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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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What does pressure in the chest along with shortness of breath indicate?

A couple weeks ago I had the flu(A). I got over it and then I started to have chest tightness and shortness of breath. They diagnosed me with bronchitis. They gave me steroids and antibiotics to treat it. Let me remind you I am a smoker but I have cut back a ton since I fell sick. I finished my prescribed medications. This morning I woke up with a very bad dry cough. Every time I take a deep breath, I wheeze and cough very hard. I have coughed so hard to the point I have a migraine. It did get very cold where I live last night So I m not sure if the cold makes the bronchitis worse . Also my chest feels very tight and at times my lungs feel sort of Shallow .
Sat, 30 Jun 2018
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Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.
I think you are suffering from chronic bronchitis.
You should stop smoking.
You should do a spirometry and a chest x ray to verify it.
Treatment is by ventoline and inhaled corticosteroids such fluticasone , betametasone.
Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.
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