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I have very mild adult-onset asthma and I'm used to using my rescue inhaler just 3 or 4 times a year for tightness (or when I get a chest cold) - I've only ever had two real asthma "attacks." Most of the time my doctors can't even hear a wheeze. Over the past year or so though I've felt more out-of-breath (upon small exertion) and have heard an odd whistling noise, usually at night, that is coming from my nose or lungs. Very bothersome and the inhaler does seem to help that. As far as the shortness of breath I've gained a lot of weight and am out of shape. I quit smoking in 1987 and I'm not around second-hand smoke or toxins.
Just recently I had to undergo a CAT scan to compare a small nodule on one lung to the same one found a year ago by accident, when I was being tested for an abdominal problem. The nodule has not changed and is probably due to old inflammation. However, I was shocked to see that they discovered both bronchiectasis and adenectasis. I looked up the symptoms of the first, and found that whistling noises when breathing and breathlessness are two of the symptoms.
I don't have a cough (though I often feel like I have stuff in my chest and take guiafenesin tablets daily). I'm scheduled for a pulmonary function test next week; because of the asthmat's my 3rd one (I'm 61) and I did fine on the others. Now we have this, though. What scares me is, my mom passed on 9/1/16 and though she lived to be 91 with severe rheumatic heart disease, she also had this whistling, ended up on 24-hour oxygen and her death certificate read "COPD." She didn't smoke either. I fear I'm following right along in her footsteps, and I have a boatload of other stuff (an IgG immune deficiency, inflammatory myopathy, chronic Lyme, neuropathy) and now my bronchial tubes are both irreversibly swollen AND in one place, collapsed? I know NOTHING about this disorder. Any help very much appreciated.
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