I'm a 32 year old female. I have been having shortness of breath (a tight band around my chest, sometimes fighting for air), fatigue, dizziness and a dry cough for the last 6 months. I also have chest pain that comes and goes with it. I get palpatations, night sweats, and wake up gasping for air as if someone has hit me in the back. I also have an intolerance to cold. When I get exposed to the cold, I have coughing fits that I can't stop until I get warm. The only time I truly feel okay when I am laying down.
They have done thyroid and adrenal tests and all come back normal.
I have seen a Cardiologist (I have a family history of Pulmonary Hypertension) and have had a Lung CT (which showed a 1 cm calcified granuloma, I had known about the granuloma but it has grown in the past two years from 3 mm to 1 cm) and an Echocardiogram (which showed pressures of 28mm and a 'slight' regurgatation at the mitral valve) and also a stress test that showed no heart problems but due to breathing problems had to be stopped at 4 1/2 minutes at stage 2. The Cardio mentioned that I have a thready pulse and that my Blood Pressure drops when I stand up.
I have also seen a Pulmonary doctor who gave me an inhaler and a course of steroids. The inhaler doesn't do anything to make me feel better. The steroids made me feel good for as long as I was on them, they even made the cough go away. He has scheduled PFTs and a sleep study for the end of this month.
I have thought about everything this could possibly be and the doctor's seem to think I will never know what it is because it's some obscure metabolic problem and taking steroids for the rest of my life is the answer.
Any ideas about what this could be would be appreciated.
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