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East Petersburg, PA
A 18-year-old female asked:

It is hard to breathe when taking a deep breath and yawning. my chest feels heavy and sometimes it hurts to breathe when i laugh. what could be wrong?

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Dr. Nancy Mellow
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Asthma is possible: The feeling of heaviness in the chest, trouble breathing, and breathing problems after laughter can be symptoms of asthma. In most cases, people with asthma also have coughing and/or wheezing. Muscle strain in the chest muscles or anxiety attacks can also cause these symptoms. If it continues, it's a good idea to have a doctor examine you and figure it out!

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