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  • Posted By: geenie
  • October 26, 2009
  • 06:13 AM

This all started about a week ago, one night, as I was sitting in bed, I started having trouble breathing (I wasn't choking, just, really out of breath). There was no good explanation as to why I suddenly felt like I wasn't getting enough oxygen and had to work harder to keep breathing.

I wasn't anxious at all. I actually was pretty calm. I felt like my throat/ear canals were swollen. I went to bed after getting a glass of water. I woke up fine the next morning, headed to work, sat at my desk and the first thing I remember was noticing the temperature of the room was a bit too hot and it was making my breathing uneasy again. It then gradually got worse over the course of an hour, but there was no wheezing or crackling, mostly a light cough and difficulty breathing.

It got so bad that I asked someone to drive me to the ER, suspecting I may have ingested nuts (to which I am deeply allergic to). However, I did not get any rash (I always do when I eat something I'm allergic to), nor did any swelling of the lips/face occur (and after double-checking, there weren't any nuts in what I ate that morning).

My vitals when I first got to the ER were a blood pressure of 100/53, with a pulse at 100 (I had been resting). Suspecting an eventual allergy, they gave me prednisone. After 2 hours my breathing was partially restored, still with a low BP and a high pulse, but then after 4 hours resting, my BP climbed up to 135/77, and I was breathing just fine.

Now, my problem is I still get that very uneasy feeling of not being able to breathe right. It's not as severe as it was that day but it's still enough to start to bother me. When it happens, any kind of light exercise will leave me completely out of breath (which ain't the case otherwise, even for more strenuous exercise).

It's been about a week and it just keeps happening over and over again, so I'm starting to wonder if anything is wrong. Has anyone else ever experienced something similar? I'm not 100% sure but I think it gets much worse when I eat, which made me suspect GERD, but I wonder if GERD or acid reflux can cause you to not breathe well like this?

Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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  • It could possibly be an asthma attack. You should ask your doctor for a pulmonary function test.Good luck!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 26, 2009
    • 06:30 AM
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  • This all started about a week ago, one night, as I was sitting in bed, I started having trouble breathing (I wasn't choking, just, really out of breath). There was no good explanation as to why I suddenly felt like I wasn't getting enough oxygen and had to work harder to keep breathing. I wasn't anxious at all. I actually was pretty calm. I felt like my throat/ear canals were swollen. I went to bed after getting a glass of water. I woke up fine the next morning, headed to work, sat at my desk and the first thing I remember was noticing the temperature of the room was a bit too hot and it was making my breathing uneasy again. It then gradually got worse over the course of an hour, but there was no wheezing or crackling, mostly a light cough and difficulty breathing. It got so bad that I asked someone to drive me to the ER, suspecting I may have ingested nuts (to which I am deeply allergic to). However, I did not get any rash (I always do when I eat something I'm allergic to), nor did any swelling of the lips/face occur (and after double-checking, there weren't any nuts in what I ate that morning). My vitals when I first got to the ER were a blood pressure of 100/53, with a pulse at 100 (I had been resting). Suspecting an eventual allergy, they gave me prednisone. After 2 hours my breathing was partially restored, still with a low BP and a high pulse, but then after 4 hours resting, my BP climbed up to 135/77, and I was breathing just fine. Now, my problem is I still get that very uneasy feeling of not being able to breathe right. It's not as severe as it was that day but it's still enough to start to bother me. When it happens, any kind of light exercise will leave me completely out of breath (which ain't the case otherwise, even for more strenuous exercise). It's been about a week and it just keeps happening over and over again, so I'm starting to wonder if anything is wrong. Has anyone else ever experienced something similar? I'm not 100% sure but I think it gets much worse when I eat, which made me suspect GERD, but I wonder if GERD or acid reflux can cause you to not breathe well like this? Any input would be greatly appreciated. I have actually been having an issue almost exactly like yours. Light exercise leaves me breathing heavy like I'm not getting enough oxygen. My pulse is almost always pretty high as well. I've been told its high, but within range. Stairs and moving things are my worst enemies. I do get it when I am just sitting down feeling calm, like you were. Unfortunately for me, I have no allergies I am aware of so have no idea if my case is similar to yours at all. Sometimes this makes me feel so bad I have to lie down for awhile till it passes. Occasionally this breathing issue will cause my chest to hurt as well. Has that ever happened to you?
    M&Ms 3 Replies
    • October 26, 2009
    • 06:48 PM
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  • look up Eosinophilic esophagitis, while you might not have allergies, this is a form of allergies that acts just a little different, if I hadn't gotten a flukey test I would never have known. Who knows
    Trindone 18 Replies
    • October 28, 2009
    • 07:28 AM
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  • Well thanks a lot for your replies, I spent the last couple days out of breath for no good reason. I should be seeing my doctor in 2 weeks to investigate this problem a little more. However, it seems to have stopped yesterday. I did get a lot of heartburn and chest pains lately, as well as a sharp pain in the liver area. Other than my throat feeling rather tight, I also felt unable to take a deep breath (It felt like my diaphragm wasn't able to move), right now, as I'm breathing, I can feel it move and feel my stomach expand, a few days ago it felt like it was stuck... (kinda like if you were wearing really tight pants). I tried yoga to get the diaphragm to move, with very little results.I changed my diet to avoid any kind of possible allergies, however, I'm still unsure if that's the cause of my problem, and I am still rather concerned about my blood pressure being unusually low.
    geenie 39 Replies
    • October 28, 2009
    • 02:43 PM
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  • What day last week did this happen? Last week a MAJOR sunspot emerged, the largest of the year and of the 'new' cycle 24. It was spewing out B and C class flares. If you are sensitive, that may have triggered your shortness of breath.
    kermworm 81 Replies
    • October 29, 2009
    • 01:47 PM
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  • Would that be sunspot 1028, the first of a dry season, small and very short lived in Sept? Or 1029 emerging 2 days ago, and as yet unknown intesity? Sunspots are numbered for scientific reasons as it directly corresponds to global warming; ie the more sunspots, the cooler the earth. I would not venture to say the cause, I would, of course leave that to the politicians. This has been a very "dry season" for sunspots, one of the longest in recent history, but we have yet to experience any major sunspots that I can detect, but rather a break in a dry spell, but no sunspots were recorded within your time frames that I could find. I'm wondering if my data from NASA or Goddard space center would be incorrect and there are sunspots they did not record? Please let me know, we follow these for fun & if you have additional sources it would be fun to add them to our list.
    Trindone 18 Replies
    • October 30, 2009
    • 05:11 PM
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