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A 44-year-old member asked:

is there one particular condition that is characterized by shallow breathing?

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Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 35 years experience
Paralysis: Classically, some polio survivors have this difficulty. Chronic restrictive lung also affects those with spinal cord injury and spinal disorders with scoliosis. Very obese people can breathe shallow, or even stop breathing when drousy. Opiod medications can make people with normal lungs breathe shallow.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Is it normal to feel like I am breathing fast in the 3rd trimester?

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Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics and Gynecology 19 years experience
Depends: As the baby grows, it presses up on the lungs and certain muscles in the ribs relax and you may feel like you are taking shallower breaths more often. But if this happens suddenly or you feel like you are really struggling, you need to see someone right away. Blood clots in the lungs are also more common in pregnancy and can be very serious.
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Will breathing into a brown paper bag help slow down my baby's fast breathing?

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Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 19 years experience
No: No, and this is potentially dangerous for babies and children. Do not worry about breathing that occasionally looks like it is fast or comes in quick little gasps in babies. This is usually normal. However, if babies are breathing so quickly that they have difficulty feeding or making a high pitched squeal when they breathe or wheezing with quick breathing, you should see your pediatrician.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Can hiatal hernia affect my breathing?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Yes: A hiatal hernia is the stomach protruding into the chest cavity, which can affect one's breathing.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Is a magnetic mattress compatible with a breathing machine for apnea?

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Dr. Jeffrey Jarvis
Dentistry 37 years experience
Don't see why not: I can't imagine the magnetic aspect of your mattress would interfere with the operation of your CPAP machine. Shouldn't be a problem.
A 36-year-old member asked:

18 and just diagnosed as asthma free. Taken off my meds. My breathing is bad but will it get better over time?

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Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Depends: It may but asthma can reoccur even after being symptom free for along periods of time. Even though you may not need you medicines at present, i would keep your rescue meds available for any unexpected emergency.

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