How can I alleviate this shortness of breath?
January 2, 2008 3:11 PM Subscribe
I feel like I can't take a full breath and can't get to a doctor for a few days. Anything I can do in the meanwhile?
posted by Mr Bunnsy to Health & Fitness (31 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Yes, it's a medical question... I am hoping someone can share a similar experience and has advice.
For the last week or so I've been feeling out of breath in the afternoons - feel like I can't inhale all the way, even when I intentionally take deep breaths it feels like I am not getting enough air. This is causing me to feel lightheaded and interfering with my work and leisure time.
I am not congested or coughing, but have the symptoms of a mild cold or allergies: occasionally sneezing, red, itchy eyes, swollen glands on my neck (one is quite hard and a bit painful.) Feel a slight tightness in my chest when I try to breathe deeply but not otherwise. No history of asthma, I'm not particularly stressed, I've been traveling but am back home now so no new allergens there.
It comes on in the afternoons and goes away by evening, and doesn't seem to have gotten any better or worse in the past week. I'm seeing a doctor Tuesday but is there anything I can do to make the shortness of breath go away faster? Or could this be emergency-room-worthy? It really sucks but doesn't seem to be killing me/making me pass out.