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Dr. Tanya Russo
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Difficulty Breathing When Lying Down (Definition)

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?

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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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

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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Heart attack (Tip)

Heart attack

A heart attack can present as shortness of breath with or without chest pain. ...See more

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How to prevent difficulty breathing while running?

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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Aerobic Exercise (Tip)

Aerobic Exercise

Don't be discouraged during startup. Its normal to have shortness of breath. Your body will respond. ...See 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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Difficulty breathing when lying down at 38 wks?

Difficulty breathing when lying down at 38 wks?

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

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Heart failure (Tip)

Heart failure

Shortness of breath, edema; if the pump won't work; i weigh more and can't lay flat. ...See more

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

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

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)

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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