Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Chest tightness? S**t, maybe I DO have asthma!

So...I think I've mentioned this in previous posts, but I've been sick since before Thanksgiving. I've had a dry, chesty-cough, and I had a pretty crazy flue-like thing just before Christmas.

Turns out I've had a very persistent sinus infection, which has triggered reactive airways. The cough is really only present at night, or when I hit a blast of cold air. Or eat/drink something really cold. Or encounter a strong scent or fumes.

I'm on my second course of antibiotics (had to cut the first short when I had an allergic reaction!) and albuterol as needed.

But here's the thing: I've seen what albuterol can do to my kids, so I use it pretty conservatively. I have to be coughing a lot to take out the MDI (ProAir HFA).

But right now, I'm coughing less, but my chest feels really tight. I was trying to determine earlier if it was from the pec workout I did yesterday, heartburn, or actual tightness in my airways.

I think it is actually respiratory - and it's kinda creeping me out!! I'm going to buckle down and take some albuterol. We'll see if it helps!