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Shortness of breath in asthmatic, no wheezing

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  • Posted By: breathpoor
  • October 28, 2006
  • 11:28 AM

I have a long history of asthma. Last 3 months have been in Ontario, moved from British Columbia. Severe shortness of breath, without wheezing, with high anxiety level. Wakes me out of sound sleep. Doctors are stumped, say "take more of your asthma meds". Something else is going on, can't figure out what.

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  • I have a long history of asthma. Last 3 months have been in Ontario, moved from British Columbia. Severe shortness of breath, without wheezing, with high anxiety level. Wakes me out of sound sleep. Doctors are stumped, say "take more of your asthma meds". Something else is going on, can't figure out what.I have had a similar issue after a viral infection...I had the infection for about 2 weeks, but what got me the most was the waking out of sound sleep, coughing once or twice, then my chest tightening, i cant speak or breathe, i sweat, this happens EVERYDAY 3-4 times, it takes me at least 2 minutes to recouporate. I dont wheez though.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 28, 2007
    • 07:57 AM
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  • I have an accurate and useful answer for my symptoms. GERD. Esophageal reflux of acid onto my vocal cords. Slept on bed raised about six inches at the head end and the incidents stopped. Have since had demonstrated GERD on upper GI and scoped, fortunately without any precancerous tissue in the lower esophagus. It was only by going to a specialist who was highly familiar with the condition's symptoms that I received the correct diagnosis.The mechanism as told to me is that stomach acid refluxes back up the esophagus and hits the vocal cords, which snap shut reflexively, stopping all air flow, abruptly waking the patient/victim. It takes a while for the cords to relax after being zapped with acidic fluid, which accounts for the prolonged shortness of breath and upper airway "wheezing" sound, along with severe anxiety/panic.A variation of this, without the GERD necessarily, is called VCD or vocal cord dysfunction in the U.S. Nobody in Canada uses that term. National Jewish Hospital in Denver are specialists in this area.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 29, 2007
    • 02:00 AM
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