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after surgery shortness of breath/wheezing

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I was diagnosed with Sinusitis after getting terrible headaches and completely losing taste and smell. I got my taste/smell back after surgery and I've maintained using a Neti Pot with Pulmicort nebules twice a day (get terribly stuffed up if I miss even one). What hasn't gone away is shortness of breath/wheezing, which I've always attributed to post nasal drip. I used to get this once/twice week but now experiencing it a few times a day (even waking up during the night with extreme chest tightness/wheezing). Only thing that helps is using an asthma puffer but I was tested and don't have asthma. Been tested for allergies and take Reactine/Aerious and it still persists. My ENT insists there is nothing that can be done outside of what I am doing and the Pulmonologist didn't have anything else to suggest other than continuing with the puffer. Bbeen trying natural supplements and restricting diets over the last year (including no wheat and dairy for months) but still experiencing.

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replied January 8th, 2012
Sinusitis Answer A30178
Hi, and thanks for your medical question on eHealth forum!

Breathing difficulty with wheezing is seen in asthma and allergic bronchitis. You should undergo tests again to rule out asthma as you get relief from the puff. These inhalers help you ease breathing by dilating your airways to allow more passage of air. At night you can raise the head end of your bed to 30 degrees by pillows. You can also take steam twice a day to loosen the mucus in your lungs.

Also allergic bronchitis should be ruled out in your case. You could be allergic to common-dust, animal dander, some flowers in area, particular trees in the area. You will need anti-allergics, anti-histamines, and decongestants.

Since a confirmed diagnosis cannot be given on net please consult your treating doctor regarding this. Hope this helps. Take care!

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