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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

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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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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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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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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 dont 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 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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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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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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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