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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Dizziness (Definition)

Dizziness is a feeling of light headedness that includes loss of balance, vertigo, or the feeling as ...Read more


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Bloating in stomach, difficulty breathing while laying flat on back, dizziness , fatigue, swollen ankle and weakness... what can the cause be?

Bloating in stomach, difficulty breathing while laying flat on back, dizziness , fatigue, swollen ankle and weakness... what can the cause be?

GET YOURSELF CHECKED: You are only 15 years old and have all these symptoms of difficulty in breathing, dizziness, fatigue, swollen ankle and weakness
You should speak to your parents and they need to take you to your Pediatrician or Family Doctor to be checked as soon as possible
We can not help you on this site as there are several possibilities for your multiple symptoms which can be serious
Talk to your parents asap ...Read more

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When lying flat on back left rib protrudes much more than right side rib have been having left side breastbone pains related? Serious?

When lying flat on back left rib protrudes much more than right side rib have been having left side breastbone pains related? Serious?

Maybe ok: Asymmetry of the rib cage is not unusual and often there is flaring out of the lower part of the ribs. Your discomfort should be evaluated by your physician, however. It may be costochondritis which is an inflammation of the cartilage between the sternum and a connecting rib. This is usually a tender spot and is most likely unrelated to the asymmetry of the lower rib cage. ...Read more

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What causes 5 second ache type pains in chest near left breast and sternum when lying flat on back? Trying to correct my slouching habit.

Most likely due to:: Stretching of the chest wall/sternal muscles that are weak, and I am sure if you continue to stretch them and they get stronger, this type of achiness would subside in a few weeks.
Do see you Doc to ensure its not some other cause, as for chest pains, its better to be examined by a Doc.
Good Luck. ...Read more

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Could hiatal hernia cause trouble breathing when lying flat on back? My husband's heart is healthy-went to cardiologist but Dr had no idea why

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Could hiatal hernia cause trouble breathing when lying flat on back? My husband's heart is healthy-went to cardiologist but Dr had no idea why

Yes.: Hiatal hernia can cause esophageal reflux worsens with lying on back which can feel like burning chest pain and difficulty catching breath. ...Read more

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Dizzy when laying flat on my back and the alot of post nassel drip?

Acute or chronic?: At your age various structural answers are possible. If this is acute (new) then follow the post nasal drip as a possible clue of a sinus disorder. While this would not directly explain positional vertigo, the two might be related. Benign positional vertigo generally is not associated with nasal drip. Last, a nasopharyngeal leasion might produce true post-nasal drip and vertigo. Get eval. ...Read more

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Woke up this mornin made 1/2 around the bed, then got dizzy bad!! Unsure if I blacked out or not but went from standing up 2 flat of my back, hurtBad? ?

Woke up this mornin made 1/2 around the bed, then got dizzy bad!! Unsure if I blacked out or not but went from standing up 2 flat of my back, hurtBad? ?

Needs to be checked: We can not tell you what is wrong with you as we do not have enough information.
You should get yourself checked asap by your doctor or go to ER
You will be evaluated with detailed History of any past medical problems and if you are taking any medicine or supplements. And a detailed exam including neurological exam and if indicated by exam a Cat Scan or MRI exam to find out what is wrong ...Read more

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Husband can't lie flat on back w/o not being able to breath. He's doing hida scan today and worried about lying on back for so long. He truly can't.?

Husband can't lie flat on back w/o not being able to breath. He's doing hida scan today and worried about lying on back for so long. He truly can't.?

Consult with team: This is a very sensitive situation and your concerns should be addressed. Can you have your husbands Internist or Family Doctor join the radiologist who will be performing this study to discuss your concerns with you? I wish your husband the best with his health and remain available for future consults on this and other health issues. ...Read more

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Can laying flat on my back on months bed rest without any activity cause dizziness when sitting up?

Can laying flat on my back on months bed rest without any activity cause dizziness when sitting up?

Possibly: Long term bed rest can lead to loss of muscle mass. In the legs, muscles function to squeeze blood from veins to the heart. If there is lack of utilization, it would take few seconds for the blood pressure to normalize and the dizziness to dissipate. If dizziness lasts longer, get further evaluate. Common cause includes dehydration as well. ...Read more

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Baby is a little over 4 months and I think he may be starting teething. He seems uncomfortable flat on back why is this?

Baby is a little over 4 months and I think he may be starting teething. He seems uncomfortable flat on back why is this?

? Ear pressure?: If he's more uncomfortable when laying down, then it would be worth a visit to the pediatrician as frequently ear pain/pressure will manifest this way. ...Read more

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Been on bed rest since June flat on back. No getting up. Should I start with exercises laying down first for few weeks then walking?

Been on bed rest since June flat on back. No getting up. Should I start with exercises laying down first for few weeks then walking?

Low intensity.: You don't necessarily need to start exercising in bed, but you should start really slow. Walking. Light weights. Preferably under the supervision of a physical therapist, especially in the beginning. ...Read more

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Back pain. Mid back. Only fine laying flat on back. Doesn't feel like a muscle issue as it's not sensitive to touch. Nerve?

Back pain. Mid back. Only fine laying flat on back. Doesn't feel like a muscle issue as it's not sensitive to touch. Nerve?

Pelvis subluxation?: 27y fem. W. "mid-back pain" better lying on back. Have seen in cases of sacroiliac subluxation caused by unilateral sacrotuberous ligament injury. Lying on back causes both posterior superior iliac spines to equally incur ground force of sleep surface & thereat shift both sacroiliac joints to neutral anatomic position. Detected by manual exam. Not discovered by MRI, which is "snapshot". Osteopath? ...Read more

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In a very thin person is it normal to feel your heartbeat in your stomach when laying flat on back? Sometimes its very strong other times its faint

In a very thin person is it normal to feel your heartbeat in your stomach when laying flat on back? Sometimes its very strong other times its faint

Feeling heartbeat: You are likely feeling your aortic pulsation simply due to being very thin. This sensation can normally vary from weak to strong. I wouldn''t worry. ...Read more

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For months had lower back pain can't lie flat on back as struggle to get up. Worse after work, limping and have to hold onto walls as I walk sometimes.

For months had lower back pain can't lie flat on back as struggle to get up. Worse after work, limping and have to hold onto walls as I walk sometimes.

Back and leg pain: If this been for months and you have tried to do conservative measures without success then you must have it evaluated further. ...Read more

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Pain in either side of chest inside under breasts and down joining of ribs that worst when breath. Better when small breaths and lie down flat on back?

You may have: Sprained muscles between your ribs and that is why small breaths and lying on your back help. As you're taking tension off these muscles. I recommend moist heat to sore areas, ibuprofen, and a muscle relaxer. See your Dr if not better in a week ...Read more

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Possibly pinched nerve in upper left shoulder area. Radiates up neck and down left arm. Very painfully. Only relief when I lay flat on back.

Possibly pinched nerve in upper left shoulder area. Radiates up neck and down left arm. Very painfully. Only relief when I lay flat on back.

I PAIN: You need ct scan/mri of cervical spine to see disc, vertebra, nerve compression, osteoarthritis, fasciae and muscles. The appropriate management depends on correct diagnosis. Please see your doctor. Thanks. ...Read more

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Pain between spine and right shoulder blade when moving arm? Slipped on ice and fell flat on back.

Pain between spine and right shoulder blade when moving arm? Slipped on ice and fell flat on back.

It could just be: Bruising however fracture of the scapula and the thoracic and lumbar spine are possible if the fall was a hard one. Consider seeing ur pcp if ur pain is getting worse or u have weakness and numbness of ur arms and legs. God bless u! ...Read more

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I'm obese, can it cause tightness in my chest while laying flat on back? Had EKG done everything came back normal.

I'm obese, can it cause tightness in my chest while laying flat on back? Had EKG done everything came back normal.

Yes: Obesity can cause pressure on your lungs and airway causing chest tightness and pressure. However, obesity is also a risk factor for heart disease. If your chest pain persists, or if you have not had an EKG recently, then it is best to go to the Urgent Care or ER to rule out a heart attack. ...Read more

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Week old baby spits up in her sleep so I worry about her being flat on back. Is it okay for her to sleep in her swing that is slightly inclined?

Week old baby spits up in her sleep so I worry about her being flat on back. Is it okay for her to sleep in her swing that is slightly inclined?

Back is best: Babies who spit up will turn their head automatically. An incline of several degrees is ok, but too much incline leads baby to angle perpendicular to how they lay down. Swings that suspend a newborn baby can lead to airway compromise and suffocation during sleep as babies head drops to one side. ...Read more

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63yr old man woke up this morning laying flat on back the whole room was spinning got real hot started sweating real bad and upset stomach lasted 20mn?

63yr old man woke up this morning laying flat on back the whole room was spinning got real hot started sweating real bad and upset stomach lasted 20mn?

Vertigo?: This could be an inner ear disturbance, but also can be more serious. As the man is older, please have him go to a doctor, internist or ear, nose, and throat specialist to have the cause determined. ...Read more

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A little short of breath while laying flat on back any ideas wht this could its winter right now where I live. My brain goes to the worst lung cancer?

A little short of breath while laying flat on back any ideas wht this could its winter right now where I live. My brain goes to the worst lung cancer?

Not lung cancer: Number one cause of shortness of breath when flat is obesity. Your stomach pushes on your diaphram and makes it hard to take a deep breath.

Number two cause is, unfortunately, heart failure. If you also have swelling of your feet, this is a cause for added concern. ...Read more