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I'm short of breath just from going up the stairs, ecg, d dimer, and chest x ray all come back normal! Could it be a blood clot still or could it be due to changing my pill?

I'm short of breath just from going up the stairs, ecg, d dimer, and chest x ray all come back normal! Could it be a blood clot still or could it be due to changing my pill?

Need more tests: The three tests you describe are by no means a complete enough work-up based on the severity of your symptoms. You need to rule out both a cardiac cause with a BNP level and an ECHOCARDIOGRAM, as well as a pulmonary embolus with a "V/Q" scan or a CT pulmonary angiogram. If your symptoms are indeed sudden in onset and this severe, I would go to an emergency department and get tested there. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Xray Of Chest (Definition)

A chest x-ray is the basic radiographic study for evaluation of the heart and lungs. It usually consists of 2 views: postero-anterior and lateral. The image is now usually acquired digitally with the sensor placed against the front of the chest for the pa view and on the left side of the chest for the lateral view. Pneumonia, heart enlargement, CHF and many other ...Read more


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Normal chest X-ray and VQ SCAN. Normal ekg. Chest and back pain, gurggling sound, short of breath, dizzy. Also tachycardic and dry cough. Please help.

Normal chest X-ray and VQ SCAN. Normal ekg. Chest and back pain, gurggling sound, short of breath, dizzy. Also tachycardic and dry cough. Please help.

In-Person Evaluation: You need further face2face evaluation by a physician. Sounds like you are in the middle of a work-up. Are you an inpatient or is this evaluation being done as an outpatient? Sounds like you are looking for a second opinion? Too much information is required to properly second guess your current work-up. Online is not appropriate for this purpose. ...Read more

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Felt nauseous and short of breath during exercise. Diagnosed with GERD after normal chest x ray, ECG echo stress test. Panic attack GERD or heart?

Felt nauseous and short of breath during exercise. Diagnosed with GERD after normal chest x ray, ECG echo stress test. Panic attack GERD or heart?

Most commonly GERD: With normal CXR, ECG and echo, findings are less likely cardiac.
Exercise has been known to trigger reflux. Figure out if its your routine (crunches on a full stomach), or diet (aggravating foods, coffee, OJ). Try some PeptoBismol before exercise to see if chnages.
Keep a diary of when it happens, how you feel, and what you had to eat that morning. It will give you and your doc the best picture. ...Read more

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Sir I have shortness of breath from 10 days. My chest X-ray is normal and my doctar says that you are ok. But I have difficulty in take breath.

Sir I have shortness of breath from 10 days. My chest X-ray is normal and my doctar says that you are ok. But I have difficulty in take breath.

Many causes: Any history of reactive airway disease or asthma? Often patients have shortness of breath and normal chest xray. Radiograph reveals complications of asthma such as pneumonia or volume loss. Bronchitis also presents with mainly clear lungs. ...Read more

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I feel short of breath a lot but my doctor says my chest X-ray is clear. does this mean that my lungs are ok?

I feel short of breath a lot but my doctor says my chest X-ray is clear. does this mean that my lungs are ok?

No: Chest x-ray can diagnose some lung conditions, but not others. Much more information is needed to even start answering this question. Age? Industrial exposures? Emotional issues? Findings on physical exam? . More tests may be necessary, such as pulmonary function studies, and others. The diagnosis for this complaint can range from asthma to pulmonary fibrosis (unusual) to anxiety (most common). ...Read more

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Can allergies that stuff up your nose make you feel short of breath, especially when waking up in the morning? Had clear chest X-ray 7 months ago

Can allergies that stuff up your nose make you feel short of breath, especially when waking up in the morning? Had clear chest X-ray 7 months ago

Possibly: Nasal congestion can cause a sense of SOB and in fact it has been reported that controlling allergic rhinitis improves asthma symptoms in people with asthma. In your case, you need to get your lung function measured since asthma cannot be diagnosed by a chest x-ray. ...Read more

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I have shortness of breath, but normal chest x ray, what could be a cause?

Many: There are many possible causes of shortness of breath, e.g. Lung disease, heart disease, anemia, etc. Some may show on x-ray and many will not. You should be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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Bp ranges from 140/90's to normal. Can this cause shortness of breath and lightheadedness? Blood work, EKG and chest X-ray all normal

Bp ranges from 140/90's to normal. Can this cause shortness of breath and lightheadedness? Blood work, EKG and chest X-ray all normal

Bp: That range is essentially normal. Along with the normal tests suggests normal overall. These findings don't suggest a cause for symptoms. ...Read more

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Shortness of breath, heartburn, cough that won't go away, chest X-ray and EKG are normal? What could it be?

Shortness of breath, heartburn, cough that won't go away, chest X-ray and EKG are normal? What could it be?

Bronchitis: Is a viral disease characterized by prolonged, excessive, dry coughing. He most common symptom of acute bronchitis is a cough that is dry. Acute bronchitis is a one-time condition that lasts for several weeks. Drink plenty of fluids and otc medication.
Rec. See your pcp if symptoms persist another week. ...Read more

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Shortness of breath, chest tightness/discomfort that moves around & dizziness x 2 months. O2, chest X-ray, echo normal. Overall health. Anxiety?

Shortness of breath, chest tightness/discomfort that moves around & dizziness x 2 months. O2, chest X-ray, echo normal. Overall health. Anxiety?

Possible: Anxiety commonly causes shortness of breath. Pl learn some relaxation techniques and work on resolving anxiety issues with proper mental health evaluation and needed treatment by qualified provider. Hope you feel better. Feel better soon ...Read more

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I have chest pains, shortness of breath and bad indigestion. I had a ekg, blood test and chest X-ray but it was normal. Is this my anxiety disorder?

Chest pain: It could be but I would more likely think tha it is gerd or gastro esophageal reflux or heartburn. I would try Prilosec once or twice a day before eals. ...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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Dealing with random shortness of breath for over year, clear chest X-ray/blood work. Dr thinks it's anxiety but happen when not anxious, what else?

Dealing with random shortness of breath for over year, clear chest X-ray/blood work. Dr thinks it's anxiety but happen when not anxious, what else?

Second opinion: Perhaps somebody needs to review what has been done if you do not think its anxiety. I consistently refer patients to the emergency room for persistent shortness of breath. Once in a while they find something that nobody was expecting. Good luck ...Read more

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I just had a chest x-ray that showed minimal old granulomatous disease. Could this cause shortness of breath with minimal exercise (walking up hill)?

I just had a chest x-ray that showed minimal old granulomatous disease. Could this cause shortness of breath with minimal exercise (walking up hill)?

Shouldn't: If the lung involvement is truly "minimal" on CXR or CT scan then this shouldn't compromise your lung function enough to cause respiratory symptoms with minimal exercise. Important to determine etiology of lesions first then look for other causes of shortness of breath. Deconditioning, asthma, heart disease are just a few conditions that can be implicated. See Pulmonologist for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Hi I took creatine about a week ago and have sufferd with shortness of breath since? I've had an ECG and a chest X-ray told everything is fine!

Hi I took creatine about a week ago and have sufferd with shortness of breath since? I've had an ECG and a chest X-ray told everything is fine!

Avoid it!: Creatine has many reported adverse effects. Obviously I don't know what dose you've taken but I would have to urge you to avoid ever using it again. Wouldn't you agree? ...Read more

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Sir 28 days ago I wake up in night with shortness of breath. My chest X-ray is good. And doctor suggest me myteka 10mg tablet but I still have problem?

Sir 28 days ago I wake up in night with shortness of breath. My chest X-ray is good. And doctor suggest me myteka 10mg tablet but I still have problem?

Heart check up: If you mean you are sleeping and each night you wake up with shortness of breath, e.g. making you sit on the side of the bed to feel better, you will need a cardiac evaluation. This is call paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea (PND) and may be a sign that your heart cannot handle the increased return of blood when you raise your legs at night. If this was a one time episode, check back with your doctor. ...Read more

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Was checked for PE with chest X-ray, CTscan at ER, 3 wks postpartum. Neg results, would they have recognized cardiomyopathy? (Shortness of breath)

Was checked for PE with chest X-ray, CTscan at ER, 3 wks postpartum. Neg results, would they have recognized cardiomyopathy? (Shortness of breath)

Possibly not: You tend to find things you are looking for. A CT scan for PE, gives a very detailed look at the pulmonary arteries, to see if there is evidence of a "clot" within them. Though you can see the heart and its chambers on CT, there is still much information like heart wall motion, that you do not see from this. The heart may appear enlarged on CT, but evaluation from a cardiologist would be needed ...Read more

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In which lung conditions does albuterol have no effect and a chest X-ray is clear, but shortness of breath and pain still exist?

In which lung conditions does albuterol have no effect and a chest X-ray is clear, but shortness of breath and pain still exist?

Anxiety: Which is not a lung condition per se, but people who have it often think they have a lung condition. Albuterol may not help and sometimes may even make it worse as it causes the heart rate to accelerate. ...Read more

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I have astma and I'm shortness of breath and I have hay fever I've had a chest X-ray it come back all clear what can I have to help me?

I have astma and I'm shortness of breath and I have hay fever I've had a chest X-ray it come back all clear what can I have to help me?

See allergist: Chest x-ray cannot diagnose asthma although the presence of air trapping may be suggestive. If your family doctor can't help you, you will need to see an allergist. That you have hay fever points to allergy as the likely mechanism for your asthma as well. Rx options include avoidance, medications, and/or allergy shots. ...Read more

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5 episodes in about 5 years. Nighttime GERD followed by shortness of breath and shaking chills which last about 3 hours. Chest X-ray negative. Barrett?

5 episodes in about 5 years. Nighttime GERD followed by shortness of breath and shaking chills which last about 3 hours. Chest X-ray negative. Barrett?

Not necessarily: The symptoms you describe would not indicate having barret's. Those symptoms may be a result of reflux and reflux is associated with barret's. But, barret's esophagus is an asymptomatic change in the lining of the esophagus. Barret's is not diagnosed based on symptoms. The symptoms described are important and should be discussed with your physician. ...Read more

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Most likely cause of shortness of breath if lung function good chest X-ray clear and no asthma or allergies?

Most likely cause of shortness of breath if lung function good chest X-ray clear and no asthma or allergies?

More details needed: Do you have SOB at rest or only with or after exercise? Do you have trouble getting air in or pushing air out? Do you have trouble talking whenever you have such an attack? Do you have any pounding in your chest? Do you have anemia? Providing such info will likely get you a better answer. Since there are so many causes of SOB ...Read more

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Can depression cause shortness of breath without hyperventilating? Have had a clear chest X-ray, blood work and EKG over the past 12 months

Can depression cause shortness of breath without hyperventilating? Have had a clear chest X-ray, blood work and EKG over the past 12 months

It is possible: Once you have been checked out physically, it is reasonably to assume that there is a psychological basis to your symptoms. You should explore this with a mental health professional ...Read more

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3 wkspostpartum, shortness of breath, difficulty projecting voice, feeling of tightness Had chest X-ray and ct scan, no PE. Possibilities? Anxiety?

Workup.: Excellent you had workup you did. Yes, this could be anxiety. The postpartum period can be quite stressful. See if you can get some support and take care of you! ...Read more

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Pressure pain left side of chest no shortness of breath 3.10.13 chest x ray-minimal lung collapse in right lung base cause? Hypertension

Pressure pain left side of chest no shortness of breath 3.10.13 chest x ray-minimal lung collapse in right lung base cause? Hypertension

Partial lung collaps: R u a smoker or second-hand smoker? 18 y/o pretty young for emphysema (air sacs's wall break down forming larger sac; if on edge of lung, lobe can collapse). Decreased space usually filled with other lung's expanding which can shift central chest structures. May need review of radiograph for other problems, even ct/mri. Htn unlikely cause. R u under care of pulmonologist? ...Read more

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I've been at 3500 feet for 3 days. Been having chest tightness and shortness of breath and Oxygen says 92-95 usually 98. BP 115/75. I felt sick on plane too. Previous heart check was good. Norm chest X-ray. Nobody else has low oxygen here but me.?

Mgt.: A virtual inbox consultation is advised, so that you can upload diagnostic study reports for review. You should have close follow up, and if the symptoms worsen or involve any neurologic symptoms, please see the ED. Please monitor your Respiratory effort, and if you are having difficulty, proceed to the ED.
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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