Hi all, new member here. So happy to find this forum!!!
I have been searching for a couple of weeks to try to figure what is ailing me, and I am thinking it may be LPR. I am waiting to see my MD, but as you all know how these things go, I couldn't get an appt--I finally got one for next week.
Here is my story. If anyone can help, please jump in!
Most recently, I have had 3 episodes of shortness of breath. The first 2 were after drinking wine. I had one glass, and then about half way into the second, I developed shortness of breath. It wasn't this "oh my god I am going to die right now" kind of thing, but something that came on slowly and persisted overnight into the next day. I also had a lot of fatigue with the shortness of breath and felt like I could sleep all day. The fatigue and shortness of breath lasted into the following day, and then it was gone. This has happened twice in the same way. At first I thought it was some weird allergy to white wine, but I have always enjoyed wine/beer socially (not a binge type drinker, but definitely a few drinks a week socially) and nothing like this has ever happened to me. I was pretty anxious about it as the shortness of breath went on so long. Then it happened again yesterday, though not as badly, and unrelated to wine/beer. I ate pretty crappy food yesterday--high fat and high sugar, and the shortness of breath started again. It lasted into this morning and now it is pretty much gone. In between these episodes I feel fine.
I got diagnosed with asthma about 6 months ago, though I'm not completely convinced that it is asthma. My asthma meds don't help much. And even with the asthma I've never felt short of breath--just coughing and wheezing. THis shortness of breath thing seems to come on after big meals (I think now maybe it wasn't just the wine, but maybe also the huge meal I was consuming).
I'm female, 40ish, I have no chest pain or heart burn at all, but I constantly have this post-nasal drip even when I don't have a cold/allergies, lots of phlegm, a feeling like I have to cough up a fur ball all the time, but not a lot of burping, zero heartburn, or any of that. The main thing is the shortness of breath. I have a cough from time to time, but I wouldn't say it's a constant thing. I've also had a lot of fatigue, difficult time falling asleep and then waking up really tired (though I feel like I've had that for years--I'm a mom with two small kids so that's just the way it is).
I've been thinking lately that it is more GI related (rather than asthma related) because it seems to be better when I eat smaller healthier meals. It also seems to improve when I keep myself well hydrated with water.
Any thoughts? I'm a little puzzled by the fatigue thing.
Thanks much, and sorry so long. I hope it is GERD or LPR because they seem like better diagnoses than all the other terminal/fatal ones running through my head!!!