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Is struggling to get a full lung of breath a bad sign ?

Is struggling to get a full lung of breath a bad sign ? Just as a background, I m a 22 year old male in roughly average physical shape for my age. A few months ago I was having chest pains and concerned about it I visited my doctor . He was mildly concerned I may have left ventricular hypertrophy (Based on an odd ECG ) and so sent me to see a specialist. Without doing any real tests, other than another ECG and quizzing me a little about the pains, I was discharged. I have not suffered to badly from chest pains more recently, although quite often I find it difficult to fill my lungs with air. Even when consciously trying to take deep breaths, I struggle to quench my need for air. Is this normal or could it be an indicator for something more serious.
Mon, 14 Dec 2009
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Firstly, I am not in the medical profession so you can take this as my own experience only. I suffer from Costochondritis. That is a condition that inflames the soft tissue that surrounds the breast bone and caused symptoms very similar to the ones you are describing. it took my doctor several months to come up with this diagnosis ans I was then told, after an ECG and a treadmill, that Very few chest pains are caused by the Heart but all should be professionally diagnosed. Keep pestering your doctor for as long as you are suffering is my advice. Get second or even third opinions. This is not only affecting you but also your friends and loved ones, they do not like to see you suffering, so keep at it.
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