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Im a smoker i m having sternum cracking and tightness when i…

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Im a smoker i m having sternum cracking and tightness when i breath or chest tightness when i rest.

Doctor's Assistant: Have you ever dealt with this before? Are you having any shortness of breath?

Its only happening from last 2 weeks

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

I also had acne on my sternum.. from last 3 weeks im having sore throat with dryness inside throat and i have white or clear mucus forming inside throat

Submitted: 3 months ago.Category: Medical
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Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor replied 3 months ago
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Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor replied 3 months ago

What is your age and gender?

What did your chest x-ray show?

What are the treatment tried / done?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
My age is 27.. havent consulted doc yet
Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor replied 3 months ago

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Ok i wanted what these symptoms are .. if any heart issue or lungs or sternum issue .. i also snore loud when i sleep
Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Pls help what should i talk when i go to a physician and how should i diagnose ?
Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor replied 3 months ago

Your symptoms can be due to;

1) Bronchitis

2) Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) / acid reflux.

Both of them can be concomitant.

This is not likely due to heart disease or pneumonia (lung issue).

You may get a chest x-ray for just precaution.

Following measures are recommended:

1) Adequate rest / bed rest if symptoms are severe.

2) cough suppressants such as codeine and dextromethorphan.

3) ipratropium bromide

4) theophylline

5) steroids.

6) Occasionally antibiotics may be prescribed.

7) Zinc supplement; this increases the body immunity.

For acid reflux, you may take Prilosec and Tums.

You may get sleep studies to rule out obstructive sleep apnea for your snoring.

Please feel free for your follow up questions.

I would be happy to assist you further, if you need any more information.

Thanks for using Just Answer.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
The thing is I dont cough at all. is bronchitis dangerous. Is it curable ? how long would it take ?
Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Is smoking cause of bronchitis ?
Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor replied 3 months ago

Bronchitis may be allergic. A mild allergic bronchitis can cause just tightness in chest.

Since you do not have cough the other possibility is costochondritis for your symptoms. Please read about it

https://www.medicinenet.com/costochondritis_and_tietze_syndrome/article.htm

Anxiety too may be playing some role here.

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Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor replied 3 months ago

Esophageal spasm, acid reflux, esophageal motility disorders are some of the issues which may be responsible for your symptoms too.

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