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Any ideas - dizziness, shortness of breath, numb on right side of body

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  • Posted By: worrypot
  • December 9, 2010
  • 01:30 PM

Hi folks,

I have been short of breath upon exercise for the last few months, thought I was just getting repeated chest infections/colds or perhaps had become allergic to something. It's hard to get a doc appointment at my GP unless an emergency, so have just been ignoring it. Have also been overly tired recently and been getting headaches and the odd dizzy spell.

However, two weeks ago I became unwell at work and had to go to doctor. Shortness of breath had got worse all day and I felt dizzy. Doc said my lungs were clear, thought perhaps sinus problems and gave me 5 days of steroids plus sent me for ECG/Echo and took bloods. Heart all ok, bloods normal and breathing test (spirometry) normal so given antibiotics. These have not finished, and also not helped.

Chest pain so bad this time last week that went to out of hours doc who effectively said I was imagining symptoms because all my tests have been clear. Have since had good and bad days, dizzy most of the time, headaches sometimes on right side of head, short of breath comes and goes plus numb right leg and arm and sometimes shaking. Also pretty fogetful right now, and very tired. No fever, normal (bordering low) blood pressure, cold sweats some days, poor appetite and vomiting once (Sat) maybe because of antibiotics. Have had to cancel holiday due next week as was supposed to be going backpacking in Costs Rica but can barely stand at points as too dizzy. Only test waiting back for is Lymes, and that's a long shot (although I do work outside and have been bitten by a tick before I gather false negative is likely even if did have this).

I don't like this push towards pyschiatric problems - trust me, I am gutted to be at home over xmas instead of jetting off to the jungle! I also NEVER take time off work, and have now been off for over a week. I'm very anxious NOW, but wasn't before I got ill!!!

Any ideas???

Thanks for looking :o)

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  • Hi folks, I have been short of breath upon exercise for the last few months, thought I was just getting repeated chest infections/colds or perhaps had become allergic to something. It's hard to get a doc appointment at my GP unless an emergency, so have just been ignoring it. Have also been overly tired recently and been getting headaches and the odd dizzy spell. However, two weeks ago I became unwell at work and had to go to doctor. Shortness of breath had got worse all day and I felt dizzy. Doc said my lungs were clear, thought perhaps sinus problems and gave me 5 days of steroids plus sent me for ECG/Echo and took bloods. Heart all ok, bloods normal and breathing test (spirometry) normal so given antibiotics. These have not finished, and also not helped. Chest pain so bad this time last week that went to out of hours doc who effectively said I was imagining symptoms because all my tests have been clear. Have since had good and bad days, dizzy most of the time, headaches sometimes on right side of head, short of breath comes and goes plus numb right leg and arm and sometimes shaking. Also pretty fogetful right now, and very tired. No fever, normal (bordering low) blood pressure, cold sweats some days, poor appetite and vomiting once (Sat) maybe because of antibiotics. Have had to cancel holiday due next week as was supposed to be going backpacking in Costs Rica but can barely stand at points as too dizzy. Only test waiting back for is Lymes, and that's a long shot (although I do work outside and have been bitten by a tick before I gather false negative is likely even if did have this). I don't like this push towards pyschiatric problems - trust me, I am gutted to be at home over xmas instead of jetting off to the jungle! I also NEVER take time off work, and have now been off for over a week. I'm very anxious NOW, but wasn't before I got ill!!! Any ideas??? Thanks for looking :o)Could it be B12 deficiency? Look here: http://forums.wrongdiagnosis.com/showthread.php?t=9948
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 9, 2010
    • 04:16 PM
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  • Don't ignore shortness of breath. You mentioned allergy of some sort. You might have food allergies. Go to a pulmonologist (specializes in the lungs) and possibly an allergy specialist. YOu might have a food allergy and don't know it. YOu might need an inhaler. As an asthmatic, the dizziness and other symptoms are coming from your not getting enough oxygen into your system. You could even get the numbness from lack of oxygen. You stated you had an upper respiratory of some sort and have taken antibiotics. The nausia may very well be from the medication. But, you might have inflamation in our bronchial tubes, which is causing the shortness of breath. As an asthmatic, if I get a cold, I'm deathly ill for a month. If you have developed allergies to something in the environment or food, anything that has what you are allergic to will trigger your symptoms. An example, for me - I live in NY and am highly allergic to environmental triggers. I am so sensitive to oak trees that if I am outside for 20 minutes in the spring, my oxygen drops to 250 - which is critical!!! Don't ignore it. Asthma is nothing to mess around with. Stress makes it worse. Take care and hope you feel better soon.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 12, 2010
    • 03:27 AM
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  • Thanks for the info! A vitamin deficiency seems unlikely, as the problem seemed to come on so quickly. I also have a healthy diet, and it seems odd that so many health problems are being blamed on this deficiency on this forum. It strikes me as unlikely that so many people would have the same issue with one vitamin. Thanks also for the info on asthma. My blood oxygen levels are normal and I was tested for asthma last week and am clear on this front luckily. I appear to have shortness of breath without actually needing the extra air. Apparently this can happen from serious infections. Currently awaiting Lymes test, then will probably be getting some of the auto-immune disease tests too if lymes negative. I can sympathise with you about your asthma though, as I have a friend with similar issues. It must be awful feeling the changing seasons and knowing you will become ill again. I hope they find some medication that helps you more!
    worrypot 3 Replies
    • December 15, 2010
    • 07:18 PM
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