I am sorry to hear about your respiratory symptoms. It sounds as if they are quite severe and affecting your life greatly. It is not possible to provide an accurate diagnosis with reviewing your entire medical history and performing a thorough physical exam. You may also require radiologic studies and pulmonary function tests to further assess your lungs. I strongly recommend you schedule an appointment with a pulmonologist
. After an in-person evaluation, this doctor
can make recommendations regarding the likely cause of your symptoms as well as treatment options.
There are many different lung diseases that may be causing your symptoms. As you mentioned, it seems certain inhaled substances seem to trigger your shortness of breath. It may be possible you are suffering from asthma
, which is characterized by increased spasm and inflammation of the airways. This can be a serious disorder and often requires inhaled medications as treatment. It is possible you are suffering from emphysema, which is most common on people who previously smoked. This leads to lung destruction and increased air retention. Another possibility is interstitial lung disease, which is a group of many distinct entities that can cause progressive fibrosis of the normal lung tissues. I encourage you to discuss these possibilities with a pulmonologist.