I am 17/M...
Well here's my story, about a month and half ago my lil brother had severe panic attack but neither me or my dad knew what it was, so naturally we called 911 fearing he might die. Obviously this was very frightening for us, and a few days later (maybe 2, not sure) I felt as if my throat was very dry and tight so I drank water but it did not seem to help. When my dad got home from the store he thought, as I did, that it was a panic attack such as the one my brother had had. So I tried to relax but the symptoms remained the same, I eventually fell asleep. Then a few days later I was at a gaming place and I began to feel the same symptoms, this time I got really scared and my dad rushed me to the Hospital (Symptoms: Dry throat, Tight throat, Weird breathing it was kind of like I had to TRY to breathe, hands, arms, feet, and legs began tingling) I got to the hospital, and when I saw the doctor (it was close to closing time) he seemed a little rushed,as my Blood Oxygen levels were normal and my symptoms had gotten slightly better, he quickly checked me out and said I had some type of nasal drip and that this caused my throat to become swollen, and since I could not breathe through my nose or mouth I had just panicked, he gave me a nasal spray and some Antihistamines. The following days were pretty bad but not as scary as before, I used the nasal spray for about 5 days and I did not notice it getting better at all. Then a few days later It got bad AGAIN, I went to the doctor he just did some blood tests and an EKG (I think, some heart exam thing) and everything seemed normal. By this time my parents and I were really worried about what this could be, they called Kaiser (our health care provider) and after speaking to someone on the phone they were advised to take me in AGAIN since I had trouble breathing and tingling hands. While at the doctor I had a chest X-ray both from the front and side and was given an inhaler in case my throat closed up again. It has now been almost two months since I first got these symptoms, breathing has become a lot easier (still bothersome and frustrating at times) but there is ONE big scary problem! THERE IS SOME WEIRD POPPING/CRACKLING SOUND COMING OUT OF MY THROAT EVERY TIME I EXHALE THROUGH MY MOUTH!
This is really bad, as my symptoms began to slowly fade away and I was becoming happy again(I was severely depressed throughout the last 7 weeks) this sound does NOT stop, also at times when I breath in deeply I have a strange sensation in my lungs almost as if they were being scratched like on my ribs or something and this sometimes also makes a noise, almost a screeching noise, but this symptom is far less common than the popping sound in my throat. I can tell that this popping/crackling sound is coming from my throat not my lungs and it is loud enough for people around me to hear.
I come to this community in despair, I NEED help. I don't know if I described my symptoms incorrectly to the doctors I have seen (3) or what but I did my best job at describing them to you guys so that you might be able to help me. PLEASE I AM TIRED OF BEING DOWN ALL THE TIME! HELP
ALSO (JUST THOUGHT THIS WOULD HELP YOU GUYS) I have always had a stuffy nose, it seems as if my nasal passages are too small or something. I CAN breath through my nose but I always find myself either having to clean my nose every five minutes or breathing through my mouth. I sometimes fall asleep and wake up gasping for air, and it is very scary, this happens very rarely but I am scared or literally dieing in my sleep! Lastly I have always had problems with my tonsils, especially when I was younger. I would get some types of infections (IDK) and would have to take penicillin. And atleast once every year or two I get a sore throat and my tonsils become swollen. This was just letting you guys know of past health problems.
*Tingling Hands, Arms, Legs
*Stuffy Nose (Since I can remember)
-Now (after almost 2months)
*Throat still seems swollen at times (Reddish)
*Deep Breaths sometimes make a scratching type of sound
*POPPING/CRACKLING sound in throat when exhaling through mouth
I hope to get some advice from you guys, and hopefully I might be able to help someone else who experiences similar symptoms. Today is Friday, and this following Monday I have an appointment with the doctor, AGAIN. The only reason I have to go is because our great health care provider Kaiser wont allow me to go see an ENT unless I am referred to one( My dad tried over the phone, and he received a resounding NO!). I hope to use what ever advice/diagnosis I receive here in order to obtain this referral so I can be PROPERLY checked and diagnosed by a specialist. I have TRULY reached my LIMIT I don't know how much longer I can live with this. I'm on summer break and not ONE day, not even my birthday was fun. This depression is obviously directly caused by not being able to go out and have fun without having to worry about bringing an inhaler, or that if I do begin to get these symptoms, worry about what to do. I just want to be FREE again.
Thanks to everyone who replys and I will try to come back periodically to read your comments, thanks.
ALSO: You can reach me at Runescape_14@hotmail.com with any suggestions
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