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I have a cough for about a month, tightness in my chest and difficulty breathing or trying to talk. Sometimes numbness around the mouth.
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Doctor: Dr Basu, Experienced Specialist replied 8 years ago
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Hello,

Thanks for your question.

There are several possibilities for your symptoms:

1. Obstructive lung disease: undiagnosed asthma or COPPD can cause these symptoms.History of smoking increases the risk even more.

2. Heart disease: this should be considered due to the persistent of your symptoms.

3. Pulmonary embolism--- blood clots in the lungs is another possibility if it remains undiagnosed.

Hyperventilation associated with difficulty of breathing can cause numbness of mouth due to the 'washing away of carbon dioxide' from the body.

Please get a CT scan with contrast ( PE protocol) of the chest to rule out clots, pulmonary function test, EKG, Echocardiogram & stress test as part of detailed workup.

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