To make my story short, I have severe shortness of
Patient :To make my story short, I have severe shortness of breathe as well as feeling faint. Also, I have been having leg cramps and spasms. I was admitted into the hospital two days ago and had two chest X-rays as well as a Doppler on my legs to check for DVT, PE, or any other reason as to why my lungs are in such pain. I have also had a terrible sinus infection in the past month that was not fully treated. I have had severe stomach pains along with a lot of mucous in my stool as well as some blood. I have had two ct scans, one of belly and one of head. The head scan detected my sinus infection. The belly scan detected nothing. I am unsure of where to turn and have a week until my doctor appointment. Please help!!!
Symptoms: Shortness of breath, feeling faint, stomach pains, headaches, lung pain (sharp) in back and front upper chest.
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I understand your concern.
You have severe shortness of breath, chest pain, and you feel like fainting. You got the chest x-rays done and I will request you to let me know the findings in the follow-up. The other symptoms do warrant an investigation for DVT, so I guess that has been ruled out?
Such chest pain can be due to either pulmonary/ cardiac problem. Various restrictive lung diseases or minor undetected valvular heart disease can present with similar problems. Hence, it is important you get an ECG along with an x-ray or CT Thorax is the best diagnostic modality. The sinus infection, still has not cleared up, and that also keeps providing a nidus of infection through post-nasal drip. The faint feeling could be due to an underlying infection.
Severe stomach pain, and mucous in stool indicates a stomach infection, and it could be either from a bacterial infection or a parasite. Mostly, parasites or worms cause mucus in the stool along with abdominal pain. So, I will advise you to take Tab. Albendazole 400 mg, single dose under the care of your physician. If it still does not resolve, a stool test will help towards the diagnosis.
Hope this was helpful,
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