What causes shortness of breath and mild pain in back and rib cage?

Posted on Thu, 18 Jun 2015 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Question: Have bad shortness of breath. some mid back pain, most pain in front under rib cage. Feels like a balloon growing.have had ultrasound, mri, ct, endoscopy, nothing remarkable. shortness of breath getting worse. Worse when I lay down. Not exhaustion type, just wrong air type. Oxygen levels around 96-97. now doc wants me to have stess test and see back specialists. over $7000 bucks and nothing. Frustrated. Help.
Answered by Dr. Sunil Kumar Srivastava 17 minutes later
Brief Answer:
EKG,EChocardiogram,tmt and evaluation by cardiologist

Detailed Answer:
Sorry you had to spend so much on tests, at times it is really difficult to reach a cause
I may suggest an evaluation by an cardiologist with few more tests like Tread mill stress Test, echocardiography and EKG to rule out congestive heart or coronary artery disease-
x ray of chest for lung condition if MRI/CT of chest not done
Heart and lung are usual causes for shortness in breath- I hope physicians may have ruled out asthmatic bronchitis,chronic obstructive pulmonary disease etc already

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vinay Bhardwaj
Follow up: Dr. Sunil Kumar Srivastava 1 hour later
I've had the shortness of breath, getting worse, since november 2013. If it was the heart, wouldn't I have dropped dead by now? Lot of time and exertion since then.
mri,ct, xray all were for chest. stress tests as soon as insurance company agrees. (What a pain)
Answered by Dr. Sunil Kumar Srivastava 9 hours later
Brief Answer:
congestive heart symptoms carry on for years... rule out heart altogether

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for the reply-
As you were advised stress test by your doctor it may be he wants to rule out heart cause.
congestive heart disease is a chronic condition often patient suffers for years together if not being treated or diagnosed although a nowadays patients luckily undergo timely tests and are treated accordingly
Even after severe heart attack patients may survive with residual heart disease for long-
it is best to rule out heart altogether also...
Best wishes

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vinay Bhardwaj
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