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how do i figure out why i am having difficulty breathing?

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Dr. Robert Kent
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 12 years experience
See a doctor: Its difficult to figure it out on your own and with out specific tests, including a history and physical and possibly a pulmonary function test if needed. Wish i could be more help, but the best way to find out would be to see a doctor.

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I'm having difficulty breathing after accidently inhaling "dust remover" - what can I do?

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Use your inhaler: If you have asthma you are probably having an acute asthma attack. This is a result of spasm of the breathing tube muscles. Bronchodilators like albuterol (proair, proventil, ventolin), Levalbuterol (xopenex (levalbuterol) & Pirbuterol (maxair) rapidly relieve spasm restoring normal breathing. Next time wear a face mask and open some windows for ventilation.
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Difficulty breathing when lying in bed? What might be the cause?

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Congestive Heart Fai: This is called orthopnea and is most commonly seen with congestive heart failure. Medical advise should be sought and a thorough work up is recomended to diagnose underlying condition.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Grandfather hospitalized for difficulty breathing. Is that due to smoking for 50years?

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Cant be sure: Difficulty breathing is caused by heart problems, lung problems, anemia and/or deconditioning. Smoking is a culprit inany but not all of these problems.
A 32-year-old member asked:

I lived in central valley of california, sick and difficulty breathing a lot. Why?

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine 50 years experience
Problem in and out.: As far as i know, central valley california and a high air pollution index. But if you are having difficulty breathing, then you have some underlying condition, either with your heart of lung systems, that may be exacerbated by the air you are breathing. So, get a good checkup with your internist, including blood testing, ekg, pulmonary function study.
Dr. John Weeks
Dr. John Weeks commented
Family Medicine 45 years experience
also consider testing for "Valley fever" coccidiomycosis
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A 40-year-old member asked:

Can someone explain why I have difficulty breathing when bounding up the stairs?

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine 50 years experience
Depends on # things: Your age, diseases that you have, medicines on, weight/height (body mass index or bmi) all would be needed to know to come to some answer. Most important is if there is a change in your ability to bound up the stairs; is this an acitivity you do regularly, are you in good condition generally from regular excercising? Get yourself a good check-up, discuss everything, the good doc will answer.

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