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Breathing problem, heaviness, back pain, had surgery for chiari malformation type 1. What could be causing this?


I have been having a hard time breathing, at random times, and it feels like something is in my abdomen causing this. i feel a sort of "heaviness" in my upper left quadrant and back. it doesn't hurt, it just feels like something is there, causing me to have a hard time breathing. my tolerance and the symptom I am describing has gotten progressively worse over the past year or so. I also have palpitations that feel as though they originate in that same area at times. I would like to add that I have chiari malformation type 1, which I had surgery for. I also had svt, which I had an ablation for. I've had an echo, its normal. my blood tests are all normal. I have had a history of increased red blood cells in the past. I also have episodes where my lips turn blue, my thinking is foggy, and I just don't feel well. I had a tilt table test that showed postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. i also feel as though I have random adrenalin surges from this same spot I am complaining of. I feel like my heart and breathing problems are coming from this bothersome spot in my abdomen/back. its not muscular or bone related. what tests should o have done, and what could be causing this. my symptoms mostly occur in episodes rather than constantly but it is chronic for me.
Asked On : Tue, 16 Apr 2013
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The problem in breathing that you are having is worrisome and can be related to the surgery that you had recently. It is best to get yourself evaluated from your surgeon to find out complications if there are any.
I hope this information has been both informative and helpful for you.
Dr. Praveen Tayal ,
Answered: Fri, 28 Jun 2013
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