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What can cause extreme difficulty breathing?

What can cause extreme difficulty breathing?

Several: Heart (congestive heart failure, blockage of arteries) Kidneys (fluid overload) Lungs (COPD/ emphysema, bronchitis) Hypertension Anemia Anxiety and panic attacks Alcohol to excess and drugs of any kind. SMOKING!!! and also complete lack of physical fitness (being out of shape) and several more!!! ...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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What could possibly be the cause of difficulty breathing in warm areas...

What could possibly be the cause of difficulty breathing in warm areas...

Few options: Humidity, if high can do it. If you mean very warm, the inability to cool upper airways (as they warm air for lower airways) can do it. If tropical or fertile, can be pollens / molds. If desert, can be dusts (or still molds/pollens). If a firefighter--might be smoke ; toxic gasses. :) unfortunately, many options means need good history and exam to narrow down and diagnose properly. ...Read more

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What lymphatic disease causes uticaria, difficulty breathing, palpitations, flushing, nausea and abdominal pain?

What lymphatic disease causes uticaria, difficulty breathing, palpitations, flushing, nausea and abdominal pain?

Not a quiz!!: can't just fit those symptoms into a disease and call it a lymphatic disease, those symptoms are common to some different disorders, mastocytosis is one, but is it the diagnosis? We don't know, proper management = proper diagnosis , hence right treatment for the condition proven/suspected, your best option, as I see it, would be seeking help in a tetriary care/teaching or university hospital, ...Read more

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I'm having a pain just below my ribcage on my right side, sharp stabbing pain causing me difficulty's breathing. I've had no falls or trauma there ?

I'm having a pain just below my ribcage on my right side, sharp stabbing pain causing me difficulty's breathing. I've had no falls or trauma there ?

Gallbladder: Biliary colic or gallbladder pain is typically located in the right upper abdomen and can go through to the back. Usually accompanied by nausea, vomiting, bloating, and gassiness. Other possibilities include constipation and pleurisy. See your physician if symptoms resist or worsen. ...Read more

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What could cause difficulty breathing?

What could cause difficulty breathing?

Many things: Shortness if breath is a non specific complaint and could represent many things (some benign and some serious). Get checked out by your physician. ...Read more

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What causes difficulty breathing when lying down?

What causes difficulty breathing when lying down?

Clarify? See doctor!: Ongoing problem or recent? Fever? Chest pain? Otherwise sick? Age? Other health issues? Could be anything from carrying excess weight in the midsection (make it difficult to take a deep breath while lying down), to heart failure or fluid in lungs from infection or tumor. You should definitely see a doctor to get this checked out soon. ...Read more

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What causes difficulty breathing when lying down in the spring time?

Not a podiatry ?: You need to talk to your family doctor or to an allergist. ...Read more

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What causes difficulty breathing after exercise?

What causes difficulty breathing after exercise?

Catching up.: In a healthy state we consume o2 and produce more co2 during exercise. The "difficulty" breathing we feel, is the need to exhale the co2. Our respiratory drive is tied more to getting out the co2 than getting in the o2. It is an interesting question on why is the body "wired" that way. ...Read more

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Can it cause difficulty breathing? And nauseous?

Can it cause difficulty breathing? And nauseous?

Sure: see your doc ASAP. No reason to wait. Difficulties with breathing can be ominous. No procrastinating. Check with your doc and good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Difficulty Breathing (Definition)

Chest dyspnea is a feeling of being short of breath, a feeling of not being able to fully expand the chest wall, such as due to pain after a ...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