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    Breathing Problems
    trombonechicca posted:
    For the past 5 years or so, I've had off and on breathing difficulties.

    I know I'm breathing, and I know I'm getting the oxygen... obviously, since I'm still here talking.

    But I can't seem to take a full breath, it gets half way and it stops, and it doesn't FEEL like I'm getting the oxygen.

    When this first started happening it went on for a few days before my mother took me to the doctor and the only thing he really told be was that I had restricted breathing passage ways. He prescribed me albuterol, but I never liked taking it because it made me feel shaky. After a while it just went away.

    It comes back every now and then but usually doesn't last more than a day. But recently it started back up again really bad and has been going on for a few days again.

    I figure it's probably just allergies, but allergies to what I have no idea. Nothing has changed here recently. When it started five years ago I was living in Texas but am now in Florida so I don't know what's going on.

    It's not painful really... just really annoying and uncomfortable. I've gotten a couple of light headed spells that only lasted for a few seconds but nothing besides that.
    kets7519 responded:
    Yes, I have the same experience: I breathe, but it doesn't feel like I'm getting enough oxygen. I don't wheeze noticeably. Yes, very annoying, I get the light headed spells, too, and it sometimes makes me irritable or just plain tired. Like you, mine is on and off, not all year. My doctor, an allergy and asthma specialist, said I have asthma caused by allergies to pollen, mold, & dust. I live in Georgia, a similar climate to yours, and right now, I'm having problems because of all of the pollen in the air. My doctor also said that while my asthma is caused by the allergies, it is also probably aggravated by the humidity. I take allegra and veramyst for the allergies and advair for the asthma, plus I have albuterol to use only when needed. I would recommend seeing an allergy & asthma specialist if you haven't already done so.
    andia2000 responded:
    I have a similar problem as well- it doesn't happen all the time, just every so often, but it is very annoying. Sometimes I force myself to yawn to get the satisfaction of enough oxygen going into my lungs. Sitting up straight seems to help, as well as taking deep breaths, breathing in slowly through your nose and out slowly through your mouth. I do not have asthema, but do have chronic allergies (to what I do not know) which cause post nasal drip or something that clogs my throat. Good luck finding a solution to your problem, I wish I could be more help!
    brista5one0 responded:
    hey...i just saw your post, and i recently have had the exact same problems...never had allergies or almost seems like im hyperventilating because i cant get a deep, satisfying breath...i was wondering if you had learned anything else/ been diagnosed with anything since your last post (i know it was over a year ago) thanks!
    JJMik responded:
    I have the same thing except it hasnt gone away for almost a year now. Years ago it happened for a week and went away but now its been persistent. I went to the Pulmonologist who said I had slightly extended lungs but after all the tests he could do there was no reason for it. They thought I might have asthma but when they gave me a treatment at the office I never feel completely better maybe a little improved. I have inhalers which seem to just irrate my throat.

    I always have terrible post nasal drip and sinus trouble. But I have had that my whole life.

    Went to a alergist who said I dont have alergies to everything he tests for.. yet I sneeze a lot , always have stuff coming out of my eyes..ears and nose.. lol im a mess..

    Recently my primary Doc. prescribed predisone for 11 days, along with a decongestion drug and a 5 day antibiotics. I thought I felt better when I first started taking the predison but now Im weaning off it and feel just as bad. I had a low fever after taking all this medicine and a sore throat which may be from the inhalers i am also taking.

    I just want to feel like I am getting a full breath of air and be able to get to sleep at night... and function at work without strugglin to breath.

    Someone I work with mentioned that she had the exact same experience and that musenex and zyrtec D actually made her better. I'm talking to the doc about that tomorrow.
    JJMik responded:
    I have the same thing. The first time it happened years ago the doc. thought it was just muscle soreness from the gym and it did go away in a few weeks, but I dont think it was muscles. Now I have had it for almost a year. I have done the following.

    Lung Doc. found expanded lungs in my xrays, did several asthma tests (i never felt better after the treatment but they still think I have asthma), lung function test and stress test, many ekgs, echo gram of my heart. Blood work. He said that he could find no reason for the xray result and that I probably have asthma.

    I went to an allergy doc. who tested me for allergies and came to the conclusion that I probably have asthma.. He recommended an inhaler and emergency inhaler both which seem to irratate my throat more than they help.

    I NEVER have wheezing just chest tightness and the feeling of not being able to take a full breath. Its hard to get to sleep at night but once I do I stay asleep. Soemtimes my chest hurts a little but i think its from always trying to take a full breath and some dizyness/light headnesses when I am feeling really bad.

    I also saw a Cardiologist and had stress test everything is fine with my heart.

    Tomorrow Im seeing a regular doc again.. he just tried the following last week. shot of prednison, antibotics and decong. I had a low grade fever (a side effect i think) and sore throat (although that might be from the inhalers) after I started taking all that, but I finished and it didnt seem to help.

    Im seeing the same doc again tomorrow, but tonight I bought Zyrtec D and Musinex. A teacher I work with said that she has had all the same thiings as me andtried all the same things and that these over the counter medicines helped her the most. I seem to feel a little better tonight...

    The really frustrating thing is HOW LONG DO YOU TRY SOMETHING BEFORE DECIDING IT ISNT WORKING? I have read that if you have suffered from something like this for a while it will take longer to get better.
    JJMik responded:
    SORRY i thought this was a new post.. Can I delete one of my replies? How?
    A1a23 replied to JJMik's response:
    I have the same problem with hard to take a full breath and tightness in my chest. This first started about 11 years ago when I was starting to go through menopause. I did allot of online searching and reading and finally found something that said shortness of breath can be a symptom of menopause. I started using bio identical estrogen & progestoren creams and the symptoms did go away except on the most humid days. The symptoms have increased lately so I went online for more research and found this post. I was wondering how you are feeling now. I have cut down on my hormones lately and I think I am going to increase them again and see if it helps.
    sgbl88 replied to A1a23's response:

    Another thought for you to consider is that many women develope asthma during periods of hormonal changes - puberty, pregnancy and peri - menopause, and menopause.

    I hope that you have discussed this with your doctor.

    Take care and feel better.
    Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end... Ye shall seek me, and find [me]
    jeanjeanie999 responded:
    Hi trombonechicca

    I have the same problem, probably a little less severe than you, and I was putting it down to some sort of allergy or air quality issue. But it's been getting worse recently.

    I've been looking at getting an air purifier, and I found the attached website on Whirlpool Whispure air purifiers, but I don't know if these are the best or not. The cost seems ok, especially if it will work, but does anyone else use an air purifier, and if so, which one do you know is good?
    mcsold replied to jeanjeanie999's response:
    I too have this problem...and have on and off for over 15 years. It's gets so bad that at the end of the day I am so lightheaded and can't think that I have to go to bed. I FEEL like I'm holding my breath all the time and have to remind myself to breath...but I do have to fight to get a deep breath. I too do the yawning trick. Then in the evening I burp non-stop due to all the funky breathing. Sleeping seems to help . Or at least lying down...I feel like I can get a breath. I just took some mucinex (guafenisin) and some generic allergy pill. I don't know if it's zyrtec...will have to look it up. I don't even like to drive like this because my thinking feels impaired due to lack of oxygen. My husband thinks I'm a I can't wait to show him this thread so he can see there are several others out there w the exact same symptoms. I'll try to remember to post if this OTC combo works. For now..It's 8:30am and I'm already going to lay down for a little bit to breath
    Aqua14 replied to mcsold's response:
    Breathing is so important; have you consulted a doctor rather than trying to self-treat for over 15 years, especially when self-treating isn't resolving the problem? If you haven't consulted a doctor, why not?

    I'd recommend that you see a pulmonologist (lung doctor) or if you have a very good general practice doctor, request a complete physical examination including bloodwork.

    Keep in mind that many of us with these symptoms have asthma. Asthma is very treatable, but the first step is getting expert medical advice and diagnosis.

    Hope you feel better soon. Take care & good luck. Judy
    It's never too late to be what you might have been. ~ George Eliot. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
    Lenny77 replied to Aqua14's response:
    Central Texas is a nighmare for allergens this year. Wet fall, dry spring with so far no rain to help filter everything out. I too have the difficult breathing, light headed, slight dizziness, lung burning symptoms. I also have a pain in my side which I think is probably the bottom of my right lung. I am an outdoor nut, so this is especially a pain for me. I have the albuterol and advair standing by which seems to help very little. Albuterol keeps me up at night, but it beats not breathing. Here are some things I do to help. Go and buy the best A/C filters you can afford and run the fan to keep the air circulating through the filter even if you don't need the A/C or heat. After you are done out doors, take a shower and wash everthing off. While you are in there, rinse out your nose and sinus cavities as much as possible. This is a big one as getting as much out of there as possible makes a big difference as to how you are going to sleep. I have not tried the sinus wash kits yet, but I probably am as flushing seems to help me a lot. Don't wear those clothes again and whatever you do, don't get in bed with out a shower. If you do, you just buried all of the crap in your hair you brought in with you on your pillow and a crappy night is almost guarenteed with more to follow.
    On the home remedy front, try finding honey that is produced in your specific area. The theory is that the bees in your area carry all of the stuff that makes us miserable and injesting it works like a vaccine. I have not tried this one yet, but I am going to. Finding local honey is the trick and I just found out a farmers market is where to go. I will be there next weekend shopping. Best of luck to everyone and I hope something here helps someone.

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