Breathing problems have returned

@reinydawn (11649)
United States
May 11, 2010 9:43pm CST
A few of you may remember 2 years ago when I started having these breathing issues. I went to the hospital one day and they ran tons of tests with no conclusive results. I went to a specialist who ran even more test and found nothing wrong with me. They wanted me to go to John's Hopkins or something to get further testing, but it was manageable so I've just kinda dealt with it and it's really calmed down. I could go days without any problems. Well, last week, it's come back with a vengence. I have been having such a hard time breathing all weekend! I thought it was stress related, but I haven't had any stress - any more than usual that is. Hopefully it'll pass soon. THIS IS SO ANNOYING! Do you wait out your illness or run to the doctor at the first symptoms?
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5 responses
• United States
12 May 10
Pretty much there are lots of possible causes of difficulty in breathing. It may range from difficulty to initiate inhalation, to the difficulty to achieve maximum inhalation. I usually wait out my illness since I believe my body also finds means to "fix" itself out unless the symptoms are severe meaning I can't go on with my daily activities in life.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
14 May 10
I rarely get sick and when I do I wait for it to go away before I go to the doctor. Usually I get better, so we'll see what happens this time.
@moondancer (7434)
• United States
12 May 10
Breathing problems is not a thing to be putting off having something seen about. When you can't breath and I mean really can not get a breath at all that is one of the scariest things you'll experience. It has been for me. I have my medicine for this and I make sure I don't run out and I see my doctor when I need to for this problem.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
14 May 10
I just feel like I can't get a full breath. It really doesn't affect anything, it's just annoying. I don't feel like going through more test to determine that I don't have anything wrong with me... We'll see what happens.
@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
12 May 10
I do wait out my illness on the rare occasions when I'm sick. But with breathing problems I would tend to see the doctor. I have a friend with problems like you describe and they could find nothing wrong, either. They suggested he had allergies but the medicine they gave him was no help. One of his friends with asthma lent him an inhaler and voila! He could breathe! Now he keeps some Primatene tablets in his house and on the occasions he has trouble, he takes one and it clear up very soon. He thinks it's due to humidity or some sort of thing in the air that irritates his bronchial tubes.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
12 May 10
They tried an inhaler with me and it didn't do a thing. The lung specialist I went to said my lungs are in great shape and it's got to be something else. It's so frustrating when your results are inconclusive.
@mentalward (14697)
• United States
12 May 10
It depends on the symptoms I'm having that determines whether I go right to the doctor or wait. I'd be more inclined to go to the doctor with breathing problems. I remember having some strange symptoms a long time ago, although I can't remember what they were now, but my doctor told me to write down everything I did and everything I ate, making a journal, and then bring it to her. It might help if you wrote everything down. It could maybe be something you're eating, or not eating. It could be a switch from using heat to air conditioning or a fan or anything in-between. Maybe a new laundry detergent or the same detergent but a new box/bottle. Oh! I remember what it was now. I was having vision problems but nothing could be determined as the cause when I went to the eye doctor. It turned out that I was allergic to chlorine, of all things! I had just started taking swimming lessons in an indoor pool and the chlorine in the air was too concentrated for my eyes to handle. So, it's important sometimes to write every little thing down. It might help, you never know. I wish you much luck in finding the cause of your breathing problems. I know how scary they must be.
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
12 May 10
I didn't think about a journal. That's a great idea! Thanks :)
@GardenGerty (99159)
• United States
12 May 10
I am one who postpones my own medical care. However, I want you to go get yours right away. Does that make any kind of sense at all? Take care my friend and do what you need to do.
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
12 May 10
I am the same way!!! Always worry about myself last...