Where to go for Shortness of Breath

Posted by pedrito @pedrito, Jun 1 8:37pm

Several are the causes of shortness of breath. Most prominent are the lungs and heart. Both have been discarded in my case by specialists. I am considering a second opinion with a doctor at Mayo. However, who I should see? A cardiologist? A pulmonologist? Any suggestions? Also, it is true that Mayo has an multidisciplinary group of doctors who will review you case if the treating doctor cannot find a cause? Your responses/views will be highly appreciated. Is this the right group to ask for guidance?

An internal medicine doctor in a large, multi-disciplinary practice would be my choice, so Mayo would be a good choice. That way as diagnosis progresses, specialists can be brought in.
Sue

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@sueinmn

An internal medicine doctor in a large, multi-disciplinary practice would be my choice, so Mayo would be a good choice. That way as diagnosis progresses, specialists can be brought in.
Sue

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Thank you, Sue. I have considered that possibility. I believe finding the right one would be the key, though. Need to check the hospital site and determine which one would be the "lucky" one. Thank you, again, for taking the time to respond.

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Hi @pedrito, I agree with @sueinmn that you're best served to go to a large medical center of excellence where your case can be reviewed by a multidisciplinary team. Here is the contact information for all of Mayo Clinic campuses http://mayocl.in/1mtmR63

By the way, I moved your discussion to the Lung Health group. You may be interested in reading these related discussions:
– False Shortness of Breath (SOB) or pseudo-dyspnea: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/false-shortness-of-breath/
– Shortness of breath.: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/shortness-of-breath-1/

How long have you shortness of breath? Do you have other health issues or accompanying symptoms?

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@colleenyoung

Hi @pedrito, I agree with @sueinmn that you're best served to go to a large medical center of excellence where your case can be reviewed by a multidisciplinary team. Here is the contact information for all of Mayo Clinic campuses http://mayocl.in/1mtmR63

By the way, I moved your discussion to the Lung Health group. You may be interested in reading these related discussions:
– False Shortness of Breath (SOB) or pseudo-dyspnea: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/false-shortness-of-breath/
– Shortness of breath.: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/shortness-of-breath-1/

How long have you shortness of breath? Do you have other health issues or accompanying symptoms?

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Hello Colleen, Thank you so much for taking the time to respond and, also, for providing me with some very valuable information. These two years have been very stressful and frustrating. You go from doctor to doctor and from test to test looking for answers and there is not a single result that could dictate the way to proceed simply because nothing wrong has been found. However, the shortness of breath and a dry cough persist. I am currently trying to convince my wife to go to Mayo but she is hesitant in doing so given the time to be spent on the road and her frail condition. She thinks SHANDS is a more practical option given the fact that is much closer to home. As I said, shortness of breathe has last for about two years. She also has fibromyalgia and this she has experienced for many years. I have read about False Shortness of Breathe and she took several tests prescribed by a Gastro doctor (endoscopy and esophageal barium (?), among others and the diagnose was that there was nothing abnormal with her digestive tract. She often experiences heartburn, though. Needless to say that I thank you for having moved my discussion to the other forums where, probably, I will be able to get even more valuable information. Thanks a ton!

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