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i have emphysema how hard will it be to be able to breathe

A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
S.o.b: See a pulmonologist to institute treatment for your emphysema

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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Can't breath: If you are having acute difficulty breathing - recommend immediate medical attention. If this is more of a chronic problem with relatively less diffic ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnon Rubin
23 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: Emphysema can present with all of these symptoms. To start to make the diagnosis one needs a chest xray and pulmonary function tests.
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
28 years experience Internal Medicine
Possibly...: If the person has smoked, then empysema is a possible etiology of these symptoms. Other possibilities include gerd and post-nasal drip, bronchospasm o ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Grenzer
54 years experience Cardiology
Maybe: The reasons for coughing and shortness of breath are many and to tell what the reason is in you requires examination and testing. You need a doctor to ... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Milstone
26 years experience Pulmonology
Yes and No: Patients with emphysema are at some risk for developing high carbon dioxide levels (hypercapnea) if given high doses of oxygen. The oxygen will displ ... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Henry Bloom
47 years experience Family Medicine
It could: The most common cause of shortness of breath is asthma or other causes of wheezing, or chronic obstructive lung disease in smokers. Simple poor condit ... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
Auscultation: When a patient has obstructive airways disease, the expiratory phase of respiration is increased compared to inspiration. There often are additional s ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theresa Henderson
40 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Not just mild: If you only have mild emphysema you should not get out of breath easily At your age, unless you are very obese you should have a lot of breathing rese ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
39 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Exacerbation: of emphysema or asthma, please go to ER or urgent care and keep taking your medicines as prescribed, good luck
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patrick Mckenna
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Shortness of breath: I have not experienced it personally, but it has been described to me as feeling constantly short of breath, trying to breathe with an elephant on you ... Read More
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