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Dr. Darrin Cunningham
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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?

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

Dr. Darrin Cunningham
3 doctors shared insights

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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Overcoming Bad Breath (Checklist)

See doctor to check: post-nasal drip, acid reflux, dry mouth
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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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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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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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Does difficulty breathing when lying down always mean heart failure? I'm 20 years old, how likely is it for me to have heart failure? I am overweight.

Does difficulty breathing when lying down always mean heart failure? I'm 20 years old, how likely is it for me to have heart failure? I am overweight.

OSA: I suggest with your symptoms and weight issue that you see a physician and have a sleep study to rule out obstructive sleep apnea. If you do not have a history of heart disease, or diagnosis with an echocardiogram, EKG and x-ray, I suggest that CHF would be much less likely. ...Read more

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I have difficulty breathing when lying down. How do I tell if this is "Obstructive sleep apnea" or "Heart failure"? I do have Obstructive Sleep Apnea

I have difficulty breathing when lying down. How do I tell if this is "Obstructive sleep apnea" or "Heart failure"?  I do have Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Orthopnea: The symptom is called orthopnea. The way to find out if it's heart failure is to go to a doctor and find out if it's heart failure. The doctor may be able to tell you right there and then or (s)he may have to run some tests. ...Read more

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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


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