May 06, 2011 - 9:01 am
For last month, I've had trouble with shortness of breath, mainly catching my breath. I just finished week #4 of chemo for SCLC. (I also did 6 weeks of this last year with radiation), then tumor reoccured this past January).
It has gotten more noticeable especially after I've been sitting or laying down..stand up and just can't "catch" a complete, satisfying breath.
Been hospitalized twice in last week for this..they put me on oxygen, run blood tests, eeg's, ekg's, ct's, xrays, etc. This last time, oxy was low again and magnesium. So, once those are back to acceptable levels, I'm released, only to be admitted day later for same problem. One dr. said I panic myself and make it worse so prescribed anti-anxiety pills to be taken 4 times a day.
Onco doc, rad doc and reg doc have all referred me to ENT's (blocked ears/vertigo), heart doctor, pulmonary specialist and respitory therapist. Apparentely,my problems all tie together..my pulse and heart rate are much higher when I'm standing than when sitting or reclining.
Nothing has been done to alliviate the problem. The gasping for breath scares me as I have always had a morbid fear of suffocating. Dr's feel no need for using oxygen at home. Anyone else experience this? Sorry to write so much.