Everyone always complains that I breathe really loud and I'm always getting out of breath, sometimes it's suddenly and other times it triggered by sports or simply walking up the stairs. In the past week it's been really hard I've had a little bit of tightness in the chest but nothing major, no long term cough (although a a few months ago I had a cough for about three weeks as nothing would make it go away) and I wheeze sometimes but rarely. Could it be asthma? If not what could it be and what should I do?

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  • You should be examined by a doctor of internal medicine. The symptoms are of dyspnoea which has many causes. If the cause turns out to be purely pulmonary then you may well be referred to chest physician.

  • Thank you I will book a doctors appointment

  • My Husband's other type of breathlessness which he said felt different to his Asthma was down to low iron levels.

    Low iron = low oxygen = breathlessness, someone once told me.

    Idea only - ask your Doctor for iron panel bloods to be done, or you can do a home finger prick iron panel blood test with on line quick results.

    Hubby's breathlessness came on when walking for a long time or uphill. Once supplementing it sorted very quickly.

    Unfortunately the doctor had overlooked this, we worked it out ourselves with help from members on HU.

    Also Hubby takes high (safe) doses of vitamin A and vitamin D3 this has calmed his asthma by miles. These same vitamins have calmed my Mum's COPD too and also helped a neighbor who has Emphysema.

    Now to date within 6 months Hubby has used only his rescue inhaler 3 times. Last recent time was when he had forgotten to take his vitamins.

    He said not long after starting to take the vitamins he felt like he didn't actually have asthma anymore, so he left off both inhalers, :o yet he has had terrible asthma since a boy with many nasty reactions and needing emergency help many times.

    Do consider both low iron and vitamins too Olivia273.

  • There s been research on vitamin A having negative effects on Asthma so he must be careful, Vitamin D is popular

  • Can you point me to this research

    Happylondon ?

    I would be interested to see it.

  • my specialist told me when I asked about vitamins..let me look..for D

  • Hi Happylondon, sadly I do not rely on NHS Specialists talking about vitamins and nutrition.

    A NHS specialist has ignored my pleas for years that my Grandchild might be low in vitamin D, then said to buy a multivitamin ??? as if that will cure a vitamin deficiency.

    Then my own Doctor said that they were going to prescribe me a very high dose of vitamin D, I asked if it would be vitamin D3, Dr looked at me blankly and said I think that D3 is American (American???) I later found out my prescribed dose is a only a maintenance dose not 'a very high dose' as my Doctor had suggested.

    Only when I drastically upped my vitamin D3 dose did it cure many pains I had, almost over night.

    Also I read daily of many vitamin B12 patients are either over looked or under medicated.

    That's why I have no faith in specialists or Doctors Happylondon, but that is only my opinion. :)

    I now go by for more up to date information on vitamin D and vitamin D blood levels.

    Both vitamin D and A are fat soluble vitamins and need to be taken with fat soluble foods. They can store in your body if you take too much. Both vitamin D and A are anti inflammatory. (though you may already know this :) )

    I have read recently learned that vitamin A should be taken with vitamin D3 as they help each other. Vit D3 is best with vitamin K2 too.

    If you find the vit A research I would love to see it Hl :)

  • Hi Coastwalker,

    I too found my asthma improved (sadly for me not disappeared) with higher doses than normal of Vitamin A (I also take Vitamin C with it). Six months ago, when I was having problems climbing stairs because of breathlessness, I upped my dose and can now climb the stairs fine. As I live in the Southern Hemisphere, I am just waiting for Summer so I can try to reduce it again - but it certainly meant I was taking less Ventolin. I read that one sign of an overdose is a blinding headache but yes, it is dangerous to take too much.

  • So pleased for you Tugun, it is good to hear people are starting to use vitamins to help themselves, instead of taking the prescription pills route that has far too many side effects.

    Have you considered taking vitamin D3 too ? as D3 might help you further, not sure if you are aware that vitamin D3 is now getting more recognition for helping asthma and lung conditions too. I suggested to a neighbor to take all these vitamins (D3 + K2 + A) for her emphysema, she is now feeling much better and others have also commented on her looking quite well now. (emphysema is normally a one way trip.)

    Vitamins A, D3 and K2 are meant to be taken together as they compliment each other. I talk online to a man who has nearly cured his wife of Emphasema (she takes the same vitamins too) their Doctor agrees it can only be down to the vitamins. This man in turn has been trying to help others, I owe him so much. It has helped my Mum with her COPD too, Mum's Doctor down graded her COPD to 'mild' :)

    *Hubby's breathlessness when walking up hill and long distance was down to low iron (under range iron blood levels,) on top of his asthma symptoms. Idea to check yours out too maybe ?

    Ps vitamins A, D3 and K2 are all anti inflamatory, though no doubt you might already know that :)

  • Many Thanks Coastwalker - I will get on to it straight away.

  • for vitamin A it is because it is fatty and in dairy products which tend to be inflammatory agents

  • I have asthma and my grandaughter says I breathe very loud,and I get out of breath going up stairs,or sometimes just making the bed ,but for the last 3 weeks I've been going to the gym 5 days a week for an 45/60 minutes ,today I did , 3klm on the bike ,,,,4klm on the handbike ,, and 1&1/2 Klm on the treadmill ,I'm pleased with the results and improvements I've made ,it's true that exersising gives you more energy ,, at least it seems to be working for me ,

  • Exercise makes your muscles more efficient therefore they need less oxygen. This is probably the effect you have noticed. Well done and keep it up! x

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  • My daughter says I breathe loud when I am asleep I never noticed^^ I suffer from dyspnea as well as asthma

  • I have got nothing against vitamins folks but make sure you tell your doctors you are on them as they can interfere with some meds. Also be careful you don't overdose - eg. too much vitamin D can cause liver problems. (I think it's vit D or could be A). x

  • Hello Oliva 273,

    You should see a medical doctor and get checked out for possible asthma and allergy.

    If you have asthma, you may find my book helpful. It's called, "Running with Asthma: An Asthmatic Runner's Memoir." It is available on I mention my book because you said you play sports. My advice is, don't over do it. Exercise is essential for good health but too much exercise makes asthma worse. I've learned and relearned this lesson the hard way.

    Wishing you better breathing,

    John Terry McConnell

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