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It's a Pulmonary Embolism Stupid

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  • Posted By: jodyhow
  • July 19, 2007
  • 01:59 AM

In October 2005 I had surgery for a ruptured disk. Went well for a few days and them, look out!

I began to loose sensation below the waist except for the stabbing pains of peripheral neuropathy. The pain grew worse and my ability to function grew limited. Although reluctant to see me the neurosurgeon did see the rapid decline I was experiencing. He elected to operate again. The day before the operation a chest x-ray, I just found in my medical record, indicates I had atelectasis (collapse) in my right lung that was not there previously. They didn't tell me or treat this but performed a second operation on my bad. Despite lots of morphine the pain was terrible. I struggled to move the incentive spirometer but I was released home. Two weeks of bitter pain followed including the final straw when I stopped breathing when I lay down. After seeing my primary care physician I was rushed to a different hospital and treated for a "cluster" of pulmonary embolisms that destroyed 10% of my right lung. It's nearly two years later and my health is still a wreck.

Has anyone ever had surgery after an x-ray revealed atelectasis?

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  • So sorry. Did you see a lawyer. You might have two years at the most.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies Flag this Response
  • Been hard to think of doing that. Does anyone know of a good attorney in St. Louis, MO besides the ones that are alway advertising on TV?
    jodyhow 1 Replies Flag this Response
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