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My Husband, 21, Cannot Breathe and We Cannot Get a Diagnoses :(

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 20, 2007
  • 01:32 AM

My husband started having symptoms about a year ago. He just started coughing endlessly, and when he went to the doctor, was told that he had "walking pneumonia". He was given some antibiotics, finished them, and the cough never stopped. He then joined the Marine Corps, and started Boot Camp, and of course...never became better. He was told at the medical center after multiple visits that he had "sport induced asthma". His symptoms: he could not breath, he coughed up blood, he had constant chest pain, and a chronic cough which sounds like it is producing phlem. He went almost every week and this is all they could come up with. Once he started his MOS training in the Marine Corps, he went to a few specialists, who told him he had "sport induced asthma" and "degenerative lung disease". They gave him an Albuterol inhaler and anti-inflammatory pills to take for a month. After multiple visits, this is all they could come up with. Now that he is back from his training, he still constantly coughs, constantly has trouble breathing, coughs up blood, throws up blood frequently, feels numbness on the right side of his body during "episodes" (even his right eye will not fully open), and has no feeling on this side of his body for extended periods of time. He has frequent headaches, long periods of time with no hunger and chronic chest pain. He has a rather constant fever above 100 degrees. He visited another doctor recently, who after performing tests on his lungs, said his lungs are at 32% capacity and that they look like the lungs of a 65 year old man's who has smoked his entire life. Yet, he gave no diagnoses. He prescribed him Advair and an anti-inflammatory. My husband's grandfather died of COPD at the age of about 70, but he did not show symptoms of this disease until later on in life. The doctor mentioned that COPD is of concern, but I do not understand how this could be since he is twenty-one years of age.He isvery healthy, very athletic (except of recent, due to doctor's orders), and had a period of about two months where he smoked, but then quit. He will be visiting a pulmonary specialist in about a week, but he has seen doctor after doctor to no avail. I do not understand how a healthy 21 year old man gets to a point where it is almost impossible to breathe on his own, coughs/throws up blood, and constantly is in pain... and yet no one has been able to give an actual diagnosis or do anything to help him. He had to go to his base last weekend and be on "light duty", and passed out from walking around in the heat. He was rushed to the emergency room, put on oxygen for two hours and given a few steroid shots. At this point, I do not know what to do. No prescriptions have helped, and he is progressively getting worse. I feel so helpless and do not know what to do to help. I do not know if we should put him on oxygen at home, get him steroids, different inhalers... I am at a loss and I cannot stand to watch him be in so much pain. The last doctor he visited also said that my husband may be having mini strokes, and this is the reason why he is having numbness on the right side of his body. His whole right side goes numb, he cannot stand, his heart hurts, his right eye will not fully open and his pupils are completely different sizes during his "episodes". Does anyone have any advice ? I am at such a loss and I am praying that God will show us what to do here. I cannot stand to see him in so much pain anymore. Thank you so much for reading this and God Bless you ALL!

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  • A lot of it sounds like asthma attacks. I have had asthma since a baby, and go through this every year. There is tests to be able to tell if it is or not. There is also differant medical steroids that help ALOT. They help to strengthen the lungs. The chest pain could be from pressure from coughing. Does these episodes happen after certain activities or certain times of the day? I know that weather changes, heat & extreme cold can bring this on; as well as strenuous activities (running, lifting, ect..). With asthma attack, I get.. severe non stop coughing, sometimes w/ phlem &/or blood, lots of chest pain & stomach pain, very dizzy, t/u, and pain through out my body. Ask the doctors to do tests to determain this or not. And deffinataly ask about the steroids cause they do help. HTH and hope you find some answers.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 20, 2007
    • 04:59 PM
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  • I FEEL STRONGLY THAT YOUR HUSBAND HAS SUPER VENA CAVA SYNDROME. IT'S A BLOCKAGE THAT WILL ONLY WORSEN.Please go to www.nih.gov or www.cancer.org. You will find that this syndrome is a secondary condition due to lung cancer or more than likely, non-hodgkins lymphoma which occurs in young men. God be with you both.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 20, 2007
    • 09:55 PM
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  • Could be something he is constantly being exposed to, such as a gas, poison, mold or abestos. I would try to track down the cause and see if you can get rid of it or change your environment..I think it will be worth it for you to remove him from his present environment
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • August 21, 2007
    • 01:22 AM
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