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Do I Have Asthma?
Nov 17, 2011
I have been having shortness of breath issues for about a year now, however recently, especially over the past week, it has gotten much worse. Here are my symptoms:

Constant shortness of breath, sometimes gets better when sitting or laying still
Shortness of breath worsens upon getting up, even just to go the bathroom. Also gets worse when I talk. I am basically unable to talk, very hard to just say a few words. I feel like I literally run out of air.
Yawning and taking a deep breath is hard and makes the shortness of breath worse for a short period of time.
If anyone bumps me or shakes the couch at all, it makes it harder to breath for a short period of time as well.
My throat hurts a lot, more so in the morning when I first wake up and I have a lot of drainage/mucus stuff that I spit out all day. It's mainly clear with some green spots.
It feels like I am not able to get enough air in or out, and today it felt as though someone shoved a straw up each side of my nose and I was forced to breathe through them. That feeling has passed, but it is still not easy to breathe, I feel like I'm not getting enough air in or out.

I am basically forced to just sit here all day while people do everything for me and I stare at the tv or my laptop screen. It's not fun and I am losing so much time, especially around the holidays. I can't go shopping, spend time laughing and talking with my family, nothing. It's all I can do to find a time I'm comfortable enough to take a shower. I'm miserable. My doctor has basically just today refused to help me because I do not have insurance right now.
I should also add that I am on Metoprolol 50MG 2x a day. I am currently weaning off this medication, but it is going slowly. I was taking it every 8 hours, now I'm up to taking it 9 hours apart. I do not usually take it at night, only once in the morning and once in the afternoon. I find that I am a little short of breath in the morning, however after I take the metoprolol it does seem to get worse. I think whatever problem I have, the metoprolol isn't helping. I know it can induce asthma symptoms in some people. But as I said, I am already some short of breath on my own and it just gets worse after taking the metoprolol, especially in the morning. I don't know if it has anything to do with the medicine or not, but just thought it was worth mentioning.

Please, if someone can help give me any answers, any hope, I will be forever grateful.

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