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i'm feeling smothered & have shortness of breath. what's going on?

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatric Pulmonology 36 years experience
M.D. visit: Shortness of breath is related to a number of possible conditions. I agree that if you are experiencing difficulty breathing, you should be seen by a physician.
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I never suffered with shortness of breath while I smoked, but I quit three days ago and am now really short on breath now. What's going on?

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Common occurance: It is fairly common to experience shortness of breath and cough after you quit smoking. Sometimes, this can last 4-6 weeks. If it lasts longer then that, then consult your physician.
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Pneumonia: It is fairly common to continue to have shortness of breath and weakness following an episode of pneumonia. I tell patients try to stay active during this time and they begin to feel themselves again a matter of weeks. If 4-6 weeks have gone by without any improvement, then you need to be reevaluated by your physician.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

I keep having shortness of breath and feeling dizzy. I am 21and in good shape. Do I let this pass?

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Best to get checked: People <30 yrs old with no risk factors at all (smoking, family history of heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes) are at extremely low risk for acquired heart disease. However other things can cause these symptoms, including anemia, high blood sugar and thyroid problems. So best thing is to have a comprehensive check-up with your physician.

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