I have a problem, and I guess this forum is the best place to ask for advice
I have been coughing for more than four years now(I'm 21 now), I don't even remember how or when it started. It is like when you're recovering from a soar throat, you are not ill any more, but you are still coughing from time to time. After some time my father have noticed, and he urged me to visit a doctor, but being a stubborn teenager I didn't go for months. My cough was like a constant, not getting better nor worse. Then I thought, I really might have some problem I went to a doctor, she told me it will pass, and that she can't hear anything wrong with my lungs. Well - problem solved, I went to a doctor and she told me I'm fine...except I was still coughing... varying from ~2-3 to ~20-30 times per day
After some time my father told me to go again, and I did. This time I wanted more elaborate examination, she offered me x-ray...which proved there's nothing wrong with me for second time!
Then I came to the UK, and of course the change of the climate was my excuse to continue coughing undisturbed.
After two semesters time I have started working in a bakery...in the production department. (smart move, eh?)
I'm not really sure, but it was around that time when the shortness of breath occurred for the first time.
In the beginning I felt the need to take a deep breath around 1-2 times per day, but since then It is getting worse.
Now I have to take a deep breath 3 times per minute sometimes. It's getting more frequent during the last few days, and the last few hours were really annoying. Sometimes it's happening two-three times in a roll, and I'm automatically yawning after that, I've noticed sometimes I want to yawn just to take a breath.
The shortness of breath feels like if I was in a swimming pool, with only my head sticking out of the water. It is difficult to breath (because the pressure on your chest I guess)...you can't really take a good deep breath. It is the same, except for the pressure on the chest. I do feel some tightness in the chest, but not that much as I would in a swimming pool .
I cant decide if it is worse after physical activity, but it is a fact that it happens when I'm not doing anything...like sitting in front of the computer for example.
I'm 21 years old, I live in Hatfield (climate is a factor).
My pulse rate was 65 few minutes ago, before dinner. I'm 56-57kg, and 170cm tall.
I've always been a sporty person, although in the last two years cycling was the only thing I was practicing- it's cheaper than the bus
I'm writing this, because most of you know how asthma starts developing, and you might be able to tell me in what stage am I? What to do to prevent it from getting worse? Is it asthma after all?
I am going to a doctor tomorrow, although I'm afraid I won't hear anything new.
I apologize for the long post.