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It does not sound to me to be a worry ...
Habit or tic of sorts I more think...
I hope that this is helpful ..
Let me know if you have further questions or concerns!
Best Regards ,
Anthony Bray MD
I do not think the sense of a double sigh had any sign or warning from a medical standpoint >> no to that
PVCs or PACs may be a common but are harmless
You may benefit tot reduce these with a simple magnesium supplement of magnesium oxide 250 to 400 mg per day .. harmless and usually helps.
No shortness of breath is not typical menopause and may warrant discussing further with your doctor
Let me know id you have further questions
If you are feeling more tired or "winded" then you may have your blood checked for anemia /iron deficiency
I would have you check a pulse ox at rest and then after a walk... (screens for pulmonary problems such as asthma for example)
It could be matter of deconditioning if you don't get regular exercise ...
It is not an EXPECTED MENOPAUSE symptom though....
Yes chronic mono might cause ongoing fatigue..
You may be checked for an autoimmune disease = Myasthenia Gravis which causes rapid tiring on exertion.. may be checked with a blood test ...
Elevated gamma globulins? That may be that you had an SPEP = Serum protein electrophoresis ?
Screens for autoimmune disease..
12 minutes on treadmill will tire most if not well conditioned so it is hard for me to say that is abnormal ..
(Most people doing standard stress test are just walking on treadmill with mild incline and most are tired in less than 8 minutes and reach target 85% heart rate...)
No I don't connect shortness of breath to menopause , not specifically a symptom...
It could be bronchospasm /asthma type >> you could have spirometry >> that would evaluate you for pulmonary problems
A rest pulse oximetry vs an exertional pulse oximetry may be very helpful
I think that the exercise plan is reasonable
You may have a PCR HEP C viral count to settle the issue
I would advise the follow up test
It would be possible to have false positive antibody test
I don't know if you might have have some past HEP C exposure vs a false positive but I more suspect that you would have had severe past illness ( nausea plus vomiting plus jaundice plus right side abdominal pain)
So it is most often not a subtle illness (But that can vary .. a smouldering infection is a possible...)
The antibody tests can be false positives because our immune system produces many antibodies and these may be be very similar so the immune response to one infection may mimic another when the test for the antibody protein is run ...
It is similar in nature to the occasional strep infection that crosses over to an autoimmune disease of rheumatic fever .. it is a cross reactivity of the antibodies..
So the confirmation tests that you are NEGATIVE for HEP C is the main thing..
I can't specifically tell you as to what may have produced the HEP C antibodies but the main thing is that you are indeed NEGATIVE for the HEP C infection !!
You have tons of these proteins --- antibodies in your blood at all times
The test is looking for antibodies that stick to antigen that would be same as the HEP C virus -- you may have a set of antibodies that cross react to the test antigen ...this cross reacting happens
I can't give you a specific reason for the false positive but it is good that your HEP C is negative with more specific confirmation of this infection --- that I think is the important bot***** *****ne is that you do not have HEP C infection
The false negative does not imply that you have any problem or disease though
Don't worry about that aspect ...
I hope that this is helpful for you
Let me know if I may be of further help
You are reading meaning into a false positive result which does not lead to any specific conclusion.
For example a study that might find a higher # of false positives in a population in an area within Africa does not place you in this locale in Africa!
It is a backwards type logic ...
There is no conclusion to be made of the false positive for you
Do not let it worry you !!
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