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6/4/10 9:28 A

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I live in Northeast Arkansas and yes the weather around here really triggers my asthma as well. I was diagnosed with mine around the age of 32 after I had my first two kids. With my asthma inhalers is causes me to have a rapid heart rate that usually I end up having to see and heart doc for but so far it's doing alot better. Asthma to me can cause some weird symptoms but it's better to have everything checked out that being sorry. My chest pains will send me to the ER almost every time and I tell them it's because of asthma but they usually never listen and I get the nitro pills. Boy the joys of having asthma for us.

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6/3/10 11:08 P

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So I was diagnosed with asthma about 2 months ago and began seeing a pulmonologist. I am almost 40 and would have never in a million years thought ashtma. For about 10 years, on and off I had some chest tightness... to the doctor and then EKG (3 times) nothing changed. Then a new doctor said is could be costocondritis.... then when the pollen was soooooo bad in East TN I had chest pains daily. So I went to my doc (new one, the old one moved practices) and he said I hear quite a bit of wheezing. He then proceeded to say that I had asthma. I was blown away. He said my chest pains were my symptoms. I politely thanked him and then walked out to make an appointment with a pulmonologist. After a PFT, he completely concurred. I guess I am still amazed that for almost 40 years and especially over the past 10 years no one figured out why I was having chest pains. I am new but cannot tell you how incredible it is to find this group and to see topics that I can relate to.... To answer your questions, my chest pains are like when you hit your funny bone and it catches your breath for a sec. At least for me that is the way it feels.... WOW soooo sorry to get off topic.

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5/21/10 11:35 A

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You may feel like you're trying to breathe through a pillow or a real thick mask. Or, like having a set of weights on your chest! You don't have much energy at all.

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5/21/10 11:25 A

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For me, it starts in my back, under my shoulder blades. It almost feels like I have an elephant sitting there, then when it's really bad I get the tightness in my chest that becomes so unbearably uncomfortable. Ever go swimming and dive really deep and almost don't have enough air to come up to the surface? You know that pounding feeling you get in your lungs and chest? Kinda like that, but the worst for me was the stabbing pains in my chest. Felt like someone stabbing me over and over. I was so scared that I went to the hospital sure I was having a heart attack only to find out I have asthma. Didn't know, I was in the throws of a severe attack. But anyway, that is the best I can describe it. I think for everyone it might be different :) Hope this helps.

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4/20/10 3:32 P

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For me it feels like I am carrying weights on my chest. It feels heavy just sitting there but when I breathe I have to lift the weights.

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4/19/10 8:16 A

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Have you ever used an Ace bandage before? For me, it feels like wrapping an Ace bandage REALLY tight around your chest - so tight that you have trouble expanding your lungs.

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4/17/10 9:19 P

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When I have an attack I describe it like this: the breathing tubes in my lungs clamp down (and squeeze out a bunch of mucus sometimes) so I can't easily breath air back in.

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4/15/10 7:26 A

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Hard for me to describe but for me it's like when you sick and coughing real bad and your chest just tightens up. Mikayla will complain with chest pain when she is having an attack. It's almost like you can feel the muscles contracting in your chest and when I use the inhaler it relaxs them. I hope this helps Kate.

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4/15/10 2:57 A

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Can any of you explain what the docs mean when they talk about chest tightness and what that is and feels like? Is it like when someone is hugging you too tight or what?

Whatever theings are true, whatever things are noble whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things.

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