Well, last month (or a couple of weeks ago, I'm not sure... I mean honestly last month was a couple of weeks ago so... let's just move on) I think I figured it out and I wrote myself the note "difficulty breathing" which was a much better reminder...
I am 98% sure this has happened in previous years - for sure last year (because I remember being very worried I'd contracted Covid) and possibly/probably the year before and who knows... because I don't seem to have made a real mention of it here before and not talked to anyone health-wise about it so, yeah, not at the 100% sure level... just nearly.
A few (three? four?) months ago I noticed that it felt like I couldn't quite get a full breath.
I'm not sure how to describe it but like the muscles in my back weren't able to fully allow a deep breath???
I never felt short of breath or like I wasn't able to breathe, just... it wasn't quite "right".
My blood oxygen levels were fine. I pulled out my breathing exercise thing (spirometer?) and it was fine too. I didn't feel winded on my walks at all. Just... like I had to really focus to take what felt like full breaths. It was weird.
Last year, due to Covid, this really freaked me out. This year, because I remember it freaking me out last year, it didn't freak me out, it just made me wonder.
What was going on?
Was it some kind of allergy to plant/tree pollen? Probably? But.. how?
Was it me sleeping funny? Having bad posture?
All of the above???
I would try, as I was walking, to "force" a full, deep breath, and sometimes it would work and sometimes it would result in what I have come to call my "allergy cough" which isn't an irritated cough but more like a physically based cough (I'm sure that only makes sense to me).
But I sat on the post for a while (as in I made the reminder note but didn't write it) and now it's mid May and I'm not noticing the same feeling of restriction. So either I was kind of sick/ill in some way, or it was related to Spring allergy pollen stuff. I don't know.
Or, you know, maybe I pulled muscles. UGH bodies are so frustrating when you're not exactly sure what's going on!
But yeah, in case next early-Spring I feel like I can't quite get a full breath even though my breathing isn't restricted... I have a suspicion that this is something that happens to me in early Spring, just because.
All in all I'm glad it's better now whatever it was!