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I am a heavy drinker and have been getting abdominal

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I am a heavy drinker and have been getting abdominal bloating and difficulty breathing lately.
Welcome to and thank you for your question.
I'm so sorry to hear of your discomfort. I will do whatever I can to help answer your questions .First I need a little more information-
How long has this been going on for- abdomen bloating and problem with breathing?
Do you suffer from chronic cough?
Have you undergone any medical investigations?
What is your age and gender?
Do you have pain in right side of abdomen?
Are you a chronic smoker?
Are you suffering from any medical condition or on any medication ?
Kind Regards,
Dr. Robert
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Started about a week ago, no cough, no medical investigations so far. 42 year old, Male. No pain on right side but a sense of fullness. I do smoke on occasion. My only regular medication is Lexapro (10mg/daily).

Dear Customer, Thanks for providing quick additional information.
I'm so sorry to hear of your discomfort.
Well, heavy drinking can cause the number of oxygen-carrying red blood cells to be abnormally low, it is called as anemia, this can result in shortness of breath, fatigue.
You may also be at risk for developing cardiovascular disease, it could lead to breathing discomfort.
These symptoms can occur due to any of these causes-
1. Heart disease- if your heart is unable to pump enough blood to supply oxygen to your body, then it causes breathing problem.
2. Blockage of the air passages in your nose, mouth, or throat may lead to difficulty breathing.
3. Lung disease can also cause breathlessness.
To make a diagnose, you need to undergo few tests. These are-
-Blood oxygen saturation
-Blood tests which include arterial blood gases
-Chest x-ray
-Pulmonary function tests
-Liver Function test
-Complete blood count.
Chronic Heavy Drinking may have lead to medical condition, which can be diagnosed by tests.
You should avoid foods which are causing increase in gas production, You should not eat/drink too fast, chew the food properly, increase water intake, avoid smoking, cut down fat intake, and increase your daily mobility.
You can try OTC simethicone to reduce such bloating symptoms.
Probiotics may also be useful in treating flatulence.
You should get engaged in aerobic exercise and stress-management techniques like deep breathing and yoga.
It is advised that you should eat six small meals a day rather than three large ones. Smaller meals are easier to digest and may produce less gas.
Take Syp. Pepto-Bismol 2tsf thrice a day after meals. Take Zantac 150mg twice a day.
Further management will be advised after tests and clinical evaluation.
Please don't delay and get an immediate evaluation from your doctor.
Please let me know how I can be of further assistance.
My goal is to provide you with excellent service – if you feel you have gotten anything less, please reply back, I am happy to address follow-up questions.
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