So it's been a ride. Doctor diagnosed me with COPD and asthma, gave me inhalers, and told me to come back in four months for the lung function test. I pushed that up because I was uncomfortable with a diagnosis (and medication) before the test that was needed to diagnose me. When I went back for the results, I was informed that I did not have COPD. I wasn't given my results so I can't share them, unfortunately. (My oxygen levels haven't gone below 96 during all of this.)
I have no problem breathing in and rescue inhalers do nothing so I know it's not asthma. My lungs are always clear. There is minimal scarring on one lung. When I feel like I'm not getting enough oxygen or I get agitated, deep breathing actually makes me feel even more light headed. I also want to mention that my sinuses are constantly enflamed and I've had a low-grade fever since last year. I mention this because I noticed that when I can't breathe through my nose, I feel so much worse. (Thank you, Afrin). I'm being sent for a CT scan of my sinuses to try and figure out what's going on.
At my last acupuncture appointment (this is the only thing that helps and it's temporary), I was suggested a specific breathing exercise. When I read more on it, it stated that it helps to get rid of excess carbon dioxide. So I read a bit more on carbon dioxide and tachycardia. Turns out you can retain carbon dioxide and the symptoms match. The nurse wasn't able to perform the ABG because the needle kept sliding out so this maybe a possibility?
Does anyone have experience with this? I am at my wit's end. If I do anything strenuous, I'm unable to get out of bed the next day. It's been almost a year now and I am miserable. Much thanks!!