30 Days of PH: My Experience With Worsening Symptoms

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Prabu Prabakaran had to cut short a trip overseas due to worsening PH symptoms. (Photo courtesy of Prabu Prabakaran)

Day 14 of 30

This is Sakthivel “Prabu” Prabakaran’s story:

Hello, I am Prabu, and for 30 years, I’ve lived in Madison, Wisconsin, with my wife and two older kids.

I was born with one lung. I was a healthy person, I used to do all of the hard work, and I was very active until a major accident happened 11 years ago. In that accident, my single lung collapsed, and symptoms of pulmonary hypertension slowly began to present themselves.

My pulmonary specialist suggested I use oxygen almost every night. But my symptoms progressed, and I needed to start using oxygen for almost every activity. I own a business, but now I can’t lift anything. Even moving around is very difficult these days.

Recently, when I visited my family overseas, my health worsened, and I had to use oxygen 24/7. My oxygen levels were in the 70s, and my appetite was completely gone. I had to cut the trip short and rush back to Madison.

After returning, my pulmonologist sent me to the emergency room for a lot of tests, but the tests were all negative. Now I am scared to travel anywhere, especially overseas. I have trouble climbing steps, and sometimes have continuous coughing.

I hope everyone feels better and that this whole world soon becomes a better place for all of us to live.

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