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Why am I short of breath if my oxygen saturation is good

A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dean Giannone
24 years experience Internal Medicine
Circumstance: The oxygen saturation, which might be acceptable when sitting in the doctor's office, goes down with activity, so would be lower when climbing stairs ... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bradford Romans
36 years experience Internal Medicine
Bad reflux can: cause shortness of breath and can present similar to acute asthma.The acid from the stomach goes up and out the esophagus and down the trachea into th ... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Horak ii
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Short of breath : Hard to tell. Need to see a doc and get labs, chest xray and an exam. Young for CHF. That's where one would start.
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Hebert
28 years experience Pathology
Breath: Many things can cause you to feel short of breath. One of the most common is a panic attack. Are you prone to them? Other medical conditions such as ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Luis Taylor
38 years experience Pulmonology
One possibilty is a: pleural effusion. Fluid accumulates in the pleural space due to high hydrostatic pressures from left heart dysfunction. If fluid is present, you m ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Majzun
13 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Shortness of breath: ...Is caused by many abnormalities in the body, not simply low o2 levels. Some patients can have significant shortness of breath from copd, pneumon ... Read More
A 72-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
30 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Several Factors: Your shortness of breath can be due to inadequate oxygen getting into your blood. This is a function of gas exchange. It might be manageable by inc ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Milstone
26 years experience Pulmonology
Query: Most of the time oxygen can help but certain lung diseases may not respond that well. The main reason you may not see benefit is because of the type ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
44 years experience Dentistry
Allergies, ???: With your description, i believe that you really need to see a doctor who can refer you to an allergist, ENT or respiratory specialist.
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rick Koch
Dr. Rick Koch answered
21 years experience Cardiology
Underlying lung: Disease or hypoxia ...Talk to your pulmonologist.
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
35 years experience Pediatric Pulmonology
Mgt: I would like to review your history and the report, and an inbox consult may be booked online so that I can provide you and your physician with a seco ... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Walsh
16 years experience Addiction Medicine
Unclear: There are many causes of shortness of breath, low oxygen is usually not one of them. Poor conditioning, anemia, heart disease, asthma or copd, and o o ... Read More
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A 79-year-old female asked:
Dr. Atique Mirza
30 years experience Cardiology
Angina: If your pulmonary tests have been normal, please see a cardiologist as shortness of breath can be angina equivalent due to coronary artery disease.
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tauseef Qureshi
13 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Asthma: In general, the most common causes of shortness of breath are either heart disease or lung disease. Although there are many reasons for a person to wh ... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Louise Andrew
45 years experience Emergency Medicine
Stop worrying?: Bassem, clearly you are getting more than enough oxygen and 17 brpm is hardly elevated. If you are anxious about something, talk to someone. If your ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Albert Pizzo
59 years experience Family Medicine
Short of breath: There are many possibilities. You need immediate assistance. You should be under medical care. Have you seen your doctor about this? If not call you ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
Shower Sx: You should see your doctor and get this checked out. It may be nothing significant or it could indicate some lung or heart problems.
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
24 years experience Internal Medicine
Dyspnea in allergies: People w allergies have a higher chance of asthma.When allergies flare up, asthma may also.Asthma is the narrowing & inflammation of bronchi, maki ... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
28 years experience Internal Medicine
Go to ER....: It sounds like you are having an acute asthma exacerbation. With this much shortness of breath, you need to get treated ASAP before it gets any worse. ... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Level is fine: Any reading above 94% reflects adequate oxygenation and should bring no worries.Below 94% might indicate some lung or other issue that deserves lookin ... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Inaam Schneider
43 years experience Internal Medicine
Difficulty breathing: I wonder if you may have a Respiratory infection . If you are breathing fast and still short of breath after using your inhalers , I suggest you call ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dean Giannone
24 years experience Internal Medicine
No: A chest xray might not pick up the early stages of copd, so might be normal with symptomatic disease. A pulmonary function test would be a better opt ... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience Cardiology
More info: It sounds like you have chronic lung disease. The rapid hr can be from low oxygen, increased work of breathing, or as an effect of adrenergic breathin ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
36 years experience Anesthesiology
Not quite: Oxygen saturation reflects the proportion of red blood cell pigment - hemoglobin that is loaded ("saturated") with oxygen. It is unitless and shown as ... Read More
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