Ella Minnow Pea
Loc: Evansville, IN
|Posted: 11/15/2012 8:01:21 PM|
Wondering what exactly the tightness in the chest feels like.
I get the same kind of chest cold almost every winter. I can breathe in fine, but the air going out is "jumpy" like its a cough reflex over and over when I exhale. I end up breathing very shallow (which I know isn't good). Chest feels heavy and tight. But I don't know if its just a cold/cough or something more.
Loc: west coast
|Posted: 11/15/2012 8:37:03 PM|
You should see a doctor. It sounds more like bronchitis or pneumonia. Neither should go untreated, especially if your breathing is shallow.
Hope you're better soon!
Getting blonder every day
Loc: LI girl, livin' in the gulf
|Posted: 11/15/2012 8:56:23 PM|
Yup, go to a doctor. I jumped on the thread because I got diagnosed with asthma just 2 years ago. My issue was breathing in. I went to a pulminologist and did horribly at the tests (as tho I was a heavy smoker, but I've never smoked). Anyway, chest pain and breathing issues could be anything, so, go, right away!! Hope you feel better!
Loc: Upstate NY
|Posted: 11/15/2012 9:05:06 PM|
Definitely, it's time to see a doctor. If you're having trouble expelling the carbon dioxide, your lungs will soon not have any room to put the oxygen when you inhale. I have asthma and had a severe attack in '97. They xrayed my lungs and they were almost twice the size they should have been and that was because I couldn't exhale all of the co2.
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Loc: Stalking Dave Gahan
|Posted: 11/15/2012 9:38:55 PM|
Actually, please see a pulmonologist if you can. They are the ones who can most accurately make an asthmatic diagnosis.
FYI the modern way of thinking is that one doesn't "outgrow" asthma. Rather, it manifests itself in your body in different ways, i.e., bronchitis, bronchiolitis, upper resp infections, etc.
I believe it. I had not had an asthma attack at three. Until I was working out in August and had an attack. I was so surprised!
Please see the pulmo and get on a good maintenance therapy program.
|Posted: 11/15/2012 9:48:31 PM|
Funny you should post this, on Saturday last I went to Urgent Care with trouble breathing and tight chest. They rushed me over to the ER thinking it was my heart (I knew it wasn't since I have had pneumonia every year). A day later they said it was acute asthma. My oxygen level in the ER was 93 which is close to critical. Yikes! I have never had asthma before and I am 48. No antibiotics and although I am feeling better, my chest still feels tight at times and I am still needing my inhaler. I would suggest you get it checked out.
Loc: Idaho, USA
|Posted: 11/15/2012 10:09:35 PM|
I would always get really wheezy in the wintertime and have chest tightness. I was very susceptible to upper respiratory infections, bronchitis and pneumonia. One day at the gym, I was on the treadmill and suddenly couldn't breathe (and not the out of breath kind, but I literally couldn't get air into my lungs). It lasted for over an hour and I was taking very short, rapid gasps just trying to get oxygen. Turns out I also had adult asthma. I had never ever had a problem until I moved to Idaho when I was 22. Anyway, definitely get to the doctor. The great thing about asthma is that at least it's fairly easy to get under control.
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Harley Riding Pea
Loc: 10,000 Lakes and Double Cities!
|Posted: 11/15/2012 10:10:34 PM|
I have had cough variant asthma since childhood (32 years). Back then, cough variant was rare and I had to explain myself a lot. I never feel like I can get a breath in. I always feel like I can never fully exhale and that in turn effects my ability to get a full breath in. I hope that makes sense. Often I cough the last half of my exhale. In order not to cough, I short change my inhale. It's a pattern that leads to additional issues and if I don't catch it, pneumonia. So get yourself checked!