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How can you know if shortness of breath is caused by asthma or anxiety?

How can you know if shortness of breath is caused by asthma or anxiety?

Testing...: The optimal way is to have pulmonary function testing done while experiencing these symptoms. In addition, a physician examining/ evaluating you while these symptoms are present will likely be able to tell the difference. For example, if your lungs sound clear and your oxygen level is normal, it is likely anxiety whereas, if you are wheezing with a lower oxygen level it is more likely asthma. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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Hello Whats the most common causes of shortness of breath 20 year olds. Ive read Asthma and anxiety would be on the top and less common is heart?

Hello Whats the most common causes of shortness of breath 20 year olds. Ive read Asthma and anxiety would be on the top and less common is heart?

Yes, also: Asthma and anxiety are common causes of shortness of breath (SOB) in 20 year olds. Of course feeling SOB can make you feel anxious. If you have asthma you often make wheezing sounds. Heart problems generally don't cause SOB unless you have heart failure which is very rare in 20 yo's. Infections like bronchitis and pneumonia and Babesiosis (an infection most docs never consider) can also cause SOB. ...Read more

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27/male - shortness of breath 6 months, upper back pain, intercoastal muscle knots, thoracic kyphosis, constant anxiety, allergies, asthma? Whatisit?

Tx anxiety/symptoms: It sounds as though you have some physical issues to deal with, all of which are magnified greatly by your anxiety. All need to be attended to. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Shortness of breath, constant fatigue, losing weight, dizzy spells, constant bloodshot eyes. It isn't from anxiety. Constant air hunger. Is it asthma?

Shortness of breath, constant fatigue, losing weight, dizzy spells, constant bloodshot eyes. It isn't from anxiety. Constant air hunger. Is it asthma?

Please see your doc: Many causes are possible for these symptoms. For a solid diagnosis you really need to be seen and examined personally by your physician. Please get in to see your doctor as soon as you can. ...Read more

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I've had chest tightness & shortness of breath, yet chest X-ray & CT scan normal. Doctor ruled out asthma & not anxiety. What could it be?

I've had chest tightness & shortness of breath, yet chest X-ray & CT scan normal. Doctor ruled out asthma & not anxiety. What could it be?

Not sure: Could still be anxiety...also ribs out of place can cause problems and a chiropractor can help with that. It will not shoe on an xray. Allergies can contribute...consider stopping all DAIRY and GLUTEN and see if that helps. Also acupuncture can be amazing beneficial. Look into other options.. You are the one with the symptoms so it is something- just not necessarily anything bad. ...Read more

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If LPR don't cause asthma like symptoms?Thn why it causes shortness of breath

If LPR don't cause asthma like symptoms?Thn why it causes shortness of breath

Something else: I had already mentioned vocal cord dysfunction from lpr as a potential cause. But you need to rule out other factors too and getting a lung function test would be the least you can do. ...Read more

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Why does asthma cause shortness of breath when bending over?

Why does asthma cause shortness of breath when bending over?

Limited space: When you bend, you compress your lungs, making it harder to breathe and more noticeable when you have limited lung reserve. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

A disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of ...Read more


Dr. Luis Villaplana
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Shortness Of Breath (Definition)

Breathlessness is the sensation of not being able to catch one's breath. It may be seen in asthma, heart failure, ...Read more