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Hello everyone. I'm brand new to this forum and any advise would be greatly appreciated. I feel like I'm spinning my wheels and not gaining traction on what is going on. If I don't get a handle on the proper avenue I need to take I'm going to keep throwing a considerable amount of money at this for no results. I apologize for this very long post but I'm keeping a document to retain as much detail as possible. I wasn't sure whether to put this into respiratory or abdominal as either one would work.
I’m a 33 year old male ~300lb 6’2. I’ve had acid reflux for about 5 years now and had an endoscopy around that time to verify I didn’t have any damage. I’ve been on prilosec once a day since then which has taken care of my heartburn for the most part. I also have COPD and take Advair once a day which leaves me breathing well throughout the day. I have a prescription for Albuterol to take as needed but normally it’s not.
I have ate very little and drank only water since March 25th which leaves me feeling somewhat better but still belching off a lot of excess gas and getting short of breath every so often. I’m struggling enough to breathe that it leaves my sides and chest very sore sometimes. I’ve had no caffeine, alcohol, or nicotine for over 3 weeks now.
Tightness in chest – shortness of breath
Excessive belching, feeling of need to releive pressure
Watery stool burns and seems to have mucus in it, not sure how long this
has been but probably a few weeks of the mucus and around a week of the burning feeling.
Coughing up more mucus than usual however, coughing sometimes becomes ineffective. I’m trying to cough but body is not responding to the demand. First time was March 20th and happens every so often now, but not to the extreme of the fit I had on the 20th. (More detail below)
As of ~March 22nd I typically feel very tired and a little disoriented. I imagine it’s from not eating well.
Albuterol helps for a very short period when breathing gets real bad but within an hour I’m pretty well back to normal.
Mid February began belching constantly, but not a lot of discomfort. I just had a constant need to releive the pressure.
February 23rd (Monday) felt very nauseous vomited rust color and stringy (had not ate).
Went to ER for fear of bigger concern of stomach issues. Did stomach scan and chest x-ray. Also did breath test for bacterial infection. (Never heard results)
March 14th (Tuesday) had bad cough and 103° temperature. Temperature and fatigue relieved by March 18th (Saturday) but cough remained, and was typically worse in the morning.
March 20th (Monday) Coughing very hard and suddenly just couldn’t cough. It was like my muscles were not responding at my attempt to cough. I then could not catch breath and got very lightheaded, felt like was going to pass out. Went to ER, they told me I hyperventilated. It’s being called a panic attack now, which I’m sure could’ve played into it, but what onset it was not panic. I'm not prone to have attacks to that extreme.
After March 20th each time I eat it feels like a lot of gas pressure and leaves me struggling to breathe. Even when eating very small amounts I constantly burp and usually have to make myself throw up to relieve the pressure. I feel very nauseous after eating.
March 29th had an endoscopy done, no blockages, ulcers, or signs of cancer. They did take a biopsy from my stomach to check for any bacterial issues.
March 30th ~1am I got up to go to the bathroom and had to cough when the issue where I have trouble coughing happened. Suddenly my entire body went extremely cold and I broke out in an instant dripping sweat.
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