Re: having trouble taking deep breaths. what could this be?
I have had the same trouble for over 10 months and went to MANY different doctors. I was beginning to think it was all in my head. My symptoms were that I could not take a full refreshing breath 24/7. Nothing seemed to make it worse or better. I went to 5 PCP visits, 2 visits to 2 different pulmonologists, had auto immune testing, lung function tests, 2D echo of my heart - all normal. FINALLY I got my answer. I had an upper GI done and they found a small sliding hiatal hernia and GERD. I went to an ENT (Ear, nose, and throat.) He numbed my nasal passage and put a little scope down it (awake) and saw that my esophagus was extremely inflamed. This was after 10 weeks on a double dose of Prevacid. I am now on Nexium in the am and Zantac in the pm. It seems to be getting a little better. It has been 5 weeks on the meds. So the hernia and GERD was causing stomach acid to inflame my esophagus. That inflammation and swelling is giving me that feeling of not taking a full breath as it pushes on my air way. I am hoping the meds work but at least I got an answer. Go to an ENT and have them look at your esophagus. Personally, I would have rather skipped all the radiation from the upper GI and had an endoscopy instead. You don't really need the endoscopy yet, they can look down your esophagus at a normal office visit. The endoscopy would have given even more esophagus information. Good luck. You are not alone.