Could This Be Asthma Related Or Something Else?

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   Posted 4/15/2007 2:19 PM (GMT -6)   
For the past 4 days ive been having some difficulty breathing I feel like I cant catch my breath at times or I take shallow breaths or very deep breaths very little tightness more of the feeling that I just cant catch my breath..No wheezing involved..Ive been checking my peak flow and its between 450-500 which when I was in the er and got 450 dr said it was normal thats hasnt changed its been consitantly 450-500 before this started I had either a severe allergy attack or a cold I had stuffy nose runny nose sneezing headache ear pressure then after all that stoped thats when this started now I have the breathing problems headache with a lightheadness and ear pressure at times for 2 nights I tried my rescue inhaler and that didnt seem to make a difference and I just tried it again when I got woke up and didnt make a huge difference I dont feel it all the time but its here a good majority of the day after I took the inhaler I checked my peak flow it was still the same value.
I dunno if this could be asthma related considering its been 4 days no wheezing and my peak flow is normal and consisitant or if it has to do with the allergy attack or cold I had or if its constant anxiety..I cant go to the dr cause im under no insurance yet and ive been to the er twice in the past 2 months for a similar feeling and they found nothing wrong so what do you guys think it can be and what do reccomend I can do

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   Posted 4/16/2007 6:28 AM (GMT -6)   
If your peak flow is normal and you have no wheezing, my guess would be that it's anxiety related. How long do these episodes last and do you panic when you feel like this? I don't have asthma but I do have anxiety so sometimes I get the tightness in my chest, shortness of breath and I can't take a deep breath in either. Normally if I sit down, relax the feeling subsides. Are you on any anxiety medication? What about asthma meds?
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   Posted 4/16/2007 11:58 AM (GMT -6)   
when i feel it then i guess i do go into more anxiety its on and off all day but more on then off im on nothing for anxiety right now i have no insurance i was on xanax for about a week but felt worse on it after 4 days and im currently taking nothign for asthma i have a xopenex rescue inhaler and ive used it a few times during this and i dont really feel a difference after it and theres no difference in my peak flow after i use it

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   Posted 4/17/2007 2:28 PM (GMT -6)   

If your peak flow is within normal limits & the rescue inhaler does not help, then most likely it isn't asthma.  W/asthma you would see decreased peak flow rate & relief w/inhaler.  There are many things that can cause your symptoms... from sinus infection (headache, lightheadedness) to blood pressure or perhaps thyroid.  Since you do not have insurance, try the free readings of BP at you local pharmacies.  Many towns have Family Health Clinics which charges you by your income.  Good luck and hope you feel better soon.


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   Posted 4/17/2007 11:28 PM (GMT -6)   
There is something called "air hunger" that could be related to low thyroid.
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