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Difficulty breathing when lying in bed? What might be the cause?

Difficulty breathing when lying in bed? What might be the cause?

Heart or lung diseas: CHF is a known cause for this, but also other conditions that cause swelling and fluid retention would cause water to go from legs to chest when a person lies flat. Also lung diseases varying from mild asthma to severe emphysema could cause this. Severe obesity would do it too since it restricts lungs inflation. ...Read more

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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 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?

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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I have difficulty breathing when lying flat in bed but when I prop my head and shoulders it improves. Why?

I have difficulty breathing when lying flat in bed but when I prop my head and shoulders it improves. Why?

Concerning sign here: Shortness of breath with laying flat and improves with more upright position is a concerning symptom of heart failure, medically called orthopnea. Often fluid in the lungs settle at bottom with sitting, but spread upward with laying flat thus causing shortness of breath. Extreme obesity can also do this as pressure in belly pushes things up causing troubled breathing, ..Consult doc..Good luck. ...Read more

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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 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

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Please tell me what can cause a person to have difficulty breathing?

Please tell me what can cause a person to have difficulty breathing?

Difficulty breathing: This can be caused by mechanical problems with the chest breathing structures, problems with the lung themselves, general body weakness, anemia, hypothyroid, heart failure and other problems too. ...Read more

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If you have difficulty breathing with intense activity and exercise what could be the cause of it and how can it be completely fixed or minimized?

If you have difficulty breathing with intense activity and exercise what could be the cause of it and how can it be completely fixed or minimized?

See doc in person: Abdulla, there are many things that can cause the problem. Main concerns are heart or lung disease. Most likely thing in someone your age is asthma. But depending on your family and personal history there could be other issues. I recommend seeing a doctor in person, who can do a full history, examine your heart and lungs, and get any tests needed to clarify the diagnosis. ...Read more

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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