I have been very active, a runner and weight training for the past 15 years. I recently (in past few years) started having difficulty breathing. Was dx with asthma, but I really don't feel that was a correct dx. Oral steroids don't seem to help, and my dyspnea is upon inspiration, not expiration as in asthma. I use an inhaler just before running and it seems to help, but I am wondering how much of that is psychological because I have been having a harder and harder time running lately. I am only 34 and usually feel I am very healthy as I have never really had any medical conditions other than migraines. Recently the problem with my breathing seems worse and it also feels like I am not fully expiring all of the residual air that I should be. Almost as if some is trapped. I will occasionally 'force' the extra air out and it feels better for a minute. It often feels somewhat like I am breathing through a narrow tube when inspiring, but nothing to go to the ER about. I have a croupy sounding cough that started many months ago. I have not been sick nor have I had a fever. The cough starts suddenly after I feel a strange sensation in my chest that makes me have to cough suddenly. The 'seal bark' sounds is present the first cough or two, then I feel fine again for a while. This happens every day now. I also have been very fatigued, yet I cannot sleep at night because I feel tightness in my chest when I am lying down. And last but not least, I am 100% positive that I also have Reynaud’s, which is likely related to all of this. My hands and feet will lose circulation in specific areas (like parts of my fingers and hands or 3 of the 5 toes and my heel, etc) if they get even slightly cold. This happens in summer too. It becomes completely numb, painful and then it usually gets to the point where I have to run them under really warm water to get the color to come back. When it does, they turn very blue, like cyanotic colored, for a while, then very bright red. The water is warm, but really stings those areas. I am so confused. I hate the thought of going in to see my doctor yet again (I have recently been in about the sleep issue and "asthma" in unrelated visits) and having him think I am hysterical or something. I know my body and I know that these subjective symptoms I am having are not normal. I am just hoping someone has had something similar and can give me some advice on which direction to take this in.Reply Follow This Thread Stop Following This Thread Flag this Discussion
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