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How do I know if I have breathing difficulties or shortness of breath?

How do I know if I have breathing difficulties or shortness of breath?

Only u can say: If you feel like you can't breath, or have just run a marathon without moving, feeling out of breath, or breathing really fast but still feeling like you can't get enough air, then you are short of breath. If this is happening now, then go to the nearest E.R. ...Read more

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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


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What does it feel like to have shortness of breath?

What does it feel like to have shortness of breath?

Difficulty breathing: You will feel hungry for air and as of you need more air and can't get enough. ...Read more

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I'm 20 and have shortness of breath what could be causing it?

I'm 20 and have shortness of breath what could be causing it?

There are many cause: You are twenty years old and having shortness of breath.We can not tell you on this site what is causing your symptoms
you need to be checked with detailed history and physical examination and some other tests including blood;urine, and if indicated xray chest, ekg and pulmonary function tests
it may be from anemia, pulmonary condition like asthma;others and heart problem
so make an appt and get chec. ...Read more

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I have Shortness of breath and phlegm?

Shortness of breath: If you are a smoker, quit. If you have fever, consult a doctor. ...Read more

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If you have shortness of breath, from a cold, what could this mean?

If you have shortness of breath, from a cold, what could this mean?

Maybe asthma or copd: Healthy folks should not have shortness of breath from a common cold, but those with underlying disease such as asthma and/or chronic-obstructive-pulmonary disease (COPD) can experience shortness of breath. Significant pneumonia or blood clot can do so as well, or even heart disease/failure can do too. Being 57, please consult doc for eval as it is not normal. Good luck. ...Read more

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Are overweight people have shortness of breath?

Short of breath: Not all overweight people have shortness of breath but it isn't uncommon especially in the markedly obese. ...Read more

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Would you have shortness of breath with a goitre?

Generally not: Unless your thyroid is overactive, which is easy for your doctor to check. A very large goiter can compress your trachea, but this is highly unlikely at your age -- it can be evaluated with a simple chest x-ray. ...Read more

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Why do I have shortness of breath if I don't have asthma?

Why do I have shortness of breath if I don't have asthma?

Short of breath: Pulmonary disease is very common, obstructive pulmonary disease is a common cause, weakness of respiratory muscles and interstitial lung disease all do the same as well as a bunch of other things; the heart is just one of many causes of sob, anemia can do it too. ...Read more

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How come I have shortness of breath on minimal exertion not cardiac related?

Short of breath: Pulmonary disease is very common, obstructive pulmonary disease is a common cause, weakness of respiratory muscles and interstitial lung disease all do the same as well as a bunch of other things; the heart is just one of many causes of sob, anemia can do it too. ...Read more

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What to do if I have shortness of breath with a cold?

What to do if I have shortness of breath with a cold?

Needs to be checked: Any time you have shortness of breath with a cold it needs to be checked as it may be complication of viral uri, like bronchitis or pneumonia and if you are asthmatic it may be an acute exacerbation of bronchial asthma. ...Read more

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Why if you smoke for a long time do you have shortness of breath?

Why if you smoke for a long time do you have shortness of breath?

COPD: If you smoke, particles of partially burned paper and tobacco leaves (tars) & carbon monoxide build up in your lungs. Over time, the breathing tubes & the alveolae thicken and fill with gooey fluid, decreasing the efficiency of gas exchange. So one becomes short of breath with minor activities since there's not much oxygen available to the blood. The best time to stop smoking is now. ...Read more

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I have shortness of breath in the morning but it's ok later in the day, why?

I have shortness of breath in the morning but it's ok later in the day, why?

Asthma, allergies?: Shortness of breath in the morning time only could be related to allergies and asthma, specifically allergy induced asthma. Pollen is more prominent in the morning hours. Could be related to indoor allergens in you home if you are exposed at that time. Could be exercise induced if you tend to exercise in the AM. Could be due to many causes, so please see MD. ...Read more

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I have smoked for 30 years and now have quit for 4 months. I still have shortness of breath. Will I ever breath right again?

Maybe: Having smoked for thirty years, and stopped for a few months, it is still way to soon for the effects of the cigarettes to heal. It may be years before your lungs have fully healed, and still, there may be damage to the lung tissue that will stay scarred. ...Read more

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When I am sitting up I have shortness of breath. When I'm lying down I'm fine. What can this be? It just started couple days ago.

Orthodeoxia: There is a rare condition called "platypnea-orthodeoxia" but I doubt you have it because it's very rare. Here's a reference to it: http://circ. Ahajournals. Org/content/105/6/e47.Full

it can be diagnosed or ruled out with an echocardiogram, a simple, non-invasive test. ...Read more

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Can cardizem cause u to have shortness of breath?

Yes: We have to be careful in the use of these CCB in people with cardiomyopathy or weak heart muscles as they can cause the heart muscles to beat weaker and may actually cause chf. There are medicines which are most indicated for certain conditions and there are those which are not. It is always best to discuss it with the doctor so they know. ...Read more