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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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


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My throat feels like it closes up when I lay down and makes it kind of difficult to breathe Also feel like something is stuck or like a lump in it.?

My throat feels like it closes up when I lay down and makes it kind of difficult to breathe Also feel like something is stuck or like a lump in it.?

Symptoms: With what you describe it is advisable to go to the Doc and get checked out. Could be nothing much or could be something that needs attention. Can't tell from out here with what you list. ...Read more

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Came down with heavy congestion, feeling a headache, and throat ache - difficulty breathing, breath sounds wheezy.

Came down with heavy congestion, feeling a headache, and throat ache - difficulty breathing, breath sounds wheezy.

OneFluOverTheCuckoo: I just got over what you have and it SUCKS. If you haven't gotten the flu vaccine, or, really even if you have, you have a flu-like syndrome that can be just as sucky. My guess is that the worst will be over in 4-5 days but you'll have a lingering cough for another week or two. You need rest, fluids, aspirin or Motrin.Whatever you get over-the-counter is up to you. But if you get really bad see a doctor! ...Read more

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Difficulty breathing when lying on right side. On my back and left side I breathe good. What could it be? Is it serious?

Difficulty breathing when lying on right side. On my back and left side I breathe good. What could it be? Is it serious?

Variable cause: Could be anything for a deviated septum in your nose to a collapsed left lung (symptoms occur when the good side is compromised). A chest x-ray is indicated. Pulse oximetry when you lie right side down should be measured. A PEFR measurement during sx would also help. ...Read more

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I'm 36 weeks pregnant and was lying on my back during a massage for 15 min until it became difficult to breathe. Did I harm my baby?

I'm 36 weeks pregnant and was lying on my back during a massage for 15 min until it became difficult to breathe. Did I harm my baby?

No: You will harm yourself long before you harm the baby. When it became difficult to breathe was when you were compressing the vena cava and decreasing blood flow back to the heart. It makes you feel panicked. It makes you get up. That is how you help the baby, by changing position, breathing deeply and increasing oxygenated blood flow. ...Read more

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What can make it difficult to breathe?

What can make it difficult to breathe?

Many things: Too many to list. Talk to your physician about possible causes & treatments. ...Read more

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Difficult to breathe for 3 weeks. Plzz help!!!!?

Breathing: Don't you think its time you went to see the doctor and got evaluated? ...Read more

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What could make it difficult to breathe after I work out?

What could make it difficult to breathe after I work out?

Exercise induced SOB: Some people can suffer from exercise induced asthma. But there can be many causes. Please consult with your physician who may refer you to a pulmonologist depending upon the severity and duration of your symptoms. If you smoke, please quit asap. ...Read more

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I have a pain in my right side and its kinda difficult to breathe but other than that I feel normal...What's wrong?

I have a pain in my right side and its kinda difficult to breathe but other than that I feel normal...What's wrong?

Do you have fever: Where in your right side? It could be pneumonia, a rib fracture, a muscle pull.....Need more info. Sometimes a disc herniation in your thorax can do this. ...Read more

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It became extremely difficult to breathe for about 5 minutes and I kept coughing throughout the day, what could this be?

It became extremely difficult to breathe for about 5 minutes and I kept coughing throughout the day, what could this be?

Short of breath: There are multiple possibilities. If you still have symptoms you should see a dr. If you have returned to baseline it still might be a good idea as some of the possibilities are serious. ...Read more

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Why is it difficult to breathe in crowds?

Maybe claustrophobia: There may not be anything about being around a lot of people per se that harms the way the lungs function, but many people do not feel comfortable being in crowds due to claustrophobia. This, in turn, could be experienced as shortness of breath. ...Read more

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How come I find it difficult to breathe in the morning?

How come I find it difficult to breathe in the morning?

Several possibilites: If you are or were a smoker, there is a tendency to accumulate secretions (mucous) that obstruct your breathing passages in the morning. You may have asthama? You may be reacting to dust, mold, or insect fragments (especially roach parts) in the air of your bedroom. Chest xray, echo, pulmonary function testing including, if necessary, methacholine challenge would be revealing. ...Read more

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Very difficult to breathe after choking. Can you offer any advice?

Aspiration: You or the affected person has aspirated something...Food? Foreign body? Mucous? And the airway is compromised. Seek immediate help in an er if this hasn't improved quickly. In some cases, bronchoscopy must be performed to suction or mechanically remove the material. ...Read more

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What happens if my home is not in danger but there is wildfire smoke in the air, making it difficult to breathe?

Air qualilty reports: Listen and watch for air quality reports and health warnings about smoke. Keep indoor air clean by closing windows and doors to prevent outside smoke from getting in. Use the recycle or re-circulate mode on the air conditioner in your home or car. If you do not have air conditioning and it is too hot to stay inside with closed windows, seek shelter elsewhere. ...Read more

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I m 34, male. Since last 2 yrs I m suffering from asthama. I never had this problem in my life. But now its very difficult to breathe.?

I m 34, male. Since last 2 yrs I m suffering from asthama. I never had this problem in my life. But now its very difficult to breathe.?

Doctor can evaluate: For new onset of asthma symptoms in an adult, he can see and follow-up with his primary care doctor. If symptoms are difficult to get rid of, or are unusual, the patient can see an allergy & asthma specialist, and/or see a pulmonologist (lung doctor). Pulmonary function tests and allergy tests can be helpful when looking for the best treatments. For bad symptoms, the E.R. Is the place to go to. ...Read more

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Difficult to breathe through an oxygen mask?

Oxygen mask: It is not difficult to breath with an oxygen mask if everything is working right ...Read more

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Why is it difficult to breathe after crying so much over a breakup?

Why is it difficult to breathe after crying so much over a breakup?

See below: The overwhelming sadness that accompanies a breakup can feel like a weight upon your chest and a sense of not being able to get a deep breath. This sensation is related to what's termed a "heart ache" in that they often occur together. The heart has receptors for neuropeptides secreted by the brain ("chemicals of emotion") and neurons
surrounding the heart can secrete neuropeptides themselves. ...Read more

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I am short of breath and having difficulty breathing - please help me?

I am short of breath and having difficulty breathing - please help me?

Get evaluation ASAP: It sounds serious and healthtap is no substitute for a complete evaluation. ...Read more

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I have to take deep breathes or yawn to breathe properly, I have indigestion, is the indigestion making it difficult to breathe?

I have to take deep breathes or yawn to breathe properly, I have indigestion, is the indigestion making it difficult to breathe?

Hyperventilation: The symptoms seem to represent air hunger which often is caused by hyperventilation. Relief can be achieved quickly by rebreathing air in a paper bag (simply seal a paper bag around ones nose and mouth, breathing in and out for 1-2 minutes; by breathing a high concentration of carbon dioxide, one corrects the blood's alkalosis cause by hyperventilation). The symptoms are relieved quickly. ...Read more

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My sugar dropped about an hour ago...now I'm having difficulty breathing like I have to keep reminding myself to breath...is this normal or no?

My sugar dropped about an hour ago...now I'm having difficulty breathing like I have to keep reminding myself to breath...is this normal or no?

Air hunger: Or subjective feeling one has to breathe is a psychological effect that can be triggered by hypoglycemia. Cannot say in your particular case, but some people feel hypoglycemic when their sugars are not actually below 90 and they often have other psychological symptoms. ...Read more

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A few days ago I felt a sharp pain behind the middle of my spine, then it got worse and I found it difficult to breathe or move? It hasn't got better..

See Dr: Any pain that is severe enough or persistent enough to limit usual activities...Let alone breathing...Needs evaluated asap. If cannot be seen by your dr same-day, then should go to urgent care or er for evaluation and pain control. ...Read more

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What can I do in the case of ascites??? It's very difficult to breathe.....

What can I do in the case of ascites??? It's very difficult to breathe.....

Paracentesis: If the ascites is so severe that you're having trouble breathing, you should have a paracentesis. This is a simple medical procedure, performed at the bedside, taking about 10 minutes, to anesthetize the skin, puncture the skin, and thread a catheter (small tube) into the abdomen to drain off the fluid. You'll have immediate relief. ...Read more

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It is more difficult to breathe from my left nostril than my right one how come?

It is more difficult to breathe from my left nostril than my right one how come?

Deviated Nasal Septu: When the septum between the nostril is deviated on left side, that side has narrower nostril and, makes it harder to breath, this could be conjenital vs. Traumatic. If there is nasal polyp growing in left nostril, then also there is difficulty in breathing from left nostril. ...Read more

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What is the best remedy for shortness of breath/difficulty breathing?

Check-up: If you're having true shortness of breath and not just anxiety, then a check-up is needed to find the cause. Some causes are lung problems, heart problems, poor conditioning or anemia. ...Read more