Hello, I'd appreciate any kind of suggestions for pursuing diagnosis of these symptoms.
57 year old female, diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 26 years ago and still living with this illness. Severe migraines started when CFS first began, treating now with triptans. Intermittent asthma.
In March began having severe lung tightness - similar feeling to pleurisy but without the pain or fever. Saw a local health care provider who didn't hear wheezing but said lungs sounded 'distant'. Given cortisone shot for seasonal allergies and Azmacort inhaler. After a few weeks, no improvement, lungs still felt tight - always around lower part of lungs and then at times it involved whole of lungs and breath was short, voice was affected.
Saw primary care physician, patient with this doctor for almost 20 years. He sent for chest x-ray, pulmonary function test, and ekg, all tests within 'normal' range, then sent to Cardiologist. He didn't see or hear anything unusual - echocardiogram two years prior had been 'normal' range as well. He wanted to do cardiac stress, but with the severe migraines and meds required this could not be done. Waiting for new equipment to arrive to have coronary ct-angiogram.
Cardiologist suggested that the tightness might be due to muscular problems inherent with CFS and Fibromyalgia.
I can't seem to find anything for just feeling of lung tightness, it isn't truly 'chest pain' - can anyone suggest other paths to explore?