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Hello, I am a 34-year-old former smoker. It has been 5+ months that I have been smoke free.
It all started April' 2015. I was feeling chest pain/shortness of breath/sour taste in my mouth/dizzy and general feeling of being unwell all the time. Because of this I made an appointment with Cardio doc, he ordered Blood Test, Stress Test, Echo and ECG. Before the tests were done, one day at work I felt like I was losing my consciousness and had chest pain. So I asked a colleague to drive me to ER, they did X-Ray, Blood work and ECG. Everything was normal so the ER doc gave me a month of PPI to suppress my acid reflux and $2000 bill to pay. I completed all the tests from my Cardio and everything was normal.
I was on good shape for about 6 months and again I had chest tightness and pain. I rushed to another cardio who did ECG and said there is nothing to worry about. I had the same incident after 10 days and I ignored it guessing it is probably GERD. So I made appointment with a Gastro doctor, around Jan 2016 who again prescriber me a month of OMEPRAZOLE 40 MG. After having the medication for 3 days I had a night out with some beer and salmon. In the morning I had severe palpitation/shortness of breath and chest pain. I rushed to a URGENT CARE facility, the doctor did ECG again on me which was normal, they asked me to go to ER but I did not to save money as they are really expensive. I booked an appointment with a GP who prescribed me anti-anxiety pills. I did not have the pills but after a week I had blood in my sputum one morning and again visited my GP (third time actually), he prescribed me some anti-depressant and asked me to gargle with saline water. I did not take those pills from the GP.
I made an appointment with a pulmonologist then, after looking at my report he ordered a CT and Lung Function Test. My insurance denied the CT scan saying that it is not medically necessary. During my follow-ups the pulmonologist said that the Lung function test came out to be all clear but CT needs to be done may be with Bronchoscopy and ordered it again because of 6 instances of blood in sputum, the insurance denied it again.
Now I am not sure what to do, I had numerous visits to 6 different doctors already but everyone did different diagnosis. My Insurance sucks which do not agree to pulmonologist. My symptoms are chest pain/heaviness, feeling tired/fatigue, lost 13 pounds in last 3 months, blood in sputum, feels like I am going to pass out, always worrying, sour taste in my mouth sometimes, throbbing pulse all over my body, visible throbbing pulse in the right palm. I am waiting for my pulmonologist to get the CT approved from my insurance.
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