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Sternum Pain Breathing Problems
I have a lump on/behind my sternum no Injury but difficulty breathing over 3mths. Tight heavy chest. What could it be?
Many causes: The problem can be related to your airway or your heart. Airway causes include lung conditions such as asthma or bronchitis. It can also be related to the airway higher up such as at the voice box, base of tongue, or nose. Causes can also be related to your heart. If your heart is not effective in pumping out adequate blood, your body may not be getting adequate oxygen. ...Read more
Too many to list: The sensation of shortness of breath can be caused by cardiac, vascular and/or pulmonary problems including things like asthma, lung disease, pulmonary hypertension, cardiac ischemia, obesity, valvular heart disease, congestive heart failure, essential hypertension. If you exercise tolerance is progressively deteriorating, see your physician. ...Read more
Breathing: Breathing involves the air and enough oxygen in it, as well as lack of contaminants in the air. The mechanics of breathing the chest wall and diaphragm have to be functioning normally, the anatomy of the lungs has to be normal. Asthma has obstruction of the breathing tubes as does bronchitis. Abnormalities of the lung tissue and alveoli are also common causes of breathing difficulty. ...Read more
Many...: There are many, many causes of breathing problems. Some are related to the respiratory system (asthma, copd), others to the cardiac system (congestive heart failure). Some problems are due to infection (pneumonia) and others related to trauma (quadriplegia). There are congenital causes (cystic fibrosis) and some causes where the etiology is not known. There are so many causes so see your doctor! ...Read more
DOCTOR: There are many serious problems that result in breathing problems. I would strongly recommend that you see a physician for an evaluation so that a proper diagnosis and treatment plan can be developed. ...Read more
Myriad reasons.: Having "breathing problems" can stem from anything to true heart or lung problems to merely being out of shape. Usually persistent breathing issues require some investigations - blood testing, stress test, breathing test, chest Xray. Do you smoke? Because smoking can give a younger person shortness of breath. ...Read more
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