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Old 12-02-2009, 04:59 PM   #1
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Please Help, Scary Chest Sensations

Ok, so for about a month now I've had days of on and off problems. Felt like my lungs were caving in for awhile, but the doctor couldn't hear anything wrong, and eventually it kind of went away, but never totally. Then the doctor thought it was GERD, and put me on Achiphex for a couple of weeks. It seemed to help, but the shortness of breath was still kinda there. I also had/have these weird sensations in my ribcage that feel like slight pops occasionally, and they come and go as well. Today is when it started to get really scary though. After not feeling too bad for a couple of days, I woke up this morning and was short of breath again. No wheezing, and not much coughing, just short of breath. It also feels like my heart is skipping beats occasionally. I'm a healthy mid 20's male, and have no other problems other than allergies or occasionally asthma, but I'm not sure if this is related to either of those things. I can't really tell if it really truly is my heart skipping beats because it happens so fast. It's almost like my throat closes really quickly and then I have to catch my breath again. I don't really have any chest pain, except maybe mild soreness from breathing weird and coughing occasionally. It kinda feels like there's a whole in my chest right under my thyroid/neck area. I have had allergies that have been bad this fall so far, and I can feel mucus running down my throat on occasion. Sometimes so much that I end up seeing some when I go to the bathroom sometimes. Could this all be allergy related? Anxiety? Or should I really be concerned? I don't really have a lot of money to see the doctor right now, let alone get alot of tests done. Does anyone have any idea what this could be, or if I should be worried?

 
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Old 12-02-2009, 05:07 PM   #2
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Re: Please Help, Scary Chest Sensations

You don't have asthma "occasionally"...either you have it or you don't. Your symptoms sound asthma or reflux related. Are you on any meds for either?

 
Old 12-02-2009, 05:55 PM   #3
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Re: Please Help, Scary Chest Sensations

I said occasionally only because it acts up when I get a cold or allergies, not all the time. I take Advair every day for that, plus I'm on Xyzal for my allergies. Nothing at the moment for the reflux. Would this all cause the scary shortness of breath stuff?

 
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Re: Please Help, Scary Chest Sensations

It could. Maybe your meds need adjusting. Or maybe you need to use your rescue inhaler? Have you tried it? Do you have a written asthma plan?

 
Old 12-03-2009, 08:32 AM   #5
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Re: Please Help, Scary Chest Sensations

I have an albuterol rescue inhaler that I don't use too often, but I used it yesterday and it seemed to help a little. I was feeling better last night, and then this morning I'm not feeling the scary skips anyway, but I woke up with my throat full of mucus and had to swallow to get it all down. The one side of my throat today doesn't hurt but it feels irritated, and feels like there's still mucus in it, but only on the one side/one lung. Weird feeling. Does that make sense?

 
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Re: Please Help, Scary Chest Sensations

Sure - just sounds like PND (post nasal drip). I have tons of it in the winter because my sinuses HATE having the heat on. I'm always spraying saline in my nose, taking a benedryl every night and a zyrtec every morning. Dries me nuts!

 
Old 12-03-2009, 10:10 AM   #7
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Re: Please Help, Scary Chest Sensations

I'm breathing much easier today, but these stupid chest sensations have come back. Kinda feels like a warm rush really quickly and then it stops. I tried keeping track of my heartbeat and pulse during these real quick things, and it doesn't really seem to change, other than maybe get faster but I think that's from being anxious about whatever is going on. I made an appointment with my allergist two weeks from now, so hopefully these sensations go away. Allergies and asthma I can deal with, this other stuff freaks me out.

 
Old 12-04-2009, 07:21 AM   #8
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Re: Please Help, Scary Chest Sensations

It could be sleep apnea.Do you snore?Can be short of breathe from that. You can get holter mionitor from cardiologist to see your beat is regular

 
Old 12-04-2009, 08:37 AM   #9
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Re: Please Help, Scary Chest Sensations

I don't snore, so I don't think it's that. My heart seems to be fine today. Probably was anxiety. However I have a new issue that kinda feels like there might be a hole in my windpipe. It almost feels like one side is blocked off, but when I burp or something it seems like air hits that spot and it goes somewhere else. It's like there's a hollow feeling in my throat that I can't get rid of. Am I just being crazy? How could all of this happen? I'm only 24 and was perfectly healthy, and I don't remember any incident that would cause anything like this.

 
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Hi, I have had the same syptoms. I went to numerous doctors ekg, heart and lung cat scans, etc..everything came back perfect. However I still felt like i couldnt breathe and had chest pains (feeling of having a heart attack). I had shortness of breath that didnt go away. My GI docotor told me it was all in my head, my pulmonary doctor said "go on a vaction". I finally found a good GI guy and got an endoscopy. I had GERD..gastritus and damaged esophagus from the acid. I also found a great pulmonologist. He explained to me why GERD causes shortness of breath. Basically as the acid aspirates or spews into your esophogus and trachea, the fumes from the acid is breathed into your lungs causing slight or microscopic swelling which cannot be seen by standard tests!!! I was put on nexium 40 milligrams twice a day which stopped the pain in my chest and stomach after 3 weeks. However I still had shortness of breath. The new pulmonologist told me to go to the local store and buy Gaviscon. I bought the tablets and was on nexium twice a day, donatal (helps with esophagul spasms when acid is spewing into it causing chest pain and tightness) and GAVISCON two to four tablets (chewable not liquid) after i ate so about 4 times a day. It's the ONLY medication out there that has the power to coat your esophagus. Miraculously, after 3 days the shortness of breath subsided!!!! I had been yawning and bring up my diaphram to breath for months til i discovered GAVISCON! i'm telling you it WORKS! I have stayed in bed, taken all the meds and feel so much better!

 
Old 12-08-2009, 07:43 PM   #11
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Re: Please Help, Scary Chest Sensations

Thanks for the reply estherdani. Sounds pretty much like what I'm going through. I had GERD before, was on Aciphex once a day for about 3 months and then finally stopped it. Never had any other symptoms other than a gnawing stomach pain on occasion. That went away finally and I was fine for about 2 years up until a month ago again. I'm sure the asthma that I have slightly isn't helping things either. Did you ever have any kind of feeling in your throat, or was it all in your chest?

 
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