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QUESTION: Can you help me in finding out what is going on?


My nose feels really congested

My chest feels tight because my nose is really congested

Sometimes when I bend down to pick something up I cannot catch my breath and then I panic a little so I get dizzy

Sometimes when I turn my body to the left or right I have to steady my breathing.

I have these symptoms outside the house as well

Heart is fine, nothing wrong there

ANSWER: Debbie,

Thank you for entrusting me with this question today. My first question to you would be have you seen a physician for this problem yet? I am not a physician, so i cannot diagnose your possible condition. We could be talking allergies, a cold, pneumonia, etc. but i am not equipped to offer a guess based on symptoms alone.

Larry, RRT

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QUESTION: I did, but where I go is a teaching clinic and not one doctor has helped me.  I mostly feel queasy and then I get short of breath and then I panic in addition to the other symptoms.

What I can tell you is what many of those symptoms have in common are conditions like seasonal pneumonia or bronchitis. Patients with Pneumonia often don't just have straight respiratory symptoms, but can also feel "sick" in general. But I would seek out another physician to see if they can at east refer you to a competent professional in your area. Best of luck and health to you!

Larry, RRT

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Larry W. Wical, BA-RRT


I CAN answer: ALL questions and queries related to the following topics... - Oxygen - Asthma - COPD - Bronchitis - Emphysema - Pneumonia (Viral/Bacterial) - Tuberculosis (TB) - SARS - Influenza (Flu) - Vaccines - Pulmonary Embolism - Pleural Effusion - Atelectasis - Inhalation injuries (burns, chemicals, etc.) - PFTs - Cardiovascular health - Sleep Apnea - BiPap/CPAP - Ventilators ("Respirators") - Aspiration injuries - Thoracic injuries - Lung contusions - Tracheal injuries - Artificial Tracheostomy - Secretions - Prolotherapy/Regenerative Injection Therapy (RIT): A patient's experience/perspective - General health and fitness I CANNOT answer: Questions that vary too far from my primary scope of pulmonary and cardiovascular care and fitness. I promise to be open and honest about my knowledge of submitted topics, and will always openly provide my personal as well as professional feedback as it relates.


Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT, RCP) since 2005. I have worked primarily in the acute care, critical care, burn care and home care settings.

NBRC - National Board of Respiratory Care AARC - American Association of Respiratory Care

-All About Kids Magazine -The Clermont Sun -Cincy Sports & Fitness Magazine -Many online Fitness and Health blogs and "webazines"

- B.A. in Communication (1997) - A.A.S. in Respiratory Science (2005) - RRT license (state of OH, KY and IN) - Basic Life Saving (BLS) - Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) - Advanced Burn Life Support (ABLS)

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Currently work in the city's largest academic/research hospital.

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