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19 Year Old Chest Pain, Shortness of Breath, Numbness

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I am writing this for my 19 year old son. His symptoms are chest pain, shortness of breath, and numbness in extremities when he wakes up in the morning. He also cannot get a good nights sleep. He had asthma when he was younger, but hasn't had symptoms in years. He also has a past of depression and drug use, but is clean now (he's being tested). He has been precribed inhalers and medications for asthma and COPD. He says none of these worked, and that the inhalers made his condition worse.

He has had a CT scan of his chest and an echocardiogram, and the specialist said they showed as normal. He used to be very active, but can now do barely anything. The doctor seems to think that it's still asthma, but I don't see that. Does anyone have any suggestions about which direction to go in.

Thank you,

Worried Dad
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replied February 13th, 2013
Hi, and thanks for your query on eHealth forum!

If the symptoms come only when he wakes up in the morning then it could be due to a bad gastric reflux. Some life style changes will help reduce these symptoms: Avoid heavy meals and eat frequent small meals. Avoid too much of caffeine, tea, smoking, fried food and drinks both alcoholic and non alcoholic fuzzy ones. Avoid heavy exercises within 4 hours of a heavy meal. Raise the head end of the bed by pillows to 30 degrees. Avoid lying down for least 2 hours after food. Take a late night snack. Maybe these tips will help your son. If they help, please consult your son’s doctor regarding this. The other possibility is obstructive sleep apnea. Please discuss with your doctor. Hope this helps. Take care!



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replied October 21st, 2013
These past week iv been having shortness of breath and Chest pain I do suffer with asthma and panic attacks I'm so worries I'm always thinking in gonna die it's not a nice feeling I'm on 20yrs old aswell I'm always thinking of the worse
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