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what could it be

I have the following symptoms:
#1 - Shortness of breath, decreased lung capacity,feels like my throat is closing up although I quit smoking 3 months ago (smoked for 6 yrs.)
#2 - Always tired, not fatigued just sleepy.
#3 - Muscle pain, in middle and lower back, also in area where leg connects to torso, also burning in lat muscles and down the sides of shoulder.
#4 - Joint pain in fingers
#5 - Temporary loss of balance and lightheadedness

I have an inflamed urethra and the back of my scrotum is very red, but it doesn't stay that way.  The inflammation fades in and out.  But probably 80% of the time, it is inflamed.  I recently got a flu about 2 months ago, and since then is when the decreased lung capacity became evident. The pain in my shoulders only comes about when i lift my shoulder for a short period of time and then they feel like lead and then my shoulders burn.  What could all of this possibly mean, and what type of doctor should i consult about all of this?
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Thank you for visiting the family practice forum.
It sounds like you need to see a primary care physician such as an "Internist" or a Family Doctor to have some initial tests.
The shortness of breath and fatigue are symptoms that could indicate asthma. The fatigue could also indicate an underlying thyroid problem such as hypothyroidism.
Your other symptoms seem to have an "inflammatory" basis. (Muscle pain, back pain, pain in the joints of your fingers). You are also having some type of recurrent urethra inflammation and when I hear about recurrent inflammation and/or infection I always think we need to rule out diabetes.

Here is the plan of action you need to follow.

1. Go to the doctor (start with a Family Doctor or Internist).
2. Have a blood pressure check, and blood tests to check for
a. Thyroid function
b. Blood sugar
c. "Arthritis panel"
3. You may need to have your doctor refer you for "pulmonary function testing". This will help determine if there is any asthma present
4. The doctor may also consider ordering an EKG and Chest Xray.

If you dont get answers here, I guess the "specialist" I would consider seeing would be a Rheumatologist (to further evaluate the symptoms you have in your muscles/joints) OR a Pulmonologist (if the pulmonary function tests show any abnormality).

I hope this helps!

Dean M. Tomasello, M.D.
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Oh yeah, one more thing, I have a whitish/yellowish buildup on my tongue (especially towards the back) that scrapes off easily, it looks like plaque, and I have had a constant battle with mouth ulcers that has finally relinquished recently.  Help me doc cause this sucks.
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This is another symptom that makes me think of diabetes.
You may have a fungal infection in your mouth (candida). These types of infections are more common in those with diabetes.
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You could have thrush. It is an infection from fungus in the mouth and can cause you to have patches on your tongue.
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I have been having very bad abdominal pain for about 9 months now. I have been to doctors many of times they do a sonagram on me and find nothing. I had 2 miscarriages in a 5 month period. I have had this proablem before but it  like disappeard for about a year but now it is back and no one seems to know what it is. It sometimess hurts when I have sex, you press on my butt like hit or smack(ya know just playing around) and  when you just press on it near the bottom. I can't run or do anything that involves alot of movement. I have regular bowel movements but and the pain sometimes last for days at a time theen goes away and sometimes it just for a couple hours and sometimes it's just for that moment it's a very sharp pain right in the middle of my lower stomach like around my ovaries. I've been told that it was stres and numerous of things but it doesn't make it better. I finally found a doctor that suggested that he do LAPAROSCOPY surgery on me and that is scheduled for 5/29/02. So maybe he'll see the proablem but I was just wandering if you had any answers. Thank-you verey much.
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