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A 23-year-old male asked:

What does shortness of breath feel like?

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Dr. Peter Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery 55 years experience
Hold Ur breath and C: The feeling u get towards the end is what it's like. This is the feeling people who have COPD have every day. Or like gasping 4 breath after u run a long distance, & u r unable to catch ur breath. This is not a good feeling 2 have all day long.
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Elephant on chest: To paraphrase supreme court potter stewart, you'll know it when you feel it. Some people describe shortness of breath as not being able to inhale deep (or deeply enough). Others describe it as if an elephant were sitting on their chest so they couldn't breathe, like someone squeezing you too tightly. You may or may not wheeze when short of breath. Go see your family doc for pulmonary function test.

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A 18-year-old female asked:

How to make myself feel better and How to stop this shortness of breath?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Doctor can examine: Shortness of breath (SOB) is not normal, unless it is the mild, temporary shortness of breath with sports activities (but even then, one must be sure she is not having more shortness of breath than her sports peers have). Possible causes for SOB include tonsillar abscess, airway swelling, heart attack or arrhythmia, fluid around the heart, fluid around or in the lungs, asthma, tight muscles, etc..
A 32-year-old member asked:

Suffering from shortness of breath and can feel pulse everywhere. What should I do?

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Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
Hard to tell from : Limited info. Shortness of breath can be caused by many things. Best to be evaluated by md.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Why do I feel like this? Short of breath after brief exercise

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Dr. Ray Tidman
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Deconditioned?: Or a medical problem, if not improving seek help from your doc.

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