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Is this asthma?
September 12, 2000
11:43 am
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mnms
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Hi... I was wondering if somebody could give me a little advice here. Two months ago I was in a car accident which resulted in a collasped left lung. This should be healed by now, and I have been doing better for at least a month. But the past 3 weeks, I have been having all kinds of probs. My chest hurts practically all the time, especially when I've been exercising (or days afterwards). I find myself short of breath a lot, too. Once when I was climbing stairs I was out of breath and my heart beat was rapid and my left arm went numb. I've been to the doctor who diagnosed me two months ago and he thinks I'm just hyperventelating, but I'm sure that is not it. He sent me to get a chest x-ray but the results haven't come in yet. He also offered to get me a test that just looks at the tissue in the lung. Anybody have any advice? Is this asthma or what?
Thanks... I'd appreciate any help at this point.

September 12, 2000
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Not to ignore the Md's advice, but are you just winded from being in recovery from your accident. It could be that you also need to build stamina, how ever since you were in an accident I would follow Md's advice. Asthma your throat constricts, and you wheeze, it is hard to breath, but not like chest pain in my experience.

September 12, 2000
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My Dad has similar problems but from PTSD: posttraumatic stress disorder.

Anyone who's had a traumatic event in their life can develop this disorder. It mainly shows itself in panic attacks and an inability to deal with stressful situations. It can also surface in gastric disorders (ulcers, gastritis, gastroparesis, gastro-esophageal reflux disease).

The problems you've been experiencing sound more like panic attacks to me, though. Asthma doesn't feature rapid heartbeat or numbness in the extremities except in asthma-attack related panic.

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