I am facing breathing difficulties for last 1 year, my doctors can’t identify problem?
I am 27 years old boy. I am facing breathing difficulties for last 1 year. Pressure and tightness on left and middle chest. Discomfort on upper back and neck. If I sit on chair I can not keep my spine straight, feel very weak. Also after walking some distance feel breathing difficulty and chest pressure. I have visited chest specialist, cardiologist. I have done some test like chest xrays, ECG, ECHO Color, Blood test. All reports are ok. Done MRI of spine. Report comes with disk bulge in c4-c5 level. Others are ok. I also visited physical medicine specialist and he gave me Brufen SR tablets and some anti depression tablets. I have little chest pain not much. But discomfort on back and chest and breathing difficulty making my life very miserable. Sometimes I feel very awkward like 1 or 2 kicks(bits or vibration like for 1 or 2 seconds) on middle of my upper chest which feels like I am getting heart attack. When I hear any bad news and then feel very bad on my left chest.
I am a software engineer and I can not work effectively in my office. Please advice me what I have to do and what is causing this problems.
Thanks in advance.
I believe you are suffering panic attacks which will need psychotherapy , however, we need to also get your back condition fixed, consult a physiotherapist
What I am about to say you may take lightly but my opinion is that you are having anxiety and panic attacks , my opinion your symptoms require a psychiatrist , to prove my point try one pill of hyroxyzine 10 mg
This discomfort is caused by referred pain from the pinched nerve by the cervical disc bulge and I think you have cervical spine flattening too.which requires physiotherapy and rehabilitation for restoration of normal curve and mechanics ,as well as you need to modify your way of sitting to optimum while working on the computer ..
Hi there and thank you for your question.
The only other physical issue that I can think of, seeing that trauma, cardiac and respiratory issues have been ruled out with all the investigations that were performed, is a possible electrolyte disturbance.
These issues can cause muscle cramps and spasms and a simple blood test would be able to confirm this. You should also make sure that you stay well hydrated by drinking enough water, as this can flush out lactic acid that has possibly built up in the muscles.
If this is ruled out, then psychological issues may be causing your symptoms. This is called somatic complaints where problems such as depression and anxiety can manifest into physical symptoms and signs.
I think if you continue with the antidepressants for 2-3 weeks, you may start to feel an improvements in your symptoms.
Thanks for the query..
Your problem seems more to be related to anxiety/stress and panic attacks and also you should get evaluated for acid reflux or GERD.
I would also suggest you to please upload your investigation reports so that I can examine them personally and advise you if anything is needed..
Also start doing regular workout, do meditation and breathing exercises to reduce stress..
Hope this helps..
I would also like to add that you should take light meals and better eat ever 2 hours, take some multivitamin supplements and sleep for about 7-8 hours.
Drink plenty of water..
Rest I can guide you once you upload your reports,,