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Sweating, Chest Discomfort, Dry Cough

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 7, 2009
  • 04:50 PM

Hi there. I have a few things going on that may or may not be related. My small town doctors are not very eager to look beyond the routine cold/allergies/etc stuff.

Here's what might be relevant: Female, just about to turn 40 yrs old, hypothyroid controlled with medication, multiple food & environmental allergies treated with shots and oral/nasal medication, exercise induced asthma, breathing difficulties during allergy attack but not requiring intervention, hypokinesis of inferior heart wall following exercise stress, overweight but active and relatively healthy. I also have "overly good" results on breathing tests - put out air at greater volume and force pressure than most. I have odd "catching" breaths on a pretty much daily basis... kind of a breathing in thing, but no air moves until I get "unstuck" and get a little gasp and then regular breathing. My RF and CRP have been rising somewhat dramatically in the last year or so, but I do not suffer from hand joint pain/swelling, etc.

Here's what's going on: For the past 2 years, I have been having profuse sweating incidents involving my entire body. These episodes can last up to 2 hours or so. I will soak my clothing and even dampen the paper money in my wallet located in my back pants pocket. I laughed it off as menopause, but I'm a bit young for menopause and this has been going on for a long time. Environmental temperature does not seem to affect the onset.

I get a weird kind of "butterfly-flop" feeling near my heart at odd times - not always when heart rate is up. It's usually just a few flops and then maybe not again for a day or two. In addition, my central chest just feels "odd" lately. It's hard to describe.

I went to the ENT last week because I have a dry, raspy, localized cough in my right lung ONLY when I lay on my right side. I can't reproduce the cough in any other position. The chest x-ray appeared normal.

I was referred to my regular doctor, an internist, with an appt. for tomorrow. The doctor tends to think locally and never globally. He focuses on one thing - usually not the one that is bugging me the most - and we end up not getting very far.

My question is - Do any of these symptoms maybe fit together, or do I just have an odd handful of stuff going on for whatever reasons? I can't imagine how they would fit together.

Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks for your time.

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