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Sat Jan 12, 2019, 10:54 PM

I'm 70 years old. (Updated)

Last edited Fri Jan 18, 2019, 06:36 PM - Edit history (1)

This Summer I noticed that I didn't have the stamina I used to. Mowing the lawn would leave me gasping. I chalked it up to a rather slothful Winter, but then instead of getting better it got worse. By the end of Summer I was getting out of breath walking the aisles at the grocery store, and be the beginning of November, walking from one room the another would leave me panting.

Now, I'm not a big fan of running to the doctor at every little thing, but I'm not an idiot who refuses to go when necessary. So, I had an appointment coming up with my cardiologist and he always asks me about 'shortness of breath'. So, I brought it up with him. Unfortunately it turns out he is a 'heart' guy only. If its not related to your heart he isn't particularly interested. He said my heart sounded OK, but he would do an echo cardiogram to be sure and I should come back in two weeks. So, I scheduled the test and went to get the appointment, but he had evidently had forgotten that in two weeks he would have just started a two week vacations. Grrr. They had told me that it would take about 5 working days to get the results of the echo. After 7 working days, I called and was told that the doctor (the one who wouldn't be back for another 3 weeks) had to review the results before they would release them to me. Bigger Grrr.

A few days later, evidently after someone had actually looked at the results, the office called and told me that if I was still having shortness of breath I should go to the ER. Medium sized explosion!

So. I called my PCP (we used to call them GP's) and got in to see him the next day. He listened carefully and sent me across the hall for blood work and an X-ray. Later that day my PCP called and said the X-rays weren't clear enough and I needed an CAT scan, which he had already scheduled for me two days later. After the CAT scan he again called the same day and gave me a referral to surgeon for a lung biopsy. I went in this past Wed morning and just got home this afternoon. The problem is they still don't know what is causing the scaring, so they don't know how to treat it. (Really Big Sigh)

It will take 5-10 working days to get the results of the biopsy. (Whimper)

So, hopefully, we will finally find out IF we have an answer and IF there is any sort of treatment to slow things down. (Sigh)

I'll post again when/if we learn anything. But at least I found some doctors who took things seriously.

UPDATE1
1/18/19 - So, went in yesterday to finally get my chest tube out. Ouch! It hurts a lot less with the tube out, but the whole area is still very sore. I finally got a look at where they had gone in and there are a couple of incisions one under my arm, about 4" long, one a couple of inches below that, and then the hole where the chest tube drained. For some strange reason I am now getting attacks of the hiccups. Go figure. I get to take the bandage off for good tomorrow. Thank goodness.

I have to go back for a final checkup with the surgeon next Thursday (1/24) and then go see the Pulmonologist the Thursday after that. Hopefully, by that time they will have the results back from the biopsy and we will have a clue as to what is going on and what can be done about it.

Thanks for all the support. I think I've got a pretty good crew of Doctors at this point. And I'll keep y'all posted as more news developes.

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Stonepounder Jan 12 OP
Freedomofspeech Jan 12 #1
Dave in VA Jan 12 #2
democratisphere Jan 12 #3
MLAA Jan 12 #4
AJT Jan 12 #5
ms liberty Jan 12 #6
True Dough Jan 12 #7
Laffy Kat Jan 13 #8
safeinOhio Jan 13 #9
MFM008 Jan 13 #10
murielm99 Jan 18 #11

Response to Stonepounder (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 11:02 PM

1. All the best to you...

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Sat Jan 12, 2019, 11:04 PM

2. Please keep us posted

n/t

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Response to Stonepounder (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 11:11 PM

3. Most doctors aren't worth the paper their degrees are printed on!

Glad you are finally getting the answers you deserve. Hoping everything goes well for you and you regain your endurance!

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Response to Stonepounder (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 11:11 PM

4. Sending you good vibes and best of luck!

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Response to Stonepounder (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 11:25 PM

5. My husband had scarring on his lungs which allowed

fungus to settle in the lung tissue. He had been feeling exhausted and short of breath. It took him finally coughing up blood before they ran cultures for fungus.

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Response to Stonepounder (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 11:25 PM

6. Sending vibes your way. Keep us updated as you can!

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Response to Stonepounder (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 11:41 PM

7. It could be something treatable

and you'll be out there pushing the darn lawn mower again this summer. Wishing you well, Stonepounder!

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Response to Stonepounder (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2019, 02:03 AM

8. Keep doing all the right things.

And remember there are many treatable conditions that could be causing this: a vegetation, a stubborn pneumonia, to name two.

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Response to Stonepounder (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2019, 03:13 AM

9. I'm your age and am getting ready to fire my doctor.

Will be the 3rd doctor I've dumped in 4 years.

I'm a little more tired than I use to be and chucked it up to age. So, I started running to get fit. 10 years ago a doctor told me I'd never run again because of my right knee. So, I'm going slow, but do feel better. I run(slow jog, 15minute miles). I do 3 to 4 miles about every other day, depending on the weather.

Been watching my blood pressure for a few years and now have a healthy BP. I take it about every day. Just started to notice that my pulse rate seemed a little slow, about 45 beats per minute. Looked it up on the net and found out it is called Bradycardia. Looks like I'm a super athlete or something is wrong. Had an ECT that showed first degree A-V, not good. My doc says I'm normal and I'm not buying it. Trying to get in to see a cardiologist and waiting for a referral that I haven't got yet.

So, last week I became a vegetarian. Looks like about the only possible cure for clogged arteries.

What is it about GPs that they have become gate keepers only. I've had this doctor for 2 years and any complaint, he sends me to a specialist. Has never seen me with my shirt off or every looked up my nose on down my throat. He has listen to my chest a few times and thats it.
That last doctor I liked, down in Ohio was an old DO. He was great. So, I'm going to look for another one like him.

Good luck with your health.

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Response to Stonepounder (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2019, 03:34 AM

10. this sounds a bit like my mom

she dealt with C.O.P.D. for 20 years at least, I hope it goes well for you.

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Fri Jan 18, 2019, 05:44 PM

11. These doctors can be a PITA.

I hope you get your answers soon.

My husband got most of his answers after he had testing before hernia surgery. We are going in for a full day of testing on the 31st. But it looks like he will be having open heart surgery, valve replacement, within about a month.

Keep after these people if they don't do what you need.

Keep us informed.

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