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Smoking causing shortness of breath and chest pain - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi i'm a social smoker and have just began to feel mild shortness of breath and very very slight pain in my chest. the breathing is hard when i lay down. it has got a little easier but still feels weird when i lay down. i smoked last night and this has just happened tonight. should i be worried? if i don't smoke will this go away? i used to have asthma could smoking have triggered this? could it be a mild panic attack i'm under some short term stress and am slightly in a depressed mood lately?
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Dr XXXX here
User :   hi
Doctor :   let me read ur query
Doctor :   can i know ur age ?
User :   20
Doctor :   theres nothing to worry
Doctor :   it will reduce on its own
User :   is it a common thing after smoking? or what is causing it?
Doctor :   some times it is
User :   how long until it goes away?
Doctor :   within a week
User :   so it's probably from smoking? what exactly happens
User :   >
User :   ?
Doctor :   smoking stimulates or irritates the resp tract
User :   ok thank you
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