April 8th, 2010 05:00 PM #1Unregistered Guest
diagnosed asthma but possible pneumothorax?
Okay, so I have been having a hard time breathing, especially when I try to breathe deep. I also have been really irritable and having mild allergies. I went to the doctor two days ago and he diagnosed me with asthma. He said to be careful though because it was possible i had air trapped in my lungs from a car accident i was in two weeks ago. Well, i went home and tried my inhaler. I started off with less of a dose than he asked me just to see if it would work. It seemed to make my breathing a little bit better but something just seemed wrong. My chest got this overwhelming feeling that it put even more hair in there... sort of like i had to burp EXTREMELY BAD but nothing would come out. this lasted all day long. Also, i stayed VERY drowsy for over 24 hours! (even after sleeping about 10-12 of those hours!) So i called my doctor to tell him i didnt think my inhaler was working and ask him if he thought it may be the air trapped like he suggested, but he is out of the office until next wednesday! there is another doctor but i do not want to see him, as last time i saw him about this situation he tried to tell me it was just stress!
i guess my question is if i do have air trapped in my lungs, would it be dangerous for me to wait the week for him to return to see him? I dont know how serious it is. I'm not feeling that the shortness of breath is life threatening because i can still breathe normally, and i can take a deep breath it's just that every now and then my chest is really tight for a little while when i try to breathe deep. Any input? Thanks so much