Why do I feel as if I'm suffocating?
July 18, 2010 10:01 PM Subscribe
Why do I constantly feel as if I'm suffocating, and what can I do to relieve myself of this feeling?
posted by Dreamcast to Health & Fitness (35 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
(This is fairly long, and I know you're not my doctor, but I don't have a doctor, so...)
Late Thursday night, I began to have issues breathing; I couldn't take complete breaths (I would just "stop" half-way, I couldn't even yawn completely), and this persisted for several hours. I took Albuterol (a fast-acting inhaler for treating asthma) because I assumed it was related to my asthma, but all Albuterol did was help once I got really short of breath from not being able to breathe-in entirely, it didn't help my inability to breathe in completely. It eventually got to the point where I was considering going to the emergency room, but it subsided. Since then, I've had this constant feeling of suffocation (obviously, I'm not suffocating). I can breathe in completely now, but I constantly have that feeling one gets after holding their breath for a while that compels them to breathe. No matter how many deep breaths I take, I can't get rid of this feeling.
Can anyone provide any insight as to what might be wrong, and perhaps, what I can do, short of seeing a doctor, to relieve me of this problem? I have no health care/insurance, and I'm unemployed, so I absolutely cannot afford to see a doctor.
More details: I'm an asthmatic, and I have been my entire life. I regularly take Albuterol for my asthma, and since Friday, I've been taking Prednisone pills someone gave me (which I'm almost out of, and the Prednisone is taken on the assumption that this is a problem related to asthma) in hopes that it'll help prevent a repeat of Thursday night (so far, it hasn't happened again). I don't know if this is relevant, but I also have mitral valve prolapse, and I have a history of chest pains, but I usually chalked that up to either being really out of shape (I'm not fat or anything, though) or a result of acid reflux, and I didn't have any chest or heart pains Thursday. I don't believe I've ever seen a doctor for my chest pains. It's been about four or five years since I've last been to a doctor.