I am a 32 year old male, distance runner, teacher, very hard worker. I stay active 14-16 hours of the day, 6-7 days a week and love very minute of it. I'm a picture of good health and have never had any major health issues.
I've been having problems sleeping through the night / getting enough sleep for the last 6 months. 6 weeks ago, I was woken, felt tightness in my chest, and felt like my heart had stopped, very odd feeling so we went to ER at local hospital.
They ran chest XRAY, Echocardiogram, Chemical Stress Test, Ultrasounds of other organs, bloodwork, and found nothing. I wore a heart monitor for 2 weeks, and recently found that it came back normal as well.
In the meantime, I've been diagnosed with sleep apnea, which is odd because I do not snore, I'm not overweight, and have never had problems breathing.
One doctor told me I'm having mucus plugging - not ASTHMA, while another pulminary specialist swears to me that it's classic asthma. The Advair, and Albuterol have no effect on current symptoms, which is now excessive yawning / and mildly sporatic tightness in chest. I will yawn sometimes 5-10 times in a minute span. My throat seems a little sore, but I'm also yawning a ton!
I'm unable to run like I was... the chest tightness intensifies with exercise and it's making me question how hard to push myself.
I don't believe I could have Asthma and just now be feeling symtoms from it with all of the running I've done in my life. We are starting a CPAC for the sleep apnea but I doubt it will have any impact on daily breathing conditions.
What am I missing here? What should my next step be? An ear nose and throat specialist? I really want my old active lifestyle back!
I just got diagnosed with mitral valve leak, see a cardiologist. It may be that. Some of those symptoms sound like it could be that. Get an Echo Cardiogram. My ekg was negative and so was my blood work.