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collegegirl007 02-03-2012 03:23 PM

Help! Constant Shortness of Breath
 
I'm 27 year old female who has been experiencing constant shortness of breath for nearly a year now. It has gotten worse over time for the most part. Some days it is manageable enough that I can do simple household chores and talk without much issue. Other days, I have trouble talking and doing much else other than sitting around. And on some days, it's so bad it's a chore to get out of bed simply to go to the bathroom or to even speak. The past few days has been the latter. I don't know what to do anymore, I have tried everything I can think of and my doctor won't even listen to me anymore. I recently recovered from some anxiety several months ago and he keeps throwing that at me, but its NOT that!! He won't even order any tests for me, so I am quite concerned but hoping someone here can help. Recently over the past few months, I have noticed a couple things that seem to help me have better days with less shortness of breath, getting a really good nights sleep and consistently eating through out the day. The past couple days the shortness of breath has been really bad, so I tried taking a short nap during the day, and it helped some but not completely. It seems the worse I sleep, the less sleep I get, or the less I eat, the worse the shortness of breath is!
If this makes sense to anyone or if anyone has any suggestions please reply!! I desperately want my life back!!! Thank you for taking the time to read :)

kw2 02-03-2012 04:46 PM

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I am so sorry u r going through this. I have had similar symptoms. My tests have come back fine ( I am ten years older). With me, I have become obsessed about it. I hope u knowing u r not alone will bring some comfort.

boodle2 02-19-2012 03:59 PM

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You really need to go see another Doctor! There are many things it could be and some of them can be helped if caught early, so please take control of your own health and go to another Doctor!

yorkiepoo 02-24-2012 08:29 PM

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Are you on any pain meds,if you are then thats the problem,if not then you should get someone to xray you and get you on predisone,are you ill with copd or any disorders,read my page ,i am doing amazing after doing my own reading and listening to the lung dr,and he said any pain meds ,narcotics will slow down your breathing,or allergies to cats dogs?/something in your home perhaps?

bel401 03-12-2012 02:17 PM

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I suggest actually seeing a doctor that listens to you, because if you don't think its anxiety explain it to the doctor that you don't think its that for what ever your reason is. I too am having constant shortness of breath its caused by so many things but i have pneumonia but my doctor referred me to a gastro specialist to see if its anything in my stomach causing this cause im full of air all day, constantly burping. But hang in there and you will make it trust me! you could always go to the hospital if all else fails, im sure they will listen to you!

juliepag 04-03-2012 12:32 PM

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[QUOTE=belkin1;4943448]I suggest actually seeing a doctor that listens to you, because if you don't think its anxiety explain it to the doctor that you don't think its that for what ever your reason is. I too am having constant shortness of breath its caused by so many things but i have pneumonia but my doctor referred me to a gastro specialist to see if its anything in my stomach causing this cause im full of air all day, constantly burping. But hang in there and you will make it trust me! you could always go to the hospital if all else fails, im sure they will listen to you![/QUOTE]
Hello! I am new here. I came to this web site because I am just now trying to completly recover from pneumonia. Your advice is great advice and I just wanted to give you a thumbs up because everything you said was perfect. God bless!

Masoniceye1 05-24-2012 06:54 PM

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Greetings to you and all who may be experiencing this"fish out of water feeling". Allow me to share what my doctor shared with me. I sought her advisement on medication for anxiety and depression. We discussed this and she shared her experience (as a non-smoker, physician, and young) with shortness of breath. For over a year she was experiencing symptoms identical to what you have described. She saw several specialists all over the country to no avail. Her experience became progressively worse-- and this was during the time when she was taking her medical board exams. She experienced intensifying episodes during this time (and all the time, mind you) and therefore went to the emergency room and was put on Valium in order to provide some relaxation during the board exams. Finally she met a doctor who prescribed Prozac, oddly. She indicated to me that this recommendation induced a miraculous change in her condition and the symptoms, subsequently, disappeared after a few weeks. On a footnote, I also have anxiety which sometimes feels like an asthma attack and the Prozac has fully eliminated it. A quirky application for Prozac, I would have thought, but it worked for her and it works for my anxiety. At your age (post-adolescence), this drug may prove to be a viable, if not ecccentric" solution.:)

em1lyd1ck1nson 06-27-2012 07:58 PM

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I would switch doctors and actually go to one that listens to you. Just a case in point, over the past two weeks I have been experiencing severe shortness of breath. I have a history with anxiety issues, but this shortness of breath did not feel like an anxiety shortness of breath.

A week and a half ago, I took a trip to the ER because of shortness of breath that lasted for over two days. (I was also experiencing upper right quadrant pain that has been going on for the last few months, and I am convinced it has something to do with the new onset of breathing trouble.) I am a 31 year old female and as soon as they called me back, the nurses and doctors assumed I was having an anxiety attack. They ran all of the tests - chest xray, blood work, ekg, and an ultrasound which incidentally found kidney stones. After they found kidney stones, they chalked up my shortness of breathing due to kidney stone pain, which urologists will tell you stones in the kidney don't cause pain. Anywho, the breathing trouble still happened but I thought I was anxious about waiting for the stones to pass. Fast forward a few days.

I again experienced severe shortness of breath. I absolutely tried talking myself into believing it was an anxiety attack, but my breathing got so bad I went to urgent care. The doc prescribed me all types of asthma drugs, even though my lungs sounded ok to her. She had me follow up with my regular doctor, which I did.

I get to him, tell the doc of my ten year smoking history and chemical workplace exposure to methane and hydrogen sulfide gas for over two years. He said he in fact believes me, especially given the exposure to chemicals. He set me up for a Spirometry test, and low and behold the test said I had the lung capacity of an 84 year old woman. This was after two weeks of experiencing shortness of breath almost constantly. I hate when people think just because you're young you are immune to bad crap. I am 31 years old and am pretty sure I will have the COPD diagnosis *the doc's unofficial position. I wasn't a very heavy smoker to begin with, but I haven't touched a cigarette since the test and have no desire to every poison myself with that crap. I worry that I won't be around long enough to watch my children, 8 and 10, grow up. My son has a disease that will eventually put him in a wheelchair and I am not sure if I will be there to take care of him.

Point of the story, if you feel something is wrong and your doctor laughs at you, then fire his butt and get somebody willing to listen to you. Anxiety can't be the answer for everything. And on a side note, before my shortness of breath I experienced major dizziness (still do). I kept going to the doctor, who sent me for test after test, but I originally asked him if it could be my lungs. He laughed at me. I wonder now if this is why I am short of breath to the point of an 84 year old woman. Either way, best of luck!!!!

july6 07-05-2012 10:43 AM

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i also have shortest of breath and have some of the same things you do .i went to the doc. and they said i have copd ..

Amanda198 06-28-2014 07:56 PM

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Hi there :-) I hope things are better for you. I was recently diagnosed with early copd. That's what they think is causing my shortness of breath all the time. I'm 32 years old and they gave me that breathing test (not sure what that's called) to see if my lungs are functioning properly. Apparently my lungs are only functioning at 60% which sucks but I'm still not sure if that was the correct diagnoses. I didn't have shortness of breath 24/7 until both my parents died recently father last June and mother this past September :-( so I'm thinking anxiety??? Who knows but I definitely feel your pain. This is annoying and I just feel it's never gonna go away...


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