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Old 05-26-2006, 07:53 PM   #1
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Chest pain from asthma?

I am 22 and have had asthma since I was in the 2nd grade. My asthma has been under great control for a long time now, alteast 8 years. I only have the salbutamol inhaler and I only need to use it when I get really sick.

Since around the end of March I have been experiencing a fluttery heart beat. I can sometimes feel my pulse in my throat and it feels like my heart skips a beat or has extra beats. Along with that I have difficulty breathing.

The last week or so I started having a dull ache in my ribcage (left side) that sometimes goes around the side to my back as well. The fluttering feeling comes and goes but my chest feel heavy, like I can't get enough air. I have been using my inhaler 3 to 4 times a day!!! I do have a cough and a bit of congestion as well.

I went to see my doctor today and she said my chest sounds fine but she thinks my asthma may be getting bad and is not under control so she renewed my salbutamol and also gave me another inhaler which I am to take 3 times a day, 2 puffs each time. It is supposed to help with inflamation. In 2 weeks I go back for a check up and if it is still bad she is going to do a chest x-ray and lung function test.

I am just wondering if anyone else has had this before and if it caused pain in your chest & back? It feels like tight muscles/nerves. Just curious what helped/what tests were done if things did not improve.

I also have TMJ so the pain from that is more than enough. I am getting married July 8th and am getting very concerned that my health is going to get in the way.

Any opinions are welcome.

 
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Old 05-27-2006, 07:13 AM   #2
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Re: Chest pain from asthma?

Since around the end of March I have been experiencing a fluttery heart beat. I can sometimes feel my pulse in my throat and it feels like my heart skips a beat or has extra beats. Along with that I have difficulty breathing.

I get that symptom quite often.
A Holter Monitor Test can also pick up these symptoms.

I was pretty much a healthy person up until the age of 30 something
But ever since June 05. I have become diagnosed with Asthma, heart beat irregularities. Along with symptoms of rib cage achiness, jitterness.

This all started for me back on June of 05 after catching a chest cold leaving me with a chronic case of asthma up until today.
Was hoping to go back to way I was before this all started.
Unfortunately the Singulair,Allergy Shots, Advair, Albuteral, has not done this for me. Will be trying Xolair next week.

Perhaps the combination of prescription Cough medicine, Albuteral, & Advair
taken during my cold in 05 screwed up the heart
triggering heart beat irregularities up until this day.

For me I can come up with some kind of explaination for my symptoms being:
Asthma - Probably from being exposed to allergies long term (mold in 2 of my apartments, living long term w/cats). Genetics (Only grandfather had lung issues/Emphasema but that was from smoking) I never smoked a day in my life or lived w/one. Test says I am allergic to pretty much everything

Heart beat irregularities - Prescription cough medicine,Advair,Primatene Mist taken during my chest cold 05
screwed up my heart a little to this day.

Constant Rib cage achiness(below bra strap area & the back) - Still dont know whats causing this. Could be the frequent asthma constrictions.
I think a Rheumatologist might be helpful (Specialises in diseases/conditions characterized by symptoms involving the musculoskeletal system)

Jitterness - Could be casued by Asthma Meds or Heartbeat irregularities

The last week or so I started having a dull ache in my ribcage (left side) that sometimes goes around the side to my back as well. The fluttering feeling comes and goes but my chest feel heavy, like I can't get enough air. I have been using my inhaler 3 to 4 times a day!!! I do have a cough and a bit of congestion as well.

I get the same thing


I went to see my doctor today and she said my chest sounds fine but she thinks my asthma may be getting bad and is not under control so she renewed my salbutamol and also gave me another inhaler which I am to take 3 times a day, 2 puffs each time. It is supposed to help with inflamation. In 2 weeks I go back for a check up and if it is still bad she is going to do a chest x-ray and lung function test.

Been there
My x ray was normal
Lung function - I tend to be around 300-350 I believe.Its been awhile since I checked.

I am just wondering if anyone else has had this before and if it caused pain in your chest & back? It feels like tight muscles/nerves. Just curious what helped/what tests were done if things did not improve.

Yes. Thats how I would describe it.
Perhaps you could try a Rheumatologist. Thats what I am going to do for now.

I read on this board a post about another woman who had the same symptom. I think it was titled Rib cage pain.
I believe she tryed cortisone shots injected into her rib cage
because she could not take the medicine orally.


I also have TMJ so the pain from that is more than enough. I am getting married July 8th and am getting very concerned that my health is going to get in the way.

That sucks I know what you mean.
These ailments can be really debilitating.
They impede on your life and your plans.
Wish you well and good luck on your Wedding

 
Old 05-27-2006, 11:03 AM   #3
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Re: Chest pain from asthma?

Hi
Thanks for your reply, glad to see I am not the only one! I'm feeling a little better today, the rib pain is not as bad. Mine is right where you have yours, under the bra area.

I had allergy tests done when I was younger, around 7 or so and they showed that just like you, I'm allergic to pretty much everything. Dust, trees and grass especially. I have had cats all my life growing up (now living with my finance we have 2 of our own) but I'm not really allergic to their dander. If I get a scratch or bite (my cats never bite though) the area will get itchy and puff up for awhile. Our cats are font declawed and we have been really fortunate with them. They have never bitten or scratched us once! Very impressive I must say.

My doctor is going to do more tests if I am not feeling better in 2 weeks. Thanks for the suggestion for a rheumatologist. I may go see one for my TMJ if the bite splint I am getting soon does not help.

There is a ton of arthritis and fybromyalgia in my family as well. A condition called Costocondritis can occur in people with or without fybro which causes inflamation in the tissue between the ribs and can also cause asthma like symptoms and irregular heart beat. I think I am going to look into that as a possibility as well if I do not get better in the next 2 weeks.

Thanks again for your reply. I hope you are doing well and start feeling better soon.

 
Old 05-27-2006, 07:27 PM   #4
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NO you are not the only one. I have asthma not serious , just recently diagnosed, on advair and doing fine. Until I got sick. On two cough suppressants, a second temporary inhaler, I have chest pain in the back, although its beginning to fade and never significatn sob or sensations in my chest until now, its like have a weight sitting on my chest. I do not feel like I can breathe properly although it is a little better than a few days ago.
I would definitely try other approaches and make sure they rule out nothing serious with your heart.

 
Old 06-01-2006, 01:33 PM   #5
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I go back and see my doctor June 9th.

I have been feeling better since I started taking the new puffer. I have some light flutterings in my chest today but today has been the first day since my first post on this board. The ache in my ribs is getting a bit better too which is nice since my TMJ has been flaring up bad the last few days. Yuck!

Will keep you posted on how things are going.

 
Old 06-10-2006, 10:52 AM   #6
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Went back to the doctor yesterday. I was doing well but the last 4 or 5 days it all started to come back. The tightness, the heart flutterings, all of it.
My doctor upped my puffer from 2 puffs 3 times a day to 2 puffs 4 times a day. I went for a chest x-ray as well and am having a pulmonary function test done August 2nd. There were only 2 other dates open, one next week and one when I am away on my honeymoon. I cant make either one.

Today I feel horrible. The breathing is not getting better. I am going to call my doctor on Monday and see if that date for June 16th is still open. I need to find out what is happening and get some answers. I am very worried that something is going to happen to ruin my wedding & honeymoon. Part of me feels like this is all just stress and part of me feels like something is really wrong...

 
Old 06-14-2006, 12:09 PM   #7
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I am also 22 and have had the same symptoms as you since last November, as well as the asthma when I was younger, but they come and go. I'm interested to know if you find anything that works, I could ask my doctor about it. I am currently taking Advair, Singulair, Albuterol and Xopenex.

 
Old 06-18-2006, 07:01 PM   #8
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Re: Chest pain from asthma?

Hi,
You mentioned heart fluttering symptoms.
If its of any help, I take Hawthorne liquid capsules
Its suppose to be helpful for heart arrhythmia's , irregular heart rhythm, palpitations, fluttering.

For jitterness, (Advair side effect) I sometimes take at night
combination of Valerian,Skullcap,& Hops. This combination is helpful for relaxation, sedation. I find I need to take at least 3 capsules of each to feel the effect.

 
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