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Shortness of breath

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  • Posted By: ange33
  • April 5, 2009
  • 07:10 PM

I am a 47 yr old female. About 1 year ago, I started getting shortness of breath upon exertion. I cannot climb stairs or walk short distances. I also get pain in my upper left chest and left shoulder blade. I went to a cardiologist who gave me every test and said my heart was very healthy. One doctor said it was stress. I have absolutely no cough. I do smoke about a pack a day. I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease, and took the full course of treatment. Nothing changed. I am on Toprol XL, and with a doctor's advise, weened myself off, but no change. Again, I have no cough, no weight loss, no breathing problems while lying down, just shortness of breath on exertion and the upper chest/ shoulder blade. My oxygenation at dr office was 99%. Sometimes I do not get the pain. It has cut back on many things that I do. I cannot walk even short distances without shortness of breath. My GP is now thinking COPD. Any idea where I should look next? Also, chest Xray was normal...

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