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Top ASKs of the Week: Shortness of Breath, Excess Salt and Jaw Clicking

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This week we saw a wide variety of questions come into our community. Women asked about birth control options and how fractured bones can impact their daily life. Our moderators provided resources and answers to these health questions as well as many others. Do you have a health question you need an answer for? Post it to our community, and we promise to respond within 24 hours.

Here are some of our top ASKs in the EmpowHER community this week.

1. Why have I had shortness of breath for years that seems to get worse as I age?

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A: Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. Asthma causes recurring periods of wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing.

Adults tend to have lower lung capacity, which is the volume of air you are able to take in and forcibly exhale in one second. after middle age because of changes in muscles and stiffening of chest walls. This leads to adult onset asthma. Read the full answer here.

2. What can happen if there is excess salt in the body?

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A: Excess sodium in your diet can cause Edema: fluid retention causing swelling in hands, feet, ankles and legs, high blood pressure, kidney stones and in some cases stomach cancer. Read the full answer here.

3. Why is my left jaw clicking when I swallow?

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A: Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders, commonly called "TMJ," are a group of conditions that cause pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint and the muscles that control jaw movement and tends to be more common in women than men. Generally, the symptoms are temporary and eventually goes away without treatment. Read the full answer here.

4. What exactly are RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) and CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome)?

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A: Both RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) and CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) are rare disorders of the sympathetic nervous system. Chronic conditions characterized by severe burning pain, most often affecting one of the extremities (arms, legs, hands, or feet). Read the full answer here.

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