is it asthma?? help please!

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postalxsrvice
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   Posted 5/27/2008 7:23 PM (GMT -7)   
i have posted on another site but nobody has bothered to respond.. so i'm hoping for some advice here.
 
please forgive me as this post may a bit long. but i'm in need of some serious advice.. never been in this situation before. all my life i've had breathing problems. just a general shortness of breath even while barely moving or not moving at all. a couple of years ago, i had an "episode" at work that scared the crap out of me (i was standing there doing nothing when i suddenly couldn't breath and this went on for about half an hour) so my brother came and took me to an urgent care place. there the doc didn't do a single test and passed it off as a panic attack. as soon as he heard i hate past anxiety issues, that was his assumption. though i have had past anxiety, (i'm afraid of flying and got sick before getting on the plane, type stuff) i've long since learned how to deal and don't have any issues with it anymore. since then i've just not really paid much attention i suppose to the breathing thing, thinking it was normal. (even though i've had other episodes and people around me are really concerned) friday night i was woken up in a dead sleep, not being able to breathe and it felt like my heart was beating out of my chest. i didn't panic, just laid there and tried to coach myself through it but my heart kept beating really hard and i couldn't catch my breath. i started yawning about every 5 seconds and this went on for about 10 or 15 minutes. so i went to the ER where they did a chest xray, blood work, and breathing treatment. all the tests came back normal and they had been monitoring the oxygen in my blood (which was 98 the entire time except when it went down to 88 once and then slowly went back up). i saw the doc for all of 5 seconds, who didn't explain a thing to me and sent in a nurse to tell me i had a "bronchospasm" and they were giving me an inhaler.

now. i have little faith in modern medicine because of past experience and this didn't help. nobody told me anything about any possible underlying cause. i came home and looked it up for hours. every symptom i have is linked to asthma. i guess i'm confused as to why they would give me an inhaler and never so much as mention the word asthma or even tell me i really needed to follow up with a doctor to see what the cause was. on top of everything, he prescribed me ventolin HFA which is the second most expensive version of albuterol.. which he could have given me and would have done the same thing.

i don't have health insurance, which makes this all very difficult. but right now i'm supposed to be taking 2 puffs every 4 hours. which seems weird to me since its a rescue inhaler. i don't know what to do. i've read more about medical issues and medicine in the last 3 days than i thought i ever needed to know.

Help??

Red_34
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   Posted 5/28/2008 4:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, welcome to HW :) I'm sorry you are having a rough time at the moment. I know you don't have insurance so I know that seeing a specialist can be expensive, but it sounds to me that you should be seeing a pulmonologist. If you can't afford that, try to find another doctor that is willing to work with you and find the cause. Sometimes though you have to be assertive in your demands to get a doctor to take you seriously. If it is asthma, by not treating it properly can be dangerous.

Something that come to mind - waking up gasping for air is a sure sign of sleep apnea. Do you snore, smoke, are you out of shape, or overweight? That is one possibility to look into. Sleep apnea is not something to take lightly because over time, the oxygen levels can do some pretty strange and dangerous things to your body.

I hope you get to the bottom of this mystery soon. I'm sure more people will come along soon to try and help you.
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postalxsrvice
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   Posted 5/28/2008 5:13 AM (GMT -7)   

haha no i'm not overweight or out of shape. but i've thought a lot about other causes.. sleep apnea as well. my dad has sleep apnea very badly and has to sleep with a breathing machine so i thought about that. but it doesn't usually happen when i sleep. in fact, that was the first episode i had while sleeping. i have a constant tightness in my chest and about 60% of the day i spend having trouble breathing. i've looked into everythig else because i want to make sure i have a good idea of what this may be before going to a doctor and spending money on nothing. i'm pretty convinced its asthma and i'm sure my smoking doesn't help. i've been trying to cut back, doctors orders. but even when i didn't smoke, i still had this problem. soo. does the 2 puffs on my inhaler 4 times a day every day sound strange to you? 

one other thing.. for a couple of weeks before and a few days after the incident, my nail beds were blueish purple. the doc said they "looked fine to him" and then cracked a joke on his way out the door so i don't think he took my question seriously. any ideas?


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   Posted 5/28/2008 6:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Albuterol is a rescue inhaler (like you stated) and is supposed to work quickly for asthma attacks. So using it as maintenance of a breathing issue (unless you are severely asthmatic) does sound a bit strange. Usually docs will prescribe short courses of Albuterol for things such as bronchitis or other breathing issues - but long term, I don't think that sounds right. I can be wrong though. My son has coughing asthma. He doesn't use his medication all the time, only when it starts to act up. So when he has to, he uses Singulair and Asmanex with Albuterol as his rescue. Regarding the blue fingernails - yes this is a sign of oxygen deprivation. Really you need to see a doc that will take you seriously.

One other thought - do you have acid reflux? What about seasonal allergies? I was having a bit of trouble breathing for a bit but I had other symptoms of acid reflux. So I started on Prilosec and it has helped with that trapped unable to breath feeling. I also have severe seasonal allergies in which the Singulair works great. So I think the combination of Prilosec and Singulair has helped me. Not sure if this what you are experiencing or not but it's just an idea for you to think about?
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postalxsrvice
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   Posted 5/28/2008 3:08 PM (GMT -7)   
as far as i know, i don't have any allergies. but i will definately look into that. wherever i go, the feeling is the same. it only gets more intense when i'm around certain smells. i can't go into stores like bath and body works, as i can't breathe, and i can't go down isles with candles or dryer sheets. insence also gets to me. i've been trying to think into my past and remember things i may not have taken seriously at the time that may help me figure this out. for example, i can't run, even short distances because my throat closes up almost completely. i thought it was just the smoking but when i think back, it has always been like that. i'm not sure if these things are linked to the problem i'm having or not but i know i need to see somebody who will take me seriously. since i've been on the ventolin, my nail beds have returned to almost completely normal color (which i thought was odd). if the blue/purple color they were means oxygen deprivation.. wouldn't that have come up when they were monitoring my oxygen with that thing on my finger? like i said, it was 98 the entire time except when it dropped to 88 and then went back up. ??

Gonzo0054
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   Posted 5/30/2008 8:26 PM (GMT 0)   

I have asthma and have the same issues you are having. i feel somtimes like i am having a hot flash and it goes to my chest and feel like i can not breath. lately it has been real bad to the point of waking me up last night. i think it is due to the real bad pollen count out atm though. i switched from Athmanex to Pulmicort due to insurance reasons. now my new insurance will cover asthmanex so i switched back (i did not like pulmicort). i wonder if switching is what is causing my issues right now. but i was feeling bad before i switched back so i do not think that is it.

 

You should get a piko machine. it is a little breath tester you can get online for about $49.00. it tests your lung capacity and the first sec out put of air for asthma. i usualy blow in the 700 and 4.10 second level. it helps to reassure me that i am not haviong an attack.


BRANDI77520
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   Posted 5/31/2008 7:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I have a piko and they work great. I use the piko1. i got it on ebay brand new for $25. they are nice to have around when you think you might be starting to have an attack. They really are a good investment. It will even tell you your red, yellow and green zones. I do suggest a pulmanologist. It really does sound like asthma. You might need a methocoline challenge test. Thats the only way mine was ever diagnosed. Have a nice day.

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   Posted 5/31/2008 9:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Postal,
 
I agree that you need to find a doctor who will work with you.  If you have an asthma attack without the right medications, you could die if you don't make it to the ER soon enough. I don't say this to frighten you, I just want you to understand the facts of asthma and see another doctor.
 
I can't walk through the fragrance departments in department stores.  I buy scent free Tide and scent fabric softener sheets, scent free deodorant.
 
I am also surprised this doctor would give you a rescue inhaler to use on a daily basis and not give you any controller medications.  You can also get yourself in trouble by using the rescue inhaler too many times in a short period of time also.  It speeds you up, therefore used too often could have several complications.
 
Please find a doctor and keep us posted.  We care about you here.
 
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