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what kind of doctor should i see ?
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An_225891 posted:
i will try to list all my symptoms as detailed as i can:

excessive gas, more first thing in the morning and at night (more at night than morning)..i also seem to have to poop more often than usual (sorry!) only a few times was it actually diarrhea, the rest of the time it seems fairly normal and i don't need to rush to the bathroom or anything..it is just kind of annoying..it feels like it is being caused by anxiety, cause I have that kind of anxious feeling, and all the gas does not help the anxious feeling

one night for several seconds, while sitting up in a chair, i felt a sort of throbbing/stabbing pain under my left rib cage/breast area...it wasn't too severe but it would increase with sudden movement..only last maybe a minute...i didn't think anything of it, thought it could have been gas....i'm really not sure though

this is one i am most worried about- shortness of breath....maybe i am thinking about it too much and that is making me feel like i am not getting enough air, but i don't really believe that. what worries me more about this, is that it seems worse at night..like when i am sitting half way up with my legs stretched out in bed at night..not while i am asleep, but when i do go to try to fall asleep and lie all the way down it does seem it is a little difficult to breathe for a bit before i fall asleep. i am very concerned about this !! ...i am definitely not in good shape at all, so i figured i just really need to get back into my exercise..but before i do that i want to make sure that is all it is and nothing more

sometimes my chest seems to get really red, even one time on one side of my right breast it looked slightly purple..it seems fine right now though

i have a lot of back/neck pain at night too...i am used to have this kind of pain, but i don't remember it ever being exclusive to nighttime

a few times i have felt/heard gurgling sensations in the center of my chest, like around where my sternum is

last night i had a pretty bad popped blood vessel in my eye..i am thinking from straining to breathe, and not breathing properly

a couple weeks ago when out shopping my legs sorta felt like they were cramping up a lot while walking....they have never done that..not while walking anyway

just a week ago i was told i have great blood pressure..so it isn't that.

sometimes it kind of feels like i am getting a hot flash of some kind ? especially when i am getting ready to leave the house, i get real red and clammy, sometimes sweaty.....but i can also just be sitting and doing nothing and i will get a rush of heat, but this isn't as often as when i am getting ready to go, or actually out somewhere (i am 24 years old btw and female)

i don't know what kind of doctor to go to. is it heart related, digestive system..just anxiety ??

should i just go to a general practitioner and see who they refer me to ? what kind of tests should i ask her to run?

thank you anyone who can give me some advice, or point me to someone who can

(sorry this was so long ! hope i didn't forget anything)
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An_225892 responded:
also, i forgot to mention that i take 300mg wellbutrin sr a day and 50mg hydroxyzine(atarax) for anxiety as needed (maybe use it three times a week)
 
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Chris_WebMD_Staff responded:
Hi and welcome!

You sure have a lot going on. Start with your primary care doctor and he/she will recommend a specialist, or will run various testing on you. They will know what tests, no guessing on this at all.
I hope you find some answers and feel better soon!
Good Luck and Good health, Chrissy WebMD Community Staff
 
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bluehornlady replied to Chris_WebMD_Staff's response:
Thanks ! I was pretty sure I should just see a primary doctor, it just seems every time i go to a primary doctor they don't do anything to help at all....but I guess that might not be any different with any other kind of doctor :P

I'm worried it is a heart problem :( .....and I was about to start training with a personal trainer too....hopefully it isn't anything serious so i can still do that....and hopefully the doctor I see will be willing/able to help me....I don't think I have ever left a doctor's office feeling relieved and satisfied with whatever it is they told me....most of the time I just leave even more confused than when I made the appointment.

sorry I'm being so negative....I just don't have a good history with doctors, was hoping to just jump to whoever i need to see and skip the primary doctor so I don't have to keep going back and forth to the doctor....it is very stressful, doctors make me incredibly uncomfortable :(
 
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Annie_WebMD_Staff responded:
Hi Anon141016,

You may want to start with your family doctor especially if your health insurance requires referals to specialists like a gastroenterologist (a digestive disorders doctor). We do have a Digestive Disorders Community but at the current time we do not have a health professional available to answer community members' questions.

- Annie


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