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What causes chest pain with difficulty in breathing?

Recently when on a vigorous bush walk up Mt Lofty and experienced really bad chest pain. It felt really tight and like my chest was going to explode. I was also having trouble breathing and felt mildly dizzy. At one point my gums started aching heaps and I could taste blood. I felt so unwell I feared I was going to collapse. Slowing down improved my symptoms only very slightly. I have mild asthma and used ventolin while on the walk, though I have never experienced symptoms this bad before. Could these symptoms be because I'm not very fit, or is it all from my asthma?
I am female, aged 26, weighing about 54kg, height about 5ft 4"
Wed, 3 May 2017
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Respected user, hi I evaluated your query thoroughly.
*This relates to exertion beyond your lung capacity to compensate for levels
of inhalations .
*It doesn`t mean you are not very fit , but underlying asthma also
contribute to it with level of hydration , atmospheric humidity , pollens &
many other factors contribute for the same.
*Don`t panic , follow certain steps at home for yourself :
- do regular walking, light exercises at home with deep breathing exercises
& YOGA without failure .
- know your exertion levels, don`t do ventures beyond limits of it.
- maintain your hydrations
- keep diet nutritious in all aspects so far as your age, weight is concerned.
- be in regular consultation with your Pulmonologist for asthama evaluations
at intervals.
- spirometry exercises at home helps tremendously to assess your lung
capacity on daily basis with strenghthening it together.
- avoid smoking / alcohol / any abuse substances if used .
- maintain your BP , Blood sugar , Cholesterol levels , body weight under
control.
Hope this clears your doubts.
Thanks for using Health care magic & giving me an opportunity to assist you.
Welcome for any further assistance.
Regards dear take care.
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