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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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Dr. Charles Davant
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Hyperventilation (Definition)

A clinical finding in which a person breathes at a faster rate than is normal. This can occur due to breathing conditions, ...Read more


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I have breathing problems, could be start of chest infection?

I have breathing problems, could be start of chest infection?

Depends on duration: If problems have been over many mths or years then not an infection. An infection may be due to your underlying lung problem. If symptoms started within a few days then yes this could be an infection. Need to follow up with yoru md. Alsi if you smoke you need to stop. ...Read more

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I get dizziness sometimes walking upstairs. Could this be due to anemia?

I get dizziness sometimes walking upstairs. Could this be due to anemia?

Yes: Anemia is definitely a strong cause for exhaustion and weakness. Dizziness is just one other aspect. However, there may still be other factors, and a good history, examination, and proper laboratory evaluation by your doctor is prudent. ...Read more

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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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I often get breating diffculty due to anxiety? (usually whenniam stressed or exam period) any indication why this might be and what could be solut.?

I often get breating diffculty due to anxiety? (usually whenniam stressed or exam period) any indication why this might be and what could be solut.?

You are anxious: Shortness of breath can be a symptom of anxiety. Sometimes talking back to your anxious thoughts can be helpful, such as i won't fail the test, I am prepared. ...Read more

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A shortness of breathe and trouble breathing. What could be wrong?

A shortness of breathe and trouble breathing. What could be wrong?

SOB: Shortness of breath and trouble breathing can be caused by anxiety all the way through very serious physiological abnormalities. You should consult your physician for evaluation to find out what is going on. ...Read more

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What could be causing me to have shortness of breathe at night?

What could be causing me to have shortness of breathe at night?

Asthma: Asthma is one reason to have shortness of breath, but also uncontrolled acid reflux, and many other ailments. See your doctor about it. ...Read more

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What could be causing my shortness of breath when i'm trying to fall asleep?

What could be causing my shortness of breath when i'm trying to fall asleep?

Maybe asthma: Asthma can result in shortness of breath that occurs at night. Other symptoms with asthma include wheezing and chest tightness. Other causes of nighttime breathlessness include anxiety, panic attacks and acid reflux causing bronchospasm (narrowing of the airways). ...Read more

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I have reactive airway disease-- could that be causing this deep wheeze coming from throat to stomach?

I have reactive airway disease-- could that be causing this deep wheeze coming from throat to stomach?

Yes it may be so: Yes reactive airway disease can cause it, you should cosult your doctor if you do not have any meds and instrctions how and when to use.You may need inhaled meds and/or combination of both consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Can being pregnant cause you to have weird heart feelings? Like difficulty breathing

Can being pregnant cause you to have weird heart feelings? Like difficulty breathing

It could: Some young women notice occasional palpitations when pregnant, pregnancy can exacerbate mild mitral insufficiency too. You should absolutely report to your doctor when you see him/her next. ...Read more

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What can be preventing me from exhaling fully besides asthma? I have serious anxiety issues because of my breathing. Can poor posture be it? Worried..

What can be preventing me from exhaling fully besides asthma? I have serious anxiety issues because of my breathing. Can poor posture be it? Worried..

Get a full physical : Question is too general, same as answer here too... Check weight... Get full blood work... Smoking? Any illicit drugs or alcohol or too much caffeine.... ? Educate yourself and read about causes of anxiety? Being worried is a good sign... That means that you will follow careful health protocol. I heard this before hundreds of times. Therefore do not sweat too much but follow up as above... ...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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What if I don't cough when soda goes down the wrong way? Could that be life threatening? I also have shortness of breath but that may be from tired

What if I don't cough when soda goes down the wrong way? Could that be life threatening? I also have shortness of breath but that may be from tired

Soda alone no proble: The SOB is a problem. At 18 you may be suffering from chronic reflux of abdominal contents(w acid and enzymes) or maybe pneumonia or asthma. Need to see an internist to get you in the right direction. ...Read more

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Could an allergy to aspartame cause shortness of breath or a feeling that I cannot take a deep breath? Very annoying feeling

Could an allergy to aspartame cause shortness of breath or a feeling that I cannot take a deep breath? Very annoying feeling

Unlikely: Aspartame has been implicated as a potential cause for otherwise unexplained and repeating severe anaphylactic reactions. Some patients swear it is a trigger. In small controlled studies, however, a link between aspartame and allergic sensitivity has not been established. I would work harder to identify alternative potential triggers. I would still avoid aspartame due to link with migraines, etc. ...Read more

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Can gastroparesis cause breathing problems, ie a feeling of congestion, shortness of breath? If so, what can be done to ease this problem?

Can gastroparesis cause breathing problems, ie a feeling of congestion, shortness of breath?  If so, what can be done to ease this problem?

Yes: Gastroparesis can cause increase acid reflux, which can irritate to wind pipe and lung tissue which will give increase shortness of breath. Anyway, consult your doctor to get a thorough examination and to discuss the treatment options. ...Read more

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I have anxiety and major fatigue after eating. What could this be caused by?

I have anxiety and major fatigue after eating. What could this be caused by?

See a GI doctor: Cannot make diagnoses over the internet. When you go to see somebody take with you a list of all symptoms you can think of, the times they occur, the types of food you were eating and all your prior medical records. Hope you feel better soon. Good luck. ...Read more