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Morning, I'm having a problem this morning with breathing

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I'm having a problem this morning with breathing and getting a dull ache in my stomach and a sharp pain in the middle of my chest. I feel uncomfortably hot but my actual temperature seems normal.
I played sports yesterday and started to lose my breath after not running very far, and occasionally feeling out of breath for 5-10 seconds after not doing anything at all.
Could anyone help with identifying what this is?

Hello and thanks for trusting me to help you. I am a board certified consultant with over 30 years of experience.
Please provide more information regarding your question so I can help you in detail.

What is your age and gender?


Is pain continuous or intermittent?

Alcohol and smoking consumption?

Can you monitor blood pressure?

Are you taking any medications?

Any medical history?


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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi,I'm 34 and male. The pain is fairly continuous, though worse when breathing more deeply (after walking). I don't smoke and haven't had any alcohol in 7 days (even then I'm a light, occasional drinker). I'm taking sertraline for depression and have been on this for over a year (75mg).
My blood pressure is 129/74, pulse 68. no from 4 weeks ago was 132/66, pulse 65.
I've no history of this or any other condition with breathing. My father has recently been diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat causing a mild stroke, there is a history of cancer in the family. Other than that hospital visits have been injuries with known causes.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Apologies, I had asthma as a child and have hayfever
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
there is no nausea, just an internal pain similar to a cramp

Thanks for all these additional information.
I understand your concern.

Well as describe there may be following possibilties in your case-
Gastroesophageal acid reflux
At your age, it is less likely to have any cardiac pathology


Chest infection

It is advised to undergo a clinical examination by a doctor, chest Auscultation, Chest X-ray, EKG for further evaluation.
Take OTC mylanta and tylenol.
Drink plenty of water.

Take OTC Zantac.

Do steam inhalation.

If pain is persistent and severe then visit ER.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you, ***** ***** seem to pick up chest infections rather easily.
What would cause me to be suddenly out of breath and need to take in air rapidly for only 5-10 seconds after being inactive. I don't normally have to do that and it has persisted since yesterday. It's infrequent, sometimes it doesn't occur at all, it happened 4-5 times yesterday afternoon and once this morning.

Sorry for late reply and inconvenience.

Well as you have history of asthma and hay fever so your immune system is weak and even a mild infection can trigger breathlessness.

So you should try such self care measures until you see your doctor for further evaluation and management.

Use a humidifier in your room.

Drink warm liquids.

Hope this helps.
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