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01/16/2007

Question:

My question is what do these symptoms mean? I have chest pain, cough, tightness of lungs. Also, my ipper shoulder hurts on the left side.

Answer:

Pain of the chest and shoulders may indicate a problem with the heart, lungs, stomach, bones or muscles and should be evaluated by a doctor as soon as possible.  The most common symptoms of asthma include shortness of breath, chest tightness, wheezing and cough.  You can have all or just a few of the symptoms listed.  The symptoms can be mild or severe.

The medicine you are given to treat asthma depends on how often you have asthma symptoms.  Asthmatics who have asthma symptoms more than 2 days a week or more than 2 nights a month need to take daily medicine to control their asthma.  If you are on daily medicine for asthma and continue to have symptoms more than 2 days a week or more than 2 nights a month talk to your doctor because you may need more medicine.  Asthmatics should have a “rescue” or “quick relief” medicine to take when they are experiencing sudden breathing symptoms (asthma attack), or to prevent symptoms during certain situations.

Ask your doctor for an “Asthma Action Plan” which tells you what action to take if your asthma gets worse.  Your asthma can get worse if you are exposed to certain things, called “triggers”.  Triggers can include any of the following: 

1. respiratory infections like colds

2. sudden weather changes

3. exercise

4. certain medication like aspirin

5. emotions like laughing or crying

6. hormone changes

7. irritants like cigarette smoke or pollution

8. allergens like pollen, mold, or animals.

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Response by:

Cathy   Benninger, RN, MS, APRN, C-AE Cathy Benninger, RN, MS, APRN, C-AE
Clinical Assistant Professor
Director, OSU Asthma Center Educational Program
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University