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meggiemeg86 03-12-2008 02:17 PM

Can't Breathe! Help!
I'm a 21 year old female who has been having breathing problems for the past three months. It came on very fast and hasn't gone away, or gotten any worse or better. I can't get deep breaths and my normal breathing feels very shallow. It basically feels my air doesn't go down to my lungs. My throat also feels very tight and feels like my airway is closing up. Although these symptoms are constant, it gets much worse at night especially when I lye down and try to go to sleep. I have been having much more mucus that won't come up as well, that also gets worse when I lye down. I also get chest pain sometimes, (not constantly) but mostly when my breathing worsens. My breathing definitely causes me much anxiety, and I'm actually pretty scared I'm going to die sometimes. I've been to the hospital twice in the past 3 months. They didn't see anything on my lungs and my heart was fine. They diagnosed me with anxiety. DUH! I don't know of any human being who would not get scared if they couldn't breathe. They gave me 10, .25 mg tablets of Xanax which helped a little with the anxiety, but obviously not with the breathing. I've seen a cardiologist and my heart is in good condition. The only thing he told me was that I have a high resting heart rate, some irregular heart beats, and a slightly enlarged left ventricle. He said that was nothing to worry about. I've had a lung function test, and they said that looked reltativvely normal, except for the fact that I have a "relatively flat inspiratory loop flow volume curve suggestive of extrathoracic upper airway obstruction". My primary doctor gave me an inhaler, which didn't help at all. She also gave me Ativan to help me sleep at night. I eat very healthy. I work out 4-6 times a week for about 30 minutes, and I go for brisk walks with my dog for about 1.5 miles 1-3 times a week. My breathing also worsens during my workouts and when I'm walking.

cissa4 03-12-2008 07:05 PM

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Has anyone considered asthma?

rundr 03-12-2008 11:32 PM

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I agree with cissa!!! Thats what it sounds like to me!

meggiemeg86 03-13-2008 03:44 PM

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Like I said, my doctor gave me an inhaler and it didn't work. So no, it's not asthma. There is also nothing wrong with my lungs as far as they could see.

motheroftwoboys 03-13-2008 04:22 PM

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What type of doctor have you been seeing? Is he/she a specialist? Have they tested your breathing like with a respiratory therapist to determine your lung/breathing capacity? I know that you just said that you don't have asthma, but I swear, you sound just like the symptoms my son has had for years with asthma. Also, what about all of the other info. you included regarding your diagnosis given by your doctor? Exactly what does that mean? It sounds serious to me. Sorry, but I am new to this forum and I am just curiious about your condition. I think I would speak to your doctor further or get a referral to a respiratory therapist if you have not seen one already. Good luck to you...I can imagine that has to be an awful feeling.
P.S. Could it be the altitude- sorry if that seems like a dumb question. A friend of mines mom had to move from there due to breathing complications due to the altitude.

meggiemeg86 03-14-2008 08:34 PM

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Thanks for replying! I have received a lung function test and all that said, was that I have some upper thoracic blockage (don't know exactly what that means), other than that it looked normal. I see a ear, nose, throat doctor in April and I'm also going to National Jewish in April. I seriously hope they find something. I found a condition called innapropriate sinus tachycardia, and that sounds very similar to my symptoms. The thing that scares me even more than my breathing problems is my chest pain & tightness that I get sometimes. But, like I said before my cardiologist said my heart looked fine.

Ruskingirl 03-15-2008 08:17 AM

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Meggie, I am sorry you are going through so much. I am also glad you are following through and not giving up!!! I have asthma, having said this, I have never been found to have inflamation in my bronchi or lungs. There are times when the air is heavy (humid) and I can't seem to catch my breath. When I get anxious I will have problems breathing, also when I excercise I have problems. I use the inhaler at the worst times but usually it doesn't help. I have learned to "live" with it, but that was after they did lots of tests and didn't find much. Keep looking and looking, but in the mean time, try not to get anxious because that will make it worse. I know from experience that it is easier said than done. Good luck and God Bless.

happie4 03-18-2008 09:17 PM

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I went through the same thing about 5 years ago.I was 35 yrs.old. I really know what you are going through. In the fall of 2003 I started noticing that I just couldn't take a deep breath, and I was breathing really shallow all the time. It was constant, not something that would come and go. I went to a respiratoy specialist, an allergist, and even to the ER once when I felt like I was at the end of my rope. All of my lung function tests were normal. Heart was normal. I felt like they all thought I was crazy because I still couldn't breathe right. The ER doc put me on 10 days of ativan. That didn't help either. I had an albuterol inhaler, advair 250 (for awhile it was Advair 500), theophylline, allergy medicines, and Prilosec just in case it had to do with acid reflux (which I did not have). Nothing helped at all. Not even a little change. I couldn't find anything on the internet that sounded like my problem. I just figured I would be like that for the rest of my life. Then, after about a year an a half, I noticed that once in awhile I felt a little better. Slowly I began to get back to normal, and I am so thankful for every breath. I never did find out what it was, but when I saw your post I couldn't believe it because I have never heard anyone describe the exact same thing that I went through. I know this isn't any help, but I want you to know that someone else knows how you feel. I just pray that you will start to feel better like I did. Sorry this is so long.

meggiemeg86 03-19-2008 10:44 AM

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Thank you so much! It's comforting to know that there is someone else who felt this way. I was researching online and I found some interesting things. I found something called "inappropriate sinus tachycardia." It sounds like many of the symptoms I have. I also found something else called "superventricular tachycardia." Did your breathing worsen when you exercised and lyed down?

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