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Doctor insights on: Can Heart Or Lung Problem Cause Your Chest To Feel Tight When You Lay Down

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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Left arm feels weak/heavy when I sit or lie down in certain posture. Neck will feel choked sometimes. Start to have shortness of breath. What is this?

Left arm feels weak/heavy when I sit or lie down in certain posture. Neck will feel choked sometimes. Start to have shortness of breath. What is this?

Neck: It's possible that you have an impingement of a nerve or nerve root from a disk or spur in the vertebral area of the neck. This shouldn't impact your breathing however. This shortness of breath, especially if it's only at rest, may be from anxiety. A neurologist is best qualified to evaluate the neck, arm symptoms and order appropriate tests or refer you to another specialist. ...Read more

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What would cause sev chest pain and difficulty breathing when lie on right side? When get up chest pain still continues but can breathe easier.

What would cause sev chest pain and difficulty breathing when lie on right side? When get up chest pain still continues but can breathe easier.

Chest pain: You should consult your doctor asap. There are several possibilities for your condition. You need an examination and tests. ...Read more

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Can allergies make you feel dizzy and hard to breathe in your chest when standing?

Can allergies make you feel dizzy and hard to breathe in your chest when standing?

Probably not: Dizziness is not a typical feature of allergies. The symptoms you describe are more likely due to dehydration or something with your heart - you should discuss these with your primary care physician. A physical examination will go a long way toward figuring out what is going on. ...Read more

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If you can feel mucus go up and down your chest when you breathe in and out does that mean your chest is very congested ?

If you can feel mucus go up and down your chest when you breathe in and out does that mean your chest is very congested ?

Yes, it sounds: Like chest congestion, probably bronchitis or even pneumonia. Stop smoking, use a hot steam vaporizer, and go see a doctor if you have fever or if congestion persists more than several days. And don't forget to get flu vaccine. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it normal to feel like you cant breathe and your heart rate slows down by the minute? can you die? I have small chest presures. I have anxiety.

Is it normal to feel like you cant breathe and your heart rate slows down by the minute? can you die? I have small chest presures. I have anxiety.

The symptoms you: mention are not normal. Please see you doc to rule out any medical conditions and then get help from a mental health professional for your anxiety. Please do not rely on medication alone. Good psychotherapy and learning stress management can help greatly. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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When you sleep on your side can you get chest wall pain?

When you sleep on your side can you get chest wall pain?

Yes: Many things can cause chest wall pain. An osteopathic physician (do) can assess your pain and, if the cause is a rib or spinal problem, fix it. As do's are full-fledged physicians and trained in manual treatment, like chiropractors, they may be better equipped than either chiro's or md's, alone, to assess such pain, find whether the cause is an organ, muscle or bone and decide how best to proceed. ...Read more

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Why is it harder to breath when im neck deep in water standing or sitting. like pressure on my chest and hard to breathe.

Why is it harder to breath when im neck deep in water standing or sitting. like pressure on my chest and hard to breathe.

Breathing in water: because the water has mass and indeed is putting pressure on your chest. The deeper you go the higher the pressure applied. ...Read more

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While lying on bed to sleep, I feel problem in throat & chest while inhaling air. It becomes harder to sleep. Is it due to anxiety or serious problem?

While lying on bed to sleep, I feel problem in throat & chest while inhaling air. It becomes harder to sleep. Is it due to anxiety or serious problem?

Breathing problem: The only way to know if you have a medical condition or if your breathing situation is due to anxiety is to see your doc. If medical is ruled out please see a mental health professional to learn strategies to manage anxiety. Breathing concerns often accompany anxiety disorders. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I have this tightness on the chest and shortness of breath when i'm laying down trying to take a nap.?

I have this tightness on the chest and shortness of breath when i'm laying down trying to take a nap.?

Unsure: Your symptoms occurring at rest are concerning. You should be examined by a healthcare professional to make sure it is not heart related. ...Read more

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What if you have pains in area of left side ribs that at times feels like your hearts going to fast or to slow the pain gets so bad you can't get up?

What if you have pains in area of left side ribs that at times feels like your hearts going to fast or to slow the pain gets so bad you can't get up?

Diagnosis?: The cornerstone of treatment is an accurate diagnosis. A diagnosis is what you specifically lack! a 30 day event monitoring exam would be a good starter to see what's happening during your symptoms. Other tests may be indicated as well. ...Read more

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I have asthma. Sometimes i get tightness in my chest and it gets hard for me to breath even when i'm sleeping or laying down. Could this be copd? How?

I have asthma. Sometimes i get tightness in my chest and it gets hard for me to breath even when i'm sleeping or laying down. Could this be copd? How?

Unlikely COPD: By age alone unless you have some predisposition, like alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency, you don't have copd, and only pft can elucidate that. Triggers for sob or asthma have to be sought, as things like gerd, or allergies can be circumvented to avoid exacerbation. Dusts and dust mites are other triggers at night or laying down. Talk to your doctors as you may both find your triggers and help you. ...Read more

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When I'm anxious, I inhale deeply until I can take in no more air & feel a tickle in my lungs in order to calm down. What could be causing the tickle?

When I'm anxious, I inhale deeply until I can take in no more air & feel a tickle in my lungs in order to calm down. What could be causing the tickle?

Interpretation: That would be your interpretation of a sensation. The sensation is from reaching the beyond the usual limit of your lung capacity. BTW, the most helpful part of 'calm down' breathing is not the filling of your lungs but the complete emptying. Your exhale - through lips blowing out an imaginary candle - it what counts. It voids the old CO2 leftovers allowing new O2 to refresh cells. Best! ...Read more

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How can your stomach cause you to have pain and pressure in your chest around your heart area?

How can  your stomach cause you to have pain and pressure in your chest around your heart area?

Anatomically : Anatomically , your heart literally sits on your stomach. Some of the nerves that innervate the stomach are the same nerves that innervate the heart. The type of feeling they produce is not as exact or precise as, say, the nerve in your fingertip. Gastritis, gallstones and acid reflux are often mistaken for heart disease and vice versa. ...Read more

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Can you have an anxiety attack while your sleeping bad enough to wake you up from breathing so hard and heart pounding so hard it hurt?

Can you have an anxiety attack while your sleeping bad enough to wake you up from breathing so hard and heart pounding so hard it hurt?

Yes to sleep panic: I have had many patients tell me they wake up having panic attacks with heart pounding. Chest pain can be a symptom of anxiety as well, and i doubt you have heart problems at your age, but you really should double-check to make sure it's not your heart. Stranger things have happened, but don't worry, just to be safe! ...Read more

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Can costochondritis cause shortness of breath, dizziness, back neck and chest pain? If so how does it feel?

Ike you said: Yes it can and it will feel exactly the way you described it . Take ibuprofen 600-800 mg every 6 hours with meals as long as you are not allergic to it. Apply heat pad on the area. And avoid bras with hard wired . Not better see a doctor ...Read more

Tightness (Definition)

Tightness can mean different states at distinctive times. The most common is the complaint of tightness of chest, a feeling of discomfort, real or perceived, seen often in patients with asthma or panic disorder, or heart attack. Your physician ...Read more