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    Old 07-05-2005, 11:54 PM   #1
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    asthma??

    About two months ago I was at the doctor's and had explained to him my symptoms...shortness of breath, constant yawning, constant coughing, feeling I can't get a deep breath (you know how when you take a deep breath and it catches at the end [that's the only word i can use to describe it]...he had me breathe into a machine which came up as 84% which was hardly asthma...he diagnosed me with a "restricted airway" He listened to my lungs and he could hear some wheezing so he prescribed me Advair 250 with instructions to use it once a day.

    On Saturday I was driving and my friend made me laugh hysterically. At one point I was coughing so hard I couldn't catch my breath and then began gasping for air. I had no clue what was going on. I thought a drink of water would solve the problem so I spun my car around and drove to the nearest gas station where my friend ran in to get me a bottled water. While she was in there I began to breathe really fast...but it seemed like no matter how fast I could breathe, there was not much air getting in. I ended up cupping my hands around my mouth trying to control my breathing and it just was not working. I began to cough uncontrollably again and managed to stumble out the car and sit on the stoop where I put my head between my legs since I had seen that done to other people when they had trouble breathing.

    A bit later my breathing became a little slower and I was able to drink some water. I stayed outside, sitting down for about half an hour because I began to get really dizzy and shaky...a bit later I got back into my car with my friend and went to drop her off and then I went home and collapsed into my bed.

    That night I woke up with a really tight feeling in my chest. I ran to wake up my mom telling her my chest hurt and I wasn't sure what was going on. My voice was really raspy/squeaky sounding and my breathing was a bit fast but nothing like it was earlier. My mom ended up sleeping on my floor as I laid in my bed propped up by three pillows.

    I am now having a constant feeling of being short of breath. And, I'm not sure if this has anything to do with anything, but am waking up about every two hours...my chest is feeling fine when I do this...but it never happened before all the trouble. I am constantly short of breath, constantly yawning, coughing, etc. I have a feeling it's becoming asthma...but am not sure (I can't get to my doctor until Friday unfortunately)



    From what you have read...was it an asthma attack that I had in my car and was it another minor asthma attack I had that night when my chest felt tight? I am so afraid of having another one while driving...and I want to get to my doctor before Friday to get something that would help me immediately when it happens again...but they told me I couldn't so I am stuck worrying about this constantly. I have a feeling that it was an asthma attack that happened but seeing that I never really had one like that before, I am not sure.



    Please let me know what you think!

    Thank you! :-)

    Melissa

     
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    Old 07-06-2005, 08:51 AM   #2
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    Re: asthma??

    Sounds like an anxiety attack brought on by hyperventilation to me (been there, done that). In an asthma attack you can usually breath in, but not get the air out(been there too). What you describe is similar to my own experiences with hyperventilation. I thought I was having another asthma attack, when in actuallity I was hyperventilating. Since I know what it is now, it isn't as much of a problem as it is annoying (i.e. it doesn't spiral into a full blown attack). I tend to have air hunger/yawning occurences when my sinuses are really bad, or am stressed or anxious about something.

    If you have any question as to whether or not you have asthma you should go to a specialist and not let a GP prescribe you controller meds willy nilly. Find an asthma specialist or pulmonologist and make an appointment today.

     
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    Re: asthma??

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    Originally Posted by SissaYSU
    On Saturday I was driving and my friend made me laugh hysterically. At one point I was coughing so hard I couldn't catch my breath and then began gasping for air. I had no clue what was going on.
    I've had asthma for decades. I try not to laugh for the same reasons as you experiened. Laughing brings on asthma in many asthmatics.

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    I stayed outside, sitting down for about half an hour because I began to get really dizzy and shaky...a bit later I got back into my car with my friend and went to drop her off and then I went home and collapsed into my bed.

    That night I woke up with a really tight feeling in my chest. I ran to wake up my mom telling her my chest hurt and I wasn't sure what was going on. My voice was really raspy/squeaky sounding and my breathing was a bit fast but nothing like it was earlier. My mom ended up sleeping on my floor as I laid in my bed propped up by three pillows.
    Sounds like the laughing irritated your lungs. Once irritated, it doesn't take much to bring on asthma. You are on a once-per-day asthma medicine. Be sure to tell your doctor friday about what you experienced and ask for a rescue inhaler like Albuterol. One way to find out for sure if you were having asthma problems is by taking your rescue inhaler. If your symptoms get much better after taking Albuterol, then it was asthma.

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    I am now having a constant feeling of being short of breath. And, I'm not sure if this has anything to do with anything, but am waking up about every two hours...my chest is feeling fine when I do this...but it never happened before all the trouble. I am constantly short of breath, constantly yawning, coughing, etc. I have a feeling it's becoming asthma...but am not sure (I can't get to my doctor until Friday unfortunately)
    If the laughing made your lungs more sensitive, which should be a temporary thing, then lying in bed will almost certainly make your asthma worse. The absolute worst place for asthmatics is the bed.

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    From what you have read...was it an asthma attack that I had in my car and was it another minor asthma attack I had that night when my chest felt tight? I am so afraid of having another one while driving...and I want to get to my doctor before Friday to get something that would help me immediately when it happens again...but they told me I couldn't so I am stuck worrying about this constantly. I have a feeling that it was an asthma attack that happened but seeing that I never really had one like that before, I am not sure.



    Please let me know what you think!

    Thank you! :-)

    Melissa
    The yawning can also be a sign of an asthma event coming on. Not all of the time, but quite a few times, a little while after the yawning starts, I'll have problems with asthma.

    I really think that the laughing irritated your lungs and have temporarily made them more sensitive and more prone to react to other irritants, such as dust, odors, bedding, etc.

    What will give you some peace of mind is if you can carry a rescue inhaler around with you.

     
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