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Shortness of Breath/Chest Pain/Heavy feeling in chest

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  • Posted By: Razberri
  • October 11, 2007
  • 00:16 AM

This has been a problem for about a year now. I'll try to make it short.

In the beginning at random times throughout the day i'd have episodes of my breath shortening and becoming uncomfortable and making hard for me to breathe. It happened once or twice while I was dancing but all the other multiple times it appeared randomly when I was calm. I went to the doctor, got an echo where they found nothing and was prescribed Albuterol. At first it seemed to help then later it just made it worse. Then a couple of months it died down.

Now it's back again but the symptoms are a bit different. Still shortness of breath and heavy feeling on my chest along with pains around the middle of it. At times i'll feel nauseous and the other night I probably got near the worst of all the episodes. It started out slow and then built up to a point where I was gasping for air repeatdly, i guess wheezing and when i stood i was a bit dizzy and after the breathing had settled I felt nauseous.

I haven't a clue about it and I want to go to the doctor again but I dont want to be told, nothings wrong if there is something. So please, help anyone.

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  • Have you received any answers about this, or perhaps seen a doctor? I'm having shortness of breath, too, like you described. As though I can't get a deep enough breath. Sometimes it happens when I am exercising, but usually it's when I'm just going about my day. Last night scared me, though, since I woke up in the middle of the night feeling unable to get enough air. This morning my chest felt very heavy and my back hurts as well. I feel okay, otherwise. No fever or anything that would indicate bronchitis or pneumonia. I guess I'm heading in to the doctor sometime this week to see what they might say about it. I'll let you know what I learn.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 11, 2008
    • 01:56 PM
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  • This is an old post but im going to say something for anyone who reads it. Anyone having shortness of breath needs to ask there doctor to give them a spirometry test. The people who have posted above sound like me just before I was diagnosed with Emphysema. It is a total myth that young people can't develop Emphysema. It also a total myth that you have to be a heavy smoker to get Emphysema. The last thing I will say is that if you catch Emphysema early enough you can live a normal life without any major difficulties. But if you wait until you're in the emergency room sucking on oxygen then its too late--you lungs are toast!!! The first and most obvious sign of Emphysema is Shortness of Breath with activity. So if you feel fatigued easier than you feel you should or catch yourself breathing hard after walking a few stairs---get tested immediately---before its too late!!!!
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  • You should have an EKG test.
    aquila 1,263 Replies Flag this Response
  • A few questions if you don't mind: Sterotypically, dancers are thin. Are you? Do you diet? Maybe your electrolytes (potassium, sodium, etc.) are off. What do you eat? What is your age if you don't mind sharing? Do your feet, ankles, or hands get swollen? What tests have been done? Chest x-ray, echocardiogram, stress test, pulmonary function test, EKG? How often does the shortness of breath happen at rest. Daily? Three times a week? Is it excercise related? Full or empty stomach? Much stress in your life? Thanks for any information you care to give. Like everyone who posts, I'm hoping to help. Oh yeah, when this is happening to you and you "feel the fear", breath in slowly through your nose and out slowly through your mouth with pursed lips like a kiss. I will emphasize the "slowly" part. Think about each breath and slow down during these episodes. In through your nose and out through your mouth. Take care and see a doctor! Again.
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  • I too have these symptoms. Although, I am over weight (about 40 lbs over weight), and I work all the time (diet is terrible). I do take vitamins. My shortness of breath comes and goes. It isn't constant. I too have a slight pain in the middle of my chest and started having discomfort in my mid back area. I feel like I have a ton of bricks sitting on my chest when I am laying down or sitting up. I haven't gasped for air yet, but I feel like I am not getting enough air. I am thinking it is the weight, but I know much larger people than me that don't have any problems. Then I thought maybe it was my esophagus (I do get a lot of heartburn). I plan on seeing my primary care physician, but I don't want to spend money on stupid tests. I have had an EKG in the last 3 months and it was fine. I am a former social smoker (quit in 2001), but live with a heavy smoker. Could it be the second hand smoke? I really didn't smoke a whole lot for it to do any major damage to my lungs. I did have a collapsed lung in 1995.
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  • I have the same symptoms of the original post- heavy breathing, dizziness etc. I would def recommend with those symptoms as the first part (or any part) to go to a doctor... also, like another reply mentioned, have an EKG. I had an EKG done last week and was reported to have a right bundle branch block, which is nothing too serious, but this week i have a holter monitor on... and my ''symptoms'' have been increasing, and plan to switch hospitals as well... good luck to all.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 15, 2009
    • 04:30 AM
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  • This could be due to A pneumothorax a collection of air in the pleural cavity this can easily be treated by inserting a chest drain into thr pleural space just inside the chest cavity this is a little uncomfortable but not alot when they put the tube in you can feel pressure and tugging but this is normal the symptoms are difficulty breathing Heavy chest feeling feeling like you need to grab for air which you shouldn't try and grab for air as this can collapse the lung further when you can't breathe you should breathe in for 3 and out for three and get an ambulance out immediatly this will be treted in the ED department
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 13, 2009
    • 06:52 PM
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  • This could be due to A pneumothorax a collection of air in the pleural cavity this can easily be treated by inserting a chest drain into thr pleural space just inside the chest cavity this is a little uncomfortable but not alot when they put the tube in you can feel pressure and tugging but this is normal the symptoms are difficulty breathing Heavy chest feeling feeling like you need to grab for air which you shouldn't try and grab for air as this can collapse the lung further when you can't breathe you should breathe in for 3 and out for three and get an ambulance out immediatly this will be treted in the ED departmenti have been having pains in my chest for about two weeks now. it hurts just walking to the bus, eating, or just sitting(like i'm doing now. whats going on.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 18, 2009
    • 05:20 AM
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  • OMG!!!!! It so similar as wat im goin tru right now.. When Im in highschool, Im a very active student..I joined different activities, sports, etc... I thought being active will make you fit..But not, now after 7-8years Here I am experiencing chest pain, lock of air.. When I see a doctor they find out I have " Sinus Bradycardia". I want to know if there is a medicine for me to take.. Please I need an answer..
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  • HI. I too am i dancer. Im 16 and have been experincing the exact same thing you have(original post) i have had bone scans, x rays, ect. They have found nothing wrong. But the excruciating pain is still there. I have been perscribed pain pills and muscle relaxers, none of which seem to help. Im seeing a spine specialist but she cant seem to find whats wrong. I have talked to a woman who is a professional trainer and she said that many of the dancers she has trained (for work outs) has back issues. That dancers focus more on their core muscles so it pulls their back out of wack. But please if you find the answer post back ill check up on this.
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  • OMG!!!!! It so similar as wat im goin tru right now.. When Im in highschool, Im a very active student..I joined different activities, sports, etc... I thought being active will make you fit..But not, now after 7-8years Here I am experiencing chest pain, lock of air.. When I see a doctor they find out I have " Sinus Bradycardia". I want to know if there is a medicine for me to take.. Please I need an answer..Hi i believe you may have what i do whether its perminate or not COSTOCHONDRITIS OR TEITZE SYNDROME.... i had the same problems with my chest! And i promise most doctors have no idea its rare..you can contact me on black-cherry@live.com.au if you want
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  • This has been a problem for about a year now. I'll try to make it short.In the beginning at random times throughout the day i'd have episodes of my breath shortening and becoming uncomfortable and making hard for me to breathe. It happened once or twice while I was dancing but all the other multiple times it appeared randomly when I was calm. I went to the doctor, got an echo where they found nothing and was prescribed Albuterol. At first it seemed to help then later it just made it worse. Then a couple of months it died down. Now it's back again but the symptoms are a bit different. Still shortness of breath and heavy feeling on my chest along with pains around the middle of it. At times i'll feel nauseous and the other night I probably got near the worst of all the episodes. It started out slow and then built up to a point where I was gasping for air repeatdly, i guess wheezing and when i stood i was a bit dizzy and after the breathing had settled I felt nauseous. I haven't a clue about it and I want to go to the doctor again but I dont want to be told, nothings wrong if there is something. So please, help anyone.Maybe Costochondritis /Tietze syndrome Ive had it now for over three yrs, tightness like my chest is getting squeezed heavy like there are weights on my chest and back, breathless, exhausted, heart attack symptoms like sharp pains in my chest in my arm up my neck etc. nothing really works and doctors do not no much about it Ive gone through a few they say its rare and they don't understand it but im finding a lot of people have it!
    blackcherry 4 Replies Flag this Response
  • Someone above described what works for me. Some people develop a slight heart arrhythmia due to lack of electrolytes (mainly potassium), which gives exactly these effects. It is not dangerous, just inconvenient. And there is a very easy to get rid of it. In my case is just not drinking enough of water. Try to drink the electrolytes drinks for people with diarrhoea (you can buy them at boots in sachets) for a few days and it should get better. Good luck!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Have you received any answers about this, or perhaps seen a doctor? I'm having shortness of breath, too, like you described. As though I can't get a deep enough breath. Sometimes it happens when I am exercising, but usually it's when I'm just going about my day. Last night scared me, though, since I woke up in the middle of the night feeling unable to get enough air. This morning my chest felt very heavy and my back hurts as well. I feel okay, otherwise. No fever or anything that would indicate bronchitis or pneumonia. I guess I'm heading in to the doctor sometime this week to see what they might say about it. I'll let you know what I learn.That is crazy because the same exact thing happens to me! they say its nothing wrong but there has to be something....
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • OMG!!!!! It so similar as wat im goin tru right now.. When Im in highschool, Im a very active student..I joined different activities, sports, etc... I thought being active will make you fit..But not, now after 7-8years Here I am experiencing chest pain, lock of air.. When I see a doctor they find out I have " Sinus Bradycardia". I want to know if there is a medicine for me to take.. Please I need an answer..i went to my doctor about this - he thinks its anxiety? or stress?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 13, 2010
    • 07:56 PM
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  • This has been a problem for about a year now. I'll try to make it short.In the beginning at random times throughout the day i'd have episodes of my breath shortening and becoming uncomfortable and making hard for me to breathe. It happened once or twice while I was dancing but all the other multiple times it appeared randomly when I was calm. I went to the doctor, got an echo where they found nothing and was prescribed Albuterol. At first it seemed to help then later it just made it worse. Then a couple of months it died down. Now it's back again but the symptoms are a bit different. Still shortness of breath and heavy feeling on my chest along with pains around the middle of it. At times i'll feel nauseous and the other night I probably got near the worst of all the episodes. It started out slow and then built up to a point where I was gasping for air repeatdly, i guess wheezing and when i stood i was a bit dizzy and after the breathing had settled I felt nauseous. I haven't a clue about it and I want to go to the doctor again but I dont want to be told, nothings wrong if there is something. So please, help anyone.hi i've been feeling this way lately also. im a smoker and trying to quit im a mom of two go to school full time and under a lot of stress. i suffer from anxiety i believe that what im experiencing and maybe yiu too are panic attacks
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 28, 2010
    • 04:27 AM
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  • I'm 18, female, and a freshman in college this year. I woke up this morning with this same symptoms as the original post stated. I slept through the night just fine but during the last maybe 2 hours of my sleep i noticed my back was hurting. I thought maybe it was the way i was laying so I moved and kept moving but it didnt seem to help. Then when I went to take a breath i noticed my chest was tight and it also feels like my throat is tight. After this, i noticed every time i took a deep breath, letting it out made me feel sick, like i was going to throw up. I've been up for about 30 minutes now, it has let up a bit, but its still not back to normal. What is this?? I definately don't need breathing problems :/
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 23, 2010
    • 01:41 PM
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  • I know the original post was a few years ago but just felt like putting my input in. My freshmen year of college I had a couple weeks where I couldn't breathe well, my chest felt heavy, I'd breathe in deep and feel like I couldn't get enough air. I got freaked out by it of course which only made it worse. I went to the doctor at school, drew blood and found out I had low iron, so slight anemia, which when that happens you aren't getting enough oxygen circulating through your system. They prescribed me iron pills and it actually worked, provided I kept taking them. I am supposed to take an iron pill every day but I havent for a while. But every now and then that feeling comes back and I now know to keep calm and breathe slowly because it helps get in more air, and to start taking iron pills again for a week or so. Should probably just keep taking them every day but I don't feel like it : ) Maybe this will help someone and maybe it won't, just putting in my experience
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 15, 2010
    • 03:10 AM
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  • iam a 24 year old smoker i think im in pretty good shape im 5-9 and about 210lbs. but latley ive been haveing shortness of breath deep pain right in the middle of chest, and pain around my ribs. i smoke every day i know its not good for me but. ive never felyt any thing like this before should i be worried? i do have bad anxiety is it that or something eles.................. im worried.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 15, 2011
    • 04:52 AM
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  • The same thing happens to me on occasion. I went to the dr a few years back and had a chest X-ray and it turned out fine. Then saw an allergy and asthma specialist and was diagnosed with exercise induced asthma (even though i wasn't exercising). They put me on some allergy medicine and it seemed to help. Now I seem to get it around allergy season but it usually goes away within a few weeks. I have also has an ekg within the last few months and it turned out ok as well. I think I may try some of the suggestions note as this does get really annoying and worrisome. I think I may also go to another dr just to be on the safe side. Good luck everyone.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 21, 2011
    • 10:11 AM
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