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What causes shortness of breath and dizziness after a asthma attack?

Had an asthma attack on Sunday past, since then suffered from tiredness, shortness of breath, dizziness and pain in right calf, pressure - normal, cholesterol level 226, female, age 57, height 5'7" WEIGHT 179.4, Saw two doctors, went on a ventaline machine for an hour on Monday it cleared my lungs, and also got a shot. Did a Doppler scan of right calf-showed very good blood flow,. This is my first day back on the job in a week and already winded and tired. Any suggestions on why?
Thu, 13 Feb 2014
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Hi, welcome to our site. I am Dr Saumya Mittal.

Read your query. That is a very significant question and i appreciate your problem. I will try my best to answer your query

What happens is that in asthma the airways are narrowed. So the air is not easily taken into lungs, and similarly there is a difficulty in letting out the inspired air. So overall the lung's air volume is low functionally.

After an acute attack, did you go back to the doctors for a repeat test. It is a possibility that your lungs need long term medicines and therefore though not as symptomatic as in acute condition, your fatigue is indicating that you may still
need treatment

Also suggest testing a hemogram

I hope this helps you. Inform the reports mentioned above so i can be of help further. Best of luck.

I have given you the answer to the maximum considering the information provided. The results of the tests could further enhance my answer to you.

Please do understand that some details could be extracted from a detailed history and examination.

Looking forward to your return query with the details asked so that I can help you further.
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