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Had slurpee 1 drink "froze"mid chest area in pain for several minutes (about 5-10)was hard to breathe. Should i be concerned? If it occurs again?

Had slurpee 1 drink "froze"mid chest area in pain for several minutes (about 5-10)was hard to breathe.  Should i be concerned? If it occurs again?

No: This happens to almost everybody. If the breathing trouble was from breathing being uncomfortable, probably some ice got stuck, paralyzed the esophagus for a bit, then eventually passed. Try sipping and savoring the icy treat more slowly, but don't be frightened. Now, if the shortness of breath was like you were running a marathon, I'm concerned; tell your physician, r/o coronary disease. ...Read more

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When I drink a lot of caffeine (full soda, cup of coffee 5 hour energy) I get a rash, it's hard to breathe, and I start palpitating, am i allergic?

When I drink a lot of caffeine (full soda, cup of coffee 5 hour energy) I get a rash, it's hard to breathe, and I start palpitating, am i allergic?

Caffeine: Sounds like you are sensitive to caffeine. A rash can sometimes occur from boing nervous. There are no similarities in what you drink to indicate an allergy other than caffeine and that does not produce an allergy. ...Read more

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After a night of very heavy drinking the next 3 – 5 days I have difficulty breathing(need to inhale harder). This has happened several times b4. Why?

After a night of very heavy drinking the next 3 – 5 days I have difficulty breathing(need to inhale harder). This has happened several times b4. Why?

ETOH: Alcohol excess can have varied effects on the body. A better question might be, why are you drinking very heavily? If you've observed it causes you problems, common sense says "don't do it". ...Read more

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Why does my chest hurt after drinking alochol, and it's sometimes hard to breath?

Why does my chest hurt after drinking alochol, and it's sometimes hard to breath?

Reflux: You are likely suffering from significant acid reflux--alcohol will really make this worse. I see you are on advil/pepto-bismol. These two medications can irritate your stomach and should be discontinued if possible. Taking an omeprazole over the counter daily will be helpful to treat this. Avoid spicy foods and alcohol which can exacerbate your symptoms. ...Read more

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When I drink a beverage with alcohol i sometimes find it hard to breath. This is with just 1-2 beers or mix drinks. What could cause this?

When I drink a beverage with alcohol i sometimes find it hard to breath. This is with just 1-2 beers or mix drinks.  What could cause this?

Don't know: Feeling short-of-breath (dyspnea) can result from a number of thinks involving the heart and lungs, but also can relate to anxiety. Some people are very sensitive to alcohol effects and have an exaggerated and sometimes paradoxical response where small amounts of alcohol can trigger what feels like a panic attack. Cannot say from your description — you need to see your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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When I eat or drink certain things i have trouble swallowing The problem is rapid swallowing that makes it hard to catch my breath and lasts a while?

When I eat or drink certain things i have trouble swallowing The problem is rapid swallowing that makes it hard to catch my breath and lasts a while?

Hard to tell.: This is difficult to diagnose with telemedicine. I would suggest having a swallow study done to further evaluate what is going on. ...Read more

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Cannot take a deep breath! I'm drinking water but it's becoming harder and harder to breathe!?

Cannot take a deep breath! I'm drinking water but it's becoming harder and harder to breathe!?

Go to the ER: Progressive shotness of breath could be anything from a bad cold to heart failure. You should be seen promptly. ...Read more

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My 4 week baby breath so hard when she drinks milk , it all happens while she is drinking during sleep?

My 4 week baby breath so hard when she drinks milk , it all happens while she is drinking during sleep?

Confusing question: Babies depend on their open nasal passages to breathe normally. If baby must stop feeding to do some breathing or seems to work harder to breathe during feedings, she needs her nose cleaned of any mucous or irritant debris. Dust, smoke & fragrances, make it hard for babies & saline nose rinse is your best rx. I don't know of any babies that drink during sleep, but many sound bad if congested. ...Read more

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I have a hard stomach and it gets harder when I eat or drink something and then I can't breathe properly.

I have a hard stomach and it gets harder when I eat or drink something and then I can't breathe properly.

Gas?: May be gas building up in the stomach. Try using some anti-gas preparations with meals. If no help, see your primary care doctor for a more complete evaluation. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have a hard stomach and it gets harder when I eat or drink something and then I can't breathe properly?

I have a hard stomach and it gets harder when I eat or drink something and then I can't breathe properly?

Hard stomach: May be gastritis or reflux as sometimes the acid spills into the lungs especiailly when lying flat and irritates.or may be gall bladder. Can try over the counter prevecid/ranitidine or both . Avoid caffeine, alcohol, chocholate,smoking, spicy food. May be food intolerances as well f/u with doctor urgent care. ...Read more

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What do i need to drink for ulcer pain. I have a sharp pain on my back and front between the breasts due to ulcers. The pain gets so bad that it makes it hard to breath.

What do i need to drink for ulcer pain. I have a sharp pain on my back and front between the breasts due to ulcers. The pain gets so bad that it makes it hard to breath.

Best to consult: It may best if you consulted a physician to be risk profiled. One does not want to mistake the symptoms you have for ulcers when it could very well be something else ...Read more

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Feel like I've had heart burn across my whole chest all day sometimes it's worse hard breathe in. Drinking milk helps, hurts mostly on both sides?

Feel like I've had heart burn across my whole chest all day sometimes it's worse hard breathe in. Drinking milk helps, hurts mostly on both sides?

Might not be GERD: Chest pain is nothing to ignore! The potential origin of your symptoms includes: heart, lungs, mediastinum, esophagus, musculoskeletal, pericardium (sac around the heart), pleuritis, bronchiitis, or referred pain from a remote site. Your doctor will be concerned about accompanying fever, blood with coughing, vomiting, shortness or breath, difficulty reclining, tenderness. Get checked please. ...Read more

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I am getting the shakes and feeling sick and like it is hard to breath. It started yesterday when i drunk an energy drink and today when i drunk a mountain dew. I think I had a panic attack yesterday but im not sure

I am getting the shakes and feeling sick and like it is hard to breath. It started yesterday when i drunk an energy drink and today when i drunk a mountain dew. I think I had a panic attack yesterday but im not sure

Panic : Panic attacks are usually brief. They often last a couple of minutes to around ten minutes. Symptoms can include a sense of severe anxiety or panic as well as chest tightness or pain and a rapid or pounding heartbeat. There could also be areas of numbness or pins and needles type sensation. A person can experience hot flashes or chills and perspire heavily. There may be a tickle sensation in the stomach or nausea. When a person has a panic attack they may feel dizzy or faint and may become physically shaky. The person may fear that they are going crazy, they are out of control or that they are about to die. The sense that you have when you feel unreal may be a form of dissassociation called depersonalization. The sense that everything around you feels fake may be derealization.
Now, if you are having difficulty breathing and it is not in the context of panic, this needs to be medically evaluated. If you believe you are having panic attacks, it could be helpful to be evaluated by a clinical psychologist or a psychiatrist. ...Read more

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24 M,5'11", 178lbs,no smoke & drink.have stabbing left chest pain.hard to breath.easily tired.had cardio test, normal cbc, ecg,echo, stress. still, bad.

Non-cardiac: Your symptoms are not typical of heart disease and your negative workup confirms it. A different diagnosis needs to be considered. Your pain is either pleural based or muscular. Physical exam and possibly xray and blood work can distinguish the cause. The Warmest wishes. ...Read more

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Every time I drink something with a temperature cool to cold my chest gets blocked up,have difficulty breathing and cough, what could this be?

Every time I drink something with a temperature cool to cold my chest gets blocked up,have difficulty breathing and cough, what could this be?

Reactive airway: Some are sensitive to cool drinks and get a transient reaction of the upper airways causing these symptoms. ...Read more

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What can I drink so my flue goes away and my nouse opens cause I can't breathe?

What can I drink so my flue goes away and my nouse opens cause I can't breathe?

Symptomatic support: Try to drink 8-10 glasses of water a day should help. Another helpful home remedy for nasal stuffiness is while taking a shower let the water hit you on your forehead/nose area. Make sure the water is fairly hot, but not so hot that you burn your skin. Do this for about one minute to help open your nasal passages. If your symptoms don't start getting better soon perhaps a physician can help you. ...Read more

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When I drink or eat something. Or take deep breath then something on my left side vibrates.?

When I drink or eat something. Or take deep breath then something on my left side vibrates.?

Doctor should check: Vibrations during and after eating may be related to food and air moving around in the stomach and intestines. A primary care doctor can talk with the patient to get a better idea of what the sensation really feels like, how severe it is, how often it occurs, exactly when it occurs, etc..., to get a better idea of what the cause is and whether it is something serious. Write down symptoms. ...Read more

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Some people can eat or drink anything and never have bad breath, other people always have bad breath. Why the difference?

Some people can eat or drink anything and never have bad breath, other people always have bad breath. Why the difference?

Many causes: Some people have different bacteria on their tongue that causes bad breath.
Also, periodontal disease, draining root canal abscesses, and diet can affect your breath.
Gi problems can also contribute. ...Read more

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Can newborn babies breathe whilst drinking?

Can newborn babies breathe whilst drinking?

Sometimes: Sometimes infants are not coordinated and drink and breathe at the same time. This may cause coughing or in some cases as aspiration pneumonia. This situation occurs more often in premature infants or infants who were depressed at birth. It still could happen with other infants and it takes time and patience to teach them how to not do both at the same time. Aspeechtherapist may help. ...Read more

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My baby he is 9 month old and he sallowed a piece of balloon,he Look ok he eat,drink normal like before,he breathe to well S-o what i have to do?

My baby he is 9 month old and he sallowed a piece of balloon,he Look ok he eat,drink normal like before,he breathe to well S-o what i have to do?

Oh my gosh: You're so lucky it didn't go into his airway. If he's truly having no problems with breathing or swallowing just count your blessings and keep those balloons out of reach Stay well ...Read more