Hello. I am 22, slim, otherwise healthy male. For the past 5-6 weeks I have had shortness of breath. I notice it pretty much all day and while it will get better at times, there are periods where it will hit me out of no where and I will randomnly get super short of breath, even when just sitting down at my desk. Exercise/movement does not seem to make it worse, though talking and eating does.
I seen a Pulmonologist who did a PFT and while some of my numbers were low individually (FVC at 65%, FEV1 at 77%, FVC/FEV1 118%, TLC 95%, MVV 75%), he said he did not see any pathological issue with my lungs. His diagnosis at that time was Vocal Cord Dysfunction. He was the head pulmonologist at our hospital and had a couple of his colleages look over the results as well -- so he was very confident there was no lung issue. I even asked him about the possiblity of a neuro issue and he said no.
I have also seen a cardiologist who ran a EKG, and a Stress Echo -- both which came back clear.
I have been out to Urgent Care/ER when the breathing was really bad, and in all cases blood work was done as well as a Chest Xray, and EKG and all were clear. I even had a Chest CT Scan which was normal as well. Blood Ox level is always hanging at 98%-100% even at my worst.
Is it possible that this would be related to a neurological issue like MG or something else (I do have Peripherial Neuropathy in my legs -- but that has been relapsed the last couple months). Could that be affecting my breathing alone? I dont have any other neurological issues. It feels like sometimes my swallowing and chewing is weak but that may be more anxiety then anything else as that is not a consistent issue.
I have a peak flow meter (they originally thought it was asthma), and even when I am super short of breath, I am hitting my peak numbers -- which I read usually does not happen if your respitory muscles are giving out.
Can anxiety cause 24/7 shortness of breath feeling?