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A 20-year-old male asked:

read about orthopnea. not that i have dyspnea when lying flat, but i feel much more comfortable breathing sitted up. is this normal?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Orthopnea: For many people the mechanics of breathing require less work when standing or sitting uptight. Normals can possibly feel this. People with impaired breathing feel this more.

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Is shortness of breath common in pregnancy?

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Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics and Gynecology 19 years experience
Yes: A gradual shortness of breath is common in pregnancy. It is usually due to the growing uterus pressing up on the lungs combined with the hormone changes in pregnancy. Even though you are feeling short of breath after doing small things, you are still getting enough oxygen. However, if you have sudden shortness of breath or medical problems, you should see your doctor right away.
A 40-year-old member asked:

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

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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.
A 21-year-old member asked:

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

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Dr. Dean Giannone
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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 or carrying things. So you might get short of breath even though in the doctor's office the oxygen saturation is fine. Have the doctor let you walk around the office before checking the saturation to get a level more reflective of such with activity.
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Is a magnetic mattress compatible with a breathing machine for apnea?

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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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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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