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I had chest pains in my upper left chest, and hard breathing

tonight i had chest pains in my upper left chest, my chest felt heavy and it was hard to breathe. I have bad allergies and used to have asthma as a baby. I am 18 years old, 125 lbs, and used to be very active but not so much anymore. My question is, what is it? and are there any stretches/ things to do or eat to help this.
Asked On : Thu, 21 Jul 2011
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Orthopaedic Surgeon 's  Response
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You need to get a checkup from your Doctor who will be able to correctly tell what you are having. Is there any fever, any cough, weight loss. You can do steam inhalation for some relief. It could also be muscle strain which can be relieved with pain killers, but do not take chance, get examined by your Doctor to rule out fluid collection, any lung congestion or obstruction.
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General Surgeon Dr. Faraz Ahmed's  Response
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Exercise. You don't have to be sedentary if you have asthma. Regular exercise can strengthen your heart and lungs so that they don't have to work so hard. Aim for 30 minutes of exercise on most days. If you've been inactive, start slowly and try to gradually increase your activity over time. Keep in mind that exercising in cold temperatures may trigger symptoms. If you do exercise in cold temperatures, wear a face mask to warm the air you breathe. And don't exercise in temperatures below zero. Activities such as golf, walking and swimming are less likely to trigger attacks, but be sure to discuss any exercise program with your doctor.
Use your air conditioner. Air conditioning helps reduce the amount of airborne pollen from trees, grasses and weeds that finds its way indoors. Air conditioning also lowers indoor humidity and can reduce your exposure to dust mites. If you don't have air conditioning, try to keep your windows closed during pollen season.
Decontaminate your decor. Minimize dust that may aggravate nighttime symptoms by replacing certain items in your bedroom. For example, encase pillows, mattresses and box springs in dust-proof covers. Remove carpeting and install hardwood or linoleum flooring. Use washable curtains and blinds.
Maintain optimal humidity. Keep humidity low in your home and office. If you live in a damp climate, talk to your doctor about using a dehumidifier.
Keep indoor air clean. Have a utility company check your air conditioner and furnace once a year. Change the filters in your furnace and air conditioner according to the manufacturer's instructions. Also consider installing a small-particle filter in your ventilation system. If you use a humidifier, change the water daily.
Reduce pet dander. If you're allergic to dander, avoid pets with fur or feathers. Having pets regularly bathed or groomed also may reduce the amount of dander in your surroundings.
Clean regularly. Clean your home at least once a week. Because cleaning stirs up dust, however, wear a mask or, if you can, have someone else clean.
Limit use of contact lenses. Try substituting eyeglasses for your contact lenses when the pollen count is high. Pollen grains can become trapped under the lenses.
Control heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It's possible that the acid reflux that causes heartburn may damage lung airways and worsen asthma symptoms. If you have frequent or constant heartburn, talk to your doctor about treatment options
Answered: Thu, 21 Jul 2011
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