Hi, I am a 48 year old female with a major chronic health situation that is debilitating, however, I have been unable to find a cause or cure.
I am obese-about 90 lbs overweight and have been so all of my life without any health repercussions. I did have a gastric stapling procedure 30 years ago and lost a great deal of weight which gradually came back.
I am diagnosed asthmatic, mostly controlled with daily Advair.
During a hospital stay for asthma, I had an echo which showed a grade 1 diastolic dysfunction. Even though I had +2 edema in my ankles, nobody even mentioned the DD until my doctor eventually read the report when he couldn't' figure out the edema. I was treated with Lasix and told it wasn't really a big deal and there was no suggestion of following up with a cardiologist.
My health after that seemed to rebound and I was fine for a couple of years. 4 months ago, I was laid off from my job of 13 years and have suffered some moderate depression for which I was treated. I am very sedentary and in the last 3 months I have become almost immobilized by muscle weakness and extreme shortness of breath (no wheezing or asthma like symptoms) on mild exertion. I am fatigued much of the time. At least one day per week, I suffer from chills and headache so intense that I sleep all day.
I have been tested for everything including epstein barr, h pylori, anemia, thyroid..etc. all of it. Everything was normal except a significantly low b12 for which I am being treated with intranasal spray (i cannot absorb the vitamins).
Let me say that I have had b12 deficiency before and pernicious anemia but never felt as sick as I do now. Also, I have been treated for several weeks now with no reduction in symptoms.
I am wondering if I am in heart failure? Recent trip to pulmonologist showed my lungs in great shape.
I am just very weak and sob and cannot walk up 3 stairs without great effort. Please help.