Breathless on exertion - update
Update on my previous post due to being discharged late yesterday (Tuesday).
It never ceases to amaze me how many medics need to be present on discharge of a patient. I've been through a few surgeries and I have my own theory as to why the number varies, story for another time maybe. Yesterday I counted eight staff, ranging from healthcare assistant, to ward nurse, junior doctors and finally consultant. I'd swear there was a psychiatrist lurking in the background too.
Needless to say all of my tests came back clear, nothing showing up on Angiogram, CT, Echo, ECG or blood tests so mechanically I'd been given the all clear, everything in their eyes is working as it should.
The consultant then proceeded down the stress and anxiety route saying these might be a contributing factor. I agreed stressful situations produced the same breathless feeling but she couldn't explain how choosing between tea and coffee at the hospital shop, a walk of less than 5 minutes, would result in me feeling so stressed I became breathless in the time it took to return to my room. I'll make my mind up before I get to the coffee shop next time I think...
I suggested the PM needed a little more adjustment. I've read elsewhere on this site that Medtronic PMs have many little 'tweaks' cardiologists are not familiar with. It's very technical and I believe needs an understanding of electronics. I'm no expert so can't comment. The difficulty would be finding a heart doctor with an electronics degree.
My suggestiion didn't go down too well and I was told that the Cardiologist, Medtronic Rep and PM tech's said it was perfectly optimised and there were no other settings they could try. If I hadn't read the post on here I would have totally believed them.
One thing the consultant did mention that might be relevant is the medication I'd been prescribed previously, Bisop 2.5mg. She said that in some cases this medicine can cause a breathless feeling similar to mine.
I haven't taken the Bisop since being in hospital (7 days) and when I walked my dog this morning I didn't become breathless. Don't get me wrong I'm not in anyway advocating stopping prescirbed medication, I'm just putting my observation out there. What I did feel after the walk however was unfit, as though my heart and body needed to be exercised something I haven't done since having the breathless episodes.
Now I know that I've been given the all clear heart and lungs wise I will begin to increase my level of activity. I've been fairly sedentary since having the PM fitted and the breathless episodes made me too fearful to push too much. This was pretty much the last word form the medics, exercise, monitor and see how I go, with a view to seeing a cardiologist in a couple of months if the problem continues. Go figure that...
Sorry I can't be of any more help to those with the same problem, it does seem a common occurence that cannot be explained by doctors through the standard tests. I'll increase my activity levels and see how I go. Updates posted on here if anyone's interested.