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Difficulty Breathing (Definition)

Chest dyspnea is a feeling of being short of breath, a feeling of not being able to fully expand the chest wall, such as due to pain after a ...Read more


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I'm 18, woke up with chest pain, hard to breathe. Lower throat feels swollen, post nasal drip that hasn't stopped for years. Coughing. Cancer ??

I'm 18, woke up with chest pain, hard to breathe. Lower throat feels swollen, post nasal drip that hasn't stopped for years. Coughing. Cancer ??

Chest pain: There are several possible causes of your chest pain, but first would talk with your doctor and try and treat the post nasal drip. Other possibilities are gastroesophageal reflux or even a virus. At this time your symptoms are not representative of any malignancy ...Read more

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Do swollen lymph nodes sometimes make it harder to breathe?

Do swollen lymph nodes sometimes make it harder to breathe?

Potentially: Lymph nodes in the neck can make it hard to swallow or breath if severely enlarged. The tonsils are lymphatic tissue in the throat that are a cause of sleep apnea. The are also lymph nodes around the trachea than can caress the airways within the chest causing shortness of breath. ...Read more

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How do you treat swollen lymph nodes in neck and hard to swallow or breathe?

How do you treat swollen lymph nodes in neck and hard to swallow or breathe?

You need a medical e: A medical examination is advised in order to find out the cause of enlarged nodes. It can be due to an infection or cancer. Your doctor can tell the cause and guide you as to what is best next step. It may require a biopsy unless it is due to infection for which antibiotics may be indicated. ...Read more

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Hard, untender, swollen lymph nodes(3 on right neck+4 on left, 1 by each underarm).No fever, no night sweats.Lymphocytes normal, chest X-ray results=normal?

Hard, untender, swollen lymph nodes(3 on right neck+4 on left, 1 by each underarm).No fever, no night sweats.Lymphocytes normal, chest X-ray results=normal?

Enlarged LNs: How long you have been noticing the enlarged lns? Do you have enlarged spleen or liver? Most common cause for enlarged lns is reaction to inflammation that drains to the lns (in oral cavity in case of the enlarged neck lns). I would recommend to watch the lns since you experience no symptoms and initial workup is normal. ...Read more

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I have had a sore throat and low grade fever for 3 days I am also having difficulty breathing and my lymph nodes are swollen what could it be?

I have had a sore throat and low grade fever for 3 days I am also having difficulty breathing and my lymph nodes are swollen what could it be?

Get it evaluated: Though antibiotics aren't needed for respiratory viral infections, a sore throat may need immediate antibiotic therapy for streptococcal infections since it is contagious. Additionally, a healthcare professional can assess for other things such as postnasal drip, primary HIV infection, retropharyngeal abscess, and others, depending on the specifics of your case. ...Read more

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My son has swollen cervical lymph nodes, he has them from birth. Dr. Say he's ok. The last 3ys he has them on his chest. Is the still from him growin?

My son has swollen cervical lymph nodes, he has them from birth. Dr. Say he's ok. The last 3ys he has them on his chest. Is the still from him growin?

Hmmm: Swollen cervical nodes are certainly common in children. I think that lymph nodes on the chest are not common. I would probably ask your doctor for a referral to a specialist such as infectious disease. ...Read more

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