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Seeking Advice for Ongoing Issue
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J0812 posted:
After months and months of primary care and specialist visits, I've come here seeking advice for an issue I've been dealing with for nearly eight months.

I'm a 22 year old male. I am overweight and suffered from precocious puberty as a child, resulting in the majority of my weight issues. Aside from that, I have never had more than a common cold up until these symptoms began.

My diet has not changed dramatically during the course of these symptoms, though I have been eating better since returning home from school in May. I was living in an old house during the school year. I figured it may be relevant to include as I wondered if the air quality could have any effect on my overall condition. None of my roommates have experienced any symptoms.

In December, while helping out my mother at her shop, I suddenly felt very lightheaded with pain in my chest. I had never experienced anything like it before, and so I quickly scheduled an appointment with my doctor. He wrote it off as a virus, but ran some blood work anyway, all of which came back fine.

The following day, the pain got worse. I ended up in the emergency room that afternoon. They, again, told me it was a virus, but ran an EKG which came back completely normal.

I've been seeing my doctor every month since to no avail. The symptoms come and go, and are often accompanied by new pains or issues.

In late February, breathing issues developed whenever the pain would arrive. I can't describe it as shortness of breath, but rather, a feeling like I can't get a full breath of air. I would constantly find myself taking deep breaths and only getting a fraction of the air my lungs wanted. Every couple of minutes, I'd be able to get a big, full breath and the cycle would start over again. Again, this symptom usually shows up for about a week at a time and occurs every few weeks.

In March, I had a pulmonary lung function test. They concluded that my lungs were functioning at about 87% capacity and diagnosed me with extremely mild asthma. I was placed on an inhaler and given instructions to use it only when I deemed it necessary.

The inhaler didn't seem to help at all. In April, I saw a lung specialist who officially diagnosed me with asthma related to heartburn. She prescribed a twice daily steroid inhaler and Prilosec for my reflux/heartburn.

The steroid inhaler made me feel worse. After visiting my doctor after a week and a half, he told me to stop taking the steroid inhaler, as I had gained ten pounds in just that short amount of time as a result.

Throughout the course of these last several months, I've had seemingly random pains that come and go that I can't help but associate with whatever has been bothering me. This includes pain in my calves, my groin, testicles, shoulders, and arms. These pains are usually mild to medium in nature and rarely last more than 24 hours at a time.

When I finished school in May, I began exercising daily to try to lose weight and hope that it may make me feel a bit better. As soon as I would finish a simple 20 minutes on the elliptical, I'd get a deep pain in my heart, and my heartrate would take much longer to drop back to normal than I'm used to when exercising.

Most recently, I had an ECG. They again found no significant issue and cleared me to begin exercising again.

I've been exercising every day that I don't feel completely drained from the pain, which this past week has been frequently. As of this writing, I'm a bit light headed and have an aching sensation on the far left side of my chest near my armpit that radiates into my shoulder.

Just yesterday I turned to acupuncture to give an alternative method a shot, but I have yet to feel any relief as a result. The acupuncture specialist I visited used to practice internal medicine and he seemed perplexed by my case as well.
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