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I have difficulty breathing. Could it be caused by my scoliosis?

I have difficulty breathing. Could it be caused by my scoliosis?

Unlikely: Only the largest curves and most extreme rib deformities cause lung function problem like curves above 70 degrees if your curve is this large than maybe. ...Read more

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Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more


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After i workout my muscles get really tight and can hardly move. Could this be caused by my fibromyalgia or could it be something else?

After i workout my muscles get really tight and can hardly move. Could this be caused by my fibromyalgia or could it be something else?

Stretch: If your muscles become tight just from working out, it is an effect of the workout and nothing else. What you need to do is stretch more, especially after the workout, while the muscles are still warm from use. ...Read more

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Could ddd pain be triggered by havamat? I have been to the ER twice because I could not walk. Is this ddd or something else?

Could ddd pain be triggered by havamat? I have been to the ER twice because I could not walk. Is this ddd or something else?

Yes: You need to see a physician who can evaluate your spine. It could be severe muscle spasms, degenerative joints or degenerative discs among other conditions. You may need meds, x-rays or an MRI . Many treatment approaches are available once the specific diagnosis is made. ...Read more

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I have severe chest pain when breathing. What could be wrong?

I have severe chest pain when breathing. What could be wrong?

Chest pain: Severe chest pain on breathing in a 33y/o is usual pleural inflammation and generally will go away by itself. If it doesn't should consult your doctor to see if something else is causing it. Would usually resolve in a week or less. ...Read more

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Eia i was diagnosed as having eia when i was about 14 or 15, could this be caused by something else, or is it just asthma? Also, i think it has been slowly getting worse and worse, sometimes i can barely make it up the stairs without having breathing pro

Eia i was diagnosed as having eia when i was about 14 or 15, could  this be caused by something else, or is it just asthma? Also, i think it has been slowly getting worse and worse, sometimes i can barely make it up the stairs without having breathing pro

Eia: Eia is asthma. It is not the allergy or other trigger type (dust mites, animal dander, etc) but occurs with strenuous exercise. Cold air exercise is very common as well. The usual treatment is to pretreat yourself (talk it over with your physician first) before exercising. ...Read more

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I have difficulty catching breath. Could this be due to hyperventilation?

I have difficulty catching breath. Could this be due to hyperventilation?

Not really: Hyperventilation is the normal reaction by the body to a situation where increased minute ventilation (both rate and depth of breathing) is required, such as exercise. If one hyperventilates while at rest, it can indicate either pulmonary disease, heart disease, central nervous system disorder, anemia, or anxiety. All of these situations should be evaluated by a physician or other provider. ...Read more

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I have "maybe" a swollen lympnode in my neck can this be caused by sleeping wrong on my neck? Its located by my throat. I have no fever or illness.

I have "maybe" a swollen lympnode in my neck can this be caused by sleeping wrong on my neck? Its located by my throat. I have no fever or illness.

Likely from dental: Not unique to develop a swollen node secondary to dental issues such as gingivitis or an occult tooth abscess. This is minor, but could be a sign of an emerging bigger problem. Might see your dentist first, as unlikely this is due to strep throat, sinus infection etc. ...Read more

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Could it be something bad if I have problems breathing and fever?

Could it be something bad if I have problems breathing and fever?

Possibilities...: You may have acute bronchitis or pneumonia. Shortness of breath always requires a doctor evaluation as it can be a life-threatening symptom. If you are severely short of breath or if it is worsening, go to the er. ...Read more

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Can lower calf pain be caused by a back problem? I am having back troubles, but also having calf pain was wondering if the two were related.

Possibly: Yes, it's possible that they are related. For example a "pinched nerve" in the lower back can cause pain in the leg. This is called radiculopathy. There are other possibilities, including that the two areas of pain are unrelated. Only an exam and perhaps MRI can tell YOU what YOUR problem is. ...Read more

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I have pneumonia. My only symptom was sharp abdominal pain. I read it could be caused by fungus. Could I have gotten it from my rabbit's ringworm?

I have pneumonia. My only symptom was sharp abdominal pain. I read it could be caused by fungus. Could I have gotten it from my rabbit's ringworm?

Unlikely: Abdominal pain can be a presenting symptom of pneumonia, as the process can prevent normal intestinal motility just beneath the breathing muscle (large intestine).Pneumonia is generally viral or bacterial. Fungal pneumonias are rare and usually only affect people with compromised immune systems.The rabbits ringworm would not be the type of fungus that causes pneumonia. ...Read more

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I have head pain and tiredness a lot could they be caused by my anxiety?

I have head pain and tiredness a lot could they be caused by my anxiety?

That is possible.: For excessive anxiety - Cognitive Behavioral therapy can be effective. Psych meds may be indicated. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hrs sleep /night & good nutrition w 5 servings of veggies & 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga, Qi Gong, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing exercises or meditation. Take care. ...Read more

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I had an chest X-ray and I have scoliosis! Could this be related to breathlessness I have been experiencing and how is scoliosis treated?

I had an chest X-ray and I have scoliosis! Could this be related to breathlessness I have been experiencing and how is scoliosis treated?

Hard to say: Scoliosis varies from very little to quite a bit.It is usually only those with a lot that would have breathing issues (irregular shape of rib cage). Scoliosis treatment varies from none at all to surgery for the worst cases.At 19 you are unlikely to worsen (worsens during rapid growth) Discuss the finding with your doc.It is likely just a finding of little importance. ...Read more

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My son is 5, snores abnormally loud and sleep walks. What could this be caused by and is it something I should have him seen for?

My son is 5, snores abnormally loud and sleep walks. What could this be caused by and is it something I should have him seen for?

Snoring: Dear Judith466: This could be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea. Your son should be evaluate by an otolaryngologist(ENT) for tonsil and adenoid hypertrophy. He should also be checked for nasal airway obstruction. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have rapid breathing with wezzing and upper back pain ..i have had pneumonia before could it be that again or a chest infection?

Get checked.: Pneumonia is a chest infection. Other serious problems can cause chest pain and wheezing with trouble breathing, including a blood clot in your lungs. Get seen TODAY and get treated. If you are having a lot of trouble breathing or your pain is severe, get checked NOW, and call for an ambulance, if you cannot get a ride to a nearby emergency department. ...Read more

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I have problems with my voice. Believe it may be related to reflux, but it is also worsened by anxiety. Has been a problem for 6 years?

Voice: Both problems can cause voice change and treatment varies significantly. . Ent doc can look in throat in office with small light and detect which is more likely. ...Read more

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Difficulty Breathing (Definition)

If you are having difficulty breathing, you feel as though you are able to get enough air in, or get air out. Your oxygen ...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