Originally Posted by paula1e
... but i have an update anyway that may explain the cause behind this ...i have since learned I have lyme disease in a somewhat advanced stage (bitten over ten years ago). ... I have a strange feeling my breathing issue is somehow tied to the lyme.
We have similar health histories.
Back around 1957, I reacted to a live flu vaccine and was hospitalized for ten days. When I got out of the hospital, I found out quite quickly that I was now suffering from a very sensitive Asthmatic condition. It did not take long to find out that there were many things that would set off my Asthma, including our cats, which we sadly had to give away to other families.
It also made me extremely sensitive to cigarette smoke. An exposure to the tiniest, trace elements of cigarette smoke would cause labored breathing, and make me feel ill for days. If someone had smoked several hours prior to my being exposed to them, it would cause me to have problems with my Asthma. Just a little residue smoke in their hair, clothes or breath would cause problems. And... just like you, certain cigarettes are worse than others.
So....... sadly, you are not alone with your affliction. You'll also find out, just like I have, that what people don't understand, they will reject as not true. So, for that reason, I usually only discuss my extreme sensitivities to cigarette smoke, dust, newsprint, animals, etc., with my friends and close associates. They have actually witnessed my problems with Asthma, and, instead of refusing to accept my extreme sensitivities, help me by not exposing me unnecessarily to things that set off my Asthma.
Best of luck to you in avoiding the things that set off your health problems.