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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Difficulty Breathing (Overview)

If you are having difficulty breathing, you feel as though you are able to get enough air in, or get air out. Your oxygen levels may be normal.


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What could cause difficulty breathing?

What could cause difficulty breathing?

Many things: Shortness if breath is a non specific complaint and could represent many things (some benign and some serious). Get checked out by your physician.

Dr. Sue Ferranti
1,268 Doctors shared insights

Difficulty Breathing (Overview)

If you are having difficulty breathing, you feel as though you are able to get enough air in, or get air out. Your oxygen levels may be normal.


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Does difficulty breathing mean I am having a panic attack?

Does difficulty breathing mean I am having a panic attack?

Not always: Difficulty breathing can come from many causes. Sometimes heart problems; lung disease such as asthma or copd; sometimes anatomic problem like when pregnant, plus others. If you've have had a full medical checkup and none of these other things are going on with you, then it's very possible that difficulty breathing relates to anxiety. Not all anxiety is a panic attack, but can feel scary.

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How to quickly treat difficulty breathing after exercise?

How to quickly treat difficulty breathing after exercise?

Shortness of breath: Some level of shortness of breath is normal after exercise. But if it is disproportinate or dysnea on exertion is not normal. You need work-up to rule out blocks in heart arteries.

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Difficulty breathing when lying in bed? What might be the cause?

Difficulty breathing when lying in bed? What might be the cause?

Heart or lung diseas: CHF is a known cause for this, but also other conditions that cause swelling and fluid retention would cause water to go from legs to chest when a person lies flat. Also lung diseases varying from mild asthma to severe emphysema could cause this. Severe obesity would do it too since it restricts lungs inflation.

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What's the best treatment to get rid of difficulty breathing?

What's the best treatment to get rid of difficulty breathing?

Difficulty breathing: It depends very much on the cause. Get to your doctor.

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I have been diagnosed with SLE after two years of struggling and getting worse, and even after that I am having difficulty with my doctor in exploring possible explanations and treatments. I have new symptoms like difficulty breathing when laying down, ea

I have been diagnosed with SLE after two years of struggling and getting worse, and even after that I am having difficulty with my doctor in exploring possible explanations and treatments. I have new symptoms like difficulty breathing when laying down, ea

SLE: You definitely have to be re-evaluated by a rheumatologist. SLE can affect the lungs and pleura which can cause shortness of breath. Hemolytic anemia is another complication of SLE and if you are anemic you can also get shortness of breath.

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I swallowed a pill and I feel its stuck in my throat I don't have difficulty breathing but it is uncomfortable what do I do?

I swallowed a pill and I feel its stuck in my throat I don't have difficulty breathing but it is uncomfortable what do I do?

Stuck in throat: Most of the time the pill causes local irritation but is to actually stuck in the throat. Do you feel a strong irritant sensation when you swallow water? Are you having difficulty swallowing? If so, you should seek medical attention.

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How to prevent difficulty breathing while running?

Get checked up.: Usually start by walking and go up from there. If your exercise tolerance is below your expectations, check with your doctor to perform a workup for heart, lung, depending on your symptoms. Exercise-induced asthma may be a hidden cause that causes shortness of breath while running for example.

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I hav, haemophilius influenza bacterial infection in lungs and bronchiectasis, recurrent lung infection with difficulty breathing. I am non smoker.?

I hav, haemophilius influenza bacterial infection in lungs and bronchiectasis, recurrent lung infection with difficulty breathing. I am non smoker.?

Bronchiectasis: Not sure what you're asking. Bronchiectasis is associated with frequent lung infections and shortness of breath. It can have a genetic relationship and doesn't need to be caused by smoking. Patients with this condition should be followed by a dr. And may need chronic medications.

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Why am I having difficulty breathing?

Why am I having difficulty breathing?

Sob: There are many possibilities and with no information we can't speculate for you why you're short of breath

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What could cause difficulty breathing?

Many things: Shortness if breath is a non specific complaint and could represent many things (some benign and some serious). Get checked out by your physician.

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What can cause extreme difficulty breathing?

What can cause extreme difficulty breathing?

Several: Heart (congestive heart failure, blockage of arteries) Kidneys (fluid overload) Lungs (COPD/ emphysema, bronchitis) Hypertension Anemia Anxiety and panic attacks Alcohol to excess and drugs of any kind. SMOKING!!! and also complete lack of physical fitness (being out of shape) and several more!!!

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Why am I having so much difficulty breathing?

Why am I having so much difficulty breathing?

SOB: If you are having difficulty breathing you need to see a doctor. There's no way out here for us to know what your problem (s) are from such a question without any other information.

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Difficulty breathing when sitting, what to do?

Difficulty breathing when sitting, what to do?

Breathing problem: You need face to face physician visit to get physical examination for diagnosis.

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I started having difficulty breathing. Any help?

I started having difficulty breathing. Any help?

Short of breath: There are many causes of breathing difficulty. With no other information about you, can;t speculate for you. See a dr. For evaluation.

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What causes difficulty breathing when lying down?

Clarify? See doctor!: Ongoing problem or recent? Fever? Chest pain? Otherwise sick? Age? Other health issues? Could be anything from carrying excess weight in the midsection (make it difficult to take a deep breath while lying down), to heart failure or fluid in lungs from infection or tumor. You should definitely see a doctor to get this checked out soon.

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Difficulty breathing after excercise, what to do?

Breathing: See your doctor for evaluation and recommendation, there are many possibilities.

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