Update to endless pain
Thank you everyone again for your thoughts and prayers. Today I went and did a lung scan that came back negative for pulmonary embolism. Nice to know, but...please forgive me...I am absolutely frustrated. The doc is relying on solely the scan (which only looks at the lungs and can be highly inaccurate) to say I have no clotting going on, but wouldn't do any additional testing until I mentioned it. Now I am on to ultrasounds of both legs and my bad arm.
I have another condition that could be driving up my VERY high d-dimer level, but that condition does not explain the chest pain I've had and the arm swelling.
I've been wearing a pacemaker for 12 years now and have never had these problems until recently, especially the arm swelling and just this last week my own pacer doc was writing it off as likely some "venous drainage." Gee, I wonder why.
Even the tech who injected the tracer into my arm decided not to use that bad arm because of the swelling.
Sorry, these people just frustrate the daylights out of me.