Asthma with chest pain

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Doug NJ
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   Posted 7/15/2010 8:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all.. Well like most previous posters I'm new to this site, but I'm not new to Asthma or the varried broncial disorders that come along with it.
I get the sharp pain (have it right now infact) on the left side of my chest, it comes and goes but is always in the same spot (equil distance from the xiphoid process & the arm pit, directly below the breast line).
When I first began experiancing these pains I went to my GP who directed me streight to a cardiologist, who ran every test you can think of, Echo Cardiogram, EKG, Nuclear Stress Test & well aside from an elevated Blood Pressure & slight Heart Murmur he didn't find any reasonal explanation for the pains I feel.
Next stop was a Pulmonologist, he x-ray'd my chest read all the cardiologists test results, contacted my GP & my Pediatrician to get as complete a picture as he could of my medical history. He confirmed that I do have not quite sevre but more than just mild Asthma.
Because of my Asthma I get Bronchitis several times a year, I constantly have a deep flemmy cough, acid reflux, & chest pain. My regular Asthma meds Advar 250/50, Singular, & Proair; when I get bronchitis these change to Symbicort, QVar, Prednison ProAir, along with a Z Pack & cough syrup.
As for the chest pain, aside from saying it's caused by the Asthma no one has given me a clue as to how to avoid it or get rid of it once it occurs. It's not a daily event but it does happen more than once a week, it can last a few minutes or all day. The only relief ( & it's quite temporary) that I have found is sitting down and resting my left arm streight out on the back of the couch or on the back of the chair next to me.
  

couchtater
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   Posted 7/15/2010 10:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I see you mentioned acid reflux....
My asthma was constantly being irritated by my acid reflux. The acid was dripping into my lungs!

Do you take anti-acids, PPIs, or H2 blockers? The odd pains you're having could been from your Vegus nerve getting irritated by your reflux causing spasms.
(Come over to the GERD Forum and read, too. You'll find some familar things there.)

Joy

Beepbeep
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   Posted 11/30/2010 11:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for sharing your stories, nice to know that others are experiencing similar things.

I have asthma which appeared as a teen, vanished and came back hard in my mid 20's.

I'll be fine most of the year but when the weather changes, especially in fall I can get really sick for a few weeks. Cold seems to be the main trigger, cigarette smoke and stress. I get no wheezing but severe shortness of breath, that feeling that you cant exhale fully and chest pains especially between my shoulders.

I always worry that the chest pains are my heart struggling with the asthma but in general my terbutaline inhaler helps alot with the breathing and the pain. A long hot shower really eases breathing and pains.

Albuterol makes me so jittery and my heart goes crazy from it so I switched to terbutaline which has much fewer side effects.

Once or twice a year I lose control of the asthma, especially if I get a cold/flu and they give me a short 3-5 day course of prednisone. that stuff is amazing. I feel better immediately after I swallow the first tablet. No side effects for me.

I am thinking I need to start a controller since my prednisone sessions are becoming more frequent.

I would love to get checked for GERD because I suspect this is a cause as I seem to have the most trouble breathing an hour or so after eating dinner and when I am laying down in general. My GP is horrible and doesn't seem to be taking the whole chest pain and trouble breathing thing very seriously. I am going to go to another doctor soon hopefully.

I also don't have health insurance...... any tips on getting treated for asthma with a smaller budget? Idefinitely wait till it's pretty out of control before I go to the Dr. I wait a week or so to hope it will pass.

JaimsyC
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   Posted 12/1/2010 8:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I too have had the severe chest pain related to Asthma.  I was really worried when it first started too but I am getting used to it.  The upper back/shoulder pain is a pretty constant feeling for me these days.  I have had bronchitis for about a month and a half and now have a sinus infection on top of that!  Needless to say breathing is very difficult right now!  I am currently on my third round of Prednisone to try to control the constant coughing from the bronchitis and my third and fouth antibiotics.  The Prednisone does really help and I have not experienced any ill side effects from that.  I started off on Keflex and Prednisone... then Z Pack and Benzonatate, then another round of Prednisone for a lingering cough... and now with the sinus infection I am on Cipro, Omnicef and a prolonged (2 and a half week) course of Prednisone.  Hoping to kick this in the butt soon!
 
It was suggested that I had asthma as a teenager after a case of untreated pneumonia.  I have had very minor problems that went away without treatment (due to no insurance) for years into my late 20's.  Just last winter I was put on a inhaler (Ventolin) during a bought of bronchitis and what I believe may have eventually been whopping cough but I never went back to my doctor for diagnosis... but she had said that was the path it seemed to be taking.  Anyways my asthma usually only seems to be a problem in the winter months.  The cold just takes my breath away!  The doctor said it was probably Cold Induced Asthma as, even though I am over weight, I do not get the same short of breath feeling with moderate activity or exercise.
 
It's of comfort to know so many other people are experiencing the same problems!  Thanks for sharing yours stories!
 

couchtater
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   Posted 12/1/2010 5:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Question...
Do you also have acid reflux? Gunk in the throat a lot? There is a condition called "silent Gerd induced asthma" Acid will come up into the throat and spill over into you lungs causing asthma problems. I had it.
I coughed and wheezed for three years before someone realized the problem.
Something to think on.
Joy

cookc91
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   Posted 12/4/2010 6:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I to have a similar situation, this is my first time posting here but I had asthma as a kid and it is back, It started with getting bad allergies and wheezing in the spring and winter. Now i have bad chest pains near my heart and a weird click in my chest if i exhale hard. It makes me really nervous, i take symbacort and Albuterol but they seem to not help my wheezing, i am constantly coughing up flem. i had broncides when i was younger and im nervous i have something life threatening

Joan M
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   Posted 12/6/2010 9:12 PM (GMT -6)   
somebody asked for a good idea which would not cost money. i am from brooklyn the home of the brave and the land of the cheap. this is cheap....drink water just regular water PLENTY OF WATER and hot teas (herbal teas) and clear all the gunk out of your system. in the morning have coffee...it is a natural brochodilater which means it opens your chest up. you can make your own herbal teas...you can drink rerun coffee which is the grinds from the day before with one teaspoon of the new coffee. then you should dump it out (the old grinds that is).


sorry...but this is my best idea.

Jaii
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   Posted 2/3/2011 8:31 AM (GMT -6)   
hey i have realli bad asthma i had two asthma attacks wen i was ill for about 2 weeks in dec 2010 near christmas but every since i had the bad flu i started gettin realli bad painful chest pains so my doc gave me two more ventolin blue inhaler and a brown preventer to help stop an asthma attack but rang docs bck up as inhaler does work but onli for a short period nd the doc sed to me to take pain killers nd my inhaler but wen i do take pain killers the pain seems to get worse is tht cause my chest is tightening ?? and i get out of breathe realli quickly even if i walk around my house im out of breathe .. :(

couchtater
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   Posted 2/5/2011 9:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome, jaii,
I got a little out of breath reading your post (no periods). ;)
From what I could figure, you're having a lot of attacks and it causes you chest pains. The pain med your doctor gave you makes you hurt more. You might be developing pneumonia???
Also, it sounds like your asthma meds are not working for you. I'd get with an allergist or pulmologist for better maintaince medicines.
Joy

deeMbee
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   Posted 2/10/2011 1:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I am new to this site and have read all the posts regarding asthma and want to say how helpful and informative it is. I have an appt with my doctor this afternoon for chest pain on the upper left side that has been nagging me off and on for quite a while now. I have had this pain in the past and have had cardiac workups and EKG's numerous times and all has been fine other than a murmur. I have seasonal allergies and sinus problems and also have GERD. I am going to talk to my doctor about the possibility of asthma as I have had pneumonia twice in the past and I quit smoking 20 years ago specifically because of this same type of chest pain and if I am around cigarette smoke I get the chest pain immediately. When I have the chest pain I also find myself coughing alot and it often feels like there is something in my bronchials that needs to break up. Hopefully I can get on some sort of med to help with these symptoms, but again, this site has been most helpful.

cmurphy227
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   Posted 2/21/2011 2:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I have asthma (adult onset) and fibromyalgia.  I also have GERD. Chest tightness and coughing certainly aggravate the fibromyalgia and I'm sure the fibromyalgia doesn't encourage me to try to breathe deeply.  Catch-22.  I have noticed that regular chiropractic helps both.
 
I am still learning about this whole asthma thing.  What my symptoms are, what triggers it (so far cold air, exercise ande strong artificial smells), but I now also suspect dust may be a culprit.  It also does help me to stretch.  I tend to get tense and tight as a defense, and to deal with the discomfort.  Usually stretching helps.  So much to learn, have to remember meds EVERY DAY, TWICE A DAY.  I have to slow down.  I have to give myself a break when I can't do stuff the way I used to, rely on others more (hate that).  I just keep on keepin' on. rolleyes

ponderingfish
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   Posted 4/9/2011 6:44 PM (GMT -6)   
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Kris'13
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   Posted 4/19/2011 4:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, I've recently and still am experiencing that same type of chest pain which at first had me worried cause im 15 but my brother died from having an enlarged heart and even though i was tested and did not have an enlarged heart i do have slightly high blood pressure. However are there any ways of relieving that pain (i've had pains since sunday)?

couchtater
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   Posted 4/21/2011 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Could it be acid reflux? Please talk to your mom or dad about this.
Joy

ice angel
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   Posted 6/2/2011 11:27 AM (GMT -6)   
 Have had chronic ashma for 28 years now.. Dont take steroids.. and just use my portible neb when needed... Have controled it well with just a few attacts a few times a year.. Sometimes take zertic when needed for allergies. Last few months lost energy and heart started racing.. 130 when sitting at times.. If I do any light work it takes off. So I did great on stress test cause my heart takes off. I developed chest pain on left side and went down with pain inmy arms.. My blood presure took off. Went to the dr. and ekg was fine and they put me on low dose of blood pressure meds. That week end had a bad attact and couldnt even walk pain was like truck was sitting on my chest.. Went to hospital Er and had taken 2 aspirn which seems to help a little. Blood presure was 188 or 90's when checked in so they did heart test and ekg was fine again and all tests showed was not my heart. But pain was bad for 24 hours. After spending night in hospital laying doing nothing blood presure went down and heart rate went down and chest pain left.. Wierd huh. Well they said was not not my heart. I have good days and bad days.. There is days when it is even a chore to walk a few blocks to our post office. Other days more energy and some days none.. some days no heavyness in chest and some days have it.. some times is bad.. So thinking oxygen sometimes causes spasms in my chest and causes my heart to race and effects my blood pressure.. Just a thought. Is driving me crazy.. I was perfetly healthy and controled ashma . Can this be my ashma causing these problems... they say is not my heart. ?  

isaiahdawg101
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   Posted 6/18/2011 6:24 PM (GMT -6)   
hey whats up people my names isaiah and im 15 1/2 and i haved ashma since the day i was born and i
have it under control since last thursday i had an episode i never had the pain this bad i was running the mile at
school when all of sudden my left side got a real nasty sharp pain. and a lost in breath so idk if its ashma are what but im
startiing to freack out but reading these post it seems lik its ashma smhair so since thursday and today being saturday i felt that feeling 3 times already what do yu recommend i do plz help.??

couchtater
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   Posted 6/18/2011 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
See your doctor and see if you need an adjustment in your medications.

Also the sharp pain could of been what they call a "stitch in the side" in other words a muscle spasm.
Joy

Lyme14
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   Posted 7/2/2011 2:54 AM (GMT -6)   
 
Kimberly,
 
I get sharp chest pains in my lungs and bone pain in my ribs/sternum.  I have mycoplasma pnemoniae causing my asthma.  I have not yet been treated for it yet, but plan on treating it after I finish my candida & leaky gut protocol.
 
Best wishes!

Joan M
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   Posted 7/3/2011 6:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi I have also had chest pains and have felt the outline of my lungs on my back...which is a weird one, I am sure. Don't know what to say...can hear the wheezing and it is bad for me on humid, hot days and when I have an infection. Take good care of yourselves!

Lyme14
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   Posted 7/4/2011 12:31 AM (GMT -6)   
 
Isaiah,
 
You should go see your doctor and get your symptoms checked out.
I'm a music teacher, and not a doctor. Anything I post is based on my own experience and lay opinion.
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i2blesd
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   Posted 7/27/2011 1:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I am 30 and never had previous symptoms of allergies or asthma but all of a sudden I started having trouble breathing and chest pains and dizziness. I thought for sure it was something with my heart but they think it 's asthma. What? Dunno how that happened but starting medications to get it under control. Glad it's not the heart but not claiming Asthma either. God is my healer!!!

Amanda :-)

klynn
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   Posted 9/13/2011 3:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi
 
I get pain and tightness in the middle of my chest even when I have not been coughing from asthma.
I have been told it is from asthma but I have also had my heart checked a number of times to make
sure.
I do wheeze and become very short of breath from asthma too.
 
I am having asthma problems right now which I think may be related to weather changes and allergies
to ragweed.

cdonaghy
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   Posted 6/28/2012 11:14 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had asthma from about i was 2 it has started to calm down now lately but i have started to get sharp pains in the top left hand corner of my chest. What is this? A bit scared

squach
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   Posted 7/3/2012 5:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi. Just joined this forum today. I've had asthma since I was 10. i've always had wheezing and chest pains but only after I had a terrible cough. Now the shortness of breath and pains are random. Not only do I get those symptoms but I also feel extremely weak and I find it hard to move at all during these spells. I was wondering if anyone knows a way to cure the weak feeling (as I am going through this now)... thank you.

-Silvia

Faith213
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   Posted 7/10/2012 4:11 PM (GMT -6)   
My son can't really say that he's in pain just yet as he's only 2 going on 3 in the next few months, however it is obvious that he is in pain during his asthma episodes since his entire chest and stomach will contract inward while he struggles to breathe. The doctors here have suggested that the reason is just because of the seriousness of the asthma. I'm glad yours has gone from serious to mild but it may be time to speak with a specialist on asthma about the condition. Have you asked your doctor about speaking with a lung specialist?
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