I have been having a lot of discomfort with my breathing, feeling breathless/like its hard to breath or something along those lines...difficult to describe.
Im 30 years old
Yes, I have been a light smoker (maybe 4-5/day) off and on for last say 8-10years....am now trying to quit...considering asking dr to prescribe brupropion to help as I am having difficulty with stopping....ironically probably because Im so distressed about my breathing.
I have had numerous spirometry's which are apparently fine
I have had a stress test where u run on a treadmill and they monitor breathing, heart etc...apparently my breathing did improve somewhat during recovery.....and apparently I managed to continue excercising just past the point where u are producing more co2 than you are intaking oxygen..which apparently is a good sign.
Oxygen saturation is 97-98%
I have even had a bronchoscopy
I have tried symbicort and ventolin with no result
I have had a methacholine challenge test which went fine...even the largest vial of the stuff didnt get a reaction
The problem seems to get more difficult throughout the day and is worse by evening.
I have tried valium and other medications for anxiety/stress....little to no result except u feel drugged and dont fight the sensation as much.
THis problem started about 1-2 weeks after I had a tonsillectomy about 14months ago
I have since also developed chronic rhinitis and have recently had a septoplasty to repair a deviated septum and had inferior turbinate reduction to try to reduce swelling in my nose.
3 weeks post op and im still struggling with my nose.
Yes, I have had, and do still have some post nasal drip.
on one occasion I tried using cough medicine that contains bromhexine and I feel this helps a little to make my chest feel clearer and breathe easier.
I have aslo been through a trial of prednisolone and at 50mg/day I did feel improved after several days
I also seem to crave caffeine and anything else that has a stimulant effect....seems to help a little.....which is unusual for me...I normally drink tea or decaff coffee
The Doctors insist there is no respiratory disease or asthma...but I still feel breathless most of the time....so that's not much help!
I'd appreciate any thoughts or advice as after 14 months of being told I'm fine and jhust dealing with this with little or no relief it is becoming quite distressing for me.
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