I have moderate-persistent asthma. Since it has gotten chronic over
the past couple of months (probably due alot to my job's building,
sick building syndrome--I am out of there thank God). The two main
symptoms, chest tightness and labored breathing, have seemed like
they're jockeying to be the #1 symtpom. Well I can now say that
chest tightness is #1.
How do you handle chest tightness? Do you immediately go for the
I also suffer from anxiety due to the asthma. Both illnesses have
chest tightness as a symptom. Sometimes I can tell the chest
tightness I have is from asthma and then there are tightnesses where
I am not so sure. Lately if I feel the littless chest tightness I go
for the Albuterol, if no relief Albuterol with a spacer, if no
relief nebulizer, and if no relief some Prednisone.
i have mild to mod persistant exercise induced asthma. If I dont' exercise the symptoms are not bothersome, tho there is some mild labored breathing occassionally.
I take advair, no rescue inhalers. One day I had the chest tightness (and of course I get scared which only makes the symptoms worse) I take either a allegra d when it is early in the day or if later closer to bed a singular.
after about a half hour I notice the tightness abating. an hour later no tightness whatsoever. you have to remember that our anxiety about it can cause us to feel like we are having asthma symptom when tension from the anxiety can cause us to feel like we can't get a deep breath.
so what i do is to distract myself provided the symptoms are not severe enough to need to call 911, or take a rescue inhaler if I had one, and concentrate on relaxing. many times it was my anxity and I feel better and more relaxed and can breath deeply again. but you have learn which is which through experience.
When my Asthma is playing up and I have chest tightness I take my reliever inhaler. If my Asthma is "being good" recently then I wait it out and get soem fresh air and see if this helps. But once my breathing becomes laboured or difficult I take the reliver to stop a Asthma attack.
Try a relaxation technique like yoga or thinkung about a calm lake ..what ever works to relax you then go for the puffers if it hasn't eased up ...sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't other times a hot drink of black coffee helps ....
I like the idea of Yoga. I just recently found that relaxing and trying take my mind off a pending symptom works well. I take Advair and Singular with a rescue inhaler when needed. Sometimes as soon as I know I left my inhaler at home, I start to feel symptoms. It's crazy!!!! Last time I was on my way to church and when I got there I just took time to meditate for a moment and it was gone. Yes, relaxing definitely works for me! I am glad to see I am not the only one that was experiencing that anxiety.
Chest pain/tightness is my number 1 symptom and it always scares me. My question is, can it be predominantly on one side or does asthma always affect both lungs equally?
Also, my pulmonologist has me on singulair, advair and flonase and i still seem to get chest pain/tightness rather frequently. how long before advair, singulair, etc. take effect? I've been doing Singulair for about 5 weeks and Advair for about 3-4. I'm on the 100/50 Advair.
Last edited by RedMan1972; 11-24-2006 at 02:36 PM.