Posted 4/2/2007 8:08 PM (GMT -6)
Thanks everyone. Yeah, I thought it was a little "put offish" by my rheumy but I guess I will give him the benefit of the doubt. He is probably so booked (he is one of the most sought after rheumys here) but I did talk to my GP (he called me back personally :) and told me that he could see me tomorrow morning and if I have any arm pain in addition to my weakness or chest pain to go ahead and get to the ER. I'm hoping that I can get through an uneventful night and just make my appointment tomorrow. I will be sure to request a chest xray and I'm not sure which labs for this to ask for. Even if its nothing serious, something needs to be done because this labored breathing is very distressful. I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks again!!
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Posted 4/2/2007 10:45 PM (GMT -6)

Des,

  I'm glad your GP called you back and told you to go to the ER if you have any arm or chest pain. I hope this is nothing serious and you do well during the night. I'm glad you are getting this checked out tomorrow. Let us know what the doc says and don't hesitate to go to the ER tonight if needed. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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Posted 4/3/2007 9:51 PM (GMT -6)
Everything went okay last night. I went to the doctor today and sent me to get a chest xray (which found out later today it came out normal) and he wants me to go and see a cardiologist for a stress test and other cardio testing. I feel so stupid cause I started crying while I was talking to him so I ended up walking out with samples of Lexapro (without realizing thats what he gave me until my ride home lol).

Thanks for everyone's support
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Posted 4/3/2007 10:38 PM (GMT -6)

(((des))), bless your heart. I'm glad your chest x ray came out ok. You have every right to be upset. I've cried when doctors have talked to me too. Hey you have been through alot and now they are asking for more. It's stressful. We all feeel like and do cry somtimes. Hey the meds might help. You know stress can cause chest pains  So maybe it's a good thing he gave you somthing for depression. It might help get rid of the breathing problems too.

Thank you for the update, No need to feel stupid at all. I think we have all done it.

Please keep us updated.

hugs

carol


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Posted 4/3/2007 10:40 PM (GMT -6)

Des,

  Tks for updating us. I'm glad the doctor is sending you to a cardiologist to check things out. Awww... I have cried several times in the doctors office. I think things just build up and when we get some new symptom that scares us, we break down when we least expect it. Don't feel stupid, I bet alot of others have done this too....(((Hugs))). I hope the Lexapro helps.

  I hope you get some answers soon. Keep us updated and take care. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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Posted 4/4/2007 4:15 PM (GMT -6)
Hi Des, I've cried in the doctors's office too. Just a couple of weeks ago I broke down and cried. I hope too, that the Lexapro helps and that you get some answers soon. It's good that your PCP is sending for a cardio check up. (((gentle hugs and prayers))), Cecelia
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Posted 4/5/2007 5:08 PM (GMT -6)
Hi Des.

I'm a Des too. But that's not why I'm writing. I have the same symptoms you described. In my case the shortness of breath came first. I did the spirometry test and showed a reduction of 10% lung capacity. I did the cardio stress test and that was normal. The arm weirdness came next and included unusually bad shoulder and bicep pain, numb hands, pain aimed down from the elbow. In my case, it was definitely not serositis.

Hope that helps,
Other Des
Posted 4/5/2007 6:36 PM (GMT -6)
Thanks Des lol... what is a spirometry test? I never heard of that one, can that be abnormal if my chest xray came back normal?

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Posted 4/5/2007 6:44 PM (GMT -6)
Des, it's a test that you breath into a tube. sort of like if the cops think your drunk lol. only it is meaured on a machine. It shows how much pressure you have when you blow out. Most people think that the problem is actually the inability to take deep breaths but it's actually the muscles in your lungs not being able to blow all the carbon dioxide out of your body. when that happens you aren't able to get enough oxygen into your blood system. and Yes you don't have to show problems in an xray for you to have breathing problems. When I have bad problems I can't blow out a candle.

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Posted 4/5/2007 6:49 PM (GMT -6)
Thanks carol :) Yes I think I know of that test, just didn't know what it was called (I learn so much from you guys). It may just be worth checking into because the problem is not that I'm gasping for air but that I can't get enough oxygen. I may need to ask about that test.

(((HUGS Carol))) I hope you are feeling a bit better today
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Posted 4/5/2007 7:06 PM (GMT -6)

Is the Spirometry test the same as a Pulmonary Function Test? Just curious.... :-) .

Des, I hope you find out soon whats going on and get some relief.

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Posted 4/5/2007 7:15 PM (GMT -6)
Hi Bab's there are different kinds of pulmonary function tests that can be done but yes the  spirometer is the most common one.
Des you could ask them to use a Pulse/ox test on you first. It's that little thing they clip on the end of your finger. I don't know if they do it regularly on people but with my problems it's SOP. It only takes a minute and takes no effort on your part. I like that part lol. Plus it doesn't cost anything. It's kind of like taking your blood pressure on a visit to the doctors. and I learn TONS of stuff from you guys!
 
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Posted 4/5/2007 8:09 PM (GMT -6)

Tks Carol,

  I was just curious...I had several PFT's when I had lupus pneumonitis. The office I work in does the pulse/ox test on patients too. It's pretty neat!

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