About two years ago, I was a gym rat, who lifted weights and did Tabatas, and I used to be fantasic at cardio. It was my thing that I did better than most. But in the last few years, things have turned for the worst.
47 male, white
High blood pressure
Anxiety and depression
Bronchitis and Pneumonia 2 of the past 3 years.
Phantom issues with heart rate, dizziness, and shortness of breath on occasion.
It all seemed to start when I took steroid that was not pharmaceutical or prescribed. I wonder if that could have affected my hormones. One day, I was boxing with my trainer, and I became exhausted rather easily. I left the gym, and after about an hour later, my heart rate was still 140 to 150. I did not recuperate by any means. I went to the ER, and in the end, they gave me some potassium, and valium. I was ok.
That was the start of this mess.
Lately, if I rush up steps, I get dizzy. If I do physical manual labor, something I would excel at in the past, I feel horrible. On one occasion, I was at the gym and I could not catch my breath, like I had asthma. I felt o2 depleted, and I had to leave to finally feel recuperated. I used to recuperate from running on the treadmill in seconds, and now it was taking hours. So, I stopped working out, due to a few events such as this. My cardio has diminished ever since.
I did an echo, and a halter monitor. Results ok. I did a thyroid test, it was ok at the time. D dimer, troponin, ok. I did 3 stress tests. The results were all fine.
I didn’t have issues for some time, and mainly for one reason was that I have not pushed myself. But, over the last few months, I had bronchitis, for 8 weeks. I was put on Levaquin. Again, heart racing, some Shortness of Breath, and I felt faint. My heart was 136 for hours, and I urinated every hour, for much of the day.
Next day, I ran up only about 5 steps, because I felt better. At the top of the steps, I felt dizzy, and could not talk for two minutes. Then I pulled it tighter. But, it was disconcerting.
A week later, I walked 2 miles from the mechanic ship to the library with a computer sack on my back. I didn’t think that a walk at my age would be the end of the world. While doing it, I felt as if I was not going to make it. I felt dizzy and out of it. It reminded me of when I was 19 and I would run a sub 5 mile. I would feel a bit dizzy and exhausted. But, back then, I could recuperate. Now, recuperating for this situation took me hours again. I felt exhausted and for most of the day, I didn’t feel good.
I am going to a cardiologist now. I am planning on getting a coronary calcium CT, and a sleep study, and I am planning on seeing a pulmonologist. I am wondering if I should be looking for blockages in my neck and head also.
I desperately want to solve this. Do, you have any suggestions on tests and what direction that I should take to solve the issue?