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Old 10-11-2012, 09:53 AM   #1
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Husband having fatigue and trouble breathing

My husband has been having trouble with fatigue and catching his breath sometimes, along with a lot of sinus and general congestion. He did have a test done, and his lung capacity was poor. He used to smoke, but quit about 8 years ago. There were a couple spots on his lungs that they said had been damaged by the smoking, but it wasn't emphysema or cancerous. He was told he could take Primatene mist or tablets when he has problems breathing, but he has the problem pretty much all the time. He has an active job where he's on his feet for 8 hours a day, and he's a little overweight, but he's 6'1" and 210 lbs, so he's not that overweight. He's 43 years old.

He's been getting the brush off from his present doctor, and he doesn't seem to want to look into it further. This has been going on for years, and I think he needs to see a specialist, but I'm not sure who he'd see? He sleeps a lot(pretty much whenever he's not working), and I know it's because of the breathing problem. He's already taking an antidepressant for his depression and is on the maximum dose of Adderall for his ADHD. I'm convinced his breathing condition is worsening those mental issues as well due to lack of oxygen.

Anyone have any suggestions on what to do and who to see about this problem? Maybe he can have his blood oxygen checked?

Thank you for your help.

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Old 10-17-2012, 04:56 PM   #2
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Re: Husband having fatigue and trouble breathing

His being tired and having breathing problems have got alot to due with the COPD. I quit last yr and it took a few months before I actually got to breathing better and it keeps getting easier. I also think you should take him to a lung specialist and see if there's anything else he can do for him. The main thing is getting him a physical and some blood work done.

Old 10-19-2012, 11:11 PM   #3
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Re: Husband having fatigue and trouble breathing

I have COPD with a 8% lung capacity left. Smoked for over 40 years and I have to tell you if he sweats at the most simple thing or just sits and sweats get him to a Doctor. The lack of oxygen will start to cause damage to memory, he will find it harder to keep a full conversation with bigger words. I don't walk very far or very fast, if I do I will be too short winded to finish it and sweat so bad you would think someone poured water on my head. Oh and the night sweats because I try to lay on my right side or do during the little sleep I do get. I would suggest a heart Doctor because of his age and smoking History. I went to a Cardio Doctor "just for a checkup" boy did I get a surprise.

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