A 23-year-old female asked:
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since having asthma and ankle trauma in october i have trouble sleeping due to chest tightness and pain which have seen several doctors over the period but still nothing helping was fine before?

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Dr. Jeffery VanYperen
11 years experience Podiatry
Few possibilities: Are you still taking pain medication because of the ankle trauma? Narcotic pain medication can cause respiratory problems (known as respiratory depression), especially if you are taking it regularly. Another possibility is pulmonary embolism, caused by a blood clot that travels through the blood stream into the lungs--lastly, the asthma could be exacerbated either from the stress or meds...
Answered on Jan 3, 2016
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Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Rule out blood clot: Blood clots are common after leg trauma, and can travel to the lungs and cause pain and shortness of breath. It can be deadly. Tests can rule this out.
Answered on Jan 3, 2016
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Dr. Richard Blake
44 years experience Podiatry
Ankle Trauma: When exactly did the problem come on with the Ankle Trauma? Was there any pulmonary function testing done? This is not something to ignore.
Answered on Feb 7, 2015
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
27 years experience Podiatry
Elizabeth -: you mention you have asthma. In other questions you state you are taking Ibuprofen and wanted to take naprosyn (naproxen) when you ran out of the ibuprofen….did you know these meds can cause asthma attacks?maybe this is why you get the chest tightness……..
Answered on Aug 23, 2015

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