- Shortness of Breath
- Not feeling like I am getting all my Oxygen in my lungs
- Having to make my self yawn to push air in or take deep breaths several times
- Feels like my throat is being shut off and have to swallow to get air
I'm not coughing, wheezing, sneezing. Not in pain. Don't take any medications other than daily vitamins and replace my estrogen patch when I should. I just cant seem to get all my air intake. Some days are worse than others.
This isn't her field of medicine so she sends me to an Internal Doctor, Doctor number 2. I give her the symptoms. She listens to my heart, feels for enlarged glands in my throat, ask me about past medical and diseases in my family's history. Going down the list I tell her about my mother and her twin who both passed away with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. She orders a chest ray and blood work. There all normal. She wants me to have a Spirometers Breathing test, but this is not her field of medicine, so she sends me to A Pulmonary Specialist, Doctor number 3. I go through the list of symptoms with him. He listens to my heart, feels for enlarged glands or knots in my throat. His nurse gives me the breathing test and checks my oxygen level. The doctor comes back in the room, shows me a flow chart and tells me mine is abnormal. He wants to order a CT scan of the chest and a CT scan of the neck. After a few days of waiting on my insurance to approve the CT's, I am referred to Doctor number 4 who only gets a CT of the chest with IV contrast and more blood work. You will have to go back to the doctor that ordered tests to get results. So I go back to see Doctor number 2. She goes over test results that have been sent back to her.
- Chest X-ray-normal
- Blood work - all normal
- Spirometer- Fixed obstruction pattern
- CT scan- mild hyperinflation in lungs, No disease noted, Thyroid normal, Heart looks normal, small amount of sludge in Gallbladder, Vessels are normal.
She feels like they need to have a look down my throat for blockage, but this is not her field, so she sends me to Doctor number 5, an ENT Specialist. I go through the list of symptoms with her and she wants to do a Endoscope threw my nose and down my throat to look with a camera for any tissue growth. After the test is done, she tells me she sees redness which is caused by acid reflex. There are no signs of any growths, try this prescribed medicine for one month and come back to see me.
Whets up Doc's? No one is listening to me! Hello...I cant breath! I'm not getting full oxygen! Do I need to pass out, turn blue, or even die before you stop passing me around and guessing on why I am not getting a full breath of air ? In the 80's I went all the way through Nursing school and we were always told to listen to the patient, treat the symptoms. What's up Doc's?