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Hard time breathing, feels like something is pressing into rib cage/lung, can't fully "expand" lung?

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  • Posted By: andrewflapjackson
  • May 13, 2014
  • 01:45 AM

This has been going on for a while now, but literally no one can diagnose anything that'll help or point me in SOME direction. When I was younger I had pretty bad asthma and had to take an inhaler during school (like people do now). Since I was a "military brat", we moved around a lot so we just figured that my asthma would flare up in one state- Texas (where I was first diagnosed). Now that my father is a veteran and out of the service, we're back in Texas for good, and now I think my asthma is flaring up. Again. Maybe it's just because I'm only physically active running up stairs to classes and across both campuses (a college and high school), or maybe it's my tonsils, silent reflux, weight, I don't know. All I do know is that breathing is extremely hard and it's a bugger in class. For example, we took the dreaded STAAR testing and since it was an extremely easy test, I decided to nap. Of course, I couldn't breathe, so I snored (pretty loudly, according to one of my teachers). Running up several flights of stairs and running across campus? Forget about it; my lungs can't handle that. Long story short, my lungs aren't that great (and yet I'm one of the best clarinet players in the city), and it's troubling me because what if there's something really wrong? I've had dozens of surgeries for my ears, but with my lungs, that's different. Anything helps; please don't be afraid to "WebMD" it.

Basic information:
Female, 15, 5'2, apx. 190-200 lbs (yeah, that's a fun thing to say), relatively healthy except for ear and eyesight problems. I don't do much physical activity, no drinking/smoking/secondhand smoke inhalation recently.

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