Bubbling/Vibration when breathing

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Jessiepooh
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   Posted 2/5/2013 1:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Here we go with another bout of anxiety, a nice strong one too. Right now I have this bubbly vibration feeling when I take a breath in, especially a deep breath, but once I take the deep breath it will clear the bubbly sensation for awhile, it all started back in July of 2012, I got bronchitis or bronchial pneumonia, lasted for a good 10-12 weeks and finished with a nice case of laryngitis.

After getting over the worst of the bronchitis, about 2 weeks later I get laryngitis, the doctors prescribe me steroids and antibiotics to get over it, about a week into this, I notice a bubbling feeling when I breathed in but once I took a deep breath it would clear, I would try to lay on my other side, and it would eventually feel like a vibration on that side too, especially when I would wake up in the morning, it-scared-the-hell-out-of-me, of course like any good health anxiety pro, I went to the ER for sure this time, that I now have a heart condition and my lungs are filling with fluid, they did x-rays, listened to my heart and assured me that it wasn't fluid on the lungs, this happened probably 3-4 times and I even had a doctor who was really short with me and basically said I was nuts and or imaging these things since nobody could ever hear them with a stethoscope, but I explained it only happens when I lay down or haven't taken a good deep breath in awhile, so I would try to make it happen to no avail, anyway, I got them to send me to a pulmonary specialist!

Once I got into the specialist and met her, she seemed like she really knew her stuff, after explaining what was going on she seemed to know what it was right away but wanted to listen to my lungs and such, and right away she explained it was residual from the bronchitis, she sees it all the time and its very common, she went on to explain that when you cough the lungs can get irritated from the constant bumping around basically and they get inflamed and you can get a bit of blood etc. in there but its really the lungs kind of scraping along something, is how she explained it, gave me some meds and told me it would take some time but they would heal, come back and see me in 6 weeks, so I did and it was still there but not as bad, she said great come back in see me at the end of November, by the time November came around, it was all pretty much gone and I hadn't really noticed it until I went on a road trip this past weekend to see my in-laws, on the way there my anxiety kicked up a good notch for some reason, then I had a few coughs but nothing really much, and of course, here come those vibration bubble things again, which didn't help when my father in-law started to tell me how his lungs had filled with water a few months ago and he could feel it bubble when he laid down in bed, only in his right lung he said, and at the bottom, couldn't breathe when he laid down and felt pain in the side of his lungs, which I also notice discomfort, so he went to his doctor who also couldn't hear anything when listening to the lungs, but saw the water either through xray or ct scan, which he had to get removed, this sent me into an anxiety overload!

Now I'm fearing the worst again, I would think that by now being February 2013 my lungs would have healed up from the bronchitis and not be doing this bubbly vibration thing anymore, but noooo it's here and bubbling pretty often, now I'm having trouble sleeping and having super high anxiety spells when trying to go to bed to the point that I have to get up and watch tv to try and keep my mind off of things, I don't know what to do, but I feel like they have missed something, or that something more serious is wrong, has anyone else experienced this or know about it?

Need all the help I can get right now.

-Jess

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 2/5/2013 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jess,

I am sorry that you are dealing with this worry for so long now. Try not to make too much of it though. The fear of your lungs filling with fluid, or of heart problems a just the product of an overly imaginative anxious brain...we are so good at coming up with scary worst-case senarios!

Most likely you will find that it is something benign and easily treated. It could be residual effects from your last illness, exacerbated by cold weather, or a new virus. It could be that you are developing allergies...or it could even be gastric in nature...sometimes gurgles/bubbles in the abdomen and chest can be confused for one another...

It seems that you have had an all clear from your doctor, which is good, but if it gets worse...maybe you could go in and ask about a referral to an allergist?

Try your best to not take notice of it. It is easy for us with anxiety to focus and consider little things as red-alerts. Hopefully it will go away again soon.

Talk to you soon,

S.C.
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LexiRae
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   Posted 2/5/2013 4:42 PM (GMT -6)   
It seems as though everything was pretty much cleared up physically. So I don't think you have much to worry about.

Our minds can wreak havoc on our sense of well being, especially when we have someone else feeding our anxiety like your FIL was doing to you.

Just try to remember that your dr isn't concerned. If you had anything like what your FIL described, she would be. She knows her stuff, remember?

I make myself feel better by thinking about the worst case scenario, and how I would deal with it if did happen. That way I feel prepared, and it's never ever as bad as I think it is.

For example. Even IF you did have what your FIL described...you would go to your dr, she would drain the fluid/put you back on meds, and keep a close eye on you. But there's very little chance of you ever experiencing that.

Ulani14
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   Posted 5/8/2014 12:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I am experiencing the same thing. My Thoracic surgeon told me it's my anxiety but I know it's not something is wrong. I understand your frustration.

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   Posted 5/9/2014 9:35 AM (GMT -6)   
 
Hello and welcome to HealingWell !  Unfortunately, you have posted on an older thread that has not had any activity since last year.

We do ask new members to take the time to post an introduction of their own in a new thread so that all members will see it and be able to extend a warm welcome aboard to you. 
 
I look forward to getting to know you better.
 
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ElleK
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   Posted 3/12/2016 3:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jess, its been a few years since your post and I hope you're doing well.

I just wanted to say that I have exactly the same thing happening. I had a really horrible chest infection in Nov 2014 and Drs were reluctant to treat it with steroids but gave me salbutamol inhalers instead. This caused the cough to be even more productive and actually caused me to cough so much that I caused a hiatial hernia! With lots of reflux. Then i fell pregnant so all treatments stopped. I managed to get acid suppressants at 14weeks pregnant but I was still coughing constantly. This went on throughout the pregnancy and I noticed this crackly vibration feeling starting on deep breaths at night (if i woke up) it began as just now and again. Now its the same as you described, pretty much every time I take a deep breath this buzzing feeling fills my lungs but after one breath its gone. Drs tested me for asthma but that looks unlikely so I too went to a specialist but he didn't know what it was, talk about panicking! Now they're going all out with the acid suppression to try and get rid of the cough as they think its reflux related but still no help for this really frustrating feeling in my lungs.

Thank you for posting as i no longer feel crazy. What medication did you get that helped, if any?

Oh and i too dread night times, as I know this feeling will still be there.

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 3/12/2016 4:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Elle and welcome.

I am sorry to hear of the bothersome symptom you are experiencing.

Unfortunately this is an old thread, and we've not heard from the OP in some time...

I do hope you find the answers you need soon. Continue to search for your best treatment...

...and know we are here for anxiety support anytime.:)

Scaredy Cat
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Mesolo
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   Posted 1/12/2018 1:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I thought I was going crazy until I read this post. I have definetly been feeling the bubbling/vibration too. During the day I hardly feel it. Usually during the night when I lay down is when it start happening. At night I wake up out of breath. The feeling is agonizing and quite frustrating that you want to sleep and you just keep waking up like a repeated nightmare every time to wake up. I got a heart monitor on to wear for several weeks but nothing major. Just heart palpitation which are not dangerous but I feel something with my breathing is affecting my heart rhythms . My first episode was at the gym while doing push up. Ever since that day I been feeling the sensation. Usually cough seems to help alleviate both the sensation and the heart palpitations. It feels like if I have something stuck in the chest but it can’t come out. My doctor ordered a nuclear stress test to rule out any other possible cause. I am going to see a pulmunogist this week to also check for other causes as well. hopefully someone can figure out what the problem is.

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 1/12/2018 10:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mesolo and welcome!

I hope you get the answers and any necessary treatment with your upcoming appointments.

If everything is ruled out physically, and you need anymore support regarding anxiety challenges, know that you can come back and post with us anytime. smile

All the best!

Scaredy Cat
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"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
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Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT
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