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Sounds like what I'm going through currently....chest tightness. Had it for a week & half so far. (39 year old female)

I've never been diagnosed with asthma but as a child had a lot of allergies (5 years of shots) and 10 years ago ...an asthmatic condition that developed over 3 weeks of being exposed to kittens. The kittens had to go...and I don't have any pets at all currently. I also had a reaction to an MRI die (hives). That's been the extent of my allergies. I do take Allegra D at night to help me breathe better when I sleep AND my husband says I have sleep apnea (stop breathing - then gasp for air). ????????? While using Allegra D - this doesn't occur as much (he tells me) and I wake up feeling better and energetic. So...as far as I knew - I'm healthy as I could be....?? And then....
On July 5th my chest began to get really tight. I thought it was from a bit of anxieity due to my weekend scheduling. So after the weekend passed - I did calm down and the tightness got better but never went away completely. I just let it go.

Until Friday July 13th it came back ..... tried to make an appointment with the doctor and they recommended I got to the ER. Spent Friday night at the ER (EKG's, Xrays, blood work, etc) and 5 hours later - there was no immediate concern and nothing 'heart related'. They gave me a Xanax, and an inhaler (proair HPF???)and sent me on my way.

The weekend passed and I was feeling better but not 100%. Monday morning I wake up and 1 hour later, my chest starts tightening up again. Use the inhaler and it just barely does anything noticable..... made an appointment and tomorrow I'm scheduled for a Pulmunary test.

This is just soooo weird....as I've never experienced this kinda stuff and for no unknown reason. Perhaps the anxiety / heat / humidity around here lately triggered something??

The Proair somewhat helps but not as much as I'd think it would...??? The Xanax calms me down but the tightness is still there - just somewhat hidden behind the drugs. I'm not wheezing and I at times it feels like I'm restricted while other times I honestly can't tell...?? The tightness is in the same place you decribe - in my cleavage area -

I think I'm having more anxiety and more worried/stress from not knowing what this is...... I've been trying to read about asthma etc, but it seems there are soooo many different things/ways that can trigger it and so many different reactions the body goes through.

Argh!!
Janster,

First thank you for the reply. Next: I am so sorry you are going through so much. :(

The basic problem is that chest tightness is an overlapping symptom of both anxiety and asthma, both of which I have. :rolleyes:

Re: the sleep apnea...have you been officially diagnosed by a dr for this? If not you may want to consider a sleep apnea test. I had one last year. Thank God all clear. You go to a sleep study facility and they hook you up with a bunch of wires, monitoring you while you sleep. My wife came with me. It started around 10 PM and ended 6 AM.

I can relate about the cats. I had to give away my cat on Christmas Eve 2005 :(

It sounds like the July 5 situation may have been anxiety. On July 13, were you under stress or anxious? Something bothering you? (Not to be personal.) It was a great move going to the ER. I've done it a few times because you just never know. I am glad everything was good on the heart front.

Excellent move getting the pulmonary test. Keep me posted.

I can definitely relate with the anixety/heat/humidity. I do get anxious when there is heat and humidity (probably because this was my first asthma trigger).

[QUOTE]I think I'm having more anxiety and more worried/stress from not knowing what this is...... [/QUOTE] Oh man, are you preaching to the choir.

[QUOTE]I've been trying to read about asthma etc, but it seems there are soooo many different things/ways that can trigger it and so many different reactions the body goes through.
[/QUOTE] So true. Up until Between 2000 and November 2005 I only had the heat/humidity trigger. Then on Thanksgiving Night 05, I got my first attack due to cold air. :confused: :(
[QUOTE=john319;3102902]Janster,

First thank you for the reply. Next: I am so sorry you are going through so much. :(

The basic problem is that chest tightness is an overlapping symptom of both anxiety and asthma, both of which I have. :rolleyes:

Re: the sleep apnea...have you been officially diagnosed by a dr for this? If not you may want to consider a sleep apnea test. I had one last year. Thank God all clear. You go to a sleep study facility and they hook you up with a bunch of wires, monitoring you while you sleep. My wife came with me. It started around 10 PM and ended 6 AM.

I can relate about the cats. I had to give away my cat on Christmas Eve 2005 :(

It sounds like the July 5 situation may have been anxiety. On July 13, were you under stress or anxious? Something bothering you? (Not to be personal.) It was a great move going to the ER. I've done it a few times because you just never know. I am glad everything was good on the heart front.

Excellent move getting the pulmonary test. Keep me posted.

I can definitely relate with the anixety/heat/humidity. I do get anxious when there is heat and humidity (probably because this was my first asthma trigger).

Oh man, are you preaching to the choir.

So true. Up until Between 2000 and November 2005 I only had the heat/humidity trigger. Then on Thanksgiving Night 05, I got my first attack due to cold air. :confused: :([/QUOTE]

I'm a *on the go* kinda person but I've always been pretty relaxed and don't worry about too much. I'm a typical woman who has a *To Do List* that's a mile long. That's been a part of me forever. So - I'm truely and honestly not worried about anything. Home, finances, and marriage are what I would consider perfect. I can understand the trigger from my weekend schedule...but does it take THAT long for the lungs to recooperate after you calm down? (if that's the case)

Pulmunary test went quick. Chest is pretty good today (not 100%) and after they gave me the medicine, it didn't feel like it changed much.

Obviously my symptoms (today anyway) have somewhat gone away. If it continues to go away -GREAT!! But if they can't diagnose it as *something* - that'll just make it all that much more to worry about until the next flare up.... Sheesh!! I THANK GAWD it's not serious - and I can deal with just about anything knowing its just a part of life.
[QUOTE=john319;3106843]Janster,

Good to hear everything--home-wise and health-wise--is A-OK.:bouncing:[/QUOTE]

Well, I hope you're situation clears up.

My pulmonary test was negative for asthma. They said there were some irregularities but nothing to pinpoint. They gave me some Advair and blood tests. The blood tests turned up normal also.

The Advair has been helping....Today I had another episode. 95+ degrees and humidity out-da-whazoo and me running around at work like I normally do - really hyped up the symptoms and my heart was beating 'weirdly' (hard to explain).

I think the worst thing about all this is still having the symptoms but not having a diagnosis. Do you just pass it off as "I'm getting older and that's just the way my body is gonna react from now on?" kinda thing??
Hi Janster,

[QUOTE]I think the worst thing about all this is still having the symptoms but not having a diagnosis. Do you just pass it off as "I'm getting older and that's just the way my body is gonna react from now on?" kinda thing??[/QUOTE] You are so absolutely correct about having symptoms but no diagnosis. It so damn frustrating.

I wish I could pass it off with your quote. For me it is a combination of mild anger, and getting upset and frustrated. From 2000 to 2005 I knew I had mild asthma and that was basically it. I had no anxiety about it. I carried around my Albuterol, knew heat/humidity was my trigger, and that was it. I was a bit suprised when on Thanksgiving night 2005 while my wife and I were walking to a friend's for The Meal, I got my first asthma epsiode due to cold air. I wondered but still wasn't concerned....until next month. On Dec 23, 2005 I read a story about a transit worker who crossed the picket lines of a then-strike, went back to cleaning the subway cars, got an asthma attack and died. Prior to that I never knew you could die from asthma. My "asthma" world was shattered and I have hated that day and newspaper article ever since :mad:. The next day--Christmas Eve--I gave away my cat. Needless to say it was not a Merry Christmas for me. In 2006 anxiety regarding asthma, something I never had before, soared through the roof. I wish I had stocks that went up like that :D. I suffered many asthma attacks but now in hindsight I wonder how many were actual asthma attacks or anxiety attacks. Chest tightness was the symptom. I used Prednisone as needed for eight months. Again in hindsight these episodes were probably anxiety because when I took the Prednisone, the chest tightness disappeared much faster than Prednisone takes to work.

In the 7 years I have had asthma I have gone to the ER half-a-dozen times but never in a life-threatening situation.

This year I have wondered about the chest tightness being anxiety or asthma. :confused:





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