DamselODistress Posted November 22, 2011 Share Posted November 22, 2011 For about two months now, maybe a little longer, I've had sort of a knot of pressure in the center of my chest. My therapist and I figured it was probably stress, as it was not a very good time to be me. After a couple of weeks, the tightness progressed to slight difficulty breathing. I can't take a full breath, and I can't exhale completely without coughing a little. Kind of like when your big bear of an uncle hugs you too tight and the air is forced from your lungs with a little cough, kind of cough. Not an 'I'm coming down with something' cough. The breathing trouble fades sometimes so I can breathe normally, and when I wake up in the morning the tightness is almost never there. It's been getting worse, though. I know I'm an idiot, and should have gone to the doctor from the start, but there's been so much else that needed doing first. Dad thought I might have developed asthma, so I went looking up the symptoms. It doesn't really fit. Then today I jokingly told mom that with my luck in the past two weeks, I've had pneumonia this whole time. I also don't have any of those symptoms. It's not bronchitis, either. I don't have a fever, and I'm not coughing. Then I wondered if it might be my meds. I only started the wellbutrin about a month ago, so it can't be that because this has been going on longer than a month. So I looked at the side effects for lithium again. And I saw that two of the symptoms of an allergic reaction are tightness of the chest and difficulty breathing. Thing is, I've been on the lithium for longer than this has been a problem. Could I have developed an allergy? Please please please tell me allergic reactions to lithium are really rare, like one in.....a very large number. The lithium is working. I don't want to fight to find another stabilizer and be miserable while waiting to see if they work. My current cocktail has me feeling blissfully normal. I really don't want to lose that. Am I just overreacting because I saw the problems listed there? I really hope I've got pneumonia. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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