Hi there. I ve been having breathing problems for about 2 months now. I haven t gone to a doctor yet because I had the exact same issues about this time last year, and I was told it was viral pluracy ; a virus attacking my lungs, and there was nothing they could do about it. I eventually got an anti-inflammatory puffer which at least could help me sleep. All the scans and tests they ran came up perfectly healthy . My sister has had very similar lung problems around the july-august time for almost 4 years now, and I m now developing the same problems. It doesn t seem to be a problem at any other time of year. It feels like someone heavy is sitting on my chest; especially when I m trying to sleep. The doctors last year said the tightness is my chest was due to inflammation caused by the virus. The anti-inflammatory puffer doesn t seem to help at all when I m in an upright position, but seems to work mildly if I m trying to sleep. My question is... what could this be?! To return year after year around the same time.. could it be a spore that germinates at roughly the same time every year? We now both live in a city that s surrounded by highly developed farm land, maybe that has something to do with it (Calgary, Alberta)? My next question is, what can I do about it? I can barely walk up a flight of stairs without feeling like I m someone who s 100 years old with lung cancer , and I can t sleep for more then 2 hours at a time without having to sit up and catch my breath. I get very wheezy coughs, but I cough nothing up. I ve tried allergy medicine, like the strongest strength benadril , but it doesn t seem to help aside from clearing my nose decently. Suggestions would be nice? Last night was VERY bad for me, and it had almost scared me to get to emergency. Thanks for your time.
Asked On : Sat, 4 Aug 2012