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Abdominal and back pain, pain in sternum, breathlessness while walking. Due to dust?

I am having abdominal/ back pain - we just did a remodel in the house, removed sheet rock, tape/textured new sheet rock, sanded mud which coated the house, my clothes etc with quite a bit of dust . . . all without a mask. Could my sever chest/base of sternum pain, plus quite a heaviness when I walk, difficulty getting a good deep breath be because my lungs have dust in them?
Asked On : Fri, 11 Jan 2013
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Hello,
You have had quite a lot of dust, batceria, fungal exposure to the lungs during the make-over so it is not unusual you are having these symptoms.
The chest pains could be secondary to coughing or a chest infection with pleurisy (inflammation of the linings of the lungs) that would require antibiotics for 7-10 days.
If the pains persist with sweating, an ECG is a must to ensure all is ok with the heart side of things.
Antibiotics plus a course of antihistamines with inhalers or montelukast should suffice.
It is more important that you get inhalers if you had asthma in the past.

I would recommend getting all the above checked without further delay.
Best Wishes.
Answered: Fri, 11 Jan 2013
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