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What causes breathing difficulty and swelling on feet after treatment for constipation? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 26-Mar-2014
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User:I have been having trouble with my stomach for maybe two weeks. A lot of gas pressure and constipation which caused a lot of discomfort along with causing me to lose sleep feeling like I couldn't breathe properly. I have taken gas relief tablets, XXXXXXX seltzer, dulcolax with only temporary results. My stomach seems to be getting a little better but in the last 2-3 days I've had some swelling in my feet , ankles and lower legs. I still have the shortness of breath and I'm still not getting good rest. I am a smoker which I'm sure doesn't help but I have never felt anything like this before. I was thinking it was just a stomach virus at first but with the other symptoms I'm not sure, I also have some mucus release when I cough which was not part of the original problem but happened about 1 week later
which in turn doesn't help the breathing.
Doctor:Hi, I am Dr. XXXXXXX D
Let me read your query for few minutes to be able to have a good discussion here.
Doctor:I have gone through your query and understand your concern
Doctor:After reading through your complaints, I strongly suspect heart related issue
Doctor:Swelling in the feet and ankles, associated with shortness of breath indicates congestive cardiac failure
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User:I had a extensive eye exam 6 months ago and they said they didn't see anything wrong
Doctor:But it is quite possible to develop some abnormality in these six months
Doctor:shortness of breath associated with swelling in the feet should not be taken lightly
User:the shortness of breath is not all the time only when I'm feeling stomach pressure
Doctor:Your abdominal symptoms such as gas pressure could also be due to the same issue
Doctor:I understand
Doctor:You have tried the medicines for stomach problems and see no great improvement
Doctor:that means the problem may not be just related to stomach issues
Doctor:so you will need further evaluation
User:sorry I type slow
User:i should get checked
Doctor:Yes, you should get checked
Doctor:Don't worry, I can wait for you to type
User:i have seen improvement with the stomach but not complete. i fell on my shoulder the day after thanksgiving and hurt myself pretty good i still have some soreness but it is getting better. i thought maybe the lack of exercise and movement might have contributed
Doctor:Yes, they do contribute
Doctor:But, honestly I would recommend you to get yourself checked properly to rule out any heart related issue
Doctor:For the stomach you can take Omeprazole 20 mg twice a day, half an hour before meals
Doctor:that would help
User:what about the swelling
Doctor:The cause for swelling needs to be found out
User:is that medicine over the counter
Doctor:The problem is, the swelling in the legs usually means some serious issue
Doctor:Yes, that medicine is over the counter, otherwise I would not advise you that
User:doc i will go and get checked and i think it will be today
Doctor:That will be great
Doctor:I would appreciate it
User:is there anyway to send you a followup
Doctor:You may note it down
Doctor:That is not a live chat like this though
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