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Having constipation, taking laxatives. Pain below breast bone, cough, breathing difficulty. Reason?

my mom is 63. she has been taking oxycodone for the past five years for her back. she has had very bad contipation latley. she will take many laxitives and she says just hard balls come out. now she is having a severe pain below her brest bone. she has also had a cough for the past few weeks. also she has been losing her breath doing small tasks and needs her inhaler . do you have any ideas? she does not have a doctor appt. for another week. but i am very worried. i am sorry. i did not realize i had to pay money for your opinion. for i do not have any. i am just very worried and scared. my email is YYYY@YYYY if you can plase help me with for free......
Asked On : Tue, 18 Dec 2012
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Jun 2015
Hello dear,

First of all, you do not have to pay money for an opinion in this forum.

Oxycodone is an opioid analgesic, which has the side effect of constipation.
Though symptomatic relief can be obtained by intake of Laxatives, their regular use is not advised, to prevent any unwanted side effects.

The symptoms of pain below breast bone & cough can be attributed to respiratory tract infection.
Losing breath on doing small task can be due to the above mentioned cause, anemic status or due to any Cardiovascular pathology.

So, kindly consult your Physician & get a proper clinical examination done.
Investigations like complete blood count, X ray of chest, Electrocardiogram will be helpful.

There is no need to worry, your mom will be fine.
Till then, make sure she takes healthy nutritious diet, maintain adequate hydration and keeps away stress.

Wishing her a good health.
Take care.
Answered: Fri, 12 Jul 2013
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