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Breathless in Seattle

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 22, 2007
  • 00:37 AM

About a month ago, I started developing shortness of breath upon mild exertion. It has slowly been getting worse, with more activities restricted. I have also had brady/tachy issues (HR in low 30's to high 130's), dizziness, heat intolerance, and stroke-like symptoms (confusion, memory loss, "spaciness").

Lately, I have had tachycardia (100's, high for me) anytime I stand or have any mild extertion (cooking in the kitchen or short walks), erratic HR (fluctuates between 50's to 100's to 50's, all with no exertion), and shortness of breath (I feel like I have run 5 miles when I walk up a flight of stairs). On occasions, I feel like my heart "stops" just for about 5 seconds, followed by several heavy heartbeats. I need at least 10-12 hrs of sleep a day not to feel exhausted the next day (used to sleep 7-8hrs).

Cardio ruled out ASD and structural defects, but electrical tests were not done as they felt it was not a pacemaker issue. I have never shown signs of a pulm infection (or infection at all, other than a 100deg fever the first few days of symptoms), no anemia, not thyroid irregularities, no Pum Embolism. I had an EEG, but have not received the results, and have an MRI scheduled soon. Pulm tests on the first day of symptoms indicated a "mild obstruction," but subsequent tests are clear- not even any signs of asthma.

I had a stroke from a head injury about 8 years ago, and suffered hemiparalysis with mental impairment, but that cleared up after about 2 mos. I have a family history of heart disease (atrial fib and congest heart failure), and a sibling had unexplained muscular seizures several years ago.

Before this, I was a very healthy 30 year-old, exercised regularly (but was not a marathoner), and my HR was usually mid-50's to mid-60's. I never had these problems and the doctors seem baffled. I am on no meds or supplements. Any ideas?

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  • I too had a stroke about 5 months ago. I am 37, and have the same shortness off breath. Can not get a full breath. It is not athsma because there is no wheezing. I stopped taking a medication called valtrex about two weeks. this is when my breathing has slowly gotten worse. What do your docs say. My doctors tell me it is anxiety or depression. I am not anxious or depressed. I started using qvar and this has helped a bit. Let me know if you find anything out. I will also let you know.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 22, 2007
    • 10:03 PM
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  • A few Drs along the way have said the "anxiety" thing, too,, but they are way off. I have been under severe stress at many points in my life, and the past few months is not one of those.Plus, I have well documented tachycardia and bradycardia, fever and pulm obstruction (at the beginning), and "stressful" times do not trigger the shortness- only exertion (which can be as simple as rising from bed or walking to the mailbox). Sometimes, when I first wake up in the morning or from a long nap, I feel like all "death warmed over"- my heart is racing, I can't breathe, and my body feels like lead or if all the blood has drained out.I will let you know if the Drs come up with anything. I am about at the end of what drs are left to see (I have been to internist, ER, cardio, pulm, and neuro), so I don't know where to go next...Good luck to you, as well.Seattle
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 24, 2007
    • 01:52 AM
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  • Have u had a 24-48hour Halter test done? Basically its a monitor that records and trends cardiac events... Make sure your doc rules out Atrial Fib or Flutter as your wide fluctuations in heart rate point to a signifcant heart arrythmia.As for your Pulmonary function test Mild obstruction does NOT rule out asthma but makes for more a case for it..
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 26, 2007
    • 01:02 PM
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  • Look into mycoplasma and Chlaymidia pneumoniae inefctions. They are very tricky and need to be treated long term with DOXYCYCLINE or ZITHROMAX (6 mos or so).I had this and no dr's know about it. An epidemic in this country.
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  • >Look into mycoplasma and Chlaymidia pneumoniae inefctions. They are very >tricky and need to be treated long term with DOXYCYCLINE or ZITHROMAX (6 >mos or so).>I had this and no dr's know about it. An epidemic in this country.I would like to know the symptoms you had when you had "mycoplasma and Chlaymidia pneumoniae inefctions". Right now, my father is hospitalized due to an unknown lung infection and the Drs. had to insert a tube because my Dad's oxygen level is so low. He has been a liver transplant patient for 7 years, so any infection would be very dangerous and almost life threatening if it can't be treated right away. Last night, his Drs. told me that my dad is not getting any worse, but his chest CT didn't help much and they were giving him three different kind of antibiotics. Drs. haven't figured out what's wrong.I would greatly appreciate any information you might have.Thank you,Lisa
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