I am a 52 YO male. I have been having a problem where I get unbelievabley short of breath when I exert myself and it's getting worse. It's like someone flipped a switch and all of the oxygen was replaced by helium for up to 5 minutes. I can't get a doctor to take me seriously. I think it's pulmonary hypertension. Is it really this hard to get a diagnosis? Has anyone else had this problem? I am despirate for help, is there anyone else out there that has experienced this? It's not like when I exersize,; I get winded but not like this. It only happens when I am stressed and exert myself or with sudden excessive exertion like picking up something heavy and carring it a few feet. I've had heart failure in the past but it seems to be OK now, at least thats what they tell me. I am a big strong man, at least from appearences, and that seems to be what throws these doctors. They expect to see someone who is frail and deminnished. Over the past year, my abdomen has expanded by about 3 times it's normal size and sloshes when I push on it. I feel like I'm pregnant. along with the shortness of breath, passing out when I stand and overall dizziness I fit most of the symptoms. ANYBODY????View Thread
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