(Closed) Short of Breath/Exhausted Constantly!

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I know that until the baby dropped I was practically gasping for air constantly. I was also super tired and sluggish after a burst of “nesting” around 28 or so weeks. But you know your body, and if something feels off or you think your doctor is brushing off legitimate concerns you need to find someone who can reassure you better or take more time to examine possible causes of this extreme fatigue.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

@PandasWifey:  I know the tubes seem a lot, but in reality each tube is about  3-5 mls of blood It really was necesary for a doctor to responsibly assess you. You absolutely can leave anytime you want, you have to sign forms freeing them of any responsiblity it something happens to you, but you are more then ok to leave.

I definately think you need to get a hold of your doctor’s office before your appointment. You could always try to talk to their doctor who is on-call.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

No advice about the ER or anemia, but just wanted to chime in that I’ve definitely been feeling the shortness of breath and borderline narcolepsy the past few days. I’ll be okay, and then without warning I feel like I’ve hit a wall at full speed. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@PandasWifey:  Do you have a lot of swelling in your ankles?  Sometimes tiredness and shortness of breath can be common during pregnancy, but sometimes can be an indicator of a cardiac problem (my first inclination is congestive heart failure).  The body naturally increases it’s circulating blood volume during pregnancy which can sometimes put too much strain on the heart.  The 4 vials of blood are very little overall, regardless of your size.  That wouldn’t even drop your hgb/hct results; it takes a lot more than that.  We draw that and more on people who have hgb results of 5, which is life-threateningly low, but it’s necessary in order to diagnose what’s wrong and to obtain the correct blood type for transfusions.  Depending on the symptoms you described to the MD and if you told her that you were diagnosed as anemic, I can see why she would want to run some blood tests.  She’d want to make sure you’re not short of breath due to severe anemia, which would require a blood transfusion. 

If you were super nervous about the blood draw though, or have very bad anxiety, then that might account for feeling lightheaded and wanting to pass out.  

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@PandasWifey:  Have you considered maybe looking into midwife/holistic treatments? I haven’t skimmed through your past posts enough to know if a midwife is available to you, so forgive me if it was already suggested. It sounds like you might be leaning more towards a desire for natural treatments outside of a clinical setting, in a low stress, low intervention environment?

There is nothing wrong with saying “What do I need out of my healthcare” and going from there. If you’re not on board with endless testing and intervention you’re not comfortable with, simply don’t do it!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@PandasWifey:  I actually didn’t try to argue anything with you, I merely was explaining what was done and the potential reasons as to why.  You seem to get very defensive about medical practice yet you know that a lot of bees on here are licensed healthcare providers, so I find it confusing why you get so upset when we offer explanations to your posts.  We are professionals with a lot of qualifications and training, as are you in your respective career.  I wouldn’t dare try to say what’s right or wrong about your professional practice, so I’d appreciate if you didn’t make assumptions about my intent or the knowledge I’m trying to help you with. 

I agree, MDs aren’t always right.  They also aren’t psychics.  If they knew what your labs would be before being drawn, then there would be no need for labs at all.  I’m sorry that my information in my previous post makes you “hate these boards at times” but it is a public forum where you chose to share your information.  Weddingbee at this time does not have a way for you to only get responses from the posters that you like or posts that agree with your point of view.  I’m not even sure why I’m explaining this when I wasn’t arguing with you to begin with, just imparting information.  It’s a shame that I can’t even share information in a professional manner on here without being lashed out at.  I wish you luck in your health.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@PandasWifey:  I’d also like to state that you mentioned nobody is addressing the symptoms that are concerning you.  I actually did (please refer to circulating blood volume increase, congestive heart failure, etc). 

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I don’t know if anyone has said it…but 4 viles is really not a lot..I know you’re anemic…and I get anemic too, severly during my period..

Eat some steak, chick peas, anything green (except cucumbers) broccoli rabe works good..

BEANS!

Lots of iron, girl….and drink down some OJ, OJ helps your body absorb the iron faster and better….

Also cereal with a lot of iron helps, I like frosted mini wheats!

I hope you feel better soon.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@PandasWifey:  I did not put any personal feelings into that post because, quite honestly, I don’t care how you went about that ER visit.  I have no dog in this fight.  It’s your healthcare and you have complete control over what you allow and what you don’t allow when it comes to tests and medications.  The healthcare providers can educate you and make recommendations (which I did not recommend anything) but it’s up to you to decide what happens after that.  You have made a lot of assumptions about my intent and your perception is the opposite of my intent behind my post.  Again, it was simply facts and explanations.  Whether you got bloodwork done or not has no impact on my life nor do I care, I simply was trying to educate as that’s part of my job and my nature.  Please don’t lay blame on other posters, including myself, for causing you stress as you continue to post on these boards despite how frustrated you often become.  These things won’t bother you if you choose not to let them affect you.

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

@PandasWifey:  You said, “I’m so POed that crazy ER Dr. insisted on drawing all that blood from an anemic person for no reason!” 

@MadameTussaud:  was only telling you why the doctor may have drawn your blood, since you said it was “for no reason.” Her answer was informative and supportive. You are getting yourself stressed and angry for no reason. Instead, you may thank her for graciously spending time to answer your question, and giving you insight as to WHY you endured what you did, after you made the choice to go to the hospital. If anything, her response was a good faithed effort to put your mind at ease. It’s a shame you don’t appreciate the intent for what it’s worth.

If weddingbee stresses you out, you can choose not to use it. ::Shrug:: She was only trying to offer you kindness, but if that’s what gets your blood boiling, maybe skip the boards.

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