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.