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what does emphysema feel like

A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Milstone
26 years experience Pulmonology
Under water: One of my patients once described emphysema as being similar to being underwater and not being able to come up for air - probably very accurate.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frank Mayo
47 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
VARIABLE: emphysema-big lungs, decreased flow rates, low diffusion. asbestosis-usually lung function is normal. marathon runner -lung function id incresed f ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
24 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Lung damage: Destruction of lung tissue from exposure to cigarette smoke. As more lung tissue is destroyed, shortness of breath gets worse, and ultimately the lung ... Read More
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A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Moran
32 years experience Cardiology
Breakdown of walls: Of the small air pouches in your lung, called alveoli. When the walls become damaged, the alveoli merge into one larger pouch, decreasing the surface ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
37 years experience Pediatrics
Hard 2 blow balloon: Some report it feels like someone sitting on one's chest, others describe it like trying to blow up a balloon that has a stopper in it. As a doc w ast ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elden Rand
20 years experience Cardiology
Asymptomatic: The process of cholesterol buildup in between the walls of your arteries is silent. If it becomes significant, depending on the location, you can deve ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dustin Colegrove
11 years experience Internal Medicine
Pancreatitis pain: Typical acute pancreatitis pain is in the upper part of the abdomen, sharp, and severe in intensity. The pain may feel like it is moving directly to ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
45 years experience Pediatrics
Chest pain: Pleurisy causes severe knife-like pain in the chest with breathing. The location and severity depend on where and how large an area of lung lining ("p ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Majzun
13 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Terrible. : Asthma attacks are usually fairly quick in onset, though if you're asthma is not well-related it may be hard to tell what's an attack and what is just ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wm. Marcus Spurlock
39 years experience Preventive Medicine
Fibromyalgia: Fibromyalgia is a pain syndrome much like arthritis, but it is of the muscles not the joints. The pain is constant and has flares where it is much wo ... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nishant Kalra
18 years experience Cardiology
Difficulty breathing: You will feel hungry for air and as of you need more air and can't get enough.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. George T Tsai
26 years experience General Surgery
Breathing pain: Though mechanisms of injury play a role here, both traumatic and spontaneous pneumothorax (collapsed lung) will lead to shortness of breath and chest ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
45 years experience Pediatrics
Anxiety: Could be hyperventilation from panic attacks or anxiety.But make sure that you have no pulmonary or heart disease by checking with your doctor.
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Wheezing: Wheezing is a noise. It represents a constriction of the airways and makes air moving past harder to get in or out. One with this constriction usuall ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
18 years experience Hand Surgery
Pain: Painful, crepitus swollen joints. Deformity possible.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Vertigo: Sensation of spinning while stationary, associated with nausea or vomiting, unsteadiness, difficulty walking, blurred vision.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirpal Singh
23 years experience General Surgery
Not sure what u mean: Liver pain? Don't know what that means. If it is inflammatory, nsaids would work well. This needs to be assessed by a physician (pcp/gi) and they can ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francine Yep
30 years experience Family Medicine
Many different ways: Pressure [like someone sitting on your chest] when you are active, moving fast, exercising. Pain moving to your left jaw and arm. But sometimes it's v ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience Infectious Disease
Sore throat: Sore throat, painful swallowing.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Trouble breathing: Symptoms of pneumothorax (collapsed lung) include sharp chest pains (especially with breathing), a dry cough, and shortness of breath. If the leaked a ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
It is a growth, swel: It may produce a swelling in the throat or in the neck. Sometimes it will cause an ulcer which may make it difficult to swallow or it may cause bleedi ... Read More
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A 72-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bruce Jacobs
Specializes in Family Medicine
Burning pain stomach: sometimes constant heartburn feeling
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leila Hashemi
20 years experience Internal Medicine
Gastrografin: It's a liquid which is given prior to an imaging of GI tract, it tastes awful as I heard from patients but can be drunk with juice to make it taste be ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
It depends on many a: It depends on its stage(extent of disease...Early versus late).Most early cancers are curable with surgery or with radiotherapy.Chemotherapy may be ne ... Read More

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