29 Jul '16, 3pm

Gaining the Confidence to Pursue a Diagnosis

Gaining the Confidence to Pursue a Diagnosis

I am an avid recreational bicyclist. At the age of 51, I attempted my first multi-day bicycle tour. A couple of days after the six-day tour, I noticed a sharp pain in my left calf. It didn’t feel like a muscle pull. Honestly, it felt like a blood clot , but there was no redness and no heat. I convinced myself that it was a muscle pull, though. The pain finally subsided after about a week, but then I noticed a twinge in my chest. My 20-mile bike ride that evening was pathetic. Every pedal stroke was an effort, and by the next evening, the pain was intense all the way down my right side. I sucked it up, took some over-the-counter pain medication, and went to dinner and a play with my mom. That night, I could not get to sleep. When I laid down, the pain was unbearable. I took another pain reliever, which helped, but I still decided to go the ER. Despite telling doctors about ...

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