Asthma with chest pain

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rickh
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   Posted 7/10/2012 10:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm new to this forum and relatively new to having allergic asthma. I have been prescribed symbicort, patanase and nasonex and that combination generally works to control the wheezing and shortness of breath. I've noticed recently that when I do a hard cardio workout, it is difficult to get a full breath. I'm also a free diver and like to train in the pool. Lately, my workouts have been dramatically reduced due to my inability to get even close to a full breath. After a pool workout where I've stretched my lungs as much as possible, my chest is quite sore; primarily on the right side. I assume this is due to possibly straining my lungs during my workout? In any event, I have set up another appointment with my allergist to see if there is anything else I can do to increase my ability to get a full breath under duress, and to not strain my lungs to the point where my chest hurts. If anyone has any thoughts or ideas or can relate to what I'm experiencing, I'd love to hear about it.
Thanks!

Rick

pekingeserescue
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   Posted 7/29/2012 5:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Childhood chronic asthmatic bronchitis- thanks to a house of second hand smoke. Fine for 40 years and the suddenly- pain in both lungs going through to my back. Got Asthma diagnosis and meds. Breathing is better but I still get pains, especially in the top of my left lung. One half to one hydrocodone will knock it out for about 6 hours. Nothing else seems to help. So am I to choose between the pain and a life of hydrocodone? How bad is it to take small amount three times a day? I don't need it all the time, just about half the time. Right now I have major bronchitis and the coughing is killing me and both lungs hurt. I never smoked. This is not fair!!!

Blueyes2012
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   Posted 9/27/2012 12:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I have Asthma and been having chest pain as well and not sure what cause it as well, but when I take a deep
breath my chest was tight as if someone was sitting on me. Have had to go to emerg a few times. They are not sure what the cause but also have a heart murmur where it is more pronouced then before.

sarah22
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   Posted 9/28/2012 2:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there. What you are experiencing may be exhertional asthma. There are many things that can excererbate asthma, including allergic substances, cold air, and even excersize. Often times, doctors will prescribe a short acting beta agonist to use before you excersize. You may also benifit from a cromolyn inhaler. If you want, since your already going to the doctor, it may be worth bring up the topic of luekotrine modifiers, as you are taking a long acting beta agonist and a cortosteriod. They may be able to add some additional benifit, and you may even be able to eventually reduce the amount of other medications you need to take. Hope that helps.

emeraldgreendragonqueen
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   Posted 4/6/2013 8:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I just had an asthma attack with sharp pains in my lower left lung a few minutes ago. The pain was so sharp I could not breath in deeply and the pain traveled up my lung. As soon as my daughter and son went to get my inhaler and I took it, it went away immediately. So yes, what you are feeling is quite normal. I would still go and see your doctor to make sure you are OK, but unfortunately there is not a lot that can stop these attacks from happening in the first place. You can take a long acting steroid inhaler to control asthma attacks but that is not always a guarantee that this will never happen again. Hope this was helpful.

OutdoorKC
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   Posted 10/2/2013 10:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I also sometimes have chest pain and shortness of breath from my asthma. Sometimes it's a dull pain and sometimes it's sharp. It gets worse with seasonal allergies, mold, and cold weather. I have to be very careful not to over-exert and to use my Flovent inhaler twice a day. And Albuterol if it gets bad, or before doing heavier exertion.

A cautionary tale about chest pain: this winter I had what I thought was asthma pain while exercising. It turned out to be a heart attack, and I ended up in intensive care for several days. Even having experienced both, I'm not sure I can differentiate between asthma pain and heart attack pain because they were so similar: shortness of breath, dull chest pain, feeling of constriction. And I'm female, so heart attack symptoms can manifest differently than for men. I was doing some high intensity activity at the time.

amnicr
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   Posted 2/4/2014 8:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,

I'm new here. I've been having a sharp pain in my chest (feels like it's kind of near the middle, right underneath my right breast) that almost feels like a burning twinge. It lasts a few seconds, goes away. I had this last year and was in the ER, diagnosed with pleurisy. They ran CT Scan, X-rays, all of it... no blood clot or anything. I tend to get a pretty bad bronchitis multiple times a year, always have growing up and I'm 25 now. I've always told doctors I used to have asthma when I was younger and they've all dismissed my cough to be allergies or something else entirely.

I went to MedExpress last night because I was having the same exact pain again, in the same spot as before. It has come off and on over the last year but this time it's sticking around much longer. Doctor listened to my lungs and told me he thinks I have asthma. Asked me if I had it before, I said yes a long time ago. I'm now on an inhaler with a spacer and I'm hoping this helps me with the cough and the pain.

Has anyone else had a misdiagnosis of pleurisy before? I'm trying to find a pulmonologist to see me. I'd feel better with someone at a hospital checking me out but it's hard to find the time, or the money, to do that.

OutdoorKC
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   Posted 2/4/2014 11:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Amnicr, yes I was misdiagnosed with pleurisy exactly a year ago by my cardiologist. I suspected that this was a misdiagnosis when I went outside for about a half hour in cold weather and 15 minutes later had multiple stabbing pains in my chest. And I had had a persistent cough from a bout of bronchitis two months before.

I decided to try a pulmonary doctor, who did an X-ray, gave me breathing tests, and diagnosed asthma. This was a surprise to me because I never had asthma as a child, and I had no idea that chest pain was related to asthma -- I'd always thought that asthma meant gasping for breath after exertion.

Once I was prescribed an inhaler for daily use the cough disappeared within a week. The doctor also prescribed Singulair short-term to speed the healing process. As I mentioned in October, I also use an Albuterol inhaler before heavy exertion or if it's cold outside. Even with the inhalers and the Singulair it took at least a month for the chest pain to fully disappear and months to get my lung capacity back. A year later I still have to be careful in very cold weather or when I do intense aerobic exercise. I have about 85 percent lung capacity and will never regain it all, the pulmonary doc said. Probably had untreated asthma for too long.

pekingeserescue
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   Posted 8/20/2014 2:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I started this in 2012 and asthma meds made everything alright---until Feb 2014 where the lung pain, pressure, dry cough came back with a vengence. I have had lung CT, GI tube down into stomach, all my asthma meds adjusted and am now on day 4 of steroids which just make me not able to sleep and don't help the pain much. Bending forward makes it worse, excersize makes it stop-until I start to breath normally. Any Ideas????

Ima Medical Mishap
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   Posted 4/10/2015 11:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Kimbr:

I was diagnosed with asthma around age 13. My first symptom brought me into the ER. I thought I was having a heart attack. For me, the onset of asthma has a first symptom of an extremely painful stabbing feeling. It feels like a knife, or large syringe, or lightning bolt stabbing between my ribs. The pain typically occurs near my heart on the left side, but has presented in many places around my ribs and lungs. Sometimes it goes away in a matter of seconds, other times the pain lasts for hours. It is worse upon breathing in or out fully. I tend to breathe shallow during an episode to limit my pain.

I have had testing of my heart too and they don't beleive it is related.

Though most doctors love to tell me that asthma does not cause pain, I think they need to do more research on the subject. They seem to treat it as a hard fact, but I know what I experience. The pain is first for me, followed by tightness and such if not treated by inhailer quickly enough.

I'm sorry you're experiencing this, but you're not alone. I beleive many of us experience pain in relation to asthma, but we keep getting written off.

Post Edited (Ima Medical Mishap) : 4/10/2015 11:33:42 AM (GMT-6)


aschm32186
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   Posted 12/23/2015 4:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had asthma for years but lately have had pain in the right side of my lung like a pinch and spasms, went to the doctor and was put on prednisone and antibiotic it seems to get better but the pain comes back. Does it finally gets better ? Am on Advair, Singular, and Ventolin. If I use the Ventolin for the pain once a day is it using it to often ?

DirectorKids4horses
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   Posted 1/1/2017 10:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Emphysema/COPD, afib and Lyme (why mention the little ones? For me, it was the Albuterol. I'be been taking Enclipse and Advair and one of those attacks last night. If feels like Edward Scissorhands has his nails in a circle around the top of my lungs. I've had this feeling 3 times in the past 6 months, just went back on medication then and what helped me was a heating pad. Now I'm afraid to take anything and it's Sunday and don't want to call doc as an emergency. So hopefully one day of skipping will not make matters worse. Horrible feeling above heart.. I too had thought I was having a heart attack.

Joan M
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   Posted 1/12/2017 11:16 AM (GMT -6)   
yes asthma can be painful to the lungs and brochaii...they look at me like I am nuts but I have felt the outline of my lungs mostly in my back. Also some chest pains.

don't know what to say, my good doc said it took him years to finally listen to his patients.

young bucks and does don't know what they are doing...both male and female...most interested in $
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