Hi everyone, my name is Sky and I am turning to the internet in hope of finding the answers several GPs are unable to give.

I'll start from the beginning Smile

I have always been active, my parents raised me on healthy foods and living life to the full. Playing outdoors, kicking the football, joining netball at school, roller skating weekly... We were never inside kids.

At the age of around 11/12, I started to develop a shortness of breath upon exertion. Rollerskating that I had participated in since 7 years old, suddenly started to become very strenuous. A few laps and I couldn't breathe accompanied with a general weakness feeling. It wasn't particularly overwhelming, I brushed it off as being unfit. I was young and not alarmed.

At around 14/15 I pushed myself when it came to joining football at school. The once dream of mine was crushed when it turned out I could no longer run at all. I continued to push myself and play for a total of 3 years, but I was always put on the backline and never had go Sad

It was around the age of 15 my mother took me to the doctor, who completed no test, but immediately diagnosed me with Sport Induced Asthma. I had ventolin and the steroid puffer, neither of which ever relieved me.

After leaving school, with my two dreams crushed due to my breathing. I gave up any activity for at least a year.

At the age of 19, I decided to join a gym. I had never gained weight in this gap, I still ate well and always looked after myself. I have always been slim, but not thin.

At the gym. I could only ever walk and do light weights. Running, moving too fast, lifting... It would send me gasping for air within 10 seconds of exertion. Much worse than a few years earlier. The breathing struggles had significantly progressed. I continued to push myself, joined a Body Combat class, and ran out after 5 minutes close to fainting from lack of air and dramatically increased heart rate.

Trying to keep moderately active, at around the age of 21, sharp and quite severe at times, chest pain would start to present itself. I would wake up in the middle of the night with a heart "crunch" feeling, like those awful leg muscle cramps you get that leave you crying.

The chest pain started in my sleep, something I initailly wrote off as panic of not being able to breathe while laying down. For around 6 months, I had to try sleep upright, as laying down inhibited my breathing dramatically.

From around this same age, my legs would burn so badly (heat) while laying down, that I would have to wear pants every night so that my legs couldn't touch and get hotter. This still persists at the age of 24.

I have been tested for diabetes twice, both coming back negative. I have also been properly tested for asthma and this is also not present. Both recent results.

Now, at the age of 24, and for the past two years, symptoms are worse than ever. Bending down to pick something up will result in shortness of breath, a very hard and noticeable heart beat and feeling lightheaded.

I go to the gym regularly now. Two minutes on a stepping machine on light to medium will send my heart up to 175bpm.

At rest, I am puffed. Laying down I struggle to breathe, even just talking to someone.

The chest pain now is far more intense than it has been before. It is very intermittent and some days worse than others. I will be on the treadmil and I get sharp pains. Very pinpointed. If I push myself too much, I get pains down my left arm.

Chest pain in the future could be so dangerous for me, as it has been persistent for so long that I now ignore it. It doesn't phase me anymore as it has become normal.

I feel weak, breathless, and like it is all getting worse. I never feel at ease, even at rest.

My biggest concern is how bad I feel now just at rest. I feel like I'm suffocating.

I am 24, 163cm, 55kg, active, a healthy eater. I sleep 8 hours a night but if I do sleep 6 or less, my symptoms are much worse.

I have been to doctor after doctor, they all assume asthma.

I want to live life, I would give anything to run, I just want to fix this.

Someone, please help me. Doctors write me off because I am young.

Thank you xx
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replied July 29th, 2013
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replied July 29th, 2013
You mention many doctors but did you see any cardiologists? I am a strong advocate of "helping yourself" bit you need to have an idea of what is wrong.
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replied August 1st, 2013
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Hi SkyBlue13...Have them perform a complete stress test on you that takes about two to three hours...This way they check all the valves and performance of your body...If this comes out with a passing mark then accept it...If it doesn't then go further...Good luck...

Caroline...

And may I add being young doesn't mean that you always healthy...Check it out....
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replied August 2nd, 2013
Hi Sky. I don't think a stress test will be enough. Get an Angiogram. I wish I did. I am 41 and had a heart attack 3 months ago. I had similar symptoms to you before the attack - for years I was rubbish at exercise and especially my breathing rate and heart rate - I thought it was because I was a smoker. then for 6 weeks I had worsening chest pain. In fact they were classic angina symptoms - centre of chest, down left arm etc... I went to A&E 4 times and saw a GP 3 times - every ECG reported normal. They kept saying "definitely not heart related" I hounded them to get me appointment with the cardiologist - finally a saw him and he put me on a tread mill - I cleared all levels. No adverse results - he said I was totally fit and could run a marathon - except I went home that day I had a complete myocardial infarction. I asked a different cardiologist later who said the exercise tolerance test cannot prove there is a blockage and isn't reliable. My primary left anterior descending artery was totally blocked. After they fixed it with a stent - now i'm able to exercise much better than before - not getting out of breath at all anymmore, and I have just started cycling hopefully forever ! YOU NEED AN ANGIOGRAM but they are expensive so no one is going to just agree to it like that .... The angiogram is the only thing that can really tell you if your arteries are blocked. There is a CT scan that can kind of see some things but not like an angiogram.
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replied August 2nd, 2013
There is something else you can try. Get some GTN spray from any heart patient. Glyceryl TriNitrate. It is used to dialate the arteries and so there's less strain on the heart and so relieves angina pain. If you take this and your pain goes away or you feel better, then it probably is heart related - tell your GP immediately as it would be a good reason to get an angiogram. Your GP can give you some GTN spray to try at least. I wish someone had told me to try that test. If you have a blocked artery you find out quite easily. This is what they give you in the ambulance when you are having a heart attack. If it makes things better then you can safely guess that an Angiogram is definitely warranted.
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replied August 2nd, 2013
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A complete stress test cost around $4,000 and covers everything...You are hooked up to IV's as you go...This is evaluated by specialists...It is a test like this that helped save my husband's life...Don't take any or use any medication without speaking to your physician...
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replied August 2nd, 2013
I completely agree - don't use meds without talking to your doc. The reason I know what I suggested about GTN spray is a good test is because a very experienced physician told me about it, that is what he tells his patients to do. He keeps the GTN spray handy and he would actually administer it to a patient with symptoms and than ask them to walk and watches them. If chest pain on exertion is lessened by dilating the arteries then it does indicate the heart. If a stress test doesn't show anything wrong but you know something is wrong as happened to me, then ask your doc if you can try this test.
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