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Doctor insights on: Cause Leading Compressed Lung Causing Difficulty Breathing

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What could cause a spine to curve forward, leading to a compressed lung and causing difficulty breathing?

What could cause a spine to curve forward, leading to a compressed lung and causing difficulty breathing?

Kyphosis: Osteoporosis is the likely culprit. Brittle bones crack and fracture throwing the spine out of balance, resulting in increased pressure in an asymmetrical fashion, leading to more cracks and more bending in the same direction. Scoliosis is often also present. Chronic intake of certain medications such as steroids can cause or worsen the problem. ...Read more

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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Do hydrocephalus cause difficulty breathing and pains in chest when running?

Do hydrocephalus cause difficulty breathing and pains in chest when running?

Not likely: Would check with your internist regarding possible lung or heart problems, as hydrocephalus, especially if already shunted, should not cause these issues. ...Read more

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My 9 yr. Old daughter has chest pain and difficulty breathing periodicaly, what could be the cause of this?

My 9 yr. Old daughter has chest pain and difficulty breathing periodicaly, what could be the cause of this?

Asthma?: The most common cause of chest pain and difficulty breathing in a child is asthma. It is especially likely that is is asthma if there are triggers like exercise, cold, and allergens. It is also possible that there is a musculoskeletal issue. If the ribs are not moving freely with the diaphragm it can also cause these symptoms. Both can be treated easily by inhalers or manipulation respectively. ...Read more

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I had chest pain and difficulty breathing after taking ecstasy. I also was smoking weed during the week and after taking the pills. What caused this?

I had chest pain and difficulty breathing after taking ecstasy. I also was smoking weed during the week and after taking the pills. What caused this?

Why to say "No! ": Your dealer does not sell FDA approved drugs. Who knows what garbage and potential poisons are in this junk.? Maybe the pot was grown with a bunch of pesticides or your pills had toxins added. There is a reason that these drugs are illegal! Stop drug abuse. If you can't, or you don't care if they kill you, get treatment. You are a better person sober & will have a safer, often happier, life. ...Read more

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Chest tightness when showering. Difficulty breathing & HR elevated. Bending over helped breathing/pain. HR ~130bpm. Could low heat have caused this?

Chest pain: Betty512~ are you taking BCP. If yes, please see a Dr to rule out pulmonary embolus. Please don't ignore this and please see a doc to rule out sinister causes of this pain. Heart attack is very very low on the list of worries but I would do an EKG thanks ...Read more

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What are the causes of infrequently occurring (~monthly) central chest pain (tight, pressure) + difficulty breathing that lasts for ~1min - comes about spontaneously, including at rest?

What are the causes of infrequently occurring (~monthly) central chest pain (tight, pressure) + difficulty breathing that lasts for ~1min - comes about spontaneously, including at rest?

Chest Pain: Chest pain can be very benign to serious. I would want to ask if you have a history of high blood pressure or other cardiac related diagnosis? If there is a family history of sudden death or arrhythmia, you need to be checked by an internist or cardiologist. Other benign causes can be esophageal spasm (the food tube decides to constrict and cause pain) Panic attacks also very common. ...Read more

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What causes tightness in the chest and difficulty breathing?

What causes tightness in the chest and difficulty breathing?

Heart Disease!: These are symptoms of a heart attack! Go to the er immediately! ...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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What could cause an intermittent feeling of warmth in my chest and throat when I breathe in? There is no difficulty breathing, just the feeling.

What could cause an intermittent feeling of warmth in my chest and throat when I breathe in? There is no difficulty breathing, just the feeling.

U have history of: Panic attack and this symptom could be part of anxiety and panic attack. I presume u already had some heart and GI work up. Get reassurance from ur dr. Take care and god bless u! http://www. M.Webmd. Com/heart-disease/features/12-possible-heart-symptoms-never-to-ignore. ...Read more

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Can facet ligamentoushhypertrophy mid an lower spine in 15yo cause severe Chest pain. Quick onset, popping sound, difficulty breathing?

Can facet ligamentoushhypertrophy mid an lower spine in 15yo cause severe Chest pain. Quick onset, popping sound, difficulty breathing?

Nope: Facet problems should only cause back pain. If you are having chest pain and difficulty breathing, you should proceed to the closest emergency department for evaluation. Don't delay! Feel better soon! ...Read more

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What could cause difficulty breathing, dizziness, heat flashes, sweatiness, difficulty concentrating, and constant dull pain in my upper left chest?

What could cause difficulty breathing, dizziness, heat flashes, sweatiness, difficulty concentrating, and constant dull pain in my upper left chest?

Hyperventilation: The simple explanation would be hyperventilation with anxiety & your symptoms. If so, breath holding for a few minutes will reverse the symptoms. Alternatively, hypothyroidism could cause a similar set of symptoms. You need to see a doctor and be examined. ...Read more

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What cause the chest cavity to burn with intense pain. It don't radiate to other areas, no difficulty breathing and blood pressure is normal. Any idea?

Gastritis/Heart Burn: 46yr Female... You are low risk for early CAD... It would be untrue if you abused your body and smoked and were over weight!!! If you are healthy - likely it is gastritis/GERD... Recommend to check with your internist though ...Read more

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Possible cause of sever sudden pain in center of chest up into my throat and difficulty breathing, sometime nausea even when at rest for 2 months now?

GERD: Symptoms like these are often caused by gastric acid coming up into the esophagus. A trial of an over the counter proton pump inhibitor such as Omeprazole is often indicated. This can be picked up at the local drugstore. If symptoms persist you should see your doc for a better review. ...Read more

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Difficulty breathing (really having to draw breath in), tightness in chest and light headed feeling/headache. Previously tested clear for astma, cause?

Difficulty breathing (really having to draw breath in), tightness in chest and light headed feeling/headache. Previously tested clear for astma, cause?

Allergy: You menot be fitting the criteria for asthma but ' reactive airway disease ' possible. Panic attack, mitral valve disease, psychosomatic disease can cause it. See pmd. ...Read more

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High BP, nausea, chest congestion, (no fever) difficulty breathing, cough, and dizziness when I stand up. Causes? Have an Echo in a week.

High BP, nausea, chest congestion, (no fever) difficulty breathing, cough, and dizziness when I stand up. Causes? Have an Echo in a week.

19 years old: All the symptoms you list can be caused by asthma/bronchospastic disease, which, in your age group, would be my first diagnosis. Infection or allergy can be a trigger and should be considered. Unless you have known congenital heart disease, the echo is unlikely to be revealing. Pulmonary function testing is higher yield. A chest x-ray may also help. ...Read more

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GI problem seem cause my sore throat, throat clearing, feeling of lump in throat, difficulty breathing & swallow. Can it cause severe chest pain too?

GI problem seem cause my sore throat, throat clearing, feeling of lump in throat, difficulty breathing & swallow. Can it cause severe chest pain too?

Yes, reflux can: Cause significant chest pain. In fact that is the origin of the term heartburn. On the other hand, not all chest pain in people with GERD is GI in origin. If in doubt, go to ER or an urgent care, if this is unlike anything you've experienced before and is accompanied by shortness of breath, cardiac issues need to be checked for and ruled out. ...Read more

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I have nodules in my lungs, have not had a bronchoscopy because I’m on plavix. I’m having spasm like pains in my chest difficulty breathing?

I have nodules in my lungs, have not had a bronchoscopy because I’m on plavix. I’m having spasm like pains in my chest difficulty breathing?

Nodules: What you really need to do is visit your pulmonologist and asses the risk of stopping the plavix vs going undiagnozed.
Nodules in the lungs at you age may be malignant ...Read more

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Do preemies have difficulty breathing because lungs are tiny?

Surfactant: It has more to do with the development of the lungs. They are not developed enough to stay open and hold air/oxygen well enough. During late pregnancy the baby's body produces what is called surfactant and it helps the lungs expand and stay open with out collapsing so that air/oxygen can go through the lungs. ...Read more

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Sometimes I get pains in my lungs and have difficulty breathing in bed, but am fine when up, what could it be?

Sometimes I get pains in my lungs and have difficulty breathing in bed, but am fine when up, what could it be?

Should be evaluated: It is necessary for such symptoms to be evaluated in clinic; a full history and a physical exam and any testing as needed should provide an answer in your specific case. In general, some of the most important reasons for shortness of breath while lying down at night include congestive heart failure and obstructive sleep apnea. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with a partially collaped lung and pneumonia 2 months ago and still have chest pain and difficulty breathing, is this normal?

I was diagnosed with a partially collaped lung and pneumonia 2 months ago and still have chest pain and difficulty breathing, is this normal?

Possibly yes: I imagine the collapsed lung re-expanded to normal already but another episode of collapse may occur causing persistent symptoms. After an episode of pneumonia you can feel persistent symptoms of difficulty of breathing. If there is underlying asthma or cystic fibrosis then persistent symptoms may occur. Asthma and cystic fibrosis predispose to collapsed lungs and pneumonia. ...Read more

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I've had difficulty breathing for 2 years. It feels like I only get my lungs half full. I've seen many specialists & no diagnosis yet. Thoughts?

I've had difficulty breathing for 2 years. It feels like I only get my lungs half full. I've seen many specialists & no diagnosis yet. Thoughts?

PFTs: It depends what kind of tests you have had done. "PFTs" or pulmonary function tests can give much insight into patients with breathing problems. Rarely, obesity and problems with your nervous system may lead to difficult getting air into your lungs. ...Read more

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I has happened twice now that I suddenly experience difficulty breathing. It feels as if I cannot get enough air in my lungs. Lasts for a few minutes then its fine. No other symptoms. Thanks?

I has happened twice now that I suddenly experience difficulty breathing. It feels as if I cannot get enough air in my lungs. Lasts for a few minutes then its fine. No other symptoms. Thanks?

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you and your symptoms warrant evaluation by a physician. What are the precipitating factors? Could it be due to a panic attack? Given your other health conditions, it warrants that you discuss the matter with your doctor.
Wish you good health. ...Read more

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Working on garden there was a lot of mold on the soil that evening started having prssure in my chest bad pain in my lungs difficulty. Breathing?

Working on garden there was a lot of mold on the soil that evening started having prssure in my chest bad pain in my lungs difficulty. Breathing?

See your Dr but: Depends on whether or not you have had this in the past? ...Do you have a history of allergies and/or asthma? ...Were you ever tested and found to be allergic to mold? Best to see your dr. For a breathing test and treatment...Then see an allergist for testing. ...Read more

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If your difficulty breathing responds to asthma rescue inhalers, does that guarantee you don't have anxiety and you have a real lung disorder instead?

If your difficulty breathing responds to asthma rescue inhalers, does that guarantee you don't have anxiety and you have a real lung disorder instead?

Not necessarily: I see you have belching, reflux, and now have experienced improved breathing with a rescue inhaler. The improvement with a rescue inhaler indicates you have reversible airway reactivity. This is not a disease of the lungs but, rather, a tendency of the muscles of the airways leading to your lungs to go into a spasm and possibly have inflammation. This can be on an allergic bases as in traditional asthma. In your situation the reflux may be causing small amounts of acid to seep into the airways making them more reactive. Food allergies can trigger increased reflux by causing esophageal inflammation. Having airway reactivity can cause anxiety and having anxiety can worsen airway reactivity as well as increase the severity of reflux. You will need to have the reflux addressed, determine if you have a problem with the ability of food to stay in your stomach and not come back up, see if your belching could be due to Helicobacter Pylori, for example, an infection that can be treated, and determine of you have chronic inflammation in your airways needing treatment. ...Read more

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I sometimes have difficulty breathing, like my lungs feel "heavy". No cough or colds & I havnt had an asthma attack for years now. What could this be?

Difficulty in breati: You have a past history of bronchial asthma and it can be an attack of asthma with or without infectious process like bronchitis or pneumonia.The fact is asthma can always come back if there is a trigger. You need to see your doctor and need a pulmonary function test after clinical evaluation, and xray chest exam. Then you can be treated with inhaled steroids, bronchdilaters with/without antibiotics. ...Read more

Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more


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Difficulty Breathing (Definition)

If you are having difficulty breathing, you feel as though you are able to get enough air in, or get air out. Your oxygen ...Read more