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Can exercise cause pleurisy or just shortness of breath?

Can exercise cause pleurisy or just shortness of breath?

SOB: Exercise can't cause pleurisy which is due to rubbing of the inflamed (usually infected) outer lining surfaces of the lungs. But vigorous exercise can make intercostal muscles (muscles between your ribs) and costochondral joints (where ribs attach to your sternum (breastbone)) sore which mimics pleurisy as it may hurt to take a deep breath or cough. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more


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Shortness of breath and anxiety following pleurisy a month ago. How do I get over this?

Shortness of breath and anxiety following pleurisy a month ago. How do I get over this?

See your doctor: Medications for shortness of breath can mimic or cause anxiety, shortness of breath itself can cause anxiety and your fear itself plays into the anxiety. Discuss these with your doctor and then see a therapist to see if you can use your thoughts to get it under control (cognitive-behavioral therapy). ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with pneumonia and pleurisy 3 weeks ago. I still have minor pains in my chest & shortness of breath. Is it normal to last this long?

I was diagnosed with pneumonia and pleurisy 3 weeks ago. I still have minor pains in my chest & shortness of breath. Is it normal to last this long?

Sometimes: I agree that's a long time. Have you stopped smoking 100% to allow full healing of your lungs and respiratory tract? Has fever resolved? Is your cough improved? If the answer to all 3 questions is "yes" - i'd give it more time. Otherwise, go back to your treating doc for another look. And please don't smoke anymore! ...Read more

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Please help me with answers for my pleurisy and very shortness of breath. Anything starts my breathing to b bad. Wht 2 do. Prednisone did not help.

Please help me with answers for my pleurisy and very shortness of breath. Anything starts my breathing to b bad. Wht 2 do. Prednisone did not help.

X -ray, EKG: Do you have fever, cough, chest pain? Any history of asthma, heart disease, allergy, smoking...? Are you on any medication? Inhalers? Pulmonary functions? Please consult a physician.
Thank you for asking. ...Read more

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How long does it take for pleuritis to dissolve? Had it got two months now. Hurts to breathe in, shortness of breath, horrible condition.

PLEURITIS: It depends on the associated conditions like the chest trauma mentioned. Make sure you are under the care of pulmonary specialist. Take care! ...Read more

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Is it possible for lack of exercise to cause shortness of breath at times. Use to work out often just haven't been motivated as much anymore?

Only on exertion: Lack of exercise shouldn't make you short of breath on ordinary activity, just on heavier exertion, like playing ball as a weekend warrior. If you are short of breath on ordinary activity like walking and housework, that might need attention to check your heart and lungs and rule out a situation like anemia. ...Read more

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Asthma bothers me during exercise, even the least activity causes shortness of breath and tightness in my chest, not just cardio exercises.

Asthma bothers me during exercise, even the least activity causes shortness of breath and tightness in my chest, not just cardio exercises.

Uncontrolled asthma: We don't know what type of asthma you have? At any rate you are still suffering, you need to be evaluated by an allergist/immunologist for better asthma control, meanwhile, if you exercise regularly you need to take a bronchodilator inhaler right before exercise, albuterol (ventolin), call this no in Cairo for an appointment with an allergist/immunologist if you wish, 0122-279-6437, good luck ...Read more

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I just had a chest x-ray that showed minimal old granulomatous disease. Could this cause shortness of breath with minimal exercise (walking up hill)?

I just had a chest x-ray that showed minimal old granulomatous disease. Could this cause shortness of breath with minimal exercise (walking up hill)?

Shouldn't: If the lung involvement is truly "minimal" on CXR or CT scan then this shouldn't compromise your lung function enough to cause respiratory symptoms with minimal exercise. Important to determine etiology of lesions first then look for other causes of shortness of breath. Deconditioning, asthma, heart disease are just a few conditions that can be implicated. See Pulmonologist for further evaluation. ...Read more

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I am experiencing shortness of breath and some dizziness after exercise. I am very healthy and stay well hydrated. So what could cause this?

I am experiencing shortness of breath and some dizziness after exercise. I am very healthy and stay well hydrated. So what could cause this?

Dizzy: Probably exercise induced asthma less likely heart related. See your doctor to do breathing tests to see if your lungs are the problem. If so you can be treated with inhalers. If not then a heart work up is next ...Read more

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For a few months, I have been experiencing shortness of breath, more when I am sitting or lying down (improved by exercise) and frequent forced burping with occasional acid reflux. Could all of this be caused by reflux or is it more serious?

For a few months, I have been experiencing shortness of breath, more when I am sitting or lying down (improved by exercise) and frequent forced burping with occasional acid reflux. Could all of this be caused by reflux or is it more serious?

Without ↑information: & detective work, impossible to say at a distance. Yet your theory (you're the only one who can perceive your symptoms) does make sense & you demonstrate an understanding of basics of differential diagnosis methodology. Like everyone, you are your own primary medical decision maker (physician if you will), regardless how competent, or not. Beware, reflux (long term) does drive esophageal cancer. ...Read more

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What adrenal issues cause shortness of breath, severe stress intolerance, weak immunity, exercise intolerance? Gp wants me 2 c specialist for adrenals.

What adrenal issues cause shortness of breath, severe stress intolerance, weak immunity, exercise intolerance? Gp wants me 2 c specialist for adrenals.

Low adrenal function: You have symptoms of low adrenal function. The medical profession recognizes addison's disease, an extreme form of low adrenal function. However, only 1 in 10, 000 people have severe enough adrenal problems to qualify for addison's, but millions have lesser yet significant degrees of poor adrenal function. See http://www. Adrenalfatigue. Org/ and the book adrenal fatigue by dr. James wilson. ...Read more

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What could cause chest muscle soreness after exercise and shortness of breath regularly with a diagnosis of small airway disease (never smoked)?

What could cause chest muscle soreness after exercise and shortness of breath regularly with a diagnosis of small airway disease (never smoked)?

COPD: You have a form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) which isn't your fault but happens to people from breathing the air we live in and/or second-hand smoke and/or bad luck. See your doctor as there are a variety of inhaler treatments that may very well help you. Be gentle with yourself: you're not 18 anymore. You may need to modify your exercise regimen but exercise is still advised. ...Read more

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Can certain foods cause a full-blown asthma attack; not, however an Ige-mediated reaction. Mostly just shortness of breath that is asthma-like?

Can certain foods cause a full-blown asthma attack; not, however an Ige-mediated reaction. Mostly just shortness of breath that is asthma-like?

Unlikely: This would be unlikely unless there is some type of aspiration event. When there is aspiration of liquid food we have a reflex to shut off the upper airway. This usually results in difficulty breathing in, coughing, talking and respiratory distress. It would not last as long as a typical asthma attach. Acid reflux can give a sensation of shortness of breath ...Read more

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What can cause shortness of breath?

What can cause shortness of breath?

Many things: There are many causes of shortness of breath. The easiest way is to compartmentalize into three categories. 1. Any problems with the heart – heart failure, enlargement of the heart, or valve disease of the heart. 2. Any problem with the lungs – asthma, COPD, fluid around the lungs, fluid in the lungs, or lung scarring to name a few. 3. Everything else – deconditioning or knee/hip pain for example. ...Read more

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Will this cause shortness of breath?

Shortness of breath: It hasn't made me short of breath yet. If you're referring to sinus infection or uri, they can but usually at most very mild. Your question isn't clear as to what 'this' is. As bill clinton said, it all depends on what this is. ...Read more

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Bending over causes shortness of breath?

Yes it can: Because it changes the mechanics of your chest cavity. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Can histatussin cause shortness of breath?

Can histatussin cause shortness of breath?

Histatussin: Histatussin, which is not available in the USA, contains chlorpheniramine, a well tolerated short acting anti-histamine, ammonium chloride, used as an expectorant, and ephedrine for nasal congestion. AC can cause metabolic acidosis which would make you feel short of breath. Ephedrine can cause tachyarrhythmias which would make you feel S.O. B. so the answer is...yes, it's possible. ...Read more

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What disease would cause shortness of breath?

Short of breath: There are many diseases that cause shortness of breath from anemia, lung disease, or heart disease, or just deconditioning. You need a doctor evaluation to find out the cause. ...Read more

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What could cause shortness of breath while exercising?

What could cause shortness of breath while exercising?

Many things: Shortness of breath needs to be evaluated by your physician. It can be due to heart problems, lung problems (smoking related, asthma, etc), deconditioning, irregular heart rhythms, vocal cord or upper airway problems. See your doctor, ask if getting a stress test is appropriate due to your age. This is not something one should sit on. ...Read more

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What types of things cause shortness of breath in nonasthmatic teen?

Normal or not?: Since everybody becomes short of breath with exertion, it should first be determined if this is normal. Valvular and congenital heart disease, and various non-asthmatic lung diseases cause pathological breathlessness. Specific cardiac examples include: rheumatic heart disease (mitral stenosis), dilated or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and a large variety of congenital defects. ...Read more

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What can cause shortness of breath? Had it for years. Just comes and goes without warning.

SOB: There are very many causes of shortness of breath. When it 'just comes and goes' it may be due to rhythm disturbances or asthma type episodes or episodic exposures to triggers. Discuss with the dr. Who knows you whether investigation is appropriate. Extensive investigation of infrequent occurences isn't always necessary. ...Read more

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I was just diagnosed with Pseudonormalization but show no signs of shortness of breath etc. My BP was 140;s over 90's is that the cause? I'm 49.

Probably: Psudonoalisation of mitral inflow pattern refers to changes in LV relaxation physiology most likely secondary to excess BP. At your age, BP control is treatment of choice... Either lifestyle changes and/or medication. Findings can normalize over time with BP control. ...Read more

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Can anaemia cause shortness of breath?

Can anaemia cause shortness of breath?

Certainly: Anemia leads to low red blood cells that carry oxygen to tissues in the body. With reduced delivery of oxygen, the heart tries to pump more blood or work more and muscles tire more easily and the tissues switch to. ...Read more

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Can hayfever cause shortness of breath?

Can hayfever cause shortness of breath?

Possible: Studies have shown that many hay fever sufferers do have an over-reactive airway despite absence of symptoms. A few years back, I was one of the co-authors reported for the first time evidence for large airway (higher up than the small airways involved in asthma) constriction was found in patients with fever causing tightness sensation at the upper chest. Do check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Having really rapid heartbeats, but no shortness of breath or pain, what could cause this?

Tachycardia: This may be sign of abnormal heart rhythm. You should see a doctor for further evaluation. Probably a heart monitor, ekg and echo would be needed. ...Read more

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Could being obese cause shortness of breath?

Yes: Simply put, if you are obese, you can be short of breath for many reasons. You could be cardiovascularly out of shape, causing shortness of breath (sob). Or, you could have something called "pickwickian syndrome" where the abdominal obesity affects your breathing simply by too much abdominal mass not allowing the lungs to expand. There are other reasons too, but these are the main ones... ...Read more

Dr. Luis Villaplana
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Shortness Of Breath (Definition)

Breathlessness is the sensation of not being able to catch one's breath. It may be seen in asthma, heart failure, ...Read more


Dr. Nisha Surenderanath
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Pleurisy (Definition)

Inflammation of the tissues that line the ...Read more