Hello. I need some insight and possibiliy some direction.
Let me give you a quick history. I am a 37 year old male. I have been obese/overweight for the majority of my life. I am 5'9" and once weighed in at 310 lbs. About a 2 years ago, I began exercising and road biking. I have since lost 80 lbs. My blood pressure went from 180/100 average to now 128/79 average. My overall cholesterol went from 250 to 140. My average heart rate went from a daily average of 90 to a daily average of 60.
For the past 10 years or so, I was getting (and still do on occasion) a chest pain in the left upper side of my chest. In the past I had gone to the ER several times over it, each time they put me on a EKG and do blood work and tell me that I'm not having a heart attack. During my weight loss (where I am outside more than inside), I was running a mile as fast and as hard as I could without stopping -- I made the mile, but I felt like my lungs where on fire and hurting badly. The day after this, I developed what I can only call "air hunger." I am NOT gasping for air, it just feels like I can't get a deep breath. Along with the "air hunger" is the feeling of tightness in my throat just below my Adam's apple -- feels like it's restrictiving but it isn't effecting my air flow -- or at least it doesn't feel like it is.
So, with the pain in my left chest and the air hunger issue. I decided to go to a cardiologist. The cardiologist did a battery of tests on me. I did a exercise stress test, an echocardiograph, an EKG, CAT scan, and he put me on a 21-day holter and event monitor. After the 21 days, I had another appointment with him and he said that every thing came back normal... no enlargements, no blockages, no abnormalities, no electrical issues, no value issues, no blood flow issues. He said that because I have been overweight all my life, that I basically won the "heart lottery" because my heart is similar to those he sees in athletes.
So, he sent me home. However, I still have the feeling of "air hunger." So I decided to go see a Pulmonologist. He looked over my CAT scan and told me that there was nothing unusual about it. He did a lung function test on me and my lung function was 99%. He basically told me that I was wasting my money coming to see him.
So, I had my uncle who is a radiologist look at the CAT scan and he told me that he sees a 2mm nodule on my left lung. He said not worry about it because it's very common in Arizona to see them that size and sees them in 80% of chest CAT scans. He asked me if I was getting over flu or a cold when this was taken (I was, in fact, a week earlier). He said most doctors won't even mention them unless they are 5mm or bigger and that you wouldn't even feel anything with anything smaller than 5mm with your lung function. So I assumes this is the reason why the Pulmonologist didn't tell me about the nodule.
I'm a pretty high strung guy when it comes to health now and I've probably have developed health anxiety. So, a Psychiatrist friend of mine suggested I take 5mg Valium a day because I might have anxiety. I started to take the Valium. It seems to help for a short periods only (like an hour or two) but then then the "air hunger" and tightness in the throat comes back. I have been taking Valium for about 2 weeks so far, with little to no effect on the "air hunger" and tightness in the throat.
So, basically.. this is where I am at now. I still have this feeling of not being able to take a deep breath with tightness in my throat.
I recently went to my family doctor and they did another lung function test which came back at 99%. They did x-rays of my chest and blood work and found nothing unusual.
I don't know what to do anymore. Should I reschedule an appointment with my Pulmonologist again? He's probably just going to tell me I'm wasting my money again (He still takes it, of course).
Anyone else experience these problems and how did you overcome them? Help needed!!!
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