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Anybody else have breathing issues?

Sep 04, 2016 7:43 PM

Since having bronchitis last Christmas I feel like I never recovered..I have a difficult time breathing . Humidity and exercise make it so difficult..I complained to my doctor who finally started sending me for tests and eventually sent me to see a lung specialist..so my lungs are clear but I have lost lung capacity..my lungs don't expand to the extent they should. For once my results confirm my symptoms. The specialist is unsure what could be the cause but is sending me for an echo cardiogram to check if this is a result of my heart? Does anybody else experience this and have tests confirming your difficulty with breathing? I am interested to know if this is common among fibromites or if this is just a me thing? Thanks

Sep 05, 2016 3:43 AM

Hi Anna I have had asthma over the years and bronchitis. After a back injury and broken ribs had healed I still felt short of breath and sharp pains when deep breathing. X-rays showed my fractures had healed and ecg confirmed my heart was fine. It ended up my ribs that are connected to the compressed vertebrae were pressing on nerves and my posture was preventing lungs from fully expanding. It's worth going to a Physio to check that things are aligned correctly. So my shortness of breath was unrelated to asthma or bronchitis. 👍

Sep 05, 2016 9:48 AM

Thanks for replying to me! Where you able to correct the issue with Physio?

Sep 06, 2016 8:46 AM

Anna, I've had asthma for 15 years, along with continuously worsening of growing allergies. For the past 2 years I've had multiple spells of sob and undergone many tests. They have found a nodule in my left lung, and keep adjusting my allergy & asthma meds, which seems to help. But last month my neurosurgeon informed me that the compression of my C3-C4 disc (into the spinal column) could very well be causing sob. I had surgery to correct the retrolisthesis (slipping backwards) a month ago, and I'm starting with allergy symptoms. I'm hoping there are no lingering damage to the nerves that feed my lungs; hoping I won't have sob anymore.

I don't know if you have any spine issues. But I just wanted to share what my doc told me about the C2-4 level nerves affecting the diaphragm & lungs. I hope you can get some answers soon! Hugs love & prayers you have a good day! 🙂💕🙏🌸

Sep 07, 2016 3:08 PM

Hi Anna, I have always had breathing issues, since I have severe allergies and when they hit I always end up with a respiratory infection. However I recently started therapy and was recommended to a breathing specialist which is having me work on strengthening my diaphragm which has helped me expand my lung capacity.

Sep 07, 2016 3:49 PM

Hey. Like a lot of you, I have asthma. I'm also highly reactive to many prescription meds. I cut all dairy out of my diet (it is highly mucus forming), increased my consumption of root and vine vegetables and blueberries and added some essential oils to my routine when things start to flare (eucalyptus, white fir, peppermint on my neck and chest and under my nose). These steps help keep things manageable for me. I still end up using meds sometimes, but WAY less than I used to. Good luck!

Sep 07, 2016 5:35 PM

I'm struggling with breathing. It's a new issue. Mine is either lupus, methotrexate, or both related. Doc in emergency when I went said he could hear the wheeze and crackle in my lungs and gave me inhalers to use. I had an x-ray and a CT scan where given I haven't heard back they didn't show anything. I will be having breathing tests done soon too. It's frustrating when things are wrong and they don't show up on tests.

Sep 07, 2016 6:45 PM

Fatigue Fighter
That is usually what I am used to with Fibromyalgia! Nothing showing on any results! This was the first time i had two breathing tests done and both came back with decreased lung volume and decreased diffusing capacity! Although my catscans where clear in my lungs..just another puzzle to add to the mix of symptoms nobody can explain! Lol! I should be a perfect candidate for that TV show House( if you have seen it) anyhow I wish you the best of luck on your tests and I hope they can figure things out relatively quickly! It makes things so much harder pain , insomnia, fatigue ,fibro fog and trouble breathing! Its a wonderful life hahahaha🤗

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