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I was diagnosed with panic attacks and anxiety. I am 40yo and I have never had a problem with anxiety and never been short of breath. I dont have a cough or chest pain. When I go to the ER my o2 saturation is always 98 and my pulse is elevated to about 95 because of white coat syndrome. I was given a few chest xrays over about 6 visits. the first one was cloudy and an RN told me on a second visit to the ER that the radiologist thought it might be ILD. I had another x-ray that day and it came back clear. I went to a pulmonologist and he looked at the first xray and said it was overexposed - that my lungs are clear. he gave me a spirometry test and i scored 99% in all of the categories but pef - where I got an 84%. I also used a peak flow meter and blew a 800 - which is way higher than average for my age and height. I also sometimes get a run of PVCs - like 9 a minute - but my doctor says that they are caused by stress. lately I havent had any of those. the ER and my doctors tell me that I am healthy and only suffer from anxiety. my symptoms do abate when i take klonopin. all of my blood work is clear - electrolites, thyroid, heart, clear d-dimer.
at home my pulse goes down into the 60s like normal when a lay down. and my oxygen saturation sometimes falls to 94. but it also goes back up to 97 if i take a deeper breath but it stays around 96. i can walk a mile on a treadmill and my sats doesnt fall below 95. i also often feel short of breath at home with no other panic attack symptoms.
i am really bothered by shortness of breath though. it scares me. i have been in bed for a while with worry. how should i persue this?
i have indigent (free) care at my hospital. does anybody know if a family doctor can order an echocardiogram at a hospital? the er wont give me one. a cardiologist wont even talk to me without insurance. also are there any lung scans i can ask for short of a ct scan? i would rather not deal with that much radiation.
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