Help me please- I'm struggling to breathe

I wake up every morning with pain in my chest if I breathe in the mornings and it feels like I'm breathing underwater.

My voice is also completely different and it's really high pitched in the mornings recently. Even if I talk really low it still squeaks. I'm only 16 and it's never happened before and I've already gone through puberty so it's nothing to do with that. After half an hour I can start to talk normally but it still has dramatic changes in pitch throughout the day. I'm never sick/ ill and I'm not showing any chest infection symptoms and I'm very healthy apart from this breathing and chest pain in the mornings.

Does anyone have any advice or answers for me please??

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  • Hello and welcome to the group. I'm sorry to hear that you're having problems, but I would suggest that the best thing you could do would be to discuss your symptoms with your doctor. Good luck, and I hope that you get some answers.

    Take care. 😊😊😊

  • Hi nice to meet you. There are no medical professionals on the site I'm afraid. The only advice we can give you is to see your own doctor. Get the help of your parents. We cannot diagnose you or even guess what if anything is wrong,

  • Your chest pain must seem scary and l would advise you to get a doctors appointment today if you can. You need to be checked over by a medical professional.

    Take care and please let us know how you get on. Xxxx

  • Welcome to the group Romeo_Edna . The other posts have given you some good advice. Hope your doctor is able to give you the answer you need. Do come back and tell us how you got on. All the best.

  • Hi Romeo,

    I had problems for a long time with my voice and found it was due to acid-reflux where when I was laying down flat the acid would come up my windpipe and was burning my vocal cords.

    Raising the head of my bed and being on strong ant-acid tablets - esomeprazole (Nexium) and Ranitadine (Zantac) these have helped a great deal. The chest pain could also be due to the reflux affecting the lungs.

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    Shortness of breath, also called dyspnea, occurs with GERD because stomach acid that creeps into the esophagus can cause it to narrow. When gastric acid reaches the vocal folds, airways, and lungs, it can cause a swelling of the passages. This can lead to atypical asthma reactions.15 Jun 2015

    Acid Reflux and Shortness of Breath - Healthline

    healthline.com/health/gerd/...

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    Acid Reflux and Shortness of Breath - Healthline

    healthline.com/health/gerd/...

    15 Jun 2015 - Shortness of breath, also called dyspnea, occurs with GERD because stomach acid that creeps into the esophagus can cause it to narrow. When gastric acid reaches the vocal folds, airways, and lungs, it can cause a swelling of the passages. This can lead to atypical asthma reactions.

    Pulmonary manifestations of gastroesophageal reflux disease

    ncbi.nlm.nih.gov › NCBI › Literature › PubMed Central (PMC)

    by GS Gaude - ‎2009 - ‎Cited by 78 - ‎Related articles

    The acid can cause throat irritation, postnasal drip and hoarseness, as well as recurrent cough, chest congestion and lung inflammation leading to asthma and/or bronchitis/ pneumonia. This clinical review examines the potential pathophysiological mechanisms of pulmonary manifestations of GERD.

    Airway reflux as a cause of respiratory disease | European Respiratory ...

    breathe.ersjournals.com/content/9/4/256

    by AH Morice - ‎2013 - ‎Cited by 1 - ‎Related articles

    Airway reflux is however unlike gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD). GORD is liquid acid reflux causing heartburn and indigestion. Airway reflux consists ...

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  • Hello Romeo_Edna .

    It must be very frightening for you to feel that way. I cannot really advise you but I would say you need to talk to an adult that can help you and see a doctor. Please try not to panic. But you do need to tell someone nearby.

    I hope you find the cause of this soon. Take care.

    Cas 🌹

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