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what causes heavy feeling lungs and shortness of breath?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Shortness of breath: This is a symptom of not getting enough air. It can be caused by many things. If the person is normal but there isn't enough oxygen, if the person over exerts. If there isn't enough red blood cells in the blood. If the lungs don't work well, heart dysfunction, abnormal respiratory mechanics.

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A 26-year-old member asked:

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 31-year-old member asked:

Does everyone who inhales ldb into the lungs develop legionnaires' disease?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
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No: Can depend on dose of germ, virulence (infectivity) of the germ, baseline lung function, general health, age, other factors.
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
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
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.
A 21-year-old member asked:

If I have shortness of breath after short exercises do I have bronchitis?

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Dr. Andrew Carroll
Dr. Andrew Carrollanswered
Family Medicine 25 years experience
No: Not likely. You are most likely suffering from exercise-induced bronchospasm, which is more related to asthma. This is treated somewhat differently from bronchitis.
A 22-year-old male asked:

When I take a deep breath my lungs or something in my chest tickles why?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Maybe the pleura?: The pleura is the lining on the inside of the rib cage and on the outer surface of the lungs. It does have some sensation, so might be the feeling one gets if he feels something "tickle" inside when taking a deep breath. A primary care doctor can carefully listen to the lungs, and also talk with the patient to see if there are other signs or symptoms of a problem. Sometimes a chest x-ray is done.

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