episodic symptoms of fatigue, dizziness and feeling faint, labored breathing, exhaustion from mild exertion (stairs) and becoming very pale. Also noticing halitosis recently. All in last 2 months. Female 35, good health.
Gender: femaleAge: 35
Have seen doctor. Blood work and recent pulmonary tests. Inconclusive.
did you have a blood count, thyroid test, and b12 level? how about an ekg?
Thanks for your note. I am actually writing about my girlfriend. She has had the above tests but not an ekg. She went for pulmonary tests on Wednesday and although results normal, she was exhausted for the remainder of day. Also yesterday she experienced dizziness, severe headache, and at times had difficulty with her vision and described it as "shifting." She did not, however, experience breathing difficulties yesterday. I was very concerned and thought about taking her to an ER but we decided to wait and speak to her doctor first thing in the morning. The doctor did not seem to think this was urgent and told her to schedule an appt next week. She also informed her to go to the ER next time she is experiencing this in order to get an EKG.
At this time, she is feeling like no one is taking her seriously in the medical community and that they keep asking her if she is depressed. She is a mental health professional and quite self aware and able to recognize depression but is very clear that this does not feel like depression. I have seen the changes in her, as have friends, and am assured it is not hypochondriasis nor depression as she looks incredibly pale on the days, has incredibly low energy, and her voice sounds breathy. She tends to have several good/normal days, then a day or two when she is hit incredibly hard. The symptoms began in December when she nearly fainted at work and it seems the symtoms are more often and more intense as time passes. I worry that this may be due to an underlying condition and also know that women are often under and/or mis-diagnosed, seen as depressed, or anxious.
Thanks so much for your insights!
I know you are very concerned about your girlfriend. I would also think she is very scared. You are right, women usually have to lie down, and have cardiac arrest to be noticed. I would worry about an arrythmia of the heart or some dysfunction of the heart. If she were to present to my office with those symptoms, i would order and ekg, an echocardiogram and a 24 hour holter monitor. The echocardiogram would measure the heart chambers, look at the valves and generally inform us of overall heart function. A 24 hour holter monitor would record every heart beat for the 24 hours and look for any abnormal beats ie-missed beats, fast heart rate, slow heart rate etc. Hope this helps and I hope she will be feeling better soon.
residency trained in ob/gyn. board certified in ob/gyn. 15 yrs experience