Whenever I have a chest infection (which I usually get at least once a year) I know I have this feeling of breathing in icy old air. It's how I have learnt to recognise that I have an infection. In 6 weeks I had 2 infections (Tonsillitis and Bronchitis). I got over both of them, and now, about 3 weeks after I got over bronchitis I have developed some symptoms that mystify my doctor. I am breathless most of the time (quick, shallow breathing), and it gets worse with any physical exertion (including just walking around). I am also constantly feeling like I am breathing in ice cold air (which is a very uncomfortable feeling). Also I've been feeling exhausted (including muscle weakness), and needing more sleep than I usually do. I have asthma, but it has never been like this (it's always been very minor), and my breathing isn't relieved by my puffer (or managed with my preventive asthma medication).
Has anyone else experienced this?
I have gotten a blood test and a chest xray...just waiting on results now.
Without examination confirming a diagnosis is very tough but this breathlessness can be due to emphysema. Emphysema is a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) Symptoms include shortness of breath on exertion and later at rest, hyperventilation, and an expanded chest. Emphysema is treated by supporting the breathing with anticholinergics, bronchodilators, steroid medication (inhaled or oral), and supplemental oxygen as required.
The other possibility is of asthama.But for any breathlessness,cardiac causes have to be ruled out.I sincerely advise you to consult a respiratory physican and get pulmonary function tests and x-ray and CT chest done to confirm a diagnosis.
Hope this helps.Take care and pls do keep me posted if you have any additional doubts.
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