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Shortness of breath

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  • Posted By: Anna_09
  • February 27, 2009
  • 07:47 PM

Hopefully someone can give me some advice.

Firstly, I'm not in bad shape (I couldn't go run a huge marathon but I'm a healthy weight and exercise pretty often). I've been having a problem breathing for a year or two now. Sometimes walking up a short flight of stairs can cause me to lose my breath, and it takes me quite a while to regain it. When I exercise (an amount I'm used to) within about 10 minutes of starting I completely lose my breath, I can't take a deep breath, there's a tightness in my chest, my heart pounds, and I have difficulty swallowing. I'll have to stop for at least 10 minutes, and then I can generally continue (I'll still have shortness of breath but not enough to make me stop). All of this makes me dizzy and I've nearly passed out a couple times. I don't wheeze or cough.

My doctor said "it's common" and told me to go home. I did some research online and when my symptoms didn't get better, I went back to the doctor and asked about exercised-induced asthma. The response was "yeah that could be it" and I got an inhaler but it didn't do much for me. Then I asked my doctor about a pulmonary functions test, and they sent me for one. When I did the pulmonary functions test, the person performing the test had me breathe into the tube a few times, then commented that they needed to check my oxygen levels. Then they had me take 4 puffs of the inhaler and tested me again.
A few days later my doctor phoned and said everything was completely normal with my breathing. I don't understand why they would have me take over twice my prescription (4 puffs instead of 1) when I was fine to begin with?? Maybe this is normal though?

I don't know what to do. I'm still having major trouble breathing and my doctor hasn't recommended any other tests.
If anyone has an idea what this could be, I would love to hear it
Thanks

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  • Hi, are you able to tell if you do have other symptoms that comes with it: Do you have pain somewhere? Are you dizzy, nervous, do you have numbness?Any other symptom that you might not make a link would be great to her of. I will tell you an opinion after. Byebye
    Fannou 111 Replies
    • February 27, 2009
    • 07:59 PM
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  • Hopefully someone can give me some advice. Firstly, I'm not in bad shape (I couldn't go run a huge marathon but I'm a healthy weight and exercise pretty often). I've been having a problem breathing for a year or two now. Sometimes walking up a short flight of stairs can cause me to lose my breath, and it takes me quite a while to regain it. When I exercise (an amount I'm used to) within about 10 minutes of starting I completely lose my breath, I can't take a deep breath, there's a tightness in my chest, my heart pounds, and I have difficulty swallowing. I'll have to stop for at least 10 minutes, and then I can generally continue (I'll still have shortness of breath but not enough to make me stop). All of this makes me dizzy and I've nearly passed out a couple times. I don't wheeze or cough. My doctor said "it's common" and told me to go home. I did some research online and when my symptoms didn't get better, I went back to the doctor and asked about exercised-induced asthma. The response was "yeah that could be it" and I got an inhaler but it didn't do much for me. Then I asked my doctor about a pulmonary functions test, and they sent me for one. When I did the pulmonary functions test, the person performing the test had me breathe into the tube a few times, then commented that they needed to check my oxygen levels. Then they had me take 4 puffs of the inhaler and tested me again.A few days later my doctor phoned and said everything was completely normal with my breathing. I don't understand why they would have me take over twice my prescription (4 puffs instead of 1) when I was fine to begin with?? Maybe this is normal though? I don't know what to do. I'm still having major trouble breathing and my doctor hasn't recommended any other tests.If anyone has an idea what this could be, I would love to hear itThanksHi anna, I know a little about this, you should get a referral to a Cardiologist & have the tread mill test done along with a ECG. It would be helpful to let us know your age & do you smoke ? and are you on any meds ? there are some good members here that will know more. Best wishes :)
    Tootsie 628 Replies
    • February 27, 2009
    • 08:06 PM
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  • I agre with Tootsie, do have a treadmill test. I suffered the same symptoms and this will atleast rule out cardio-vascular disease. I also think it is your asthma. Even though you are not wheezing(I don't always either...but tightness and breathless alone signals to me an attack is coming). Maybe ask your doctor to also refer you to a pulmonary specialist as well. It can be possible that you need other meds beside albuterol to control asthma. Good luck and hope you feel better.Oh btw, dizziness and feeling faint are also sometimes associated with hyperventilating. When you get scared and being out of breath can do it...we tend to breathe faster bringing in too much oxygen. So try to relax, slow the breathing down, and place your head between your legs. This usually helps me! Good luck
    Carrlexzi 36 Replies
    • February 27, 2009
    • 11:48 PM
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