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Difficulty breathing when lying on right side. on my back and left side i breathe good. what could it be? is it serious?

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Dr. Bennett Werner answered

Specializes in Cardiology

Variable cause: Could be anything for a deviated septum in your nose to a collapsed left lung (symptoms occur when the good side is compromised). A chest x-ray is indicated. Pulse oximetry when you lie right side down should be measured. A PEFR measurement during sx would also help.

Answered 5/23/2018

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