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birth related? drug related? stress?

  I am a female ,21 years old, 100 pounds 5'2".
  When I was born, my mother was told to watch me for a few days
  to see if I turned yellow. I didn't.
  My main concern is that I was recently told that i have a heart palpitation.
  I wonder if this has anything to do with childbirth.
  I have also been smoking for three years(1/2 pack a day ave.) I have been stressed out lately
  and have problems breathing, tightness in the chest and i never feel like i can get enough oxygen.
  I breathe mostly out of my mouth. I tried cocaine about 2 months ago.  I have been tired, depressed,
  and have stomach pains frequently.
  i have alos been stressed lately and wonder if that is all that it is.
  i also had 2 root canals and tooth surgery in the last 2 -3 years.
  am i looking in the right place?
Dear Nicole:
It sounds like you have several complex issues going on in your life. Stress can certainly cause all sorts of symptoms.  I cannot say if your symptoms are due solely to stress or something else.  I would suggest you make an appointment to see your family physician.
In the meantime, I would suggest that you stop smoking and absolutely stop cocaine.  Smoking will lead to heart disease over years; cocaine can kill you from a single use. In addition, both tobacco and cocaine can cause palpitations.  Alcohol, caffeine and stress can also cause palpitations.
Again, with everything you describe, such as the depression, I think you ought to make an appointment to see your doctor soon.
I hope this is useful.  Feel free to write back with further questions. Good luck.
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