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Bad Air?
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bmcgovern - January 11

Does anyone know if bad air quality can affect your breathing? My chest is really tight and my sternum hurts along with the bones in the chest and i have burning in my chest but not heartburn. I have taken Ibuprofen for the pain cause i think its inflammation,but I live in Utah and the air is really bad and i don't know if they is why i am having problems breathing and if it aggravated my pain. I am having a lot of pain in my back and i think that is contributing to the pain.


axxie - January 12

I would see an alergist and asthma clinic.


Canada17 - January 12

In addition to having multiple chemical sensitivity, I also suffer from environmental asthma. I have the same symptoms you explained.

For example, on New Year's my husband and I went to a party on the top floor of a restaurant. There were 500 people up there and it was hot and stuffy. Immediately I developed chest pains and became short of breath. So we went downstairs for 10 minutes and I felt better. We went back up and within a couple minutes I was feeling the same way again. We alternated between the upstairs party and the lower level "chill out" area.

I was tested for asthma and all my breathing functions came back normal. However, I have environmental allergies that cause asthma symptoms. Perfume, cleaners, and cigarettes are the worst offenders. I end up with headaches, nausea, and trouble breathing.

Cold air also affects me too.

These are things that I have always suffered with and have gotten progressively worse over time. It is worth noting that my parents were chain smokers, in the house, and while my dad quit when I was 15, my mom continued until about two years ago (I'm 26 now). I have been exposed to second and third hand smoke all my life. My FM only makes these issues worse.

I feel like a canary in a mine because I develop side effects to air contaminants before anyone else does.


anniepooh32 - January 13

You could possibly have costochondritis. It is well associated with Fibro. It generally feel like heartburn but if it is bad enough it can feel like you are having a heart attack. Pain usually resonates where the ribs connect to the breastbone and can radiate to the back.

Then again it could just be an allergy problem. I have allergy realted ashthma. Basically my symptoms only act up when I am introduced to one of my allergy triggers.

My advice would be to discuss it with your doctor and have them run tests.

Hope this helps.

Best regards and well wishes.


Canada17 - January 15

anniepooh32 makes a good point.

I do suffer from costochondritis and I have to remember to breathe properly.

Ensure that you are breathing with your belly and not your ribs/shoulders. That should minimize the amount of pain from it if it's what you're suffering from.


Noca - January 15

My mother who has been an RN(registered nurse, highest level) for 30 + years says at the hospital they dont give any NSAIDs to anyone with asthma as it makes the symptoms worse. Ibuprofen(Advil/Motrin) is an NSAID, so is Naproxen(Aleeve) and Celebrex.


Canada17 - January 17

Although most people with asthma have aeroallergen-induced symptoms, some individuals manifest symptoms with nonallergic triggers. About 3-10% of people with asthma are sensitive to nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Approximately 5-10% of people with asthma have occupation- or industry-induced airway disease. Many individuals develop symptoms after viral respiratory tract infections.



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