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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