Hello everyone, i have been quite unusually ill for about 10 weeks now, with some strange symptoms I suspect to be more permenant of the trachea. I am wondering if anyone has any ideas of what it could be? I am due to discuss my condition soon with a 'respiratory specialist' doctor, but any ideas for our discussion would be very welcome.
I am asthmatic BUT up until the first week of October 2012, I have never been healthier in my life. Asthma symptoms were almost non existant, even after 60 miles of demanding cycling! I clearly had things very well under control up to then, thanks to fresh sea, lots of cycling and my regular medication.
I then INHALED a tiny bit of chewing gum (the size of my little fingernail?). The next day, my long ordeal started with a severe chest infection that went through several 'phases', maybe several different infections prolonged into one. I am confident I eventually coughed out the gum piece during much phlegm and mucus coughing up (something I am sure many asthmatics experaince routinely).I did not find NHS GP's very enthusiastic to help me, and even after 3 doses of antibiotics, which killed off the main infections, I was still having alot of random wheezyness and irritable coughing, often keeping me awake at night. Some 10 nightmareish weeks later, I am much better but with some minimal mucus still to occassionaly cough up. What I want your advice about is what I shall describe next below...
HOWEVER, my main concern is this: that progrssively over a number of recent years, my trachea (windpipe) and lower throat regions seem to be constantly slightly restricted, as if they are somehow 'bent' or squashed like when you squeeze a rubber hose pipe. This felt very eveident during the above illness. Whenever i gently press my breastbone area with my hands, and just above there, my breathing is MUCH easier and I can cough up MUCH easier. When I sleep on my front, my breathing is harder than if I sleep on my back or sides. If I press and gently 'raise' my chest up towards my throat, again breathing and coughing is much easier. All this was true even before my recent long bout of illness. I have no pain or internal aches, and I am a very athletic fit 40 year old otherwise. But I sense something is 'physically' wrong, even though it is subtle now.
I am wondering if I have a disorder of the trachea, that has been displaced or snagged on something internally??? Is this possible?? A few years ago, I did cough extremely violently during a bout of illness, and I felt my entire respiratory system 'twang'!
I think having a CT scan or MRI scan would be a good idea, if my specialist agrees it is a good idea.
What I am describing here, is NOT regular asthmatic 'inflammation'. I am aware of what this is like, and we can rule this out.
Any ideas or commoents?