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    Old 11-01-2015, 08:33 PM   #1
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    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.

     
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    Old 11-08-2015, 12:24 AM   #2
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    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!

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    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.

     
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    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!

     
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    Re: Breathing difficulty- Updated Pls HELP :(

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    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!
    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!

     
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    Re: Breathing difficulty- Updated Pls HELP :(

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    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.

    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!

     
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    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!

     
    Old 02-27-2017, 09:32 PM   #8
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    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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