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char
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Hi,

How do you separate what is air hunger and what is asthma?

I have had mild air hunger consistently (when I lay down to sleep); will treat babs soon.

I have used inhaler occasionally last yr...

This morning I am uncomfortable with my breathing trying to eat and even typing here after using inhaler. It is some better.

Maybe asthma is kicking up with heat? I did spread some mulch in yard yesterday.

What do you think?

Char

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johnnyb
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That is a tricky one. I suppose you could buy one of the SPO2 finger meters and check your oxygen when you have symptoms.

I figure that air hunger would not show a reduced O2 level, whereas asthma would. I haven't researched this, though. Check with your doctor.

A PFT in the doctor's office can show how your asthma is behaving, but its impossible to run to the doctor's office every time you feel shortness of breath.

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shizuko
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That's a good question.

I posted about Air Hunger recently too (last one today), and I have realized I just don't quite understand what air humger really is.

Mine almost always comes with tight muscles in the upper body, making me feel like my ribcage is constricted and can't expand well.

My chest or airway doesn't feel congested when I feel like I can't breathe, so maybe not asthma related for me.

My airway is very sensitive, so I have been taking Singulair and Advair every day for almost two years, but they don't seem to help with "air hunger" either.

Does your chest or airway feel congested? Do you have other allergy related symptoms?

My LLMD said that only Babesia caused air hunger, so she put that on my chart as well, but I am not 100% convinced about my "air hunger."

I google-searched "air hunger" the other day, and a lot of conditions came up that could cause it (or dyspenia as most of them referred to.)

Good luck.
shizuko

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char
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Thanks for the great input everybody. I am feeling better as morning rolls on.

Shizuko! I can't believe we posted on the same topic at the same time!

Char

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Hey there char,

I have asthma and early in my journey w/ TBI's (undiagnosed at the time) my asthma was WORSE for no reason, or so I thought.

I did know I was ill but I was doing the 'duck dance' at the time. Unfortunately I was given steriods and then all hell broke loose.

It did go away after about 6 months then resurfaced a year later when I started my babs meds.

For me it felt like some large weight was on my chest and I could never get a full breath. Sometimes it feels like the air is being sucked out of me and I have to take a deep breath.

Then that can start a dry, sometimes violent coughing spells. It can also accompany short sharp pains in chest and upper back.

So for me, it is like I am having really bad asthma days, tiggers everywhere.

Hope this helps,

Stella Marie

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