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Old 07-27-2010, 08:00 AM   #1
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Long term breathing problem, can't diagnose! Please help!

Hello! So there is kinda a long story behind this.

When I was 16 I lived in Japan for eight months. While there, I suffered from terrible allergies. After only being there for a month or so, I also go bronchitus (was coughing so much)! A couple of months later I noticed I was occasionally having difficulty breathing. I felt like I could not get deep breaths down. I began to yawn a lot in order to take deep breaths. This happened rarely though, so I wasn't too worried about it (I thought it was just allergies or something).

When I came back to the US though, the problems continued. Thinking I had somehow damaged my lungs, I went to see a doctor and after taking a CT of my lungs (and finding no problems), and taking a TB test (negative) she said it sounded like I had Allergy-induced Asthma. I was so surprised because I had never had any breathing problems before, but she said sometimes asthma can occur later on in life. My sister has sever allergy-induced asthma and has had to go to the hospital a few times because of it, so I thought maybe this is so. I was prescribed an inhaler and some other asthma medicine (the stuff in the purple round-thingie), however, I continued to have problems...the inhaler (abuterol) didn't help at all and the medicine actually made my symptoms worse so I was taken off it and sent to see another doctor who too a look at my stomach and determined that I had an itty bitty hernia (he said it was very small!) and he said that I probably had GERD.

I do get heart burn every once in a while (sometimes really bad) so again, I thought this could be it. I monitored what I was eating but I never had breathing problems associated with my heart burns, etc. Mostly, I only ever have difficulty breathing during the late summer (these are my worst times) and it really does seem to be associated with allergies (and I do get sever allergies)! I constantly (even not during allergy season) feel like there is a lot of mucus in the bottom of my throat (like at the base of it) and I have difficulty breathing throughout the year it is just very, very mild and usually yawing gets the breath down just fine accept when I'm having "attacks" (which arn't as sever as asthma attacks) that last two weeks or so.

I was hoping someone has some suggestions as to what this could be so that I might be able to bring them up to a doctor. I'm really tired of living with this (whatever it is)! I'm only 21 and I don't smoke or drink, nor am I over weight. Hoping for some advice!

thank you!

 
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