work.

After a couple of days, I was feeling worse so went to an urgent care clinic. The doctor offered to give me pain medicine but I refused and requested they just run whatever tests were necessary.

The pain was so bad that they sent me to the emergency room. A CT scan of my abdomen was done at the hospital with no indication of any problems. I was sent home with pills for stomach cramps.

Three days went by and I was still weak and sore in the torso, and eventually I coughed up a little blood. After contacting my primary care physician with this information, he ordered a CT scan of my lungs.

I was contacted the same afternoon to go to the nearest emergency room immediately because I had blood clots in my lungs. I had never even heard of such a thing. I drove myself to the nearest hospital where I was quickly admitted to the ICU. I survived multiple bilateral PEs with an infarction in the left lung. I was later diagnosed with factor II prothrombin gene mutation.

As a result of this experience, I eliminated high-risk recreational activities, such as off-road ATV riding. I dealt with panic attacks and depression prior to my diagnosis, and blood clots seemed to really kick me when I was already down. But I found my faith in Jesus. I play music as a hobby more now.

I’ve learned that I’m not alone, and that NBCA is an excellent resource for connecting with others with similar experiences.


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