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Have trouble breathing since 2 days, cant deep breath at all.

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For the past 2 days I have had trouble breathing. I just feel like I can't get a deep breath. I struggle just to get one. I have never had this problem and I'm only 20 years old so I feel like something is wrong. My chest feels heavy and I also feel very weak. I have little energy. Last week I started taking these diet pills but I have been perfectly fine until yesterday morning. I don't think it's from these because I looked up reviews and no one seemed to have any problems with them. I just don't know what to do.

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As you have not mentioned what diet pill you have been taking ,it is difficult for me to come to a diagnosis.Many popular medications for diet like phen-fen are known causes for lung toxicity(although unlikely as these drugs have been off market).

Also women of your age are more prone for asthmatic attack especially if you have a family history of asthma. Asthma occurs due to paroxysmal closure of the lung ducts due to sensitivity to certain environmental or genetic factors.

I would recommend the following.

1) If the symptoms of breathlessness get severe use an over the counter inhaler like Ventolin (Salbutamol).It helps to give temporary symptomatic benefit.

2) If the symptoms worsen consult a pulmonologist for a bronchodilator challenge test, which helps in diagnosing asthma.

3) Get a chest x ray to rule out any other pathology of the lungs like infection.

4) If the breathlessness is more before exercise or in the morning .consider using the ventolin inhaler before exercise.

5) Try to protect yourself from dust and pollen which exacerbate the bouts of asthma.

Thank you.

Dr. John Monheit
Category: Family Physician-GP
Residecny: North Colorado Family Medicine
Medical School: The Chicago Medical Center
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