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can't breathe, migrians,chest pain, from cigarette smell?

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Everytime I smell a cigarette or anything like a cigarette I get dizzy,can't breathe and will feel like fainting.It gives me very bad migrians and chest pains.At times my throat and eyes will burn.The pain will last hours after smelling the smoke.Sometimes it is 3 hours before the pain is gone.I just want to know why it affects me so bad.Please tell me.
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replied April 1st, 2012
Welcome to e health forum.

It seems that you have Classic migraine, which is triggered by specific type of odors (including cigarette smell). Migraine is caused by abnormal brain activity, which is triggered by stress, certain foods, environmental factors, or ‎numerous trigger factors.
Some common trigger factors seen to precipitate symptoms in migraine patients - include alcohol, bright lights, various odors or perfumes, sleep disturbances, loud noises, physical or emotional stress and exposure to smoke. These trigger factors stimulate the sympathetic nervous system in the body, that controls primitive responses to stress and pain, the so called "fight or flight" response, and this activation causes many of the symptoms associated with migraine attacks.

There are two ways to prevent migraine headaches:
1. by avoiding the trigger factors that cause the headaches in you.
2. by taking prophylactic medications to prevent the headaches.

Hence you might consult with your primary care doctor, who can assess your history and provide proper counseling about management of your migraine symptoms. In addition medications can also be prescribed by your doctor to control your symptoms.

I hope this helps.

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