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Aurora60
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   Posted 11/16/2008 7:17 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Kimber,  I have had asthma most of my life but it hasn't been too severe unless I got a cold or bronchitis.  This summer my asthma went out of control, don't know why.  Saw 2 pulmonologists, first a jerk, said it was my diaphram pushing on my lungs cause I am a bit over weight.  I was using albuterol 4 X a day, 2 puffs, azmacort and prednisone, whichi made me climb the walls.  I had all the pulmonary function tests and 2nd dr. said I definitely had asthma which was not under control.  He gave me symbicort and from the 1st day I took it I have not had any wheezing or trouble breathing.  I will probably lave to stay on this med for a long time but I can breathe again.  If you haven't seen a pulmonologist it would be a good idea to and get lung function tests to see where you are.  I have never had chest pain with my asthma.  Wishing you the best and hope you are feeling better.

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   Posted 11/16/2008 7:24 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Sundog, I just found your post after answering another one.  We are about the same age. Strange that we both got bad asthma at this time in life.  I was wondering how you are doing on the symbicort as I noticed you said you take it.  It has saved me.  I no longer have to use my rescue inhaler.  Would really like to hear how you are doing on the symbicort. Please post a reply if you can. Thanks.

Aurora


Monstrosity
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   Posted 3/18/2009 6:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had Asthma since I was five years old. Very mild now but I've been getting chest pains for a few years now...every once in a while It'll start to hurt and worsen the deeper breath I take...right under the ribcage on my right side or up in the pectoral muscle on my left side....it's strange....any ideas what it could be??

SnowyLynne
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   Posted 3/18/2009 8:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Having chest pains can also be a lowering of your potassium.........If it's too low you can have chest pains.Been there done that & have had asthma since I was born.......
SnowyLynne


asthma.guide
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   Posted 3/21/2009 5:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Kimber
How old are you. While it certainly sounds like symptoms of asthma- if you are over the age of 4 or have a family history of heart disease you may want to get this checked out.
http://asthma.about.com/od/adultasthma/a/symptoms.htm

SmurfyShadow
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   Posted 3/21/2009 11:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Any chest pain should cause RED FLAGS to any medical proffessional. It sounds like he never performmed an EKG, which should be done. However, what I mostly recommend is ask for a referral to a pulmologist and get adequete care. Also, you should also look into GERD aka high acid reflux, as that is to known to cause chest pains. However, please understand with chest pains there is no error on precauction. You do not settle for "oh your heart is ok." I didn't. And I found out I have benign heart murmer and GERD (acid reflux). You don't play with something like that, keep pushing til they listen and you find answers. Sometimes a leaky valve in the heart goes undected, would hate if someone missed that, thats why I push everyones buttons for answers and my darn health care work.
 
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Ali C
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   Posted 11/4/2009 10:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I am 21 and i have asthma since i was 6 months old, and it has not gotten any better since then. I have moderate to severe asthma. I get chest pains a lot. I have been to an asthma specialist and they have done everything and can not find out why i get them. They mainly come around when the weather is changing. Since i live in Kansas it can be 30 one day and 70 the next. Has anyone found a way to get them to stop at the time? or to relieve the pain? They are so bad sometime i am in tears. Inhalers or nebulizers do not work they just make me all shaky and calm me down.

Thanks,
Ali

couchtater
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   Posted 11/4/2009 4:25 PM (GMT -6)   
My asthma is only a problem during very cold weather or when I get a virus.
Have you tried deep breathing exercises? This is the only thing I can suggest? I wish I could do more.
((((((hugs)))))

Joy
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Medications:Nexium 2X a day, 300mg Zantac, K-Dur, Lasix 2X a day, Zyrtec, Zocor, Lumigan, fish oil, B12, Substex, calcium + D, Advair, Albuteral, nebulizer
 
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Silversue
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   Posted 11/10/2009 9:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I have also had asthma all my life. It was severe as a child and an adolescent and then after years of allergy shots it appeared to disappear. Over the past number of years, I have experienced severe chest pain with shooting pains throbbing from my heart radiating out into my chest. This last time it has lasted 7 weeks. This time, my blood pressure went up 30 points above normal and I had a tight band around my chest as well as the chest pain.

I've been checked by cardiology, hospital emerg dept, GP all believed that it was heart related until my stress test. One of the cardiologists came in after the stress test, asking if I had had asthma in the past, suggesting that I be checked by a respirologist. I always thought the pain was a result of stress but never related it to asthma. Will let all know the results when I get them.

Sue
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couchtater
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   Posted 11/11/2009 9:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I get spasms sometimes with my asthma.
Good luck on your tests.

Joy
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Medications:Nexium 2X a day, 300mg Zantac, K-Dur, Lasix 2X a day, Zyrtec, Zocor, Lumigan, fish oil, B12, Substex, calcium + D, Advair, Albuteral, nebulizer
 
I don't suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it!
 
 


Ziporah73
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   Posted 11/11/2009 1:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I am new to this site as well as to asthma. It first began with monthly chest infections and loads of antibiotics and sometimes having to be nebulized. Then I discovered organic apple cider vinegar that put an end to the infections but not the chest burning and general discomfort (earache, sore throat). On one occasion I had severe chest spasms and was given an ECG. Nothing wrong with the heart. Then incessant (dry) coughing resulted in x-rays being done which also showed nothing was wrong with my lungs. Eventually ( 9 months later) the GP diagnosed asthma. I'm using an antihistamine, an inhaler and nasal spray and yet another attack managed to sneak through. Now the metered inhaler and some short term medication (cortisone) have been added to the arsenal but after 3 days I'm still experiencing breathlessness and pain in the chest and back. I found this site in the hope of learning if other suffers also had similar pains. It is comforting to read about others who also suffer similar pains. Some GP's claim it's all psychosomatic because I don't have a wheeze!

couchtater
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   Posted 11/11/2009 2:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Sometimes it's GERD related asthma. Acid reflux can overflow into your lungs causing asthma symptoms with no wheezing.

Joy
Health problems: sleep apnea, hypothyroidism, GERD, glaucoma, OA, environmental, food, and drug allergies, asthma, high cholesterol, pre-diabetic
Medications:Nexium 2X a day, 300mg Zantac, K-Dur, Lasix 2X a day, Zyrtec, Zocor, Lumigan, fish oil, B12, Substex, calcium + D, Advair, Albuteral, nebulizer
 
I don't suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it!
 
 


pandacrazy
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   Posted 11/11/2009 8:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't always have a wheeze with my asthma. I do have chest pain with mine that started in the last 2 years. My chest gets tight with a sharp pain mostly to the left and shortness of breath. last year they even ended up dong a heart cath as the heart doc and lung doc convinced me it was my heart again and it turned out that it was all from my asthma as my stent and arteries were pristine according to the heart doc. I also have GERD and allergies that cause my asthma to act up big time. It's hard with me to tell what is causing the chest pain from the doctors veiw as the all mimic the other problems. My heart doc agreed with me this year that it is all from my asthma. I'm glad he agreed because I was not going through a heart cath again or a nuclear study. The nuclear study is the only way my heart problem shows up, but is not good to have every year if it can be avoided. I don't know why my asthma changed over the last 2 years to include the chest pain, but it does seem to be worse when i have an episode. Barb
My laundry list of diseases include, Ulcetive Colitis, GERD, chronic gastritis, Asthma, Alergies, CAD stent to LAD 1/4/05, TMJ and a deteriorating disk in lower back. Also chronic pain from a moped accident 11/9/07 which left me with back, hand, knee and foot problems and broken tailbone Jan/09.
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baseballfan
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   Posted 11/13/2009 11:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had asthma since 2002 which occurred after a bad acse of pneumonia and lung problems including a lot of scarring. For about the past 8 - 9 months, I have also had chest pains. It occurs on the left side and subsides after a minute ot two (after I catch my breath). It does not radiate to arm, back, jaw, etc. It does not get worse when I take deep breaths. No sweating or weakness or nausea. Just left- sided chest pain. I also noted the other day that if I pressed on that area, it did hurt a bit. Asthma related??
I do get heartburn on occasion (that may be GERD) in central part of my chest, but this pain that I have had occasionally for the past 8-9 months is on left side.
I use Combivent as needed and Singulair. I tried Advair, but it didn't do much.
Does anyone feel that this is also asthma related (I do have a doctor's appointment on Thursday).

baseballfan
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   Posted 11/17/2009 1:13 PM (GMT -6)   
A quick question for those using inhalers. I tried a number advair, but that didn't seem to work. I use Combivent as needed. Anyone with chest pain - what inhaler do you use?

desert lizard
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   Posted 11/25/2009 12:11 AM (GMT -6)   
I am new to this site and I have been looking everywhere to find answers to my problem. And thanks to you all, I think I may have found what I was looking for.
 
It all started back in Sept. with a sinus infection. I had been getting sinus infections in the last 4-5 years during season changes, mostly spring and fall. No hx of allergies or any breathing problems at all growing up. The doctor gives me Claritin D, Mussinex, and Augmentin on a Sat. By Sun. morning, I feel left chest pain and it gets worse by the evening. By this time I am also feeling it radiating down my left arm with tingling and numbness. It was after hours so I go to the 24 hr. pharmacy to ask if this was side effects from meds. Pharmacist tell me to go to the ER. EKG was normal. ER doctor discharged me with "chest pain unspecified". I made appt. with cardiologist right away. (This was all very scary because I had always had good health,other than colds or flu that I would treat myself, no problems at all.) 
He does another EKG, plus an echo, plus orders stress test, (everything eventually comes back normal). Tells me to discontinue meds. As soon as I do within 2-3 days no chest pain at all. I blame the pseudophenedrine in the Claritin D. Weeks later another sinus infection plus flu like symptoms, fever, joint pain, etc. Different doc gives me Allegra D and Veramyst. I tell her about my suspicion of the psedophenedrine. I did not check and Allegra D also has pseudophenedrine.
 
 After a few days on these meds chest pain comes back. I call the doctor, tells me to discontinue Allegra D and start Zyrtek. Pain gets worse. Now pain feels across my chest at times, not just my left. I start having breathing problems while talking. I think it is a panick attack because of my worry of the chest pain. Another ER visit. This time it's severe chest pain on my left side, at times sharp, stabbing pain but nothing down my arm. ER doc discharges me with pleuritic chest pain, orders to take ibuprofin for pain and inflamation. After a few days on ibuprofin, it goes away like the first time. I see an allergist. He tells me to start Veramyst again and orders blood test for allergies. Go back for results, negative for everything! No allergies, but all the symptoms. He tells me 1 out of 4 people with allergy symptoms come back negative for allergies. I tell him about a cough that had lasted me for 2 weeks and how I have them, usually every winter. Dry, unrelenting, triggered by dust, cold wind. He orders a breathing test, tells me I am asmathic. I think he is probably wrong and I argue: never wheezed, no shortness of breath before this last episode of chest pain. It is still hard to belive. He gives me Symbicort to add to the Veramyst for my sinuses. As soon as I start it, I felt the pain again but very slight. At times nothing, and other times more pronnounced. I am still wondering what is the connection to the meds? Everytime I start them (Claritin D, Allegra D, and Symbicort) the pain begins. I do not know if it is just the timing and it is a coincidence, or if something the meds do, provoke the chest pain. 
 
Again, thanks for all the info. I'll keep checking for new posts.
 

Zarathustra
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   Posted 11/25/2009 9:10 AM (GMT -6)   
A couple of months before I was diagnosed with asthma and had an attack I had a really sharp pain my chest near my heart that intensified when I breathed in. I could be wrong, but for me it seemed to fit the description of PCS (precordial catch syndrome) - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Precordial_catch_syndrome

edottt
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   Posted 12/28/2009 5:15 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi there,


First off, I want to say that I'm so glad I found this forum but I'm also so sorry to hear that many of you suffer from the same thing.

I've had asthma since I was 22 (diagnosed as Reactive Airway Disease, then turned into full blow asthma). I'm 29 now and my symptoms had usually just come and gone with the seasons or with cold weather. Most recently I had a terrible attack when I went outside and tried to go for a run (stupidly) on a cold and windy day. My attack was very bad with spasms in my lungs as I tried to inhale and exhale. Ever since I've had tenderness and pain in my chest where the spasms were (pectoral area) that is seemingly worse in the morning and at night. My inhalers seem to irritate the tenderness (Flovent & Albuterol for emergencies) and cause anxiety, though sometimes they do help. My doctor also feels some of the pain could be GERD related so has me on medication for that as well.

I've had the pain before when the weather has been generally cold during the winter, but never this bad. I'm assuming the attack has left some scar tissue.
 
 

couchtater
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   Posted 12/28/2009 5:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome,
I have asthma that GERD was triggering constantly. Last week, I gave in to my doctors and had acid reflux surgery. I am extremely happy that I gave in now.
Before surgery I was coughing constantly from the reflux flowing over into my lungs. I got bronchitis from colds all the time. I had run out of antibiotics that I could take due to allergies.

The surgeon I chose turned out to be the best ever. He did a 270 degree wrap to my stomach/esophagus. I no longer cough constantly and the procedure was almost pain free.

Please consider talking to a GI about your GERD.

Joy

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   Posted 1/22/2010 8:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi,I'm new here,BUT,WOW,I feel right at home,reading some of the stories,really helped!!I have severe asthma,been in hospital.66 times,lifeflighted out 3'xs ICU 8'xs YEAH,living on prednisone AWESOME drug BUT!!! the effects are catching upto me I'm having alot of chest pains too,Dr.says x-rays are ok,ekg was ok heart not enlarged?Its NOT my asthma,I'scared I dont know what to do.Now -n-then its a sharp pain right n the middle of back achy pains by my heart taking prednisone,10mg going off AGAIN LOL see how long that goes,then back on accolate,symbicort,proventil,neubalizer,try not to take anything as possible took an aspirin quit breathing,took cough med with codiene quit breathing so IM SCARED

couchtater
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   Posted 1/22/2010 6:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Trixylynn, Do you have GERD causing your asthma problems?

Joy

safron
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   Posted 3/29/2010 4:27 PM (GMT -6)   
This is a reply to Kimber re: Chest pain with asthma posted way long ago. I hope you are feeling better.
I also have chest pain associated with asthma. Thought it was pleurisy and was checked by a pulmonologist who told me that it is not uncommon for asthma to bring on chest pain and he thinks that it is highly unlikely it is pleurisy. He gave me Advair, been on it 2 and a half days and definitely feeling way less pain. I do not like meds and used it as a last resort as I was sleeping about 15 hours a day from the exhaustion brought on by the pain.
I had asthma off and on but never with chest pain before. Hope that helps you!

Joan M
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   Posted 3/31/2010 11:04 AM (GMT -6)   
confused I have had asthma for about 27 years.  Mine is mostly allergic.  I get pains in my chest too but I think they are the bronchilliae (spelling).  I figure I have cough up phlemn so much that my bronchilliae is very sensitive.  My lungs are fine.  I find it does become painful.  Please everybody look up brochilliae which surrounds the lungs.  Maybe the situation is not that bad.  I sure hope so. 

Post Edited (Joan M) : 3/31/2010 11:08:55 AM (GMT-6)


Bry.xx
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   Posted 7/4/2010 9:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I am 19 I also have bad asthma and am on those Zolair injections... I get pain in chest n ribs but have never asked the doc why as they r more concerned about the breathing. I am on predlisone steriods alot too but recently they dnt seem to work. Has anyone else had this?? I feel I take them.. Gain weight.. For nothing!! Anyone else get this ??

Kimber
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   Posted 7/4/2010 9:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,
 
   I haven't read this thread in quite a while but wanted to thank everyone for their input and sharing of their personal stories.  Just to answer a few questions I saw reading through..I am 41 now and have had asthma my whole life.  I am doing much better, thank you for asking!  The doc put me on a higher dose of albuterol which seemed to help.   I don't have the pain as often now, but I have done a lot of work destressing, change in diet and lost a bunch of weight. Dont' know if all that helped directly but I do know I feel better.   Hope all of you are well.
 

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