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    I had spinal fusion when I was 17,I am now 45 but it didn't go to plan,I am now getting rib and chest pain and breathlessness





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    I also had spinal fusion at 18 years old, and at age 61, I experienced the same symptoms, as you. I then went to the finest scoliosis surgeon on the West Coast, in the United States. He reconstructed my spine, to a healthier status, with titanium steel, and another fusion, using my original bony material. Hope this helps.

    I’m 17 and think I have this condition, I say ‘think’ because I am female and so my breasts seem to make it look less severe, though my bras never sits flat against my chest- there is always a gap. I don't notice the feeling of breathlessness or any such associated symptoms on a day to day basis, though I rarely engage in any major exercise. However, I get severely light headed and I think I have bad circulation in my feet (they become very cold and loose all their colour, though there is no numbness) and I don't know whether these are associated symptoms. In addition, I get severe pain in my shoulders resulting in bad posture as I simply find a position that causes the least pain. I do notice that when hunched over I often find it difficult to breathe and can feel my heart beat (it feels that though my entire chest begins to pulse). I am unsure whether this is due to bad posture or potentially my funnelled chest, can you help determine what symptoms are associated with what? Thanks.





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    Oh my goodness!!! I have exactly the same problems. Everything you said applies to me, only I play a lot of sport, and so I often have trouble breathing, and get dizzy. I have an extremely healthy diet and fitness, so I know it's not because I'm unfit. My only difference is that I'm 15 and have delayed puberty, so it is therefore more obvious to me! I have terrible posture, due to back problems I've been having. I know I have not really answered your question, but even the feet thing applies YO me!!

    As a teenager I used to sweat excessively under my arms. I was prescribed a roll on antiperspirant to be applied at night which itched like mad. I had to stop using it as the reaction was so bad I was not getting any sleep. Once I reached my 20's this stopped which was fantastic, I could lead a perfectly normal life. I had 2 daughters, had a bilateral oophorectomy in my early 30's due to debilitating PMT. Prior to this operation I had Zoladex injections in my stomach for 2 years to determine the cause of my PMT, the one positive of this is that I would not go through the menopause. I now suffer from cranial and facial sweating which is making my life very difficult. Even housework leaves me dripping (like I have just had a shower and not used a towel to dry off the excess water). I also find that my hair on the top of my head is thinning excessively. Whether the 2 are linked I don't know. I have been suffering (badly) with depression for the past year and I am taking Venlafaxin 5 x 75mg tablets per day. Whilst one of the side effects is excessive sweating, I cannot put this down to the antidepressants as it has been happening long before I began them. I am at my wits end now and feel that my quality of life is suffering immeasurably because of this. I am 55 years old and I am not going through the menopause. I was tested last year on the back of another issue with breathlessness to determine if any of the tissue had been left behind after my oophorectomy. the results were negative. I truly hope that someone can help me.





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    my name is Milena and I am 57 years old and I am fat woman (128kg), I have problems vith asthma and I suffer from breathlessness, excessive sweating and joint pain, and depression. I need to lose weight and I would like you to help me





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    hi not sure if this is the right place to post this i go bright red with blotches of red on my arms and chest. racing heart and breathlessness when i mix food and drink. only when mixed i can drink on an empty stomach ok .but have to avoid a lot of social events im male 34 any suggestions or any one else suffer from this





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    Your best bet is to ask for a ultrasound scan to check for a cyst or large fibroid. If nothing is found, and it continues to be like this, I would insist on seeing a gynae and check for other reasons, like endometriosis. The reason why I say this is because IBS is the most common diagnosis from doctors over our women troubles and quite often it is incorrect, or just something that just happens as well as womens troubles, but in my mind, it should be something diagnosed when everything else has been checked. IBS should not give you palpitations, breathlessness or fatigue. Good luck to you!

    My partner is the only person I've had intercourse with, we've both been tested for all STD's and we're all clear, and I burn after sex and bleed, I've gone to the gynecologist and I might have chronic cervicitis...however this covers the bleeding but not the burning sensation, pain and sometimes breathlessness. I was wondering if being allergic his semen may cause me to have chronic cervicitis? Also while he had ejaculated in my mouth, I also had a burning sensation. Could I also be allergic to his semen?





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    Please can you shed some light on this matter. My father is 74yrs of age and has been expieriencing symptoms of breathlessness, hoarse voice noisy breathing extreme tiredness, flushing of the face to the extent thet his face is hot to the touch, high blood pressure he is currently under a consultant, investigating these symptoms, but no one is giving a diagnosis current meds- cortisone to help with the breathing? no other significant medical history. recent x-ray confirmed scarring on the lungs





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    My periods have always followed a regular pattern. Heavy for day one and two, then a very light flow for perhaps another five days. Just recently, on day three or four, I've had a sudden unexpected gush, resulting in me flooding onto the sheets. I can get through a super sized tampon and a pad in less than three hours at a time when my flow has usually been decreasing. Apparently I am not anaemic but my iron level is at six. The doctor just said my body can't store iron anymore and I wondered if this sudden loss of blood was causing that? I also have bloating, diarrhoea, lower abdominal pain, breathlessness, heart palpitations and fatigue but all that has been attributed to IBS. Any thoughts as to why I have this sudden heavy flow?





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    Your best bet is to ask for a ultrasound scan to check for a cyst or large fibroid. If nothing is found, and it continues to be like this, I would insist on seeing a gynae and check for other reasons, like endometriosis. The reason why I say this is because IBS is the most common diagnosis from doctors over our women troubles and quite often it is incorrect, or just something that just happens as well as womens troubles, but in my mind, it should be something diagnosed when everything else has been checked. IBS should not give you palpitations, breathlessness or fatigue. Good luck to you!

    By the way, what was the reason your doc said you couldn't store iron anymore? There are not many causes, surgery or something like Crohn's disease or celiac disease can stop the body storing it, but if he hasn't checked you for anything like this I would question his diagnosis. In the mean time, please get yourself some liquid iron - it is gentle on the tummy and shouldn't make your IBS troubles any worse. Pills can be very hard going. It really can make you feel better - it did me!

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    Have you done a pregnancy test since experiencing these problems? Have you had any change in your diet? It sounds like you may have an issue with constipation. Have you been overdoing it recently? Are you breathless on exercise? ::PLAN:: Do pregnancy test and seek result. First urine of the day is usually the best time to test as the hormone HGC levels will be at their highest if you are pregnant. Monitor your bowel movements. If they are very difficult to pass, you could add some soluble fibre (Nestlé Benefibre) to your diet. Drink more fluid. Keep a food diary and see if your bloating gets worse with certain foods. Finally, if you have issues if breathlessness, you could possibly be anaemic. A simple blood test would be able to confirm this for you. Best speak to your GP if you are still struggling!!! Tell them your issues, they can't help you heal if you don't tell them, they're not aware if you're sick if you don't say so. PS try to reduce your stress. You are more likely to conceive when you're not trying so hard. You can reduce conception by being too focused. .Hope this helps.

    I have Pectus Excavatum and I am more self conscious of it as I find it very difficult to buy bras that fit properly and do not suffocate me by the end of the day by causing pain and discomfort against my chest and there is no sympathetic bra manufacturer out there that can help with the matter! I need to state however that despite all the negative information I have read about the condition it has never prevented me from living a full life. They say it causes breathlessness etc but I was a champion gymnast, was excellent in athletics and could undertake any sport without issues..... So others who have it take heart and don't let it get you down. You can still lead a normal life. I am lucky I have natural 34DD breasts and so can hide the dent with a cleavage, but those who have smaller breasts, please think before you have breast implants , not only will the dent still be there but you will have the pressure of carrying unnatural weights that your body is not used to, subsequently adding more pressure against the chest wall. Unless its causing medical difficulties, please accept it and lead a healthy balanced life.





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    Hi, I am in the same place i'm afraid. I have been told that there is nothing can be done. My quality of life is poor and I am in a lot of discomfort. My last child was born 15 years ago and I have suffered since then and have scoliosis. However, recently I had a sudden and very severe pain after which, my tummy became so protuberant, also gastric reflux, breathlessness, wheezing, a hard persistent cough and urinary incontinence. I had two opinions, the first (registrar) diagnosed Diastasis Recti and said I needed an operation as my muscles were sitting around to one side of my body. Her Senior colleague (consultant) disagreed and has simply implied that I am just Fat! I am slightly overweight but I certainly did not look 9 months pregnant prior to this awful pain recently. I feel dreadful and have been off work now for 5 months. I cry most days because of the state I am in and because I am not being listened to or helped. The Doc has sent me for another opinion, this being the third), and I hope that she treats me with more respect. I am desperate. I fully sympathize and urge you not to give up. Today i go to the Patients advice and support service to plead my case and ask them to help me get the consultation through asap and the treatment I need to feel better.

    I would like to whole-heartedly thank Embarrassing Bodies team for this episode. I have been backwards and forwards to various GPs for years with various health complaints; most recently I reported some severe breathlessness and have been wrongly treated for asthma, prescribed diazepam, and threatened with beta-blockers for 'panic attacks'. This show featured a young girl who suffers from a very loud heart murmur, and I recognised the same noise as a sound I hear after a bout of extreme stress or exertion. On Saturday I visited a GP at my local drop in clinic, and I indeed too suffer from a heart murmur, which may well be responsible for some of my health complaints. I am now extremely relieved and grateful to finally have some answers and I'm currently waiting on results of a chest xray which I was only given 'as a precaution' and a date for an echo to discover the severity of the murmur. Had it not been for Embarrassing Bodies, the murmur may well have never been detected and I may have spent years on wrongly prescribed medication. I never would have dreamt that I had a heart murmur in a million years and had it not been for this programme, neither would my GP!





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    Hi, I am the girl on who was in this episode with a heart murmur, i only just saw this comment. Really reassuring to know that someone else has the same problem! Glad to have helped in some way.

    Hi im 35 yrs old and have 3 children. My middle child is severly autistic i look 7mths pregnant this is distressing on both a phychological and physical aspect. Due to my appearance im asked of complete strangers daily when is the baby due. Im petite and have to wear size 16 tops to hide my stomach that can still be seen the cloathing hangs of me as im a size 10. I self harm due to the impact this has on me im on antidepressants and due to my appearance my social life is restricted as i stay in a lot as i cant face going out into the public due to this. Im unable to enjoy invites to friends birthday meals etc as if im seen enjoying an alcoholic beverage which is a rareity as i dont drink ive been approached by strangers giving me lectures on the harm to unborn babies when expectant mothers drink. Ive quit smoking 4 months ago due to recieving abuse of complete strangers about smoking when expecting. Then i was disbelieved when i explained that im not expecting and that its due to medical reason why my stomach looks this way. Im in constant pain due to the seperation it affects my back im unable to exercise and ended my gym membership due to pain and breathlessness when exercising. I have a privert chiropractioner that i see as i have to have reallighnment treatment done caused by this. Im struggling to manage my disabled child due to this it causes fatigue urinary incontinence and low energy levels. Ive asked my gp for help ive seen a specialised and surgeon that have said id have to pay private for a full tummy tuck which i cannot afford. The gap has been diagonosed via a scan and its 4cm wide. Ive been sterilised after the birth of my youngest child nearly 9 yrs ago. I feel embarrissed asking for help but i do not have anywhere else i can turn to for help. I would be most appreciative if i could be considered for help as this would enable me to have an improved quality of life thats needed to enable me to care for my autistic child with severe challanging behaviour requireing restraining techniques. Epeleptic seizuires that require me to have to be able to bend and kneel down etc to tend to him to the best of my ability which im currently struggling to be able to do due to this condition. Kindest regards





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