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June of 2015 I went to a new PCP for annual blood work and told her I was having shortness of breath. She sent me to cardiologist and after echo and stress test, my heart checked out fine. By the end of 2015 I was so weak and short of breath. I spent about 60 percent of my time in bed. My heart rate would increase to 150 - 160 beats per minute just to get up and shower.
January of 2016 I went to back to my original PCP and he determined I was severely anemic and he sent me to a hematologist. Hematologist gave me iron infusions and sent me to have Endo and Colonoscopy. Long story short…I was bleeding internally from my esophagus due to a large hiatal hernia. Bleeding was controlled by medications, but I had been aspirating gastric fluids for who knows how long.
My hematologist sent me to a pulmonary doc which did a Pulmonary Function Test and determined i have severe COPD and air trapping.
December 29, 2016 i had surgery on my Hiatal Hernia. I was supposed to stay one night in the hospital and go home. I ended up staying 5 days in the hospital because my oxygen level kept going down in the low 70s. I have been on oxygen therapy for 2 months now.
Is there any chance this COPD can be reversed?? I am so ready to feel better, but I feel like it will never end.
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