Re: slight wheezing that comes and goes.
Is the wheezing noticed by you or a medical professional? Sometimes when I feel like I'm wheezing or sound like it, I'm not. Also, wheezing can be caused by acid reflux. Have you had symptoms of heartburn or stomachache lately?
I would request a pulmonary functions test (PFT) and possibly a methacholine challenge. I do know that tricare is really good about covering some of this stuff, since I've got tricare. All you have to do is request from your primary care physician a pulmonary functions test and if you've got a military hospital near by and your PCP works there, they should be able to get you in. You can also ask your PCP to refer you to pulmonary if s/he can't figure it out. I know that "whycare" (I like it!) is a pain in the neck sometimes, but they are covering my IVIG treatments ($30,000 a month) with no questions asked and no copayment. All of my PFTs, methacholine challenges, skin testing, referral to a psychologist (because I have a chronic disorder), my three week hospitalization, my pv curve, my IOS, my eNO, my three pH probes, etc have all been covered without a word from Tricare. Of course, I am being seen at National Jewish, which is the best of the best, so it's kind of hard for whycare to question the medical necessity....When National Jewish says jump, tricare asks how high. The only problem I ever had with tricare and my frequent hospital visits (I see a doctor once a week, am on 13 different medications, have had frequent testing and hospitalizations, get IVs twice a month, etc, etc, etc) was that they wouldn't cover the day program because I was out of region. I had to transfer my insurance out here. I hope you get it figured out, but please do ask for a PFT. Your PCP should be able to get you in. Then you can know if it's an obstructive or restrictive thing, if your smoking has caused emphysema or what. Good luck!