I'm new here, though not new to MS, and just introduced myself on another thread.
Has anyone been told their chest muscles are weak thus making breathing "seem" labored? My MS doc explains this sometimes happens to PwMS but is no real problem, it just "seems" like it is. He also says if pulmonary function tests are done it would prove I was getting enough O2. He did not listen to my chest, or look at the chest xray. Strike one!
I have no problems breathing as long as I don't sit in a chair or walk or stand.
Makes for a loooong day. It feels like I have ran a marathon when I've only walked a few steps or even sat up in a chair.
This MS doc dx'd me in 2002, and I made my first complaint of this months later after starting Copaxone as my energy picked up from the relief of some MS symptoms.
My PCP says he hears congestion, which is good because I can feel it!
It'always good to have a doc confirm a complaint. It's half the battle.
It doesn't help that I have drug induced Osteoporsis, so hairline fractures in my spine need to be ruled out on the advise of PT.
Oh heck, it's all so complicated to me.
On top of all this, both parents have a history of rare pulmonary complications, so I'll go for pulmonary testing anyway along with xrays for my t spine.
Comments anyone? It concerned me that my MS doc was so blase' about this. (strike two?) Maybe I'm being too sensitive or just ignorant, you think?
The good news is my PCP is redfaced about this, so maybe he will help me figure this out. TIA!!!