Asthma-related chest pain for days and days

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Channon
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   Posted 2/16/2014 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I was woken up with pain in the center of my chest a few days ago and it hasn't stopped yet. I used to only get this pain after severe asthma attack, when I could cough incessantly. This is new and I have heard read that chest pain is a signal of a possible attack coming. Given the relentless Santa Ana winds we've have for the last fews months, I am not surprised. I know I am just one wrong move away from an attack at any given time.
what I don't know is how to stop the pain. Neither my inhaler nor my nebulizer offer more than a 15-minute reprieve. I can't take ibuprofin or naproxin sodium. I don't know what other meds I could take or of any rubs I can use that close to my face to relax the muscles.

Has anyone else experienced this? What helped you? Did you go to your doctor? what did he/she recommend?

Any information would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks so much,
Channon

Alcie
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   Posted 2/18/2014 1:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum, Channon.

I hope you aren't putting off seeing a cardiologist just because the pain has always in the past been asthma. Chest pain is serious.

I hope you will stay in contact. Sorry I don't have much to offer.

Channon
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   Posted 2/18/2014 2:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the encouragement. I really appreciate the support!

I am not seeing a cardiologist because I know it isn't my heart. I have a mineral dust in my lungs that is like asbestos, but harder and acts different from asthma in many ways. (Also, I have done a lot of research and used the webmd sympton checker. when I put in all the symptoms and triggers associated with this pain, the top reasons are all lung-related)

It is my lungs and the recurring Santa Ana winds that bring dirt, pollution, mold and particulates out to the coast. This bout of pain started about 12 hours after the winds came back last week. It also get slightly worse with exertion, but leads to a breathing attack. The winds are due back in a few days too. So I guess it's time to call the pulmonologist again. I just went 3 weeks ago. mad
Channon
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Aluminum-oxide induced pulmonary disease/occupational [cough-variant] asthma - 2007
Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia, PTSD - over 20 years
Migraines - over 20 years

Post Edited (Channon) : 2/18/2014 12:20:54 PM (GMT-7)


Alcie
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   Posted 2/18/2014 6:29 PM (GMT -6)   
OK, as long as you are being seen by a doctor. Online symptom checkers aren't reliable at all. I'd call the pulmonologist if the pain isn't going away. Just to make sure nothing else is going on.

Can the lungs eventually expel the stuff with their little cilia?

Any chance of moving? Can you at least wear a dust mask when outdoors? Do you have a good filtration system in your house?

I run my furnace on its low fan setting 24/7. I use the 4" thick filters and change them 3 or 4 times a year, keeping doors and windows shut. My housekeepers appreciate not having much to dust. Room filters aren't very efficient. Even if you have to change out the fan in your furnace it would be beneficial to your health.
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