Battling shortness of breath for 2 years

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   Posted 3/11/2009 8:38 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been through numerous tests and specialists (Pulmonologist, Allergist, Gastroenterologist) the past two years.  I have had shortness of breath on and off throughout that time and a lot of excess phlegm.  I was given many steroid inhalers that seemed to make matters worse.  I was diagnosed with severe gerd which that thought was possibly causing breathing problems.  In the beginning I was told I had a mild airway obstruction.  I was a smoker for 27 years and quit when this all started.  I was told this is not emphysema from the CT scans and many other tests I have had.  I thought when I quit smoking things would improve ( they have a little).  I just had Nissen fundoplication surgery to help with the reflux which hopefully will help with the breathing.  My question is, does this sound like ashma?  Can ashma bring on shortness of breath at rest and a lot of excess phlegm daily?  I used to get seasonal ashma symtoms, but never to this extent.  I am hoping within the next few months I will notice a difference from surgery.  It is really discouraging, I am only 46 years old and feel like my life has been on hold for two years.  Anyones input would be helpful.
Thanks so much

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   Posted 3/11/2009 9:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like you have some sort of COPD going on. Maybe chronic bronchitis - this is different then acute bronchitis btw. If you have asthma, it seems that the inhalers would help your case rather than hinder. I wished I could be more help so hopefully someone will come along soon to help you.
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   Posted 3/11/2009 9:37 AM (GMT -6)   

Albuterol does help.  I just have a problem with steroid inhalers.  I have been told it isn't Chronic bronchitis.  Ashma falls into the COPD category.  I don't get short of breath more on exertion either which is strange.


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   Posted 3/26/2009 7:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I am always short of breath because I have allergies and I am anemic. It is difficult to manage.
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   Posted 3/26/2009 7:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I have COPD use Combivent inhaler,Nubeliser,Singulair,& Theophillin 600mg a day...... Am on Oxygen 24/7


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   Posted 3/29/2009 8:29 PM (GMT -6)   

Have you seen a cardiologist for tests to rule out any heart problems that could cause shortness of breath?  If you have seen a pulmonologist you should have been put through a whole series of lung funtion tests.  I have bad asthma and was using a steroid inhaler every day as well as albuterol every day 4 X a day which is not good.  I went for a 2nd opinion from another pulmonologist and he prescribed symbicort for me and I have breathed freely from the day I started using it.  It is not a steroid inhaler.  Many lung specialists find the newer inhalers that are not steroid to be much more effective.  You might ask you dr. about  this.  I am only giving you a few suggestions and my experience but I hope I have helped in some way. By the way, I used to only get asthma when I had a bad cold or bronchitis but this summer my asthma went completely out of control and the dr doesn't know why, I guess it happens when you get older.  It is also true that gerd can cause breathing problems so I hope your surgery will improve your conditon. Keep posting and let us know how you are getting along.


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