I Begged Them to Look at my Lungs for Clots: Renee’s Story

I Begged Them to Look at my Lungs for Clots: Renee’s Story

I had two episodes where I was walking through my house and felt something in my chest. I felt clammy like I was about to pass out.

After the second episode in March 2020, I went to the doctor I told her I thought I had blood clots. I felt something dragging through my chest and the doctor laughed, saying, “You can’t feel blood clots moving. It’s your heart fluttering.”

I was sent to a cardiologist for an EKG and stress test in August 2020 and was told there was nothing wrong with my heart. From March 2020 to March 2021, I had chest pains, tightness and had shortness of breath.

It was a Friday and I had taken off work because we were going camping with friends. While loading the truck, the shortness of breath became worse, but I kept on. While on the drive to the campground, I was getting pains in my back. My husband said that maybe we should turn around and go back home, but I said no.

We got there and start setting up camp and I was in severe pain. I walked a few steps and got this stabbing pain in my back and dropped to my knees. Our friends keep telling me we should just go home but I am determined not to ruin the weekend. The worst of it was when I would lay down to sleep. I slept sitting up the whole time. Sunday afternoon we packed up and drove home. I figured I would go to the doctor on Monday morning, but couldn’t wait that long.

In the very early hours of Monday, March 22, 2021, I was crying and could hardly breathe, and my husband rushed me to the ER. When we got there and he told them that I had chest pains, they automatically started thinking it was my heart, so I begged them to look at my lungs for clots.

They did the CT and rushed in saying I was right, clots in both lungs. Blood tests revealed a that I have a blood clotting disorder, factor V Leiden heterozygous, and they believe birth control triggered the clots.

My advice is to pay attention to your body and do not listen to a physician when they say you don’t know what you are feeling. Reading everyone’s stories on the Stop the Clot page has helped me to know that I’m not alone.


Factor V Leiden
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Glossary of Blood Clotting Terms

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