My husband is taking many drugs since 5-way bipass surgery, and ever since then is extremely short of breath even with minor movement (like walking to the bathroom), but the tests show he doesn't qualify for oxygen, and inhalers and the nebulizer don't seem to help. Could it be any of the drugs he's taking???
My dear dibeggs,
Absolutely and I am living proof of it! Omeprazole (generic for Prilosec) had me admitted to the hospital with doctors thinking I had a lung problem. Oxygen for a few weeks, then Prednisone, ugh! for a year. I still ended up with the horrible shortness of breath!!! Doctors never found out what caused the lung problem or why the shortness of breath. I went off the above medication and poof! shortness of breath is slowing down... I need to take one of those pills at least 2 times a week as I have horrible heartburn. Am trying to find out what to do next... but yes, meds are a culprit of shortness of breath. Let us know what he is taking okay?
It is a possiblity. He is following up with his Drs to be sure it isnt something to do with his heart, I hope? Shortness of breath can be an indication that the heart is not pumping correctly or that there is an overload of fluids in the system. It may be deconditioning too. It takes some time to recover from a 5 way bypass. He isnt swelling in his legs is he? And it would be helpful for you to list his drugs. Keep on top of it though-keep demanding answers from the Drs!
My mom after 2 recent hospital stays exhibited similar symptoms. Hospital acquired anemia caused by the many blood draws caused EXTREME shortness of breath. Once home and we recognized she increased her red blood cell count and hemoglobin and symptoms improved. They did not disappear but improved significantly. It took us one year to qualify for oxygen. We used a case manager with her insurance company to push it through. Maybe you could get an oximeter and document his shortness of breath at home and/or video. We were told so many times she did not qualify, until we got the right person who explained there is more than one way to qualify. We also used chelation therapy for her. Best wishes...
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