I have an inhaler, and was insturcted to use when I was feeling 'shortness of breath' or air hunger. Problem is, I can hardly get a deep enough (satisfying) breath in to begin with. I am constantly struggling. I'm not passing out, turning blue, or anything severe... But I have to walk around, stand up, do different weird things for several minutes (along with 1 or 2 puffs from the inhaler) just to acheive a satisftying breath.
I have requested a pulm. functions test and was told since my chest x-ray was normal there was no need. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I'm having a CONSTANT struggle to breathe! Everyday!
I'm pretty sure my GP thinks it's anxiety related. And while I may begin to get anxious during an episode, they definetly don't arise from anything I am aware of. I'm almost always at work and it's usually closer to the afternoon. I've had an episode several times a day every day this week. I have an appt. with the primary on Monday and then an appt. with my rheumy Thursday. Hopefully it can wait..
I've also *FELT* weezing. Maybe it could be heard with a stethoscope, but it wasn't one you could hear with the naked ear. But I can feel breathing in out, a sense of wheezing.. If that makes sense? I don't know.
What other things can I do to help alleviate this?? I feel like the inhaler is pointless if I can hardly get a breath to begin with.
"Rule number one is, don't sweat the small stuff. Rule number two is, it's all small stuff."
Dx: Potential Lupus, Diffuse Systemic Sclerosis, Mixed Connective Tissue Disease
Rx: Prednisone 5mg 1x daily, Lyrica 75mg 2x daily, Omeprazole 200mg 1x daily, Xanax .5mg prn