It has been a little over 6 months since I had my PED put in, and for the most part it has been a fairly swift recovery. My 3 month MRI showed an "excellent outcome." Apparently my surgeon felt so good about it that I just had to hear about it over the phone from his assistant. I guess that is better than the alternative. I really felt pretty great up through Thanksgiving. However, I am beginning to worry about the dual antiplatelet therapy of Aspirin 300mg and Clopidogrel 75mg that I have been on.
In the past month or so I have begun to feel extremely fatigued, tired, listless, intermittently light headed, and with occasional headaches and heart palpitations. I am usually extremely active, running several times per week and working out with a trainer 3x per week. However, recently it has been difficult for me to even go for a walk without feeling dizzy. I used to bruise fairly easily when I first went on this medication, but not so much anymore. I went to see my General Physician, but at this point I feel like I know more than her about aneurysms, especially in people under 30, like myself. I had a whole blood panel done, and it came back saying that I was slightly anemic, but the doctor had already tried to give me an anti-depressant. I don't feel depressed; I feel really unwell. I honestly felt better than this even after having a subarachnoid hemorrhage and going through emergency surgery.
Has anyone else experienced symptoms like this? I am supposed to be on Plavix for another 6 months, but if it is causing these types of symptoms over the last month, I hate to think about where I'll be by then. Most of the studies on Plavix and Aspirin relate to individuals who have had heart attacks or clotting strokes. PED is so new that there isn't a ton of research available yet. I have an appointment with my Neurologist on Monday, but any help you all can offer would be greatly appreciated!