Asthma, constant chest tightening.
I am 31-year-old woman and I've had asthma my entire life. I do not smoke, drink occasionally, eat pretty well, and exercise regularly. I am not under any abnormal amount of stress. I have had severe asthma attacks in the past and have been hospitalized, but if I am not pregnant or sick with a cold, then my asthma has stayed pretty much under control. I do need to use my rescue inhaler sometimes, which can range from going without it for several weeks to needed it a few times a week at times. For the last two months, it seems to be getting worse and for no apparent reason. I do not have bad attacks, but almost anything can make my upper chest feel tight and I will have a little wheezing. It happens at different times and I have not been able to pinpoint what is causing it. I am always careful when this happens and usually take my inhaler before it gets worse. For the past three days, I have had to take my inhaler about three to four times a day. Last night, I decided to use my nebulizer and it was ok until the next morning. I have had some trouble breathing today, but I have decided not to over use my inhaler. I have heard that it may make it worse if you over use it. If I sneeze it makes my chest tight and my breathing difficult. Lying down also makes it worse. But I have been pretty inactive for the past few days (just doing work on the computer) so I don't understand why I can't breathe well. I don't know my asthma is getting worse and so out of control, even with my rescue inhaler. I do not want to take Flovent because of the side effects I have read about. Can there be something else going on? Should I look into breathing exercises or acupuncture? Also, I feel that if I get the flu, that I would not survive. I really want to get this under control and not let it control me.