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Difficulty Breathing

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  • Posted By: Distressed1
  • February 20, 2007
  • 09:23 AM

Hi all,

30 y/o male....been having difficulty breathing for about 14months.

The sensation is fairly constant but does get better and worse at times and very occasionally seems to dissapear altogether. It feels like more effort is required to breathe, or more exactly I breath but it is not satisfying.

Yes, I do smoke but am desperately trying to quit....I have smoked lightly (1-5/day) for a couple of years initially, then quit for about 5 years and ended up smoking again over the last 6 years or so...I am determined to quit but i guess its a bit harder than i initially thought.

I have had spirometry tests, blood tests for inflammation markers, a stress test on a treadmill combined with heart monitoring and spirometry, and even a bronchoscopy.....so far the drs are totally stumped as to why i have been having trouble breathing. This all started about a week or two after I had a tonsillectomy, prior to that I had never had any breathing issues.

I have had a methcholine challenge which was negative for asthma also.

Recently I have been advised and have undergone a septoplasty and inferior turbinate reduction to assist with chronic sinus problems (deviated septum and chronic rhinitis/inflammation)....i was hoping my breathing would improve but several weeks post op and I can breathe properly through my nose and little to no improvement....I can breathe...but the sensation remains.

Any ideas?? I have seen several specialists who all insist there is no disease. I have tried using ventolin, pulmicort...no help

I have tried to treat it as anxiety and used valium and other anti anxiety drugs without any result.

I did have a short course of prednisolone (steroid) which seemed to help a little...but I am not convinced that even it made much difference.

If I drink coffee, or some alcohol I seem to feel less distressed.

Exercising doesnt seem to have any effect that I can sense...although on the excercise stress test apparently my respiration results improved slightly.

I have noticed (since its been a good 14 months) that I felt a lot better in winter than in summer.

I do not have a cough as such but if I choose to cough its a little satisfying momentarily as I have a sligtly scratchy or congested sensation in my throat.

I dont beleive its hyperventialtion as my rate of breathing is fairly normal...somewhere between around 8 and 12 breaths a min

As far as I am aware I sleep fine, or atleast I do not wake, apparently I do not snore, and initially when I wake I do not have the sensation.

I appreciate any insight or suggestions....more than anything else after 14 months I am finding it distressing to deal with and am worried that it won't improve.


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