2010-09-29 20:51:10 UTC
including two pulmonary function tests and tests to measure my blood pH
level. High or Low levels of blood pH can cause breathing problems (eg.
respiratory compensation for metabolic alkalosis). The tests indicated
that I do not have asthma or high or low levels of blood pH.
One pulmonary doctor believed that anxiety was the cause of my breathing
problems. I had a sleep study test and my O2 level went down to 90 while I
was sleeping. I do not snore. Normal scores for 02 for a person that does
not have breathing problems is 97, 98, 99 or 100. In other words, I don't
breath normal when sleeping so that rules out anxiety. I had my blood
levels of anxiety hormones (eg norepinephrine) and those blood tests
showed that I had normal levels of anxiety hormones.
I finally found out the source of my breathing problems.
A cardiologist arranged for me to have a Transthoracic Echocardiogram exam
which is a unique type of ultrasound machine. The results indicated that I
have diastolic dysfunction which can cause shortness of breath (dyspnea).