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Orthopnoea, smoking addiction - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   hi
Doctor :  
how can i help you
User :   So you're a real, licensed doctor?
Doctor :  
Ya
Doctor :  
proceed with your problems
User :   I have breathing problems. Sometimes I wake up at night gasping for air, sometimes I wake up and all I need is a glass of cold water to feel as though I can breathe again.
User :  
The problem hits at various points through out the day.
Doctor :  
k
Doctor :  
your age and occupation
User :   It usually seems to be triggered by stress or anxiety.
User :  
I'm almost 19, and I'm a Domino's delivery driver.
Doctor :  
are you obese?
User :  
No, I'm 5 foot 10 and weigh about 150
User :  
I can also never EVER sleep with my mouth closed. I can NOT breathe adequately through my nose while sleeping.
Doctor :  
does any of your parents have heart problems
User :  
None that they've been diagnosed with.
User :  
So no, to my knowledge, they do not.
Doctor :   k
Doctor :  
do you get chest pain?
User :   Only when I get heart burn. Other than that, no. My chest just feels heavy.
Doctor :  
do you have the same breathing prob in day time also
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do you smoke or consume alchohol
User :  
I also have to sigh deeply every 5 minutes or so. It makes it feel as though it refreshes my lungs so I can continue breathing
User :  
I do smoke, and I only drink on occassion.
Doctor :  
since how many yrs u r smoking
Doctor :  
how many cig per day/
User :   I've been smoking for about 3 years and anywhere from 5 to 15 cigarettes a day.
Doctor :  
do you have cough or evening fever or weight loss in recent past
User :  
No. I don't have a coughing problem. And no for both of those other questions.
Doctor :  
Better get 1 spirometry test for breathing capacity analysis
Doctor :  
and get back to us with the reports

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