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Doctor insights on: How Much Should I Worry About Shortness Of Breath

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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


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How much should I worry about shortness of breath?

How much should I worry about shortness of breath?

No one answer here: Shortness of breath (dyspnea) can be a normal sensation for people who are doing new activity, or increasing the intensity of a familiar activity. Dyspnea is a difficult symptom to measure (unlike pain or fever) but like any symptom, if its worsening or acute, its best to see an md. You won't get a good answer online. Most patient questions related to symptoms need to be addressed face to face. ...Read more

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Im 18yrs of age i be having shortness of breath through out the day where it feel like i don't have no oxygen and i worry because i think ima stop

Im 18yrs of age  i be having shortness of breath through out the day where it feel like i don't have no oxygen and i worry because i think ima stop

Anxiety: Your symptoms can be caused by anxiety among other things. Are you stressed out? Or, do you have a fever, cough, phlegm, loss of appetite? Do you smoke? (please don't!) you'd feel better if you had a chest x-ray and knew it was normal. If you can see a family doctor, it would be a good idea - just for peace of mind. Good luck! ...Read more

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When is shortness of breath something to worry about in pregnancy?

When is shortness of breath something to worry about in pregnancy?

Asthma/Blood Clot: Shortness of breath can be a common normal change of pregnancy. However, if you are at any risk of a blood clot it's not normal, nor is it normal if you are an asthmatic. Typical shortness of breath while walking up stairs is common, shortness of breath at rest isn't. See you doctor right away, or the emergency room, if you are at all concerned. ...Read more

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Have no allergies, shortness of breath, tight chest, feel like i can't catch my breath and I have lupus should I worry? Don't smoke quit 2 months ago.

Have no allergies, shortness of breath, tight chest, feel like i can't catch my breath and I have lupus should I worry? Don't smoke quit 2 months ago.

Get pft's: Check your pulse oximetry at docs office. An xray may be in place and a pulmonary function test. A trial of bronchodilators (albuterol) can be tried as long as there are no contraindications. Best to you! ...Read more

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I quit smoking 2 weeks ago. I have increased anxiety, feeling detached, vertigo, chest pains, shortness of breath, and panic attacks. Normal or worry?

I quit smoking 2 weeks ago. I have increased anxiety, feeling detached, vertigo, chest pains, shortness of breath, and panic attacks. Normal or worry?

Disease of Addiction: This is your addict brain trying to get you to restart smoking. This is normal and is known as withdrawal. Please do not let these symptoms, which will subside, take you back to smoking. ...Read more

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