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Difficulty Breathing When Lying Down (Overview)

Difficulty breathing when lying is a clinical finding in which lying down leads to increased effort with breath such that there is discomfort. This can occur with heart failure, due to some fluid getting into the lungs.


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What causes difficulty breathing when lying down?

Dr. Leto Quarles
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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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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Difficulty Breathing When Lying Down (Overview)

Difficulty breathing when lying is a clinical finding in which lying down leads to increased effort with breath such that there is discomfort. This can occur with heart failure, due to some fluid getting into the lungs.


Dr. Aurea Tomeski
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
55 years in practice
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I have been diagnosed with SLE after two years of struggling and getting worse, and even after that I am having difficulty with my doctor in exploring possible explanations and treatments. I have new symptoms like difficulty breathing when laying down, ea

Dr. Aurea Tomeski
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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I have been diagnosed with SLE after two years of struggling and getting worse, and even after that I am having difficulty with my doctor in exploring possible explanations and treatments. I have new symptoms like difficulty breathing when laying down, ea

SLE: You definitely have to be re-evaluated by a rheumatologist. SLE can affect the lungs and pleura which can cause shortness of breath. Hemolytic anemia is another complication of SLE and if you are anemic you can also get shortness of breath. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Milunski
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What's the best treatment to get rid of difficulty breathing?

Dr. Mark Milunski
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What's the best treatment to get rid of difficulty breathing?

Difficulty breathing: It depends very much on the cause. Get to your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Axel Martinez-Irizarry
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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How to prevent difficulty breathing while running?

Dr. Axel Martinez-Irizarry
Board Certified, Family Medicine
12 years in practice
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How to prevent difficulty breathing while running?

Get checked up.: Usually start by walking and go up from there. If your exercise tolerance is below your expectations, check with your doctor to perform a workup for heart, lung, depending on your symptoms. Exercise-induced asthma may be a hidden cause that causes shortness of breath while running for example. ...Read more

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Dr. Leto Quarles
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What causes difficulty breathing when lying down?

Dr. Leto Quarles
Board Certified, Family Medicine
18 years in practice
1M people helped

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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Dr. Arnold Beresh
Board Certified, Podiatry
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What causes difficulty breathing when lying down in the spring time?

Dr. Arnold Beresh
Board Certified, Podiatry
36 years in practice
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Not a podiatry ?: You need to talk to your family doctor or to an allergist. ...Read more

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Dr. David Sherris
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Difficulty breathing when lying down at 38 wks?

Dr. David Sherris
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Difficulty breathing when lying down at 38 wks?

Rhinitis &pregnancy: Tends to resolve after delivery! best wishes! ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Rupp
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After taking dairy products or drink contains milk upset stomach and breathing difficulties.worsen when lying down or sit.anaphylaxis?

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After taking dairy products or drink contains milk upset stomach and breathing difficulties.worsen when lying down or sit.anaphylaxis?

Depends: Anaphylaxis is defined as involvement of two out of four systems for research purposes. The systems are cutaneous (skin), gastrointestinal (stomach, intestines), respiratory (lungs), and cardiovascular (heart). Your reaction does sound like a food allergy but perhaps not full blown anaphylaxis, but anaphylaxis could still happen in the future. See and allergy specialist for help & testing. ...Read more

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Dr. David Sneid
Board Certified, Endocrinology
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I have night sweats and difficulty breathing lying down. What could this be?

Dr. David Sneid
Board Certified, Endocrinology
36 years in practice
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Many things: Could be many things, and some of them are potentially significant health threats. See you physician asap. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Board Certified, Cardiology
39 years in practice
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Pain/pressure in upper left abdomen, worse when lying down, along with difficulty breathing?

Dr. Bennett Werner
Board Certified, Cardiology
39 years in practice
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Pain/pressure in upper left abdomen, worse when lying down, along with difficulty breathing?

Rule out: You should have pericarditis ruled out. This will require an echocardiogram. Often a blood sample for sedimentation rate is done as well. ...Read more

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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


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Breathlessness (Definition)

Breathlessness is the sensation of not being able to catch one's breath. It may be seen in asthma, heart failure, ...Read more


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