I am one of the unlucky 1 in 1000 people to have pectus excavatum. For those of you that don't know what it is, it is when the ribs grow abnormally and force the sternum inwards causing a sunken chest appearance.
There are three severities of pectus excavatum. Mild, moderate, and severe. From what I have read I have severe pectus excavatum, having all the symptoms that go with it. I will list my symptoms at the end of the post.
I went to the cardiologist a few weeks ago and he said my EKG came back ok and my blood oxygen level was ok, which both puzzled me. I then showed him the severity of my pectus excavatum and he said it was VERY mild, stating it was just cosmetic. He proceeded to tell me I was out of shape and my problems are normal. (Im a 130 pound 16 year old male in good physical shape)
I tried telling my mom that we should go find another doctor that knows what he is talking about but she just blows me off. So I am taking it upon myself to find the right help.
My symptoms are as follows
-Back aches (mainly upper, between shoulder blades)
-Light headed and dizzy after exercise
-Difficulty catching my breath
-Taking a complete breath results in a sharp pain in my sternum
-If I take a complete breath and lean backwards it feels as if I am reducing the blood flow to my head (intense pain in my head after I straighten back up. Could be caused by a main artery being pinched off)
-And the most important, a 4 centimeter dent in the center of my chest.
After reading that big block of symptoms (phew) what do you reccomend I do. Does anybody know of a doctor in the Florida area that I could possibly talk to?
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