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Should I be worried about these symptoms? Intermittent shortness

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Should I be worried about these symptoms? Intermittent shortness of breath/wheezing, sore throat (for just under 12 months), intermittently dizzy, intermittently racing heart, excessive secretions (far more than usual) especially sinus and extra mucus, tinnitus in left ear (constant whirling). I also have pain in my upper back but already have a pain condition so that could have worsened. The other thing is very poor circulation/intermittent numbness.
I first saw my doctor after 2 weeks, again after 6, again after 3 months, then 6, now it's been a year but do not think it is nothing but my doctor keeps saying it is an environmental allergy. Can that be right? I use memory foam pillows which cannot have dust mites by their design but he insists it's that. Please help. Thank you.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Natasha replied 2 years ago.
Dr. Natasha :

hello

Dr. Natasha :

please enter the chat

Dr. Natasha :

how old are you

Dr. Natasha :

any medical problems or medications

JACUSTOMER-nzdhamlj- :

37, systemic CRPS

JACUSTOMER-nzdhamlj- :

fentanyl, oxycodone, also diazapam at night

Dr. Natasha :

did you see an allergist?

JACUSTOMER-nzdhamlj- :

no GP

JACUSTOMER-nzdhamlj- :

do agree this is all because of an allergy?

Dr. Natasha :

Well, it is possible

Dr. Natasha :

and I would ask to see an allergist

Dr. Natasha :

but with the racing heart and etc, I would ask to be tested for thyroid disease

Dr. Natasha :

and an EKG and holter monitor (extended EKG) to see what is going on

JACUSTOMER-nzdhamlj- :

How or rather what allergy could cause tinnitus, racing heart, shortness of breath, pain, sore throat and blocked nose/sinuses etc

Dr. Natasha :

allergy can cause sore throat and tinnitus by blocking the eustachian tubes which connect from ear to mouth

JACUSTOMER-nzdhamlj- :

I did ask to be referred but told it could be environmental

Dr. Natasha :

but with the racing heart, I think that you need to be tested for thyroid disaes

Dr. Natasha :

*disease

JACUSTOMER-nzdhamlj- :

however as I am in a different country than before, find it hard to believe it is.

Dr. Natasha :

I think that you need to see an allergist and get the EKG and thyroid test

JACUSTOMER-nzdhamlj- :

what about having to blow my nose all the time, I cannot breathe through it and produce more secretions than I ever have even with a cold.

Dr. Natasha :

that can be from allergies

JACUSTOMER-nzdhamlj- :

can you clarify what the allergy could be as it can't be environmental.

JACUSTOMER-nzdhamlj- :

ok

Dr. Natasha :

food, pet, clothing ANYTHING

JACUSTOMER-nzdhamlj- :

it is getting worse, esp the shortness of breath and wheezing.

Dr. Natasha :

you need to see an allergist

JACUSTOMER-nzdhamlj- :

Why would an allergy appear suddenly?

Dr. Natasha :

you may need to take daily medication

Dr. Natasha :

you said you have had this for months

Dr. Natasha :

as well, their severity builds up over the years

JACUSTOMER-nzdhamlj- :

the tinnitus and sore throat, tight chest, sinus etc all 1 year ago

Dr. Natasha :

correct.

Dr. Natasha :

You need to see an allergist.

JACUSTOMER-nzdhamlj- :

one sec

Dr. Natasha :

you may be allergic to something that you are not aware of

Dr. Natasha :

they can cause all of these symptoms

Dr. Natasha :

that is my first hunch

Dr. Natasha :

but you should also be checked for thyroid disease and get an EKG

JACUSTOMER-nzdhamlj- :

So not being able to breath/get enough oxygen is not serious. The pain in my upper back also from allergy?

Dr. Natasha :

in the meantime, you can buy over the counter zyrtec

Dr. Natasha :

I am not saying it isn't serious

Dr. Natasha :

I am trying to direct you to the appropriate specialist

Dr. Natasha :

they may need to give you certain medications

Dr. Natasha :

wheezing can be from asthma or allergies as well

JACUSTOMER-nzdhamlj- :

Yes but I need to be reffered to see a specialist by my doctor

Dr. Natasha :

ok

JACUSTOMER-nzdhamlj- :

racing heart from allergy too?

Dr. Natasha :

As I said before, you should get your thyroid tested and an EKG

Dr. Natasha :

I do not think that is related

JACUSTOMER-nzdhamlj- :

the doctor says it is likely to be dust mites but i do not understand how that can cause so much pain and such a raw burning throat

JACUSTOMER-nzdhamlj- :

pain in upper back btw

JACUSTOMER-nzdhamlj- :

the dizzyness also from allergy?

Dr. Natasha :

I feel like I am telling you the same thing over and over again

JACUSTOMER-nzdhamlj- :

I would like detail, allergy could be anything and I have just paid again to see the dr to be told again that despite being in an entirely different country it is environmental. I do not have the means to see anyone else after talking to you so unless you can give advice it is not useful.

JACUSTOMER-nzdhamlj- :

You said it is not serious so I do not need to go to hospital correct? Seeing an allergist is not an option. Can you help me reduce the symptoms?

Dr. Natasha :

You can take over the counter zyrtec

Dr. Natasha :

that will help for allergies

Dr. Natasha :

if that does not make you feel better then you need to go to the hospital

Dr. Natasha :

and get an EKG and a chest xray

JACUSTOMER-nzdhamlj- :

I can't see an answer for the upper back pain?

JACUSTOMER-nzdhamlj- :

ok

Dr. Natasha :

for back pain you can take motrin (ibuprofen) or tylenol

JACUSTOMER-nzdhamlj- :

can allergy cause pain in the lungs?

Dr. Natasha :

if it is very irritating and causing spasms of the airpassages then yes

JACUSTOMER-nzdhamlj- :

I have CRPS I don't think those meds will have any effect.

JACUSTOMER-nzdhamlj- :

ok

JACUSTOMER-nzdhamlj- :

there is no cough at all.

JACUSTOMER-nzdhamlj- :

so no irritation like that.

Dr. Natasha :

if you need a stronger medication, then you need to go to the hospital so they can give you

Dr. Natasha :

one

Dr. Natasha :

but that is the best you can do without seeing a physician

JACUSTOMER-nzdhamlj- :

just very sharp pain in upper back.

JACUSTOMER-nzdhamlj- :

I am on the top dose of the strongest opioid there is.

Dr. Natasha :

ok, then you should go to the hospital and get a chest xray

JACUSTOMER-nzdhamlj- :

Just seen one, today. That's my money for the month.

JACUSTOMER-nzdhamlj- :

chest x-ray, how is that related to allergy?

JACUSTOMER-nzdhamlj- :

Cannot work due to disability/CRPS so very expensive to see doctors/specialists. The only case it is possible is emergency.

Dr. Natasha :

then go to emergency

JACUSTOMER-nzdhamlj- :

Can you clarify about the x-ray?

Dr. Natasha :

xray will look for infection

Dr. Natasha :

or collapsed lung

JACUSTOMER-nzdhamlj- :

What shall I say you - the doctor - have said to emergency? Because if you feel you are repeating yourself, this is my 5th attempt at resolving what are pretty scary symptoms.

Dr. Natasha :

If you cannot get a chest xray and you cannot afford it unless you go to the emergency, then you need to go to emergency

JACUSTOMER-nzdhamlj- :

OK but doctors do not like being told what to do, I wanted to know what symptoms I should say to A&E as do not want to have all that additional pain from getting to hospital only to return without an x-ray.

Dr. Natasha :

If you accept my answer I will tellyou

JACUSTOMER-nzdhamlj- :

what do you mean accept?

Dr. Natasha :

give positive feedback

Dr. Natasha :

because I have been working with you for over 30 minutes

Dr. Natasha :

otherwise I am going to opt out

JACUSTOMER-nzdhamlj- :

pressed it is it not showing?

Dr. Natasha :

nope

JACUSTOMER-nzdhamlj- :

sorry 1st time pressed happy faace

JACUSTOMER-nzdhamlj- :

Oh ok it's saying it will close the chat,

Dr. Natasha :

correct and then I will answer that final questin

JACUSTOMER-nzdhamlj- :

how though?

Dr. Natasha :

I can write something after

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Expert:  Dr. Natasha replied 2 years ago.
The key phrases to use for A&E
is to say you have chest pain, shortness of breath and you are concerned about a collapsed lung blood clot or infection.
As well you have a racing heart and you need an EKG

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