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Old 05-02-2008, 03:18 PM   #1
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New to the forum. Doctor says I have asthma. I'm not so sure..

Hello All.

Hope some of the folks here can look at this lab work and give me some thoughts.

26yo male. Height/Weight is perfect. All bloodwork is great.
EKG shows Incomplete right bundle branch block
Passed a stress test last week. Echo is coming this week.

In November 2008 while doing yard work I had a very sudden onset of shortness of breath, with very sharp stabbing pains in my chest and down my left arm.

Trip to the ER said I had an upset stomach. Sent me home.
Symptoms continued for several more days until I couldn't even breathe or move. Breathing was fast/shallow with level 8-10 pains when breathing in.

Second trip to the ER said upset stomach.

Saw a local doctor the same day, says I had Pleurisy. Gave me meds for that.
Continued the meds for about a month.

Still very short of breath. Doctor ordered further testing. Due to work I missed a few appointments (stupid me), and now we're at this point.

Still am short of breath, any activity makes it quite severe. Feels like a freight train is sitting on my chest.

Doctor does a breathing test.

I have been taking:
Asthmanex - In the AM and in the PM.
Singulair - Once at bedtime.
Pro-Air - Two puff's up to 4x per day as needed.
prednisone - Took this for a week.

At this time I'm still having the same symptoms: Short of breath. It is quite random, but is very bad with any activity as I get winded very, very fast. My face gets quite red as well when this happens and I get very hot.

Just sitting here on the couch now I feel like my lungs are hot and very short of breath.

Pro-Air/Albuterol does nothing but make my heart race.

I'm going Monday for another opinion locally on the asthma/shortness of breath issues, including back to the cardiologist.

Any thoughts on the above readings?

Thanks for any replies.

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Old 05-03-2008, 06:10 AM   #2
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Re: New to the forum. Doctor says I have asthma. I'm not so sure..

A couple of thoughts:

First of all, have you seen a pulmonologist to have a chest x-ray and to have your breathing tested? If you do have asthma it's not going to show up on any bloodwork, and cardiologists aren't really specialists in treating lung diseases like asthma.

The other thing you should consider is acid reflux, especially if you ever have heartburn. Acid reflux can irritate the esophagus and commonly mimics the symptoms of asthma (or causes asthma flare ups), can cause chest pain and wheezing and might explain why they thought you had an upset stomach.

If you want to rule out acid reflux you could get some PrilosecOTC today (you can buy it at any drugstore or discount store without a prescription) and try taking it every day for a couple of weeks to see if your symptoms subside - if acid reflux is causing or contributing to your symptoms you should start to see some improvement in a couple of days.

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Old 05-03-2008, 09:55 AM   #3
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Re: New to the forum. Doctor says I have asthma. I'm not so sure..

A branch block indicates that the electrical impules on one side of your heart arrive slower than the other. But unless underlying heart disease is found you shouldn't have to worry about it.

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