The dust will works it way out but this process can be slow since you basically have breathed in rocks. This can cause inflammation and that can cause discomfort for a few days.
JACUSTOMER-injvuzu4- : Okay, thank you. Does it make sense that it got worse after walking which caused deep breathing? I was feeling better until then.
medtech254 : Yes if the dust has accumulated on the lung surfaces any exertion would make breathing worse.
JACUSTOMER-injvuzu4- : Thanks. Would mucinex or another expectorant help?
medtech254 : Plenty of water and tussin, mucinex, or a similar expectorant would help.
JACUSTOMER-injvuzu4- : Ok, thank you. Regarding my other symptoms, how exactly does anxiety cause these? Today I have felt dizzy and lightheaded, had a hard time eating, had the shortness of breath and chest tightness (probably related to the cat litter), etc. And I've also had the need to eat frequently, gas and bloating, general weakness/malaise feeling, etc. I don't doubt that anxiety can cause those symptoms but I feel like my symptoms are more physical and less mental than most with anxiety disorder.
medtech254 : Anxiety can be very much a physical issue as well as mental. You may not realize that what you are feeling is anxiety and are focusing on just the physical symptoms. Anxiety often varies from day to day just like the symptoms you are having. Most illnesses will not cause issues one day and then not the next only to return later. I would think that the most logical cause is anxiety. Your period may have an effect on the way you feel now.
JACUSTOMER-injvuzu4- : Thanks so much. What physical illnesses could cause these symptoms with all normal blood work? I am starting to get some pains in my back, could this go along with lung irritation or is it just from anxiety?
medtech254 : No I think you are having a lot of symptoms caused by anxiety. Did you get your buspar filled and start taking it? Did it help?