Mystery catalysts to chest tightness...
I’m 32 and I’ve had asthma most of my life. I smoked in my teens to mid 20s and didn’t look after myself (in terms of prevention/inhalers). Since moving to London a few years ago my asthma has exacerbated. I now look after myself - exercise where possible,use seretide inhaler 4 x day and salbutamol as required. My issue is this:
I have an incredibly tight chest all the time. Inhalers don’t seem to make a difference. My peak flow is good for me (average 600) but the tightness comes and goes for a period of up to 2 weeks - it is a dull burning and feels like I can’t breathe in fully. I’ve had spirometry tests which came back “fine”. Specialists discharged me as technically they couldn’t help further. I know I am lucky relative to many on here. But it is still restrictive - for example I can’t eat/chew food without stopping to take deep breaths in.
Does anyone else have this feeling all the time? Is there anything you’ve found that helps to alleviate it? So far I’ve found alcohol to be a big culprit but the discomfort continues after long spells of not drinking. Has anyone experienced GERD as a proven catalyst?
Thanks you all very much.