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I have been dealing with this issue for going on 2 years now. It has come and gone the entire time with no real reason. Sometimes it lasts a month and other times It's gone away almost completely for 2-3 months.
I am 30 years old, overweight and have high blood pressure for some background information.
When trying to breathe in it feels like I'm only getting half the oxygen I should be getting. It feels like half of it stops at the bottom of my throat leaving each breath very unsatisfying and feeling like I need to take deep breathes. I sometimes get a tightness feeling in my throat or chest when this is happening but I can find no pattern to why it happens sometimes and not others. I have found no pattern to any part of this issue or found any way to find any relief. It's all very random which makes this even more frustrating. Just recently I discovered when swimming (ocean/lake/pool) If I go in the water up to my shoulders my chest gets tight and it becomes hard to breathe. It alleviates almost instantly if I get out of the water.
Here are the things I've tried:
*Anxiety/Depression Medication (8 different kinds with no effect)
*PFT (Normal results, no sign of asthma)
*Chest X-ray (Normal Results)
*Chest and Neck CT ( Showed signs of enlarged lymph nodes)
*Biopsy of swollen Lymph Node (Came back with abnormal cells but was told it was nothing)
*Endoscopy and Barium Swallow (Stomach and Esophagus looked normal)
*ENT visit with camera down throat checking the throat and vocal cords (Everything was normal)
*Tried a generic allergy medication (Unsure of name but no effect)
*Started exercising (Most times I breathe fine through it but it gets worse after getting done and sitting down. Can sometimes be worse for an hour or more after working out)
I'm sure there is more but this is what I remember off the top of my head.
My Dr Has basically given up. After all of this he wanted to send me to a psychiatrist to circle back to anxiety. I do have anxiety but the root of this issue is not that. I do have some minor anxiety attack type things happen but that's only when I'm really struggling to breathe and the panic sets in.
Any advice, ideas, etc... would be greatly appreciated. I'm glad to answer any questions or clarify things if any more information is needed. Thank you all for listening.
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