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How am I supposed to exercise when I get out of breath within minutes?

How am I supposed to exercise when I  get out of breath within minutes?

Get physical exam: Perhaps you want to get a complete physical with your family doctor before taking up a serious exercise program -- and your doctor can rule out any problem that may relate to your breathing difficulty. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more


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When I exercise my throat gets sore when I breathe. Within minutes I'm short of breath, coughing and gasping to get a full breath. Normal or not?

When I exercise my throat gets sore when I breathe. Within minutes I'm short of breath, coughing and gasping to get a full breath. Normal or not?

Get it checked out: You definitely need to get this checked out - someone needs to take a thorough history and then do a physical exam, followed by appropriate testing, which may include blood work, a chest X-Ray, lung function tests, or other tests. ...Read more

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When i try to exercise i feel like i'm falling to the left . I get out of breath and no energy very easy . I'm 45 years old?

When i try to exercise i feel like i'm falling to the left . I get out of breath and no energy very easy . I'm 45 years old?

Doctor can evaluate: For balance symptoms, when at rest and/or in motion, a primary care doctor can evaluate, and refer to ENT and neuro doctors as needed. The doctors will look to see if the origin is from the brain, nerves, balance organs, ears, eyes, or even the muscles and joints. About exercise intolerance, the primary doctor can check to see if the lungs or heart are involved, or if one is just out of shape. ...Read more

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I have a doormant asthma for 20yrs now.but i dont think running as exercise is good for me,coz i get out of breath easily & wheeze.any other exercise?

I have a doormant asthma for 20yrs now.but i dont think running as exercise is good for me,coz i get out of breath easily & wheeze.any other exercise?

Uncontrolled: Vs Exercise Induced Asthma, you should be able to exercise without a problem, see an asthma specialist an Allergist/Immunologist, check aaaai.org or acaai.org for an allergist in your area, good luck ...Read more

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Never exercised,started going on 40 min. Walks past 3 days,get out of breath,just had normal EKG 4days ago,should I worry?Very Scared I have bad heart

Never exercised,started going on 40 min. Walks past 3 days,get out of breath,just had normal EKG 4days ago,should I worry?Very Scared I have bad heart

Medical Illness Anxi: I understand your distress. Feel good about Normal EKG and repeat that many times. Be concerned not scared! Make commitment to see your Physician to discuss: •Follow up of “Bad Heart” and if it is due to Hyperlipidemia and type 2 diabetes •Acidity due to stress •Balanced Diet 1500 Cal/day •Exercise program Therapy with a psychiatrist for • Anxiety • To deal with stresses of life • Coping Skills ...Read more

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Painful achinging legs. really bad when walk up stairs and exercise..also get out of breath very easy...I gets lower back pain often too??

Painful achinging legs. really bad when walk up stairs and exercise..also get out of breath very easy...I gets lower back pain often too??

See an Internist: You need a complete history and physical by a doctor of Internal Medicine. They are trained in diagnosis and a good starting point to sort out your problems, have proper tests done and if necessary seek referral or consultation ...Read more

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I get short of breath on exertion how can I exercise?

I get short of breath on exertion how can I exercise?

See your MD: Of course you breathe faster with exercise but if you become very short of breath with a little exercise say climbing a few steps or getting dressed your doctor needs to determine why now! if this is very serious exercize might be unsafe or require a very long time to build up under supervision. ...Read more

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When i try to exercise i get tired really easily and lose my breath ....

When i try to exercise i get tired really easily and lose my breath ....

See a doctor: It may be that you are very out of shape but it isnt normal for a 25 year old to tire easily and get short of breath. You should see a doctor for a check up. ...Read more

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Hello. I began to exercise last week and was out of breath. It was hard. Will this get easier the more I do it. Thank you. ?

Hello. I began to exercise last week and was out of breath. It was hard. Will this get easier the more I do it. Thank you. ?

Yes,: it should get better with time unless you have a lung condition which will make exercise difficult for you. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Male 22 when i exercise 150bpm and take a deep breath i get a PVC but only when taking a deep breath?

Male 22 when i exercise 150bpm and take a deep breath i get a PVC but only when taking a deep breath?

Doubtful: I doubt it. Unless you're hooked up to an ekg, you can't really tell. A perfect way to evaluate your symptom is to undergo a treadmill stress test - report to the supervising provider every time you think you've had PVC and you just might be surprised to find that 1)you have many you don't feel and 2)some you feel aren't pvcs. We all have some pvc, but they're not triggered by breathing. ...Read more

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Every time i sprint, run up the stairs or exercise i get shortness of breath. Why?

Exercise: Burst exercise causes rapid heart rate increase shortened diastolic period, increased residual pulmonary vascular resistance and mechanical resistance yielding shortness of breath. ...Read more

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Why do I get shortness of breath everytime i sprint, exercise or run up the stairs?

Oxygen consumption: The higher the demand the higher the need. More effort needs more oxygen & energy then there is a need for air & shortness of breath sensation. The more you do and endurance (resistance) increases less effort & less sensation. ...Read more

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If you don't get as out of breath doing one type of exercise instead of the other does it mean you've done less exercise and burnt less calories?

Not necessarily: Shortness of breathe is a sign that the actiity you are performing ant the level of intensity has exceded you cardiovascular systems ability to keep up with the level of activity you are performing. You can burn calories at a less intense activity level by doing it longer at a rate your body can handle. ...Read more

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I get sharp pains in my upper right back, under my shoulder blade when I take deep breaths. I don't get as much exercise as I should and I have asthma?

I get sharp pains in my upper right back, under my shoulder blade when I take deep breaths. I don't get as much exercise as I should and I have asthma?

Take albuterol neb: you did not say how long you have had pain. It is possible that you are wheezing and not aware of it. Continue to take the singulair (montelukast) and take one breathing treatment with albuterol nebulizer. After which you must see your Pediatrician. ...Read more

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If one has CHF is exercise to be encouraged, even if it makes them tired quickly and get short of breath? What is optimal amount of exercise for chf?

If one has CHF is exercise to be encouraged, even if it makes them tired quickly and get short of breath? What is optimal amount of exercise for chf?

Routine: talk to you doctor about your specific situation, but in general exercise is good. do what you can, then stop and rest, then go again. if you get lightheaded or chest pain - review with your doc. i'd strive for 30-60 minutes most days of the week of routine dedicated exercise. ...Read more

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I meant I experience shortness of breath when lying down but mildy. I also get arrythmias when I jog or exercise. I am a coffee drinker. I also started experiencing mild chest pains since November 2016?

I meant I experience shortness of breath when lying down but mildy. I also get arrythmias when I jog or exercise. I am a coffee drinker. I also started experiencing mild chest pains since November 2016?

You need a workup!: You need a thorough heart work up. See an internest or cardiologist! Many causes for your complaints! I cannot possibly end-run a diagnosis for you! ...Read more

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I'm19 when I exercise I get gray out, can't walk, talk, breath, lots of confusion and I'm tired, can't catch my breath, I panic when this happens ?

I'm19 when I exercise I get gray out, can't walk, talk, breath, lots of confusion and I'm tired, can't catch my breath, I panic when this happens ?

Get a stress test: This is uncommon at your age. You should let you doctor know that this happens and see about getting an exercise stress test to understand what is happening in your body during exercise. ...Read more