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So over the course of the last 2 years I have experienced a spew of breathing issues. I have gone to the doctors several times to figure this out and have yet to find a remedy. Originally I had a bad cough that was very phlegmy and would not go away for months. I caved in and saw a doctor. He said I had a mild cold and that I should take some antibiotics and "here is an inhaler" " you probably have asthma". Well, I used the inhaler for a short time, and things kinda got better. So I stopped using the inhaler as frequently. Well, a couple months went by and this tightness in my chest got worse. It got so bad that breathing felt extremely difficult. Almost like something was stopping it in my throat. I went to the doctor and he ran through a couple options. 1. Asthma 2. GERD 3. Allergies. Basically started taking allergy meds right away. Started with Claritin and QVAR inhaler. Things got slightly better again. But no drastic improvement and eventually things ended up just getting worse. This tightness in my throat has gotten worse and more frequent. Nearly a daily thing. Then tried Flonase in conjunction. Which has not helped much. I tried omeprazole in the mornings to see if GERD is even a possibility. And alas, no serious help.
Now let me explain my symptoms. I am constantly clearing my throat. It feels like a dry congestion. To the point where it is unbearable. Some days it just feels like a congestion right where my throat and nose meet and it is something that can easily be forgotten about. While other days it extends to right underneath my adam's apple and close the top of the rib cage. It almost feels like my throat is closing up. Swallowing feels strange as well. When this happens an overwhelming feeling of fear dawns over me and I honestly think I am going to suffocate. I know this is probably just the panic, but I have been able to minimize these feelings and truly just focus on just the issue. My head feels slightly foggy and slight amounts of pressure around the temples and front of the forehead (right around sinuses).
I utilize Claritin (x1 in the morning), Flonase (x2 squirts in morning), Neti Pot with saline (x2 a day), QVAR (x1 in the morning), and abuterol (when needed- up to 3 times a day).
I rarely feel these symptoms in the morning. It usually surfaces around noon and continues throughout the day. I have taken a basic allergy blood test (RYEGRASS IGE QN 0.95 kUA/L, OLIVE POLLEN IGE QN 2.43 kUA/L <=0.34 kUA/L, ALTERNARIA ALTERNATA IGE 8.74 kUA/L <=0.34 kUA/L). Benadryl appears to have the best results as it works immediately. While all other remedies have not worked very well. And Bendryl does not completely help.
I have done a Nasoendoscopy (shows I have slightly enlarged Lingual Tonsils), Xray with barium swallow, CT Scan. So far no immediate problems with throat.
What other resource should I use? Is there any recommendations on what I can do? This is really making life very difficult and I would like to stop stressing over this.
My background: 25 Year old male, workout very regularly, live in San Diego. Work at a print shop. I bring this up because I fear that this can be a cause of the issues.
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