I am asking for thoughts here because I have no idea what is going on, and am wondering if it could be related to the spine... Considering I have NEVER had this happen before, and the only difference in my life in the past 8 months is two back surgeries.
The past couple weeks I've noticed that inhaling is hard. Like, you know the feeling where you take a deep breath but your lungs aren't filling as much as they normally do? I have to take deep breaths really slow and concentrate hard on filling them all the way... Sometimes I can't, still. All day every day this has been going on. I saw my doctor and they listened to my lungs and said they were clear, they gave me the little cardboard tube thing where you take a deep breath and exhale as hard as you can and it measures something... Forget what it's called. I have been taking an expectorant at night, but it hasn't done anything. I have asthma, but it's not an acute flare up, since my lungs sound fine and when I try really hard, like for the little test, I could breathe out enough air. I have an albuterol inhaler and it hasn't done anything for it at all. I'm waiting for my doctor to fax the authorization for my insurance because they put me back on Singulair (controller med for Asthma & allergies).... But nothing is helping so far.
Anyone else have this issue? I read that Dyspnea can be a symptom of Thoracic issues... And I have had Thoracic pain for a while, with a mild herniation at T11-T12 (from February 2008, not sure what it looks like now). T11-12 wouldn't affect my chest and lungs, though, it would affect my stomach. Sooo, I'm wondering if maybe there is an issue in my T spine higher up? I haven't ever had an MRI of my Thoracic spine, the only reason they knew about the T11-12 herniation is because it's at the very bottom, right above the lumbar spine, so it shows up in my lumbar MRIs.
I know Thoracic issues are pretty rare, so I'm not sure how many people will be able to give me some input on that... But even not related to back issues, has anyone had this breathing issue? Any thoughts or suggestions, PLEASE? I can't sleep at all anymore because I can't breathe as well as normal... I've tried propping myself up but NOTHING helps
Any thoughts are greatly appreciated!