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So for three years now, every autumn I have breathing issues.
I never have it to the extent that I can't breathe, it's more that it is very difficult and painful to breathe. I get a lot of chest tightness...and it isn't helped by decongestants.
I have it where it feels like I have to blow and force air out of my lungs because I'm not moving air like I should. The worst days are when my throat feels swollen; where I feel as though it's being pressed open when swallowing...or even breathing.
I sometimes get similar issues when I'm in old, mildewy buildings, although not as extreme.
The past two years I've gone in to urgent care. The first year, the doc gave me a prescription for Allegra and an albuterol inhaler, told me it was probably allergies or asthma and to follow up with my primary care doc (I didn't...). The second year, she gave me a breathing treatment, another albuterol prescription, and some "magic mouthwash" (which had malox, benedryl and lydocaine in it...). My peak flow is usually off the charts...even throughout my respiratory episodes and my lungs are clear.
The albuterol helps sometimes. Other times, not so much. The breathing treatment did nothing. Antihistamines sometimes help. The magic mouthwash doesn't do a darn thing for the breathing...although it's very nice to have around for sore throats.
My copay keeps going up on my insurance...I'm at $30 right now, so I really don't want to go to the doctor again just to hear the same things again. I thought I should ask around here to see if anyone has had similar experiences first...maybe figure out something my doc hasn't. (I'm 21, if that helps at all...never smoked a day in my life.)
Last edited by MissyMeg05; 10-14-2008 at 08:28 PM.