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Cause Leading Compressed Lung 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 am have difficulty breathing. It feels like there is pressure on my chest and lungs. Advice/help please?
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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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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?
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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