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Xuxucop 11-01-2015 07:33 PM

Breathing difficulty- Updated Pls HELP :(
 
Hi. I have had a problem for 5 months now. I
I am 26 years old and in general have never had a
problem with my health like this. I have lived in São
Paulo, Brazil for 6 years which has very polluted air
due to its large population and high altitude.

I am having difficulty breathing in general. It feels
like I am not processing the air that I breathe. Here
I am going to list all of the symptoms I am feeling:

-I have episodes of strong difficulty breathing like
asthma attacks, but no wheezing, that last for around
half an hour. During this time it feels that my larynx
and trachea are being squeezed.

-These episodes seem completely random but I think
they might be provoked by eating. The only time I feel
ok is when I just wake up but as soon as I get up the
difficulty breathing begins again. As soon as I get
up the difficulty breathing starts.

-I have a chest discomfort on my left side. It is like
a muscle cramp that never goes away and sometimes it
can be a sharp chest pain (Like the pain you have
when you have gas). It is right in the left pectoralis
major. This discomfort never goes away.

-When I have these episodes of strong difficulty breathing it feels like my heart flutters (which have been occurring less but the chest pain hasn't subsided) It seems that my heart is in my throat or that I am going
to burp up my heart. When This happens I have to
concentrate hard on my respiration because I feel a lack
of oxygen and I pant. My limbs, stomach face all go
numb and start tingling. I usually sleep on my right
side because sleeping on my left side causes difficulty breathing.

-I have dizzy spells a couple times a week. I suddenly
get overtaken by strong dizziness

-Anxiety does cause my symptoms to worsen and my
breathing to become considerably harder but it is not
the underlying cause. I cannot run away from the chest
pain or difficulty breathing no matter how calm or
relaxed I am.

I have done a few heart and lung exams:

*Blood tests present Imunoglobuline (IGE) very high (1294 ku/l), Anti-bodies anti peroxidase very high, anti bodies anti thyroglobulin very low (weren't even detected) and Dust mites relatively high.
*3 ECG/EKG- nothing
*3 chest X-rays- nothing
*1 chest tomography- nothing
*1 Echocardigoram- nothing
*1 24 hour holter- nothing( I wasn't even able to
sleep within the 24 hours at any moment because I had
to hold my cat who had surgery and took the whole
night to recover from the anesthesia.
*Spirometry- nothing
*Laryngoscopy- Septal deviation which I've always had,
Rhinitis, pharyngitis and laryngitis

-the only day in the past 4 months that I have felt
normal is the night of and day after I did the
spirometry and laryngoscopy exams. I took anesthesia
in both nostrils for the laryngoscopy and 2 sprays of
an inhaler for the spirometry exam. I started cleaning
my house and exercising and the difficulty breathing
returned. When I was between the ages of 10 and 16 I had taken
all sorts of antipsychotic medicine such as Goedon,
Abilify, Seroquel and others because I was considered
overactive. I do worry that this might have affected
my anatomy at a growing phase in my life.

I have suspected heart arrhythmia or asthma but the
tests I listed above present no such evidence.
Please post if you have any insight or if you have any
other questions. Anything would help! I have been
trying all means to get better and it seems that these
forums may be my last chance.

Colette44287 11-07-2015 11:24 PM

Re: Breathing difficulty- Updated Pls HELP :(
 
I'm not convinced it's not asthma. It's constriction of airways, not the wheezing sound, that indicates asthma. During a bad attack, it is quite normal to not hear a wheeze because the air flow is so low. High IGE levels support a suspicion of asthma, although it is pretty uncommon to have asthma but NEVER any wheezing. If a doctor told you you don't have asthma, I'd probably suggest getting a second opinion. Some people's asthma is triggered by particular food groups. You could also get a reliever inhaler (over the counter) and just see if using it during an attack helps at all.
The other thing that springs to mind as a potential cause for your problems is anxiety. Anxiety can cause real physical symptoms or can cause existing medical issues to flare up and worsen.
If you are experiencing repeated infections (laryngitis etc) it is definitely worth continuing to look for the underlying cause. Have you been tested for autoimmune disease? Immunofunction can also be compromised by anxiety and stress (and other mental health issues), so it's worth considering if this could be a contributor to your symptoms.
I hope you get some answers and some relief soon!

Titchou 11-08-2015 07:31 AM

Re: Breathing difficulty- Updated Pls HELP :(
 
Have you seen a pulmonologist? I'd strongly recommend that for proper testing an evaluation. I've had asthma for over 20 years and I have never, ever wheezed so every case can be different.

Xuxucop 11-13-2015 07:01 AM

Re: Breathing difficulty- Updated Pls HELP :(
 
When the breathing gets extra hard I pant and even if I try to breathe deep I don't get the amount of oxygen that I need. I have also had psoriasis on my scalp for a couple of years now and it seems to be slowly getting worse even though I do my best to eat well (I've made so many large changes to my diet). I am an anxious person and whenever I've been anxious it has affected my breathing like anyone else but never like this. I thought about getting an inhaler over the counter to test it out but all the doctors said I didn't need one. I'm gonna do that for sure. Thank you so much for your help!

Xuxucop 11-13-2015 07:03 AM

Re: Breathing difficulty- Updated Pls HELP :(
 
[QUOTE=Colette44287;5391243]I'm not convinced it's not asthma. It's constriction of airways, not the wheezing sound, that indicates asthma. During a bad attack, it is quite normal to not hear a wheeze because the air flow is so low. High IGE levels support a suspicion of asthma, although it is pretty uncommon to have asthma but NEVER any wheezing. If a doctor told you you don't have asthma, I'd probably suggest getting a second opinion. Some people's asthma is triggered by particular food groups. You could also get a reliever inhaler (over the counter) and just see if using it during an attack helps at all.
The other thing that springs to mind as a potential cause for your problems is anxiety. Anxiety can cause real physical symptoms or can cause existing medical issues to flare up and worsen.
If you are experiencing repeated infections (laryngitis etc) it is definitely worth continuing to look for the underlying cause. Have you been tested for autoimmune disease? Immunofunction can also be compromised by anxiety and stress (and other mental health issues), so it's worth considering if this could be a contributor to your symptoms.
I hope you get some answers and some relief soon![/QUOTE]

When the breathing gets extra hard I pant and even if I try to breathe deep I don't get the amount of oxygen that I need. I have also had psoriasis on my scalp for a couple of years now and it seems to be slowly getting worse even though I do my best to eat well (I've made so many large changes to my diet). I am an anxious person and whenever I've been anxious it has affected my breathing like anyone else but never like this. I thought about getting an inhaler over the counter to test it out but all the doctors said I didn't need one. I'm gonna do that for sure. Thank you so much for your help!

Xuxucop 11-13-2015 07:10 AM

Re: Breathing difficulty- Updated Pls HELP :(
 
[QUOTE=Titchou;5391263]Have you seen a pulmonologist? I'd strongly recommend that for proper testing an evaluation. I've had asthma for over 20 years and I have never, ever wheezed so every case can be different.[/QUOTE]


The first doctor I went to was the pulmonologist but after I did the spirometry (pulmonary function test) he said that the problem wasn't with my lungs. Doing the exam was extremely tiring. The only other thing I can say is constant with the difficulty breathing is the chest cramp-like feeling I have in my left chest area. Sleeping on my left side provokes more difficulty breathing and chest pain. Thank you very much for the insight!

Xuxucop 01-13-2017 09:39 AM

Re: Breathing difficulty- Updated Pls HELP :(
 
Still living with this problem :(. Anybody else have any ideas.

It was seeming to get better but then it didn't.
I still have the chest pains and the difficulty breathing comes stronger and goes all throughout the day in all situations!

Eve1975 02-27-2017 08:32 PM

Re: Breathing difficulty- Updated Pls HELP :(
 
I think it alls has to do with anixety and panic attacks u should get help your symptoms sound like it.


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