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Lung Problem? GERD? Please help.

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  • Posted By: jaboop35
  • November 15, 2009
  • 03:39 AM

Hey everyone, I'll try to make this as short as possible. Hopefully someone can help me out. I'm a 24 yo, relatively healthy male. I have slight seasonal asthma and allergies and had some GERD/anxiety problems a few years ago. Basically a few weeks ago, I started feeling short of breath. Not necessarily really bad, just an occasional episode of it. I was also coughing up clear, thin mucus occasionally and noticed that my nose seemed to be running down my throat, but it wasn't sore. Slowly I noticed that my ribs in certain spots began to hurt on and off, and it started on my left side. Eventually it moved to my right side and I would wheeze occasionally of out what seemed like only that lung. I went to the Dr finally since I felt this one spot between my ribs on the right side that seemed more sore than the rest. He listened to me and said it may be bronchitis. I was on antibiotics for a week and then went back to him feeling only slightly better. He listened again, and especially at that spot that hurt and he still said everything sounded clear. I mentioned I used to have reflux problems, and he said that may be it. So I started taking Aciphex again a few days ago. The past couple of days I've felt good, then bad again. It still hurts on one side, but breathing doesn't seem to make it any worse, it's just constant. It also kinda hurts up into what feels like the one side of my windpipe. Doesn't hurt to swallow or anything. It seems like my lungs kinda flop in my chest at times, especially on that side and I'm burping a lot more than usual. My parents don't really believe that anything is wrong since I have had some hypochondria in the past. There will just be times it hurts, and then it's fine for a little bit. Almost like there's a hole in the one lung and up through my windpipe. The shortness of breath is better, but I can still feel what seems like air bubbles popping through my chest at times. Sorry for the long post, but does anyone have any ideas? I'm really worried it's something serious. Could I just have strained my lung from coughing or pulled something. Also, it seems to be better in the morning when I wake up, and get worse about an hour or two after I'm awake. Thanks in advance for any help or advice.

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