Shortness Of Breath And Feels Heavy?

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Good morning, it’s been half a month my breath is short and rather heavy before I have no history of illness or other breathing difficulties. but if I am exposed to this virus there are no other signs, such as fever or cough, what should I do? honestly I was hit by panic buying

1 Answer:

Hello, Sri.

Thank you for consulting

Maybe what you mean is shortness of breath, which can occur due to several factors, including due to (1) abnormalities in the upper respiratory tract (bronchial asthma, bacterial infection or corona virus infection [SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19] or abnormalities in pulmonary membrane); (2) abnormalities in the heart (acute coronary syndrome, heart failure); (3) severe anemia; (4) metabolic and respiratory acidosis; (5) psychological conditions (generalized anxiety disorder).

Given the variety of possibilities that can underlie this clinical condition, the factors that trigger it, as well as the accompanying symptoms, can be an early clue that somewhat leads to the disease that is thought to be behind it.

If this is caused by infection with SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19), in addition to shortness of breath, it is important to note accompanying symptoms, including nasal congestion, sneezing, coughing, headaches, joint pain and high fever (more from 38 0C). In addition, there is a history of traveling to an area or country with an SARS-CoV2 infection, or living in a local transmission area or having a history of contact with a patient confirmed to have an infection leading to COVID-19.

If you experience any of the above, especially high fever, immediately contact the Ministry of Health 119 extension 9 hotline, or immediately visit the nearest COVID-19 infection referral health facility, while wearing a mask. But if not, don't panic while staying alert. also facilitates everyone to do a free self-assessment regarding the risk of suffering from COVID-19 infection which can be accessed here.

If the cause is related to metabolic acidosis, there are usually a number of underlying diseases, including diabetes mellitus, kidney disorders, liver failure, or prolonged chronic diarrhea. If the cause is related to acute coronary syndrome, then the prominent symptoms are severe left chest pain, which radiates to the head, neck, shoulders and hands, accompanied by cold sweat, palpitations and a feeling of death. Usually this is triggered by excessive physical activity.

If the cause is related to a psychological condition, maybe this is related to the condition of panic buying, as you said. Although it cannot be generalized, some panic buying cases seem to have a background in anxiety disorders. The criteria for anxiety disorders include worry that is difficult to control or physical complaints that are not based on special health conditions. Physical complaints that can arise besides shortness of breath are sleep disorders, headaches, excessive sweating and even diarrhea that recurs. Sufferers are also difficult to concentrate and hesitant in making decisions.

Risk factors vary, including past psychological trauma or family history of generalized anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders can also sometimes be associated with other psychological conditions, including panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder or depression.

If the cause is related to this, then you must remain calm. Exercise regularly, have a pattern of dietary habits with balanced nutritional consumption, stay away from a lifestyle that can trigger excessive stress, adequate rest and reduce the consumption of caffeine-containing foods and drinks. In addition, you also need to relax and take advantage of the time available to talk more with your family or your loved ones. Maybe through the things above your shortness of breath complaints (if the cause is a psychological condition) can subside, even your panic buying condition, which seems to have the same root.

However, all the above possibilities, can only be confirmed through a clinical examination by a doctor and can not be concluded the exact cause here. However, if it is not an emergency, as in the case of COVID-19 infection or acute coronary syndrome, you should rest at home first, and avoid excessive outdoor activities unless very urgent.

Thus the explanation from me, hopefully it can be useful.


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