I thought I'd run this past you all as people were so helpful when I posted last time. I have been suffering from breathlessness; it's particularly bad upon exertion. I've noticed that when I am struggling to breathe, my heart races. I wasn't sure if this is an anxiety response or if there is a physical reason behind it?
Background; I'm 27 and have Rheumatoid Arthritis. My rheumatologist referred me for a chest x-ray and lung function tests due to my symptoms. Unfortunately, the NHS cogs are moving very slowly and I seem to be getting worse. I've also developed a heart murmur. I've seen about 6 GPs over the last few weeks, each with a differing opinion. One diagnosed me with asthma and prescribed inhalers (ventolin and steroids). The next time I was seen, I was told that he was glad the inhalers are helping but he still believes my problem is an underling Rheumatoid related lung disease, not asthma! I'm considering asking to be referred privately as, fortunately, I have private health insurance.
Thank you in advance for reading this.