- CASE FILE
10 months of serious wide ranging symptoms, but given the run around from doctors and specialists since I'm "healthy" yet no answers
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
These symptoms started November 28, the Wednesday after Thanksgiving. This originally occurred when I was exercising. I was near the end exercising, finishing with a set of blurpees. Around number 5, I got a sensation in my chest, so I stopped immediately. I had a hard time breathing, felt dizzy, hot, sweating, shaking severely, heart beat increased dramatically almost 200 BPM. I walked around for 10-15 mins, took a few sips of water, in an attempt to calm down and started to feel better after 20-30 mins. I took it as a muscle strain, a one-off incident since at the time I was in really good shape (37 years old/6 ft/180 lbs). I exercised every day (lift, run, play sports), ate healthy, in general took care of myself. I went upstairs since that was it for the day, I didn’t want to make things worse. Later that evening, I got ready for tomorrow, took a shower, and laid down on the couch. While watching TV on the couch, the symptoms came back but worse! Difficulty breathing, rapid breathing, sharp chest and shoulder pain, dizziness, increase heart rate 180 BPM, whole body shaking, sweating, whole body weakness, even had a hard time getting to my feet to walk. Again, once I was about to, I walked around for a few minutes but this time it was time to go to the ER. My wife took me and was hooked up to a heart rate monitor right away. My heart rate decreased to 160 BPM but were consistent from 160-140BPM for hours, I couldn't stop shaking. The nurses commented, I needed to stop shaking for them to get a good reading but couldn't. No matter how hard I focus, I wasn’t able to. Later, I was given medication but can't remember what it was for. An X-ray was taken along with a blood test which was done twice. Between the EKG, X-Ray, blood test and analysis from the ER doctor I was in good health, there should be nothing wrong with me. To him, this was an anxiety attack and follow up with my doctor. The next day, I went to my doctor. He told me my symptoms were not life threatening but wanted me to go get an Upper GI Endoscopy due to my cough this was due to my inability to breath. That Friday, I went to get a second opinion. This doctor gave me an inhaler to help with my breathing and see a cardiologist ASAP. I used the inhaler and I went to see the cardiologist within a few weeks. He recommended a stress test and go from there since again I was “healthy”. I did have a stress test, along with another EKG, ultrasound of my heart, and CT scan all in the matter of months. All came back negative; my heart was in good health. Next was the gastroenterologist, this was due to me feeling slightly better when I burp. The symptoms don't go away but the symptoms eased for a few minutes after I do. The gastroenterology did an upper GI which was negative. There was no sign of GERD, inflammation, tearing of the esophagus, stomach and upper intestine were all OK. Next was the Pulmonary doctor. Asthma, COPD, blood clots, or any lung issue was ruled out from breathing test and physical examination. In the meantime, while all of this has been going on in the 10 months, I have tried 3 different types of anxiety medication (Xanax .5mg/Cymbalta 30mg&60mg/Zoloft 50mg/100mg), heartburn medicine (pantoprazole 40mg), asthma medicine (singulair 10mg/Albuterol inhaler), and steroids. I tried changing my diet, did not exercise for 3 months (but have tried lately since this my ease symptoms), decrease caffeine intake (one coffee a day), and took medication from the doctors. Some days are better than others but the symptoms are always there. I don’t believe it is anxiety, the cardiologist, gastroenterologist, and pulmonary doctors don’t believe so either but again they all believe I’m in good health.
Full list of symptoms: chest/shoulder/back pain, difficult/rapid breathing, dizziness/headache, increase/decrease heartrate, pale skin/instant change in appearance, shaking in hands and feet, weakness in hands and feet, hot and cold flashes - sweating, difficult swallowing, increase mucus, lost 25 lbs but gain 10-15 lbs back.