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Old 05-21-2012, 05:04 PM   #1
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Having Trouble Breathing!

So, a year or two ago i got pneumonia in my lungs (i could hardly breath then, went to emergency hospital, they said my oxygen levels were very low) and i've gradually been cured of that, but ever since then i've had this (repercussion, i like to call it) breathing problem. It started off as just phlegm but recently its gotten a lot worse. I don't have a cold and yet my nose is blocked up - I can still breath through it but I still feel like i'm not getting enough oxygen. feel like i'm only using 30% of my 'breathing tubes'. theres a lot of phlegm (or what feels like phlegm) but its very think and heavy and right at the base of my throat so i am unable to cough it up at all. You know when you go underwater and your chest gets very pressurised? Thats what it feels like all the time. Like i've got a lead weight on my chest. its particularly bad at night and i have to pull taught the skin over my cheek bones to open up the nose tubes more so i can breath more freely otherwise its impossible to get to sleep. I also get very out of breath when going upstairs or running or w/e. my age is 17. 18 in a couple of months.

Went to the doctor a couple of days ago (I did not like him, he was condescending. he didn't seem to be really listening to what i was telling him) i did one of those breath tests where you breathe quick into a tube and a lever shoots up to a particular number (if this is any help, its was 450) but he said its not asthma and says that it is probably an allergy. I doubt this as its just something i've had ever since the pneumonia. They are currently doing blood tests but their testing for allergies which i feel isn't right, i feel they should be checking my chest instead but... they are the doctors i guess.


Does anyone know what this might be? Any suggestions? The place i went to was a health centre, not a hospital. Should I be going to the hospital? Worth getting a chest scan?

(It should't be the pneumonia coming back because i know what that feels like - I was showed a scan before and after. Before, there was a big black ball on my right lung, after, it was gone.) Used a nebulizer in hospital and i was amazed by how it instantly opened up my lungs and enabled me to breath. Wondering whether that would help me now?

No family history of asthma.

 
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Old 05-21-2012, 05:14 PM   #2
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Re: Having Trouble Breathing!

That really REALLY sounds like asthma. Sometimes people develop it after a bad case of pneumonia.

Make an appointment with a pulmonologist, that is, a lung specialist. He'll provide a rescue inhaler and probably another medicine or two, which will make it much easier to breathe. If you need a referral, pursue it.

If you can't get an appointment with a pulmonologist, or your breathing difficulty gets worse before you get seen, go to the hospital. They'll probably give you the nebulizer again.

 
Old 05-22-2012, 03:38 PM   #3
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Re: Having Trouble Breathing!

You absolutely shouldn't let it go....I agree with jane that you need to see a pulminologist or to to the hospital.

An x-ray would be in good order to make sure the pneumonia is gone or if there's anything else happening...and I would also suggest an allergist and an x-ray of your sinuses to see what's going on.

Are you on any medications at this point? any supplements? How is your weight, and are you retaining any fluid at all?


There are other reasons for breathing problems such as heart....but you definitely need to see another doctor since you don't feel good with the one you have.

Keep us posted what's happening with you.....I know how difficult it can be sometimes to get a definitive diagnosis.

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Re: Having Trouble Breathing!

Thank you both for your advice!

well, today was very strange. i was doing alright all morning and then suddenly when i was in a class, my chest tightened up a lot making it very difficult to breathe and i became very very dizzy. thought i was going to pass out. had to excuse myself. it kept coming in waves, like one minuet i would feel alright and then suddenly a wave of severe dizziness would start and my chest would tighten up again. ended up on the floor with my head on my knees to stop from passing out. Had this weird tingling in my arms too, like the feeling you get when you hold up your arms, right before you get pins and needles.

felt absolutely awful so got my parents to take me to the hospital (as you both had suggested) It turned out that i was actually running a temperature. I got a chest x-ray, blood tests, oxygen levels - the whole shebang. They said that the x-ray was absolutely fine and had cleared up even more from after the pneumonia. Oxygen levels were fine. blood pressure was a little down. they did two blood tests, one was fine but the other showed signs of a white blood cell. they said that i had a small viral infection and that it was nothing to worry about. Still not feeling confident. Apart from some paracetamol they gave me i don't really feel any different. They gave me some antibiotics just in case but told me to take them only if I got worse again. Didn't get any oxygen or nebulizer.

Still not satisfied as i still feel the same. if symptoms persist i will go to a pulminologist. i've ben told by several people (who have asthma) that it sounds like i have it too but the doctors aren't convinced. Still waiting on the health centre's blood results.

Am i over reacting? Nothing like this has ever happened before. Maybe if its a viral thing it will just go away... but i've had it since the pneumonia and its just gotten worse little by little. What if i have another unexpected incident like today?

Not on any medications or supplements. Weight is 10 stone. drinking a lot of water, its all staying in.

 
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Re: Having Trouble Breathing!

Probably the only reason you felt so bad today was that you're sick with a virus. Take it easy, stay home until you're better, and you probably won't have another bad attack.

Do continue to pursue treatment for the lung problem, though. You can have asthma and have normal oxygen levels. Usually asthmatics only have low oxygen levels during a very severe attack.

The best way to diagnose asthma is with lung function testing, that is, you breathe into a tube that's connected to a special machine. Sometimes the doctor will have you inhale medicine and then repeat the test to see if the results change.

 
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