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Breathing problem during relaxation, high triglyceride level - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hello -
I have been having some health issues that have been spiralling out of control for quite a while, the main concern was I felt like I was getting no oxygen - my O2 sats are low when sitting.
I went on a low carb diet and excercise for 45 mins 4 times a week (high intesity) I am an ex athlete - I am on a calorie controled diet by nutrition of 1200 Cals (supposed to be 1500 or more) I havent had alcohol for 6 months and I do not smoke or eat large amounts of carbs.
Prev Bloods were TotCh 6 Triglyc 3.9 HDL 0.98 LD L3.20
Latest test were TotCh 5.8 Triglyc 7.8 HDL 0.84 LDL2.26
I only feel ok after intense excercise and am concerned about Triglyceride level and lack of feeling satisfied when breathing                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Doctor :   hi
User :   hi
Doctor :   Dr. XXXXXXXX here. Let me read what you have typed.
User :   k
Doctor :   were you put on medications for the control of the lipid values?
User :   not wants to re-test...due to huge jump...but if same result then will go on them
Doctor :   ok.
User :   I have had health issues for sometime...dont want to just treat the symptom
Doctor :   the breathing problem could be related to the high lipid levels.
User :   it comes and goes -0 mostly when relaxed which is strange
Doctor :   what are the other health issues that you have had?
Doctor :   please provide your age, gender, location, occupation, height, weight, details of past medical illness if any.
User :   severe joint pain - rashs on penis and anus scoriasis on back of head and lower but cheeks
User :   Ok..but beforee you judge I am an ex athlete, i am not that obese, I can still run 5k in under 19mins
User :   6ft2 ins 103kg - have lost 11kgs recently
Doctor :   ok.
User :   forgot to mention ..a load of fatty lipomas and what appear to be lumps in veins and rubbery veins
Doctor :   so your breathing problem is mostly at rest
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   are you on any medications for your other health issues?
User :   definately.....I had spirometry test and was fine, ironically spirometry test done after cardio test was twice as good
User :   I was on aluprinol 12 months ago, high uric acid level - later they thought soriatic arthritus - uric acid still high
Doctor :   it is normal for athletes to have good spirometry test after exertion
User :   ok cool
User :   I always feel ok when I stand up or run around
Doctor :   ok. have you discussed your symptoms with a cardiologist?
User :   my diet is from WWW.WWWW.WW au - calorie controlled - and I excercise why tryglyc shooting up?
User :   I had ecg test done and cardio stress test..that was the bit before scond spirometry
Doctor :   triglycerides can shoot up on high protein diet
Doctor :   ok. did they come out normal?
Doctor :   ask your doctor to do it repeat, one while at rest and another after exertion
User :   yes...cardio test says I am very fit
User :   cardio test while at rest and excertion?
User :   I have had untrasound and ecg test at rest
Doctor :   discuss about Prinze metal's angina with your doctor, since your symptoms are mostly at rest
User :   Ok...what is it?
Doctor :   so investigating it would give a clue to what is happening along with a repeat triglyceride test
User :   [rety sure they tested me at rest when they rigged me up for the cardio
User :   hopw do I test for Prinze?
Doctor :   it is called as variant angina or angina inversa, characterized with chest discomfort/ breathing trouble at rest
Doctor :   it is not done routinely for every patient
User :   ok but chest deosnt feel like discomfort....just feels like I am drowning
Doctor :   you need to discuss with your doctor about it and whether they have worked you up for it or not
Doctor :   it is the same feeling
Doctor :   it occurs due to coronary artery spasm
User :   ok will dangerous are the tryglyc..and could this issue you speak of affect them
Doctor :   yes, it is a cause for prinze to precipitate
Doctor :   and should be controlled
User :   is there any way to link, rash, joints, bretahing, tryglyc..any that fits all
Doctor :   such that there is no further worsening of symptoms
Doctor :   no, the rash, joint symptoms could be different entity altogether, the breathing could be related to this.
User :   ok thnaks a lot - but causing the prinz? or othger way around
Doctor :   triglyceride precipitates symptoms of prinze
User :   ok...can stress affect trglyc?
Doctor :   and prinze can get more worse with rising triglyceride levels
User :   so would still need to find the cause of tryglyc right?
Doctor :   yes stress can affect it, increased stress can raise triglyceride levels.
User :   which dont make sense based on excercise and diet
Doctor :   yes
User :   I am under a LOT of stress at the moment
Doctor :   ok
User :   ok kewl I will ask the doctor....if tryglyc are still high after next much should I worry
User :   IE should I immediately go on lowering lipid meds
Doctor :   if tryglyerides are still high in your next test, then get strated on medications to control it
Doctor :   and also get evaluated for Prinze
User :   Ok......last qtn..7.8 ...on a scale of 1 to 10 is that high?
User :   will do and thanks
Doctor :   yes it is high.
Doctor :   is there anything else you would like to ask me?
User :   ok ....thanks a heap doc
User :   nah thats it mate......cheers
Doctor :   thanks for consulting me. Bye for now. Please chat with our medical doctors 24/7. We will be glad to help you.
User :   bye
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