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I have trouble breathing. Will it become better if I lose weight?

I have trouble breathing. Will it become better if I lose weight?

Breathing problem: Abdominal obesity causes the excess fat to push upward into the chest cavity, reducing lung volume importantly mainly when you lay down. Also, the total weight increase the oxygen required to feed the mass, a vicious circle of harm. Less weight, less fat, less reduction of chest volume, less oxygen to feed excess weight, less demand for the lungs, better sleep by a more relaxed body, and so on... ...Read more

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Dr. Austina Cho
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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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How can breathing and meditation help me lose weight?

How can breathing and meditation help me lose weight?

Painful Emotion: Many people eat more when feeling anxious or other uncomfortable emotions. It can become a way to stuff down the pain. When super anxious, etc, you can't make creative, healthy eating or other decisions -- you go back to habit. Breathing exercises and meditation allow you to become more gently mindful of what's truly happening with you.Results (healthy eating) come from what you do in each moment. ...Read more

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I am 31, 5'2", and 200 lbs with asthma. My weight affects my breathing. Is there a drug to lose weight fast so i can start exercising to lose weight?

I am 31, 5'2", and 200 lbs with asthma. My weight affects my breathing. Is there a drug to lose weight fast so i can start exercising to lose weight?

No such miracle: You will need to reduce the carb intake (alcohol and sugar) and get on a high-protein or nearly vegan diet. But regular exercise is the key. You can start with walking more- just 10 mins here and there add up (get a pedometer? ). Weight training will also be needed- just enough for you to feel some resistance. Evergreen trees do not usually produce allergens. Now get with the program. ...Read more

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I have bad anxiety right now because i'm trying to lose weight and have ocd, how can I start breathing normally when my anxiety acts up?

I have bad anxiety right now because i'm trying to lose weight and have ocd, how can I start breathing normally when my anxiety acts up?

Use deep breathing: Deep breathing. Inhale through the nose. Fill lungs (but not to point of discomfort). Hold for a five count. Slowly exhale through an open mouth. Repeat x 12. Moving your arms in a large circular motion can increase the size of the breath. ...Read more

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How could I lose weight with pulmonary hypertension, my exercising is limited due to severe breathing problem?

How could I lose weight with pulmonary hypertension, my exercising is limited due to severe breathing problem?

Pulmonary rehab: Most hospitals have a pulmonary rehab program. These are exercise programs monitored by a pulmonary physician . The patient are exercised with respiratory therapist present to teach breathing techniques and adjust oxygen. ...Read more

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Started working out on my chest and back by lifting weights and doing push ups but after Im done the next days I feel like I have trouble breathing.

Started working out on my chest and back by lifting weights and doing push ups but after Im done the next days I feel like I have trouble breathing.

Sounds normal: You could have this feeling because of soreness in the chest muscles. If you think it is related to asthma, which can be induced by exercise, you should see a primary care provider. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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When I lay down my heart seems to beat hard, and I have difficulty breathing, like there's a weight on my chest. I also get hot. ?

When I lay down my heart seems to beat hard, and I have difficulty breathing, like there's a weight on my chest. I also get hot. ?

Get tests: This can be an irregular heart beat, which can be serious. If you are very overweight, it can be the weight of your body pressing down on your chest, but in either case more needs to be checked into to find out the cause and get treatment if possible. Please see your doctor, and if your weight is normal, get a holter monitor to check for irregular beats. If it is up, get tested for sleep apnea. ...Read more

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Every MS relapse brings on vertigo & tightness/trouble breathing. Oxygen % always fine. Can my MS ever cause me to lose conciousness or stop breathing?

Every MS relapse brings on vertigo & tightness/trouble breathing. Oxygen % always fine. Can my MS ever cause me to lose conciousness or stop breathing?

Unlikely: loss of consciousness would result from bilateral inflammation of deep brain structures with reticular activating system as part of them (bilateral thalamic nuclei, mesencephalic nucleui in midbrain, dorsal hypothalamus, tegmentum) and would be unusual as ms hits tend to be unilateral. same for breathing: would need bilateral loss of medulla area responsible for breathing control ...Read more

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I have gerd that is not getting better after 2 months. I am on Zantac (ranitidine) 150 MG 2x daily. My main difficulties are difficulty breathing and weight loss. ?

I have gerd that is not getting better after 2 months. I am on Zantac (ranitidine) 150 MG 2x daily. My main difficulties are difficulty breathing and weight loss. ?

GERD??: Shortness of breath and weight loss can be caused by many things. Since it is not improving on anti-reflux med for 2 months, you need further evaluation. A lung doctor may be helpful to figure out what the shortness of breath is from. Are your oxygen levels low? Pulmonary function testing, a CAT scan of the chest, blood work, etc. may be needed. If you smoke, quit ASAP. See lung doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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Pt c/o sudden weight loss, "panic attacks, " difficulty breathing, stuffy sinuses, cold clammy hands. History of heavy etoh and htn. Wt s ds?

Pt c/o sudden weight loss, "panic attacks, " difficulty breathing, stuffy sinuses, cold clammy hands. History of heavy etoh and htn. Wt s ds?

Really?: Primary hypertension is not common (less than 10%) before age 40. Sudden weight loss is also rare. These two "facts" need to be confirmed before jumping to any conclusions. If leave out these two items, what's left is heavy alcohol, and a list of anxiety symptoms. Alcohol withdrawal tends to cause anxiety symptoms, increased blood pressure, so when did this "pt" have his/her last alcohol drink? ...Read more

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Not sleeping, irregular periods, violent coughing, insomnia, depression, anxiety, rapid heart beats, weight loss, difficulty breathing. What's wrong?

Not sleeping, irregular periods, violent coughing, insomnia, depression, anxiety, rapid heart beats, weight loss, difficulty breathing. What's wrong?

See your doctor: One possible cause is thyroid imbalance. Hyperthyroidism can cause insomnia, light or missed periods, shortness of breath, weight loss, change in appetite, nervousness ; other emotional reactions, palpitations, - as well as fatigue, irritability, sweating, loss of hair, loose stools, tremor ; weakness. ...Read more

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Rash from ankle to knee both legs. Ankles and feet swell up.Red spots n loss of hair, weight.Always tired. Difficulty breathing. Stressed out...Lupus?

Rash from ankle to knee both legs. Ankles and feet swell up.Red spots n loss of hair, weight.Always tired. Difficulty breathing. Stressed out...Lupus?

Differential LARGE?: Hard question to answer, simply because of the number of possible diagnoses! the best advice is go to a doctor who will\ perform a good history and physical exam and order appropriate studies. Since you feel bad, set up an appoinment asap! ...Read more

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Trouble breathing after a week of exercise, but I should be in better shape already?

Trouble breathing after a week of exercise, but I should be in better shape already?

What is your baselin: Underlying respiratory and or cardiac status. One week is a blink in the eye. One month yes you will see improvement if exercising at least 2 x a week. Better 3-4 a week. ...Read more

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


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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