I suffered a non-massive PE 1 month ago. Pain at the moment of the PE and for 48 hours after was significant - 8 on a scale of 10 - and almost always when breathing in. One month post event I still have significant pain at the site of the PE, pleuritic, but it stays more or less the same intensity regardless of breathing process - Say 3 to 5 on the scale of 10, worse as the day progresses. I also experience many dozens, if not over a hundred, sharp pangs - "zingers" - a day that are quite painful, as much so as the original event - at the site of the PE or sometimes simply in the same chest quadrant. These last only a few seconds, but may come in clusters of 3 to 5, with a dull echo of pain that lasts perhaps several minutes afterward. The steady pain is similar to a toothache in persistence, over a wider area, but is not burning - but rather "bruising" - as if someone had struck me. The sharp pains are like touching that tooth. The discomfort was bad enough that one week ago I returned to the hospital where they performed another CAT scan - which was negative for any recurring embolisms. I am taking pain relievers, which help adequately, but I do not wish to take these for an extended amount of time, which I consider a month or more to be. I can find no reference in the literature about recurring "after-PE" pain. I visit my doctor in 3 days and wish to be prepared to ask the right questions. Is this pain typical for post PE? Is a complication perhaps emerging which is exacerbating the original problem? PS - the cause of the PE is still undetermined.