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Something is very wrong......

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  • Posted By: Serendipity888
  • July 17, 2009
  • 11:40 PM

Sometimes, I cannot imagine feeling worse. For several years I have had increasing muscle fatigue, chronic hoarseness, trouble swallowing drinks and recently was found to have very transient drops in my oxygen level.

Recently, following extreme muscle fatigue, I feel faint and get a sensation of cold in my chest. I have only passed out 2 times. The muscle fatigue does not always happen in the muscles I am using, only. Sometimes a walk of 10 feet will result in my arms aching, as much as my legs.

This has become very debilitating. I am 54, and also have chronic pain from cervical disc disease.

These symptoms are not consistent. I have better days at times and I don't have any idea why.

I have seen Neurologists, Cardiologist, and a Pulmonologist. So I have had a cardiac echo and stress test, a lung function test (showing minor poor oxygen perfusion) and a lung stress test with blood gases. The pretest blood gas showed elevated lactic acid levels and the chem 22 showed increase sodium and potassium. I also have a spot in my right lung that was read as possible atelectasis but the pulmonologist does not feel that I have a pulmonary problem and stopped my use of oxygen. I have to say that I think oxygen lessened my muscle fatigue and light headedness.

I have become aware that the lighthededness is much more profound at the end of exertion, and I've wondered if I could have a circulation issue that caused the light headedness and the recent addition of the cold sensation in my chest.

I don't know what to do at this point, and any ideas would be very much appreciated. Thank you.

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