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Hello everyone - I'm new to this site and in desperate need of any advice anyone can give me.

I'm a 29yr old female with no prior history of asthma except for the occasional wheezing/coughing after running in the cold. Even during those previous episodes I never felt wheezy during the workout and never felt short of breath (beyond the usual heavy exercise breathing) either during or after. I never felt like I needed a rescue inhaler and had never used one. I also had a bout of "allergy" asthma for lack of a better word triggered by packing things up for a move in 2007. I had a dry cough/tight chest that lasted a couple of months and then went away - again no meds.

In October, I came down with a chest cold and my life has been hell since. Basically I have this constant wheezing/ rattling that makes me cough - it feels like there's mucus and sometimes it comes up, but it's hard to get it up. I have occasional chest tightness, but nothing that seems alarming or that lasts more than a few minutes. But the wheezing is every day. I was treated w/ a couple rounds antibiotics (for what seemed like infection flare ups) a couple rounds of steroids, dulera, then a higher dose of dulera, also a trial on a nebulizer w/ xopenex. None of them seemed to make much difference. I ended up coming down with pneumonia and antibiotics did clear that up, but I'm now on Spiriva, QVAR, and Proventil (I know this is a "rescue" but I was told to take it regularly til we get this under control) and I'm now STILL left with this rattly wheezing and a feeling of mucus moving around that won't come up). I was tested for allergies (I have pets) and I'm not allergic to the animals, dust, or mold, just to grasses and plants and such. The allergist didn't think this was allergy related b/c it doesn't seem to get better or worse with location (inside, outside, work, home, day, night, etc).

I'm under the care of a pulmonologist, but does this sound like asthma?? I never feel like I can't breathe. I feel the wheeze and the rattle and if i breathe out really hard, holy cow, major rattle and coughing, but I feel like I can breathe fine. I was off all inhalers for a few weeks (prior to the pneumonia) and I noticed no difference at all. Can you have asthma without breathing trouble? Would asthma not respond to all these inhalers/steroids? I just feel like I'm not getting anywhere and I'm SO FRUSTRATED, so I'm hoping I can get some advice to help me ask the right questions next time I see my dr. Thanks in advance!
[QUOTE=LittleHelpHere;4730205]Hello everyone - I'm new to this site and in desperate need of any advice anyone can give me.

I'm a 29yr old female with no prior history of asthma except for the occasional wheezing/coughing after running in the cold. Even during those previous episodes I never felt wheezy during the workout and never felt short of breath (beyond the usual heavy exercise breathing) either during or after. I never felt like I needed a rescue inhaler and had never used one. I also had a bout of "allergy" asthma for lack of a better word triggered by packing things up for a move in 2007. I had a dry cough/tight chest that lasted a couple of months and then went away - again no meds.

In October, I came down with a chest cold and my life has been hell since. Basically I have this constant wheezing/ rattling that makes me cough - it feels like there's mucus and sometimes it comes up, but it's hard to get it up. I have occasional chest tightness, but nothing that seems alarming or that lasts more than a few minutes. But the wheezing is every day. I was treated w/ a couple rounds antibiotics (for what seemed like infection flare ups) a couple rounds of steroids, dulera, then a higher dose of dulera, also a trial on a nebulizer w/ xopenex. None of them seemed to make much difference. I ended up coming down with pneumonia and antibiotics did clear that up, but I'm now on Spiriva, QVAR, and Proventil (I know this is a "rescue" but I was told to take it regularly til we get this under control) and I'm now STILL left with this rattly wheezing and a feeling of mucus moving around that won't come up). I was tested for allergies (I have pets) and I'm not allergic to the animals, dust, or mold, just to grasses and plants and such. The allergist didn't think this was allergy related b/c it doesn't seem to get better or worse with location (inside, outside, work, home, day, night, etc).

I'm under the care of a pulmonologist, but does this sound like asthma?? I never feel like I can't breathe. I feel the wheeze and the rattle and if i breathe out really hard, holy cow, major rattle and coughing, but I feel like I can breathe fine. I was off all inhalers for a few weeks (prior to the pneumonia) and I noticed no difference at all. Can you have asthma without breathing trouble? Would asthma not respond to all these inhalers/steroids? I just feel like I'm not getting anywhere and I'm SO FRUSTRATED, so I'm hoping I can get some advice to help me ask the right questions next time I see my dr. Thanks in advance![/QUOTE]




I am suffering with the same symptoms. They started me on Zantac for two months which did nothing. I had Chest x-rays done, MRI's done Breathing tests for asthma. All came back negative. I even went to a pulminologist and he did more tests. The pulminoligist sent me back to asthma/allergy Dr. The diagnosed me with an allergy induced asthma. I'm presently getting allergy shots and they seem to work and give me about 65% relief. Every so often I get it back bad and that's how I found your post because nobody seems to know exactly how to make it go away. I use to get it so bad that I felt congested in my chest and in order to cough the stuff up which is not easy, I had to huff the crap up. The mucas is clear which the Dr. tells me is good. Sometimes the phlegm is yellow. It is fustrating, but I did get some relief from allergy shots. I didn't completely make it go away but it did help. Breathing is not a problem either for me. It feels like I have a ton of phlegm sitting in my chest that only comes up when I cough a certain way which I found out is called "Huffing". But after coughing like that all day my eyes hurt. I get headaches and my chest is so sore.





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