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Not sure lung or heart

Hi Just joined. My chest xray in oct 17 stated enlarged heart and bibasal atelectasis. Seen a cardiologist had ecg and echo.Heart is within normal size limit and no probs. Just had mibi tests this week to make sure. going for chest scan next week. My symptoms are rib chest and back pain and breathlessness on exertion. I'm 65 never smoked, haven't drank alcohol at all for 15 years and never drank much before then. I have asthma and D.I.SH. any thoughts ?

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I have multi conditions and it is not always easy to pin point which is causing you the most issues. My old surgery treated both my heart and lung issues I thought well. But my new and latest surgery seemed to agree asthma but no other lung issues and blamed most on my heart conditions. Even after lung Failure and a long spell in ICU/hospital it was not until 4 years after that they did any breathing tests.

It has been found I have Pulmonary Hypertension and my surgery agree that my lungs are rubbish! Their words.

bibasal atelectasis did they check the diaphragmn? on the xray that can cause your issues? Do you get short of breath bending over to do sock/shoes etc? Looks like you need more tests to confirm them?

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Thanks for your reply Offcut. Paying to see a chest specialist at Spire on Monday next. He will no doubt order or do all the tests. Can put socks on etc just get breathless walking uphill. Hopefully I'll get closer to the cause for my symptoms next week.Forgot to mention that I also currently have reflux and Ibs. Just call me Mr Autoimmune as I've previously had quinsey, pneumonia twice, shingles, pleurisy and menieres.

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I have had reflux for many years now it is a strange one that does affect the lungs. Good luck with the doctors.

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I too have multiple issues, and Brompton not sure which is causing most problems, lung function only 20%, but also have AF and leaky valve, and curvature of spine which has contributed to the poor lung function. I hope you have confidence in your clinics, think that is the most important thing. If you trust they are doing their best for you, I think it helps a lot. Let us know how you get on

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