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I am so sorry to hear about your breathing problems - I too suffer without knowing quite what it is.

My problems are similar BUT my breathing problems seem to take a break during colder months. Last fall when my breathing finally started to improve I started having trouble eating. EVERYTHING would seem to get stuck, or come back up, or other things of that nature and I had so much pressure pain that finally I stopped eating solids altogether about a month ago. Recently I started using primatene mist spray (tons of it - WAAAY more than I'm supposed to) and that helps my breathing somewhat now that the warm weather is coming back. I also have been able to eat solids again (maybe something healed?).

But, it still kind of seems like the humidity somehow causes the problems. And I shouldn't be taking so much Primatene Mist but I experienced hell on earth last summer and I'd rather just take my chances. I don't have anxiety and I know that I was in good shape before this started. If I can get some real insurance maybe they'll check out my heart a bunch.

If nobody ever finds anything I'll have no choice but to move somewhere without humidity (even though I'm flat broke) and just hope that I don't have any more breathing problems.

Good luck to you - and please post more with any other information you care to share and I'll do the same.
Many, many people experience warm weather asthma, triggered by either heat and humidity or pollen. Primatene mist is a fairly weak medicine with a lot of side effects.

Go to a clinic. Get real asthma medicine. Meanwhile, try to stay in spaces that are air conditioned, even if it means hanging out in the public library until they close.
[QUOTE=janewhite1;4755320]Many, many people experience warm weather asthma, triggered by either heat and humidity or pollen. Primatene mist is a fairly weak medicine with a lot of side effects.

Go to a clinic. Get real asthma medicine. Meanwhile, try to stay in spaces that are air conditioned, even if it means hanging out in the public library until they close.[/QUOTE]

I appreciate your concern. I tried albuterol and a similar-looking inhaler and neither seemed to help. I actually went through an entire albuterol in one day and it did nothing. Primatene mist works for me more than anything I've tried. Side effects no longer matter with this level of struggling to breath - trust me. I puff, puff away - and I tremble and shake because of it - but I begin to be able to cough and clear my lungs and then take a deep breath. That means everything to me.

I agree that staying in air-conditioned spaces is good. But month after month after month... - trust me, it really wears you down as a human being.

I did find a free medical van that I will probably go to this week for this year's breathing problems. We'll see what happens. Thanks for the response!
[QUOTE=gleefter;4775183]:wave:hi , i too suffer from this and believe me it really is anxiety, iam on a low does of citalopram because of a tragedy in the family and i think this helps me, also gentle yoga where you stretch and go back as far as you can opens up your airways, so when you feel you cant breath then instead of leaning forward which closes your lungs stand tall lean back and open the lungs and you should get a good breath , but most of all try putting it out of your mind, as i have experienced lack of breath while typing this as it is in my mind , thats me now ,had a good stretch and hay presto , breathing good , gleefter. ps good luck[/QUOTE]


I don't have anxiety though. I've had times where I've been under unbelievable levels of stress and never had trouble breathing. And vice-versa - the breathing problems when they do come on can be when I'm feeling perfectly fine.

I have an appointment with a GI in a week for the swallowing problems I've been having (and because I was diagnosed w/ bad GERD) I'll post any new developments.

Also, I had to return to the room I had been renting where I was having summer breathing problems (to clear my belongings out) and I didn't have any breathing problems this time but definitely suffered some very intense pressure inside my adams apple area the whole time. The room started at 80 degrees and 50% humidity and I was able to get the temp down but not the humidity. I got it done in a few hours - still though, just remembering the painful pressure inside my neck for those few hours just makes me shake my head in disbelief.

I am sorry to hear about the trouble you've been having and wish you the best.





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