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Treatments For Barrel Chest
No: A pigeon chest is a deformity of the sternum in teenagers called pectus carinitum or excavatum. These are usually not responsible for any symptoms but are mostly cosmetic. A barrel chest is the result of COPD or emphysema and is an over expansion of the lungs from smoking resulting in the entire rib cage billowing out ke a barrel. ...Read more
Frequent shortness breathing, occasional chest pains, dextrochardia condition, no cough, no phlegm, quitting smoking, have many work deadlines, age 31?
Sternum; breathing;: An operation is a possibility but it is usually done in childhood. It might be of limited benefit and quite painful done now. ...Read more
Are there viruses which cause chest/lung pain and coughing up green? How many days until I should consider dr. Visit/ chest xray?
Smoke-damaged lungs: Hyperinflated lungs implies smoke-damage, which leads to emphysema, which leads to copd. If you haven't already, stop smoking -- you will live 10 years longer than your 42yo friends that keep smoking! the inhalers you're using are #1 steroid for lung inflammation, and #2 bronchodilator for coughing/wheezing. With luck, after 1-2mo you can stop #2 and maintain on #1, assuming you can quit smoking. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What could be causes of stabbing chest pain with deep breaths? Patient is 86, with MDS, emphysema, & osteoporosis. started after vertebrate surgery.
Chest pains: Stabbing or shooting chest pains with deep breaths are often caused by pinched intercostal nerves which run between 2 ribs. They can also occur with rib fractures or bruises, pleurisy, pulmonary blood clots or pneumonia. A spot xray or bone scan would spot a rib fracture which could occur in this patient with osteoporosis and COPD. ...Read more
Chest ct- heart cath- upper gi all clear still have chest pain and difficulty getting satisfying deep breath occasionally. Looking for suggestions?
Get a real Rx: If you are responsible for the physical / emotional well-being of a child or teen with pectus excavatum, you have a duty to educate yourself about the evidence-based options for treatment if it is indicated. Surgery is the norm; there's an avant-garde option with magnets. Growing up is difficult enough without a visible cosmetic or functional deformity. ...Read more
What is the treatment for thoracic dextroscoliosis?Have backpain including chestpain and difficulty of breathing.
No short answer: Very complex question with multiple factors. Vast majority of thoracic scoliosis less than 45 degrees is non surgical . Shortness of breath from scoliosis is very rare, only with very severe curves of 90 degrees or greater. See your internist to find out why you are really short of breath. ...Read more