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catching colds, not catching breath

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  • Posted By: ML10101
  • September 4, 2010
  • 08:21 PM

For the past year or two I've noticed a difficulty in catching my breath.

I feel like I'm unable to take a satisfying breath, pretty much constantly, unless I yawn or take a deep breath which sometimes works.

I went to the doctors about it a year ago and they ran blood tests and took a chest X-ray and found nothing. At the time I didn't have any 'wheezing' symptoms or chest infection symptoms, and since the tests showed nothing, they told me it was just in my head.

Since then, I've been having the same problems, but it feels like I'm catching a cold / cough in conjunction with the breathing problems, and slight wheezing when breathing out. I don't know if one is causing the other or if they're entirely separate, but I do feel like I'm catching colds more than most people, and I'm often not feeling well.

After a night out drinking the symptoms are far worse about half a day later. I have a chesty cough, difficulty breathing, wheezing, and feeling too 'warm'. This lead me to believe I had acid reflux (since drinking alcohol made it far worse). I have no heartburn, and taking antacids doesn't seem to help the symptoms, so I'm unsure.

I'm going to see the doctor again, but I'm wondering if there is anything I should do or be thinking about before hand.

Thanks for any responses.

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