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Breathing issues when going up stairs

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 16, 2009
  • 07:12 PM

Hi there. I have had this problem for awhile and the doctor doesn't seem to think much of it. Thought I'd try asking here and see if there are any different opinions. I just want to be sure there is nothing serious.

I am a full time student and, of course, there are stairs I must go up/down on a daily basis for my classes. I have no problems going down the stairs as far as I've noticed. However, when I go UP the stairs I feel a gradual pain in my knees. The farther I go the more it hurts. Usually by the time I get to the top it hurts pretty bad, but then it fades away. With this though, it causes me to breathe rather hard/heavily for awhile until it eventually goes away. A friend said that maybe I'm just out of shape, but this is halfway through a semester with no improvement whatsoever. I am puzzled. I am thin, 5'3, and 120 lbs and only 20 years old. Not really sure why I am having these issues.

Another thing I have noticed is I seem to have a fast pulse when doing nothing, and I noticed that after going up some stairs my pulse slowed down (Unless I felt it wrong). Not sure if that pertains to it at all, but yeah.

Any help would be great!

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  • Hi there. I have had this problem for awhile and the doctor doesn't seem to think much of it. Thought I'd try asking here and see if there are any different opinions. I just want to be sure there is nothing serious.I am a full time student and, of course, there are stairs I must go up/down on a daily basis for my classes. I have no problems going down the stairs as far as I've noticed. However, when I go UP the stairs I feel a gradual pain in my knees. The farther I go the more it hurts. Usually by the time I get to the top it hurts pretty bad, but then it fades away. With this though, it causes me to breathe rather hard/heavily for awhile until it eventually goes away. A friend said that maybe I'm just out of shape, but this is halfway through a semester with no improvement whatsoever. I am puzzled. I am thin, 5'3, and 120 lbs and only 20 years old. Not really sure why I am having these issues.Another thing I have noticed is I seem to have a fast pulse when doing nothing, and I noticed that after going up some stairs my pulse slowed down (Unless I felt it wrong). Not sure if that pertains to it at all, but yeah.Any help would be great!Nobody has any ideas huh? :(
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 20, 2009
    • 09:39 PM
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  • Hi there. I have had this problem for awhile and the doctor doesn't seem to think much of it. Thought I'd try asking here and see if there are any different opinions. I just want to be sure there is nothing serious. I am a full time student and, of course, there are stairs I must go up/down on a daily basis for my classes. I have no problems going down the stairs as far as I've noticed. However, when I go UP the stairs I feel a gradual pain in my knees. The farther I go the more it hurts. Usually by the time I get to the top it hurts pretty bad, but then it fades away. With this though, it causes me to breathe rather hard/heavily for awhile until it eventually goes away. A friend said that maybe I'm just out of shape, but this is halfway through a semester with no improvement whatsoever. I am puzzled. I am thin, 5'3, and 120 lbs and only 20 years old. Not really sure why I am having these issues. Another thing I have noticed is I seem to have a fast pulse when doing nothing, and I noticed that after going up some stairs my pulse slowed down (Unless I felt it wrong). Not sure if that pertains to it at all, but yeah. Any help would be great! Okay this is a long stretch, but its what happened to me. I was pretty much in shape most of my life, but in last year changed jobs and put on some weight...began coughing in morning only...on and off for a year mostly on..in August this year started having shortness of breath, fast pulse when going upstairs.. I figured I was out of shape and wrote it off. In October I was talking on cell and walking around outside and couldn't even carry on conversation so went to see my doc. She thought maybe I was stressed and having anxiety, but told her life was great except the weight and all the stomach issues I was having *IBS* so she ordered a ct scan of my chest. The day of the test, they admitted me to hospital as I had bilateral pulmonary embolisms (I didn't know what this was) and just in case you don't... blood clots in both lungs. Literally I was a walking time bomb and didn't know it. 9 days in hospital on lovenox shots and coumadin and my blood still wasn't thin enough. Okay so enough said. We have no idea why I have them..no family history, no trauma or surgeries, no long trips, no dvt...went to hematologist who ran stomach pelvic scan and have now found issue with my colon.. 1 doc says maybe diverticulitis another says she thinks its beginning cancer. (could explain the blood clots) Either way if you are having anything similar, please go to doc.....blood clots are very common among people of all age groups and apparently there are a lot of people out there who don't find out until its too late. Meanwhile I am scheduled for a colonoscopy in another week and I'll know more. Take care.
    brillta 7 Replies
    • December 29, 2009
    • 02:29 PM
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