Extreme breathlessness, coughing and 'whistling' noise on exertion Watch

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As the title says, when I physically exert myself, i.e. go for a run, do high intensity workouts, I get extremely breathless, a lot more so than everybody else, and it's noticable, and the session tends to end with me doubled up, coughing with my chest making a sort of 'whistly' noise, which I wouldn't describe as wheezing (tbh, I'm not 100% sure what exactly wheezing sounds like!).
I also seem to get a little 'chesty' at this point, i.e runny nose and phlegm...I don't know, the chest just feels really tight and each breath is a real struggle, I really have to drag it out, and feel like just collapsing.

As much as I don't claim to be the fittest person in the world, I wouldn't say I'm unfit as I am generally active, I go for walks a lot, although uphill can be a struggle sometimes and have a similar effect. It also happens (although not as badly) if I'm emotional or laughing quite a bit. It's a bit hit and miss really, sometimes I'm fine, others I'm not.

My job is also physical, I have to stand, walk about and lift and carry things for around 90% (Catering - a lot of time going between hot kitchens, freezing chillers and office - very random!) of the day so I do get a good workout at work!

I went to the doctor who did a peak flow and checked blood pressure, and it was all right. However, I felt rushed as she only had a few minutes, and I felt I couldn't explain myself to her properly. I don't feel a peak flow thing would be much use on a normal day when I feel fine, surely it wouldn't show anything 'odd' unless I'd exerted myself first?
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(Original post by oohlaalaa)
As the title says, when I physically exert myself, i.e. go for a run, do high intensity workouts, I get extremely breathless, a lot more so than everybody else, and it's noticable, and the session tends to end with me doubled up, coughing with my chest making a sort of 'whistly' noise, which I wouldn't describe as wheezing (tbh, I'm not 100% sure what exactly wheezing sounds like!).
I also seem to get a little 'chesty' at this point, i.e runny nose and phlegm...I don't know, the chest just feels really tight and each breath is a real struggle, I really have to drag it out, and feel like just collapsing.

As much as I don't claim to be the fittest person in the world, I wouldn't say I'm unfit as I am generally active, I go for walks a lot, although uphill can be a struggle sometimes and have a similar effect. It also happens (although not as badly) if I'm emotional or laughing quite a bit. It's a bit hit and miss really, sometimes I'm fine, others I'm not.

My job is also physical, I have to stand, walk about and lift and carry things for around 90% (Catering - a lot of time going between hot kitchens, freezing chillers and office - very random!) of the day so I do get a good workout at work!

I went to the doctor who did a peak flow and checked blood pressure, and it was all right. However, I felt rushed as she only had a few minutes, and I felt I couldn't explain myself to her properly. I don't feel a peak flow thing would be much use on a normal day when I feel fine, surely it wouldn't show anything 'odd' unless I'd exerted myself first?
You're right in that a peak flow wouldn't show much if anything when you're feeling fine. Just go back and get another appointment, and discuss this again, including what triggers bring this on for you.

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Yeah I'll have to do that. Chances are I'll get a different doctor though as it's rare to see the same person, unless you specifically ask, in which case the wait could be weeks .
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Not a medic, but this sounds like excercise induced asthma to me.
I have the same symptoms with excercise, with mild exertion in cold weather and when having a good laugh.
Look it up, go back to the GP explaining your symptoms more clearly.
Make a suggestion, "do you think this could be asthma?"
It might be worth trying excercise after using an inhaler and seeing if it changes anything (with GP approval).
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Hi, thanks, never heard/thought of that. Will mention it. If I can't get an appointment soon, can walk in centre's deal with this kind of thing? Went for a brisk walk today, for the exercise, and quite typical of my luck, it started to rain! Was alright for most of it until towards the end when i did start getting breathless. Was a few hours ago now and the chesty/coughy/mucusy feel has lingered on even until now, even though not much. Perhaps I'm just worrying about nothing.
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Well, the other day I woke up feeling ill, as I had a cold with the usual symptoms cough, runny nose etc, and tried to just get on with it as you do, but later went on to have a really bad cough where I could cough out but couldn't draw any full breaths in and REALLY tight chest, just couldn't breathe. I went into a right panic! Apparently I had an asthma attack. Went to doctors and was seen immediately and got sent straight to hospital from there where I was given nebuliser stuff 'salbutamol' I think?. Now I'm on inhalers brown one to use twice a day and ventolin blue if I get any symptoms/breathlessness etc, plus antibiotics. I'd had no physical exertion or anything so I'm glad I know now that it's not simply a matter of me just being unfit! If that's an asthma attack I don't want to experience it again. Hopefully it's just 'cos I have a cold or something.
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