I can't seem to get a diagnosis. Here's my history with this ongoing problem.
On June 28th, I went to emergency with an asthma attack, which manifested as loud wheezing even though O2 sats were 100%. I was treated with six puffs of Ventolin and six puff of another bronchial dilator. I was given a script for Flovent for two weeks, morning and night two puffs.
The medication was acquired on July 4th (I don't have drug insurance) and I took it for two weeks until July 19th. During this time I still required the Ventolin 1-3 times a day while working or out and about, but it did seem to help.
On the 19th of July, I had chest tightness all day and what I thought, was a really bad asthma attacks, the worst on my way home from work. I got in the house and I couldn't talk I was gasping so badly. I took a cold shower and a dose of Ventolin and after about an hour I was finally alright again as long as I was resting.
On the 20th of July, I saw a doctor at my family doctor's practice. He listened to my lungs, I was actually not having too much SOB that day, and said they sounded okay, but he'd order an x-ray and a baseline breathing test to check it out. At my request he also did an allergy test, to see if there was anything I was really allergic to that could be attributing to this. He also put me on Advair 500, twice a day. I was also prescribed an aerochamber and a peak flow meter.
July 21st, I got the results, the x-ray was clear. I was still having trouble breathing though. I decided to wait and see maybe it was just taking a bit of time to kick in. Peak flow was in the 350-400 range, personal best is 450.
July 22nd, I woke up and I could barely breathe. I took my peak flow, 300 and I took my advair and called in sick to work. While resting, I fell asleep and woke up some five hours later, peak flow still about 325. I was also feeling a little weak. I was panting hard just from changing from my pajamas to some clothes. I consulted a nurse over the phone and was advised to go to the emergency room, so I did. I didn't make it back up over 350 throughout the day until after treatment:
I was given a ventolin mask, an EKG was done, blood tests, chest x-ray and a dose of prednizone. The doctor did not think it was asthma, they were checking for blood clots but I got the all clear. They hoped this took care of the problem then. I blew 450 after leaving the hospital, hurrah!
July 23rd I am still constantly breathing heavily, only now I make it up the stairs and just outside the front door before it begins. My peak flow all day was in the 275-375 range being kept up with Ventolin. I had tremors from the masking the day before all day and the additional doses weren't helping any. I only have pain in my chest and back when breathing deeply. I do have a dry cough that comes from hard breathing. I make another appointment with the doctor at the doctor's office.
July 24th, I head in to see the doctor again. I explain what happened and since he hasn't seen anything, he sent me to a Thrombosis clinic to rule out pulminary embolism. Which they did, through a blood test.
So here I am, still gasping for breath when I am up and about, relatively okay when lying down. I'm having chest tightness, but now I am getting weak and tired because my body is working so hard to keep me alive. My lungs are feeling tired, that burn like when you overwork a muscle?
As a background, I am overweight (320lbs, 5'9") however I am not out of shape. Just last week I was walking to work or from work three or four times a week, each walk is an hour. To me, something must be wrong if I can barely make it out the front door now.
Know the five types of psoriasis and how to spot flares.
Newer diabetes treatments can suppress appetite and aid weight loss.
Try these tips to get your salivary glands back into action.
Constipation is a common side effect of opioid and narcotic pain medicines.
Is it sensitive skin or something else?