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Posted on Fri, 4 Aug 2017 in Hypertension and Heart Disease
Question: I have had lower back pain for several years and have been experiencing shortness of breath, dry mouth, sleepiness during the day, The shortness of breath is almost debilitating.
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Answered by Dr. Ilir Sharka 35 minutes later
Brief Answer:
I would explain as follows:

Detailed Answer:
Hello!

Welcome and thank you for asking on HCM!

Regarding your concern, I would explain that the shortness of breath does not seem to be related to the lower back pain.

It could be related to heart failure or a lung disorder.

The increased sleepiness could be related to different possible causes (heart failure, low oxygen levels, pulmonary disease, metabolic disorders, sleep apnea, etc.)

For this reason, I would recommend consulting with your attending physician for a careful physical exam and some tests:

- a resting ECG and a cardiac ultrasound to examine your heart function and structure
- a chest X ray study and pulmonary function tests
- complete blood count, PCR, ESR for inflammation
- a lumbar spine X ray study to examine your lower spinal column
- kidney and liver function tests
- fasting glucose.

You should discuss with your doctor on the above issues.

Hope you will find this answer helpful!

Kind regards,

Dr. Iliri
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