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  • Posted By: iDuckie
  • November 26, 2008
  • 10:47 PM

Hey everyone. I am needing assistance with some symptoms I am having. Its been bothering me for about a week now, and Im to the point of utter frustration.

I feel congested in my chest and have been having to take deeper breaths. In my throat, it feels like there is cotton in there, and I can feel some drainage. However, there is also some numbess (mainly the top of my throat and the back of my tongue) and it's causing slight pain and a lot of discomfort. I also have dry coughs, but sometimes a cough with stuff comes around. No sinus pressure and runny nose. It's a bit stuffy, but nothing out of the ordinary. I can't tell if my glands are swollen, but they are tender if I put slight pressure on them. I have also had a lot of general fatigue.

Thank you!

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  • I would think you would need an Xray to check this out. sounds like something is decreasing your gas exchange in your lungs.Is there any noises when you breath?.. Get someone to press their ear to your chest or back and listen for loud crackling noises when you breath in.
    nckmorris 53 Replies
    • November 26, 2008
    • 11:09 PM
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  • No cracklings when I breathe, I just had my husband listen when I breathe.
    iDuckie 6 Replies
    • November 26, 2008
    • 11:19 PM
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  • Ok.. probably not fluid in your lungs... any pain on breathing?You should search for lung consolidation. you need to do this by hugging yourself and having your husband listen to your back from the top to the bottom, while you whisper 66. it's called whispered pectoriloquy. If he can hear you whispering, there's some sort of consolidation of the lung. If it's only in one 1/3 of a side of the back it's probably lobar pneumonia, caused by strep pneumonia.Most likely location is the lower right of the lung.
    nckmorris 53 Replies
    • November 26, 2008
    • 11:27 PM
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  • no pain when breathing. A majority of the discomfort is in the front neck area where my glands/nodes are right under the back of my jaw. My tonsils are not swollen, and no white spots are present. Also, I do not have a fever.
    iDuckie 6 Replies
    • November 26, 2008
    • 11:35 PM
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  • with cold weather upon us, be sure to check for carbon monoxide; borrow a detector for the night if you don't have one...
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • November 26, 2008
    • 11:42 PM
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  • with cold weather upon us, be sure to check for carbon monoxide; borrow a detector for the night if you don't have one... Not sure if this would be the case... it's not very cold in my state yet (I'm in Texas) so the heaters haven't been running at home or at work.
    iDuckie 6 Replies
    • November 26, 2008
    • 11:51 PM
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  • Ok.. I should have asked earlier. are you taking deep breaths because you are having trouble getting air into your lungs or you feel like your not getting enough oxygen?If it feels like it's obstruction just below your tongue it's probably Epiglottitis, or Coup (although, coup has a strange sound associated with it)..Epiglottitis is caused by Heamophilus.
    nckmorris 53 Replies
    • November 26, 2008
    • 11:52 PM
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  • Ok.. I should have asked earlier. are you taking deep breaths because you are having trouble getting air into your lungs or you feel like your not getting enough oxygen? If it feels like it's obstruction just below your tongue it's probably Epiglottitis, or Coup (although, coup has a strange sound associated with it)..Epiglottitis is caused by Heamophilus. It feels like I am having trouble getting air into my lungs. I'm not feeling an obstruction, it's like a numbness in the back of the mouth. From the back of my tongue to the middle of my throat it feels... heavy (I guess this would be the best word for it.)
    iDuckie 6 Replies
    • November 26, 2008
    • 11:55 PM
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  • A question to Nckmorris: If it's suspected epiglottitis, don't you think the patient should see the doctor ASAP?
    Felsen 510 Replies
    • November 26, 2008
    • 11:59 PM
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  • sounds like asthma from an irritant in the air...have you been exposed to insecticides or mold??
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • November 27, 2008
    • 00:05 AM
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  • sounds like asthma from an irritant in the air...have you been exposed to insecticides or mold?? This could be possible. The building I work in has a high mold count (even though they say there isnt a high level.) Several co-workers of mine are sernsitive to mold and have had issues with it in the past year. I've sat in the same area for over a year now, but have never felt this bad until I moved my desk about a month ago and I have become progressively worse in the past week or so.
    iDuckie 6 Replies
    • November 27, 2008
    • 00:11 AM
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  • Yes, it could lead to airway occlusion.I'm still trying to ****s why there is no accompanied sound, Stridor. high pitched whistling. This should accompany any upper respiratory obstruction of the airways. Swollen nodes suggest infection, so then it could also be pharyngitis or a tongue infection.If there is any white at the very back of the throat, its probably Pharyngitis and it's not really an emergency. but the lack of tonsil involvement, means it's probably not strep. Could be Adenovirus.
    nckmorris 53 Replies
    • November 27, 2008
    • 00:18 AM
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  • Mononucleosis is pretty much the only other possibility.
    nckmorris 53 Replies
    • November 27, 2008
    • 00:37 AM
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  • Well, hopefully I will know in the next few hours. I had made an appointment to see my regular doctor on monday, but I dont want to spend my holiday weekend feeling bad, so I am headed to after care here in about an hour. The main concern is the heavy/numb feeling I am feeling in the back of my mouth/throat. I am not feeling any obstruction, if anything, maybe some mucus since I can feel that draining. The nodes in that area seem to be tender if I put some light pressure and feel slightly swollen. I did not see any white nodules in my throat, but that could be user error. My tonsils are also not swollen. The breathing issue started around the same time, maybe a couple of weeks. I've really noticed it this past week because the throat issue has presented recently. I do not wheeze when I breathe as well. I can "breathe normally" but have to take deep breaths every few minutes to get that full breathing feeling.
    iDuckie 6 Replies
    • November 27, 2008
    • 00:55 AM
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  • Please post again and give us feed back. Good luck! :)
    Felsen 510 Replies
    • November 27, 2008
    • 01:09 AM
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