Need Help!

  1. Hey Everyone! I'm a Freshmen Nursing Student at George Mason University...I CAN'T WAIT TO BE A NURSE! But anyway I have a question and I thought that I might get opinions from the PROS who KNOW (that's you!) Anyway recently for the past few nights when I inhale I get pain in my chest from my sternum up into my throat. It feels like a rush of cold air and I can't take deep breaths without coughing. I don't smoke, No history of pulmonary problems. I duno what it is...Any ideas? Thanks So Much and THANKS FOR THE MIRACLES YOU PERFORM EVERYDAY!

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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   bluestar
    I would recommend you see your physician.
  4. by   Nurse-o-holic
    Sounds like heart burn and indigestion. The acidity of the stomach acid can irritate the esophagus tissue and lying down (at night) can exacerbate the problem. When it happens, try sitting upright and taking a glass of milk. TUMS will give short term relief but that's it. Avoid spicy foods before bed time. If it continues or worsens, see a doctor that can prescripe a PPI or something.

    Too much stress from school can increase the acidity of your stomach acid also! Relax!!!
  5. by   LoriAlabamaRN
    I would definately see your physician, obviously something is wrong. It may be minor, it may not be, btu it is always best to get checked out. Beyond that, we can't provide any further medical advice.
  6. by   NRSKarenRN
    My first thought due to freshman stress is indigestion/hearburn BUT it could be several other things too that need skilled ASSESSMENT.

    Our best nursing advice:
    Take thy body over to the student health center for a checkup if living on campus otherwise see primary care practioner.

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