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Please Help, Scary Chest Sensations

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  • Posted By: jaboop35
  • December 3, 2009
  • 01:00 AM

Ok, so for about a month now I've had days of on and off problems. Felt like my lungs were caving in for awhile, but the doctor couldn't hear anything wrong, and eventually it kind of went away, but never totally. Then the doctor thought it was GERD, and put me on Achiphex for a couple of weeks. It seemed to help, but the shortness of breath was still kinda there. I also had/have these weird sensations in my ribcage that feel like slight pops occasionally, and they come and go as well. Today is when it started to get really scary though. After not feeling too bad for a couple of days, I woke up this morning and was short of breath again. No wheezing, and not much coughing, just short of breath. It also feels like my heart is skipping beats occasionally. I'm a healthy mid 20's male, and have no other problems other than allergies or occasionally asthma, but I'm not sure if this is related to either of those things. I can't really tell if it really truly is my heart skipping beats because it happens so fast. It's almost like my throat closes really quickly and then I have to catch my breath again. I don't really have any chest pain, except maybe mild soreness from breathing weird and coughing occasionally. It kinda feels like there's a whole in my chest right under my thyroid/neck area. I have had allergies that have been bad this fall so far, and I can feel mucus running down my throat on occasion. Sometimes so much that I end up seeing some when I go to the bathroom sometimes. Could this all be allergy related? Anxiety? Or should I really be concerned? I don't really have a lot of money to see the doctor right now, let alone get alot of tests done. Does anyone have any idea what this could be, or if I should be worried?

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  • How is your blood pressure when this happens?
    wbl4sur 24 Replies
    • December 3, 2009
    • 01:07 PM
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  • Well normally my BP is around 120/70. So it's pretty normal. The one time I went to the doctor while I was having symptoms they said it was kinda high (didn't tell me the number) but I think that's because I was so nervous. When I went back for a checkup it was normal again, and I don't think it gets too high usually. Today I woke up without the scary stopping feeling as much just with mucus in my throat and one side of my throat/one lung feeling irritated again. Could mucus be causing all of this?
    jaboop35 5 Replies
    • December 3, 2009
    • 04:36 PM
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  • Are you pretty darn thin? If so, how about spontaneous collapsed Lung or its anticedents? I have known three young thin men to get it in the past 4 years. I see no reason why it would result in your heart skipping beats, but feeling like you lung is collapsing is the symptom/cause/the thing itself. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pneumothorax#Spontaneous_pneumothoraxIt sounds worse than it is. My students all lead normal lives, although it can (and did) repeat. But then the thyroiod neck area thing is not something that my students mentioned at all.
    timtak 7 Replies
    • December 4, 2009
    • 05:43 PM
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  • I kinda thought that it might be a collapsed lung after reading about it. Not sure that it would cause the neck issues I'm having though. I've also noticed today that if I have to burp it feels like my burps get caught on that part of my neck. I don't really have a whole lot of chest pain, so I'm not sure about that either, plus it's been coming and going for a couple of weeks now, so from what I can tell a collapsed lung wouldn't do that. Though I'm not sure.
    jaboop35 5 Replies
    • December 5, 2009
    • 02:31 AM
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  • Are you really thin? The people I am talking about are Japanese and thin for Japanese people. By American/UK standards they are rakes. And this seems to be a requirement - really thin young males. If you are not in the thinnest 5% of the US population then I think that you can rule yourself out.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 5, 2009
    • 03:43 AM
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  • Not sure that it would cause the neck issues I'm having though. I've also noticed today that if I have to burp it feels like my burps get caught on that part of my neck. I don't really have a whole lot of chest pain, so I'm not sure about that either, plus it's been coming and going for a couple of weeks now, so from what I can tell a collapsed lung wouldn't do that. Though I'm not sure.Well I am not a doctor but my student said that there was discomfort before the complete perforation, pain and the collapse of a lobe. But as I asked before, are you VERY thin? I am in Japan. The guys that got this were *thin for Japanese guys*. In the USA (I am presuming) they would be rakes, easily in the thinnest 5%. Are you in the thinnest 5% of your peers? If you are then this might be something to think about. If not then I would probably look elsewhere.
    timtak 7 Replies
    • December 5, 2009
    • 05:29 AM
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  • thanks for the replies timtak. I don't think I'd call myself extremely thin. I'm about 5'11", 160 lbs. I'm certainly thin, but I don't think in the top 5%. if you don't mind me asking, how long did your students complain of the discomfort beforehand? and the strange thing is that most nights, and mornings i tend to feel better, it's only after I'm awake for awhile do I really start having issues again.
    jaboop35 5 Replies
    • December 5, 2009
    • 05:32 AM
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  • thanks for the replies timtak. I don't think I'd call myself extremely thin. I'm about 5'11", 160 lbs. Yeah....thin but not extremely. I will ask one of them about this pre-collapse symptoms.
    timtak 7 Replies
    • December 5, 2009
    • 05:59 AM
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  • The guy I know says that he had a shortness of breath and he had a pain in his lungs prior to the collapse of one lobe. All the guys like that that I have known have had no fat on their bodies. No belly at all.
    timtak 7 Replies
    • December 5, 2009
    • 09:41 AM
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  • Thanks Timtak, I appreciate it. This morning I felt a lot better when I woke up. Incredible amounts of post nasal drip again. Kinda getting a little worse as the day goes on again though. Wonder if the PND is causing all of this.
    jaboop35 5 Replies
    • December 5, 2009
    • 04:14 PM
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  • Sorry to double post, just wanted to give an update.I just got back from my allergist who listened to my lungs, said they were fine, and then had me do a breathing test. He said it was a little low, and suspected it was asthma. He sent me for a chest x-ray which came back negative and fine as well. He wants me to up my Advair dosage and gave me Mucinex for a week and told me to come back in a week. I also told him that I've been having a lot of gas lately (burping, feeling of air bubbles in throat) and basically discovered by poking around my throat that I have absolutely no gag reflex left. He didn't really sound concerned about either though. I am though haha. My new question is I guess, could this all be digestive related? Any thoughts on the update? Thanks.
    jaboop35 5 Replies
    • December 8, 2009
    • 09:28 PM
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  • I have been having these same symptoms for the past month or so. I have extremely bad food allergies and also I believe asthma(never diagnosed). A year ago I also was diagnosed with h. pylori and treated with a prevpac and it seemed much better but these symptoms started on christmas day and have been continuing since. It seems to be worse after I eat, especially spicy foods. But my symptoms are almost exactly what you're describing. I am interested to know how you're doing now...if you have any new updates??? I hope all is well.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 3, 2010
    • 08:44 AM
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