Chest tightness and shortness of breath

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Hold the phone everyone. Like you I feel like crap and this breathing this drives us crazy. Our doctors say this and that. Or it’s a heart thing or a lung thing or a stress thing. The only thing I’m stressed about are my doctors not doing some home work to figure this out. So let’s look at this from another angle. Do sit behind a desk on the computer for hours a day or maybe drive allot. Ask yourself what else affects the way we breath? How about our diaphragm?
The last 24 hours or so I haven't had the tightness in my chest as often as the shortness of breath. My wife is prescribed an albuterol inhaler which I have used during one of these attacks which brings no relief whatsoever. I have no cough, no phlegm, but I did have a wheeze when I woke up in the morning today. I'm 26 years old, 160 pounds, and 5"8, and although I don't exercise as much as I should I don't think I'm in that bad of health.
I exercise at least 3 times a week and run during the summer months. For about 3-4 months I have had chest tightness that and shortness of breath. The chest tightness is not in one specific area but across my chest and up to my neck. I have to force myself to take a deep breath, usually by yawning. I have been seeing a phonologist and he sent me for a chest x ray first and it was negative. Then a full blood work up and a CAT scan, all tests came back normal.
2 weeks after I went to the doctor I started feeling pressure on my chest and still had shortness of breath. I went to the emergency room and they said I had bronchitis so they prescribed Zithromax. It helped tremendously, but I still have shortness of breath. I had seen 2 doctors w/in 2 weeks and still had SOB, so that's when I took it amongst myself and made an appointment with a respiratory specialist. I went and they did and EKG, breathing test, and ling x-ray.
instead of belly breathing, i feel like i'm chest and shoulder breathing. my shoulders and upper chest expand and go up, but my stomach goes in. i thought everything was supposed to expand. i'm on synthroid and just had my dose lowered from 112 to 88 because i had low tsh but normal free t4, free t3. i don't know anymore. i'm very frustrated. i'm sick and tired of the breathing problems!!!
I was haveing tightness of chest that went all the way around into my back and into my wind pipe causeing me to have shortness of breath this would happen for about 2 to 3min and than stop for about 5min and start again i am not sure what can be causing this if someone could be of help i would glady thank you'
Clares... I am not a med. professional but a fellow sufferer. I am having similar symptoms as you, & similar frustrations. My methocoline challenge came back as "mildly" asthmatic, not enough to treat with meds though. I'm not entirely certain of the path that my respitory specialist is going down, he is attacking the SOB from the "acid reflux" angle, saying that the airway is constricted due to reflux.
I am a 19 year old active female and I am also feeling the chest tightness/pain, shortness of breath, and I am even having palpitations. I've gone to a primary care doctor, a cardiologist, and a pulmonogist and everyone says all the tests came back fine. But with these symptoms happening almost all day long, I just dont understand how everything can be fine. Can anyone help?
At Christmas I had pneumonia and now I am experiencing shortness of breath and pains in my chest. The pains go from front to back, my chest feels tight and heavy and it feels uncomfortable to swallow food. I seem to belch a lot and get acid reflux. I am also experiencing a lot of cramps, numbness and tingling in my arms and hands and sometimes this extends to my legs and feet but I don't know if it's related. Any ideas?
This could Thus though her lung function is ok now, because the respiratory muscles of the chest and abdomen do not function properly, she feels the shortness of breath and suffocation. Maybe nerve conduction studies should be done for all spinal nerves in the cervical and thoracic spines. This is also the reason for her numbness. The symptoms are maximum when she is least alert that is while sleeping for then there is no voluntary component for her actions and breathing.
I still struggle with chest tightness and shortness of breath daily. It's an up and down thing but pretty constant. Does anyone else have that constant anxiety symtom?
They gave me steriods,inhalers,nebulizer,antibiotics,cough syrup with codeine, yet i still have shortness of breath,wheezing,tightness in chest and chronic coughing, I cant even leave my apartment. nor work.Cause I cant breath enough it seems, nor do i get much sleep. Im at a lost, its starting to seem unfixable, Ive been searching for home remedies, and other imfo, that might help, it just seems i keep getting a dead end.
I'm looking through these forums because of all the agony my husband went through in trying to get a diagnosis for chest tightness, shortness of breath, etc. He had a lot of trouble breathing while lying down, and could not take a deep breath. He also has trouble clearing mucous out of his lungs. He was rubber-stamped as having chronic bronchitis, but only showed a mildly affected breath test, which did not match up with the severity of his symptoms.
i'm 23 year old male , i started getting short breath and chest tightness on several occasions without any specific triggers it came also with high pulse rate low pressure and disorientation , then it became worse and i almost fainted several times and the worst episode of these symptoms lasted about an hour after that the case improved and i could breath normally , i suspected a cardiology condition and i went to a cardiologist he did ECG and echo tests and told me my heart is very good and t
If you have normal oxygen level and still experiencing chest tightness and shortness of breath what could this be..oxygen level at 98..
i began having tightness and sometimes consistant pain in my chest, also i will wake up and feel like i cant breath, i will feel like im gasping for extended periods of time..i went to cardiologist and they did an chest xray, ekg and a nuclear stress test, and echo..stress test came back with an abnormality. they scheduled an angiogram.. today i went and had angiogram done and everything is perfect. arteries are clear, no previous damage shown.
I have had extreme shortness of breath, tightness in my chest and very slight burning in my chest. I have had an upper G.I whcih was neg., three chest ex-rays whcih also were neg. i also had an echo, and stress test, both were neg. My Dr. has told me that I have GERD and I am taking acifix 20mg 2x per day. I have had asthma since I was 10 y/o I am now 33. I recently had a pullm. function test and was told my shortness of breath was not from asthma and that my breathing was at 188%.
When hiking steep mountains or hills I have shortness of breath and tightness in my back and chest. I have had this condition most of my adult life......What can I do to remedy this problem so I make hike with more ease? This discussion is related to <a href='http://www.medhelp.org/posts/show/250538'>shortness of breath with activity</a>.
Recently after giving birth to my son I have been experiencing shortness of breath along with a feeling of tightness in my chest as well as stomach pain. I have been to a heart doctor and all of my tests have come out normal. Could these be symptoms of acid reflux? Although I feel as if I am short of breath, my oxygen levels are anywhere between 97 and 100%.
I for the past month or so have been having spouts of shortness of breath everyday. It shows up while doing light usual activities as well as just doing nothing. The past couple of days I have started to have chest tightening. I feel worn down and tired. I also have a slight cold or allergies not for sure which one, just runny nose and mucus. My husband started tripping last night when I guess I went to sit back and sit back up, and didn't know I did it.
Would like to share, that when people quit smoking they become short of breath, chest tightness, etc.... I experience these symptoms after I quit smoking, which improved with time. Just sharing.
i now have a problem with shortness of breath and a burning and numbness in my left arm and goes into the left side of my neck. this almost feels like when i had a heart attack but i have no pain in my back as before. i cannot do any physical things as i get reaaly short of breath. my doctor did a cath a month ago since i had these prob and he said everything looked good.
For the past 6 weeks I have had shortness of breath that is getting progressively worse. I am 34 years old and was a smoker for 15 years and recently quit as the sob was getting worse. I have had an ECG, EKG, Stress Test, D-Dimer, 2 chest X-Rays and a CT scan, which were all normal. I have one week to go until I see a Pulmonologist. I feel a tightness in my chest and some discomfort when breathing on occasions.
My 16 year old daughter was rushed to the hospital with shortness of breath, heaviness in her chest, numbness in her left arm that was cold and clamy, cold sweat and racing heartbeat. They took EKG, chest xray, blood work all were normal. Breathing treatment didnt help. Finally gave her a seditave to calm her down and she fell asleep and sent her home. I am taking her to her dr today. Anyone every experiance this?
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