First I've had major medical issues but the last 6 months have been mostly stable. A few years ago I was Dx with OSA with AHI at 5.5ish. This is fairly mild but of more concern was the desats of low 80s and high 70s. I've been using CPAP since until things started getting worse.
About six months ago I was sent for another sleep study. This sleep study showed my AHI being only 2.4 and thus my insurance took my CPAP away. This sleep study did show I had a severe case of PLMD and I started meds for this.
Within the last six months (gets worse over time) my blood pressure has jumped to 140s/90s (1+ year before was 120s/70-85ish) with no BP meds.
When I do any exercise for an extended amount of time I start getting very short of breath and I get some chest pain and I tend to sweat badly (soaking socks etc). I'm sleeping for large periods of time (12-14 hours) and waking up feeling more tired than when I went to bed. I wake up almost every morning with nausea as well.
Some nights I just can't fall asleep without 3 pillows raising my head up as it just feels harder (more force needed) to breath.
I've also had tingling in my hands and feet and the worst is extreme itching on my feet a couple of times each month. I scratch them until raw with blood.
My doc has done an EKG that was normal. My bloodwork was normal but my B12 was low 300s (normal I guess was above 200 but I should be higher for my age).
I was sent to a neuro who didn't seem concerned and just gave me an Rx for an itching cream and said if this doesn't help that I needed to see a derm doc.
I'm just feeling so bad right now and have no clue what to do next and just hoping for some advice.
01-05-2016, 07:57 AM
(This post was last modified: 01-05-2016, 07:58 AM by justMongo.)
I know this answer may not be very helpful -- and for that I apologize:
This sounds more like a general medical problem that needs to be investigated by qualified physicians.
"I've had major medical issues but the last 6 months have been mostly stable."
What does that mean?
An EKG is a short look into cardiac activity. You should seek the full M.O.T. on cardiac status.
Like a stress test, 24 hour Holter monitor, and echocardiogram.
A friend of mine was unable to sleep lying down; turned out he was in fibrillation and congestive heart failure.
And, his GP missed it. Not until he checked into an ER was his problem discovered.
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I have to agree with Mongo. My first reaction was 'heart problems'. Your at-rest EKG can easily miss things. My own irregularities only show up during a stress test. Chest pains, shortness of breath, and sweating are not normal. I think you need a referral to a cardiologist as soon as possible.