Experiencing difficulty breathing while eating. Doesn't have asthma.

Swallowing. Could this be a problem with swallowing mechanics? Is there associated choking or coughing while eating? You may have pharyngolaryngeal reflux. If so a speech pathologist can evaluate you for swallowing problems and refer you to either a neurologist or otolaryngologist.

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Why might someone have difficulty breathing sometimes if they don't have asthma?

Many causes. There are many possibilities: vocal cord dysfunction, reflux, panic attacks to things more in the lungs like pneumonia or growths. A good history and physical exam should help determine the most likely cause. See your doctor. Read more...

Hello, I have been struggling with difficulty breathing for past 3 months. I was told I have asthma and a rib cage out of place. Please help me!

Speak with doc. I am sorry to hear about the breathing and the asthma. If you were diagnosed with asthma you need medication to control the asthma during episodes when you can't breath and medication to decreases the chances of having these episodes. The rib cage being out of place is a little bit confusing, did a Doctor tell you about this? I would suggest you visit a Doctor to help you manage these problems. Read more...

Can Albuterol be used for difficulty breathing at night, even if you don't have Asthma? Would it harm you?

Dyspnea . albuterol can be used for other respiratory conditions aside from asthma. These include emphysema, chronic bronchitis or other reactive airway diseases. You should ensure that your breathing difficulties are related to your lungs and not another causes such as obstructive sleep apnea or congestive heart failure. It may cause a rapid heart beat or feelings of anxiety. . Read more...
Yes. it can be used, but if you improve with albuterol, there may be undiagnosed asthma, may need full investigation and/or another opinion from an allergy specialist. Read more...
If prescribed only. Albuterol is prescribed for those who may not have been diagnosed with asthma, but who may have similar bronchospasm occurring in their lungs. Side effects, if taken as labeled, are minor in healthy people (no heart issues). Still, unsupervised use (especially overuse) carries some risk, so only use medication if prescribed to you (not someone else). Read more...
Not usually. But you need to find out the cause for your problem. Unless if you use it several times daily without an inhaled steroid, it unlikely to be harmful. However it does have some cardiovascular effects when used frequently. Need to see doctor to find out the cause which may also include heart failure, sleep apnea , lung diseases including asthma. Read more...

If your difficulty breathing responds to asthma rescue inhalers, does that guarantee you don't have anxiety and you have a real lung disorder instead?

Not necessarily. I see you have belching, reflux, and now have experienced improved breathing with a rescue inhaler. The improvement with a rescue inhaler indicates you have reversible airway reactivity. This is not a disease of the lungs but, rather, a tendency of the muscles of the airways leading to your lungs to go into a spasm and possibly have inflammation. This can be on an allergic bases as in traditional asthma. In your situation the reflux may be causing small amounts of acid to seep into the airways making them more reactive. Food allergies can trigger increased reflux by causing esophageal inflammation. Having airway reactivity can cause anxiety and having anxiety can worsen airway reactivity as well as increase the severity of reflux. You will need to have the reflux addressed, determine if you have a problem with the ability of food to stay in your stomach and not come back up, see if your belching could be due to Helicobacter Pylori, for example, an infection that can be treated, and determine of you have chronic inflammation in your airways needing treatment. Read more...