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What causes shortness of breath, cough and pain in the calf?

i have history in 7/26/16 of 9 PE s & 1-DVT. On 1-9-18 my D-Dimer s were 4.9 and other blood studies elevated as well my WBC s 13.7 & urine was + for e.coli. since the endoscopy I am worse; I am SOB, coughing, and deep pain in calf that comes and goes. But I feel like I have weight or fluid in my lungs. I m having such difficulty in just getting up to use the rest room I am completely out of breath mild chest pain. I don t want to go to doctor unless i must. I feel like they treat me like Im a hypochondriac, But i feel HORRIBLE!! I ve been pretty sick! But, they are not treating me seriously!!!
Tue, 24 Apr 2018
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Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service.
I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

Shortness of breath, chest pain, and coughing can be due to different possible causes. With a history of previous PE, this should be ruled out by scanning of the lungs.

If this is normal then additional imaging may be needed to find another cause. Pain due to DVT is usually constant and associated with swelling and redness of the leg.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Dr. Michelle Gibson James
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