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Doctor insights on: Is Sitting Up Or Laying Back Better For Lung Expansion

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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I'm ok when laying down or sitting but once I'm up the burning pain in upper back and sharpness around chest is awful. Under right rub is tender. Im25?

I'm ok when laying down or sitting but once I'm up the burning pain in upper back and sharpness around chest is awful. Under right rub is tender. Im25?

Dysautonomia: No, I didn't just politely swear at you with that phrase of what you may have. Rather you may have a condition where your autonomic nervous system is overly sensitized to the point of reacting TOO MUCH when there are changes in blood pressure, heart rate, or other forms of getting you excited. I would check with a neurologist for some more testing and direction as to what to do and treatments. ...Read more

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Pain in armpit both side &upper chest discomfort after sitting/laying back, when lifting things& just some movements cause it. I have gerd & I smoke?

Pain in armpit both side &upper chest discomfort after sitting/laying back, when lifting things& just some movements cause it. I have gerd & I smoke?

It is possible: That the upper chest discomfort could be caused by the GERD and the smoking does not help either. The pain in the armpit is harder to explain so, see your PCP who could run some tests and a chest X-ray to rule out other possible causes of your symptoms. ...Read more

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Could upper body aching (shoulder, neck, upper back, collar bone, chest muscles) be caused by repeatedly laying/sitting awkwardly as I know I do this?

Could upper body aching (shoulder, neck, upper back, collar bone, chest muscles) be caused by repeatedly laying/sitting awkwardly as I know I do this?

Perhaps but more: This needs to be clarified as to whether there are other medical issues that could be causing the symptoms. This type of widespread discomfort we see in Fibromyalgia but there may be mechanical issues or other things I need to be considered. You need to see your physician to get clarification ...Read more

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My friend says its worse for your lungs to smoke laying down or bending over compared to standing or sitting. Is this true? I would think no difference

My friend says its worse for your lungs to smoke laying down or bending over compared to standing or sitting. Is this true? I would think no difference

It is a fantasy: To believe that by avoiding these positions your lungs would not be damaged by smoking. They will. And 2/3 of people who smoke will die from smoking related diseases, not all of which are lung disease. For example, impotence, heart attacks and strokes are all directly caused by smoking. Encourage your friend to stop now. ...Read more

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Past few days I've been feeling pressure and heaviness in my lungs making it hard to breathe at night laying on my left side and back. Possibilities?

Past few days I've been feeling pressure and heaviness in my lungs making it hard to breathe at night laying on my left side and back. Possibilities?

See you doc: This is likely inflammatory from an infection in your lungs. See your provider to get it checked out. You may need a chest X-ray. ...Read more

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When I lay down on my back, my chest hurts, superiorly approximately on the apex of the left lung, knowing that I smoke, should I check?

When I lay down on my back, my chest hurts, superiorly approximately on the apex of the left lung, knowing that I smoke, should I check?

Probably not: Chest pain that occurs only in certain positions is generally not related to a disorder of the heart or lungs. It is typically a musculoskeletal pain that resolves with time and\or mild painkillers like Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Alleve.
It is imperative that you stop smoking. There is no reason to damage your heart and lungs while increasing your risk of bladder and other cancers. Stop while you can. ...Read more

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Anytime I fall asleep laying on my back, I wake up with fluid/congestion in my lungs. What could be the cause? I'm 29, non-smoker, & normal weight.

Anytime I fall asleep laying on my back, I wake up with fluid/congestion in my lungs. What could be the cause? I'm 29, non-smoker, & normal weight.

Lying supine: This syndrome may actually be due to postnasal dripping of mucus or actual gastroesophageal reflux as you lie in a supine position during sleep. If you have normal breathing during exertion or exercise, it is quite unlikely that you have any disorder of the heart or lungs. Try sleeping with your head and chest in more of an upright position-that is, above your abdomen which helps reflux. ...Read more

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Does laying on your stomach cause back problems or any other problem? Is it bad for your stomach or lungs to lay on your stomach? How should I lay?

Does laying on your stomach cause back problems or any other problem? Is it bad for your stomach or lungs to lay on your stomach? How should I lay?

Any way: I am not aware of any medical studies showing that laying in certain positions will cause damage to your internal organs or your back. For some, laying on the stomach can cause back discomfort/pain (but not actual damage). As long as you are comfortable with the position in which you are laying, I wouldn't worry about it. ...Read more

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I am having sharp pains where I believe my left lung is located when I inhale deep or move to twist my back for about 24 hours. It's the upper part on the left side of my back and I can also feel the pain when I lay on my left side. I have slight cold sym

I am having sharp pains where I believe my left lung is located when I inhale deep or move to twist my back for about 24 hours. It's the upper part on the left side of my back and I can also feel the pain when I lay on my left side. I have slight cold sym

Pleuritic pain: Yours is a typical description of pleuritic pain, which is caused by inflammation of the lining of the lung. Typical in the context of viral infection. See a doc if short of breath, especially if suddenly and dramatically worsens, palpitations, dizziness or any other symptom suggestive of something more insidious. ...Read more

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Upper back pain and chest pressure for 2 months. Could this be my lungs? Get worse while laying down and waking up in morning. What else?

Upper back pain and chest pressure for 2 months. Could this be my lungs? Get worse while laying down and waking up in morning. What else?

Chest pressure: Impossible to tell without significantly more detailed history;BUT it is vital to obtain an accurate diagnosis so do promptly be evaluated by your physician or via a Health Tap Concierge consultation. ...Read more

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History of Chest pain, hurts when moving around, bending. When laying down back hurts between shoulder blade, rattling in lungs, difficulty breathing.

History of Chest pain, hurts when moving around, bending. When laying down back hurts between shoulder blade, rattling in lungs, difficulty breathing.

Too many symptoms--: For me to sort out what is going on in this forum, but many are serious enough that you should see a doctor ASAP!!! Good luck. ...Read more

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Felt lump few time in my back on right side between spine/lung/under breast. Only feel it when I get up from lay on hard flat surface. What can it be?

See a doctor: Lumps and bumps are common. See your primary doctor for an examination and careful history. The list of possibilities is long, but if it is bothering you, have it checked. ...Read more

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Had 2 viral infections back to back still have second. Lungs sound clear but short of breath worse when laying down. Scared it's myocarditis?

Had 2 viral infections back to back still have second. Lungs sound clear but short of breath worse when laying down. Scared it's myocarditis?

Get it checked out: If short of breath, then best to get it checked out by a primary care physician or cardiologist. Still far and away the greater likelihood is that the infection has given you temporary respiratory impairment. But a health care professional can assist you in determining whether or not you have developed a bacterial superinfection worthy of antibiotics, or if you need an echocardiogram. ...Read more

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A little short of breath while laying flat on back any ideas wht this could its winter right now where I live. My brain goes to the worst lung cancer?

A little short of breath while laying flat on back any ideas wht this could its winter right now where I live. My brain goes to the worst lung cancer?

Not lung cancer: Number one cause of shortness of breath when flat is obesity. Your stomach pushes on your diaphram and makes it hard to take a deep breath.

Number two cause is, unfortunately, heart failure. If you also have swelling of your feet, this is a cause for added concern. ...Read more

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My father is having chest pain, water on his lungs and around his heart, nausea (can not keep anything on his stomach), can't lay on back without pain?

My father is having chest pain, water on his lungs and around his heart, nausea (can not keep anything on his stomach), can't lay on back without pain?

GO TO EMERGENCY ROOM: This sounds like acute congestive heart failure, or if not, he needs an alternative diagnosis and initiation of treatment promptly.

There are varying causes resulting in this symptom complex, the more worrisome being an occuring or recent heart attack resulting in low heart function. ...Read more

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Been having some sharp pain in my upper back (seems mostly by my scapula) close to every time I breath. Feels like I have a brick sitting on my lungs.

Been having some sharp pain in my upper back (seems mostly by my scapula) close to every time I breath. Feels like I have a brick sitting on my lungs.

Inspiratory pain: Sharp, shooting chest or rib cage pain often is caused by a pinched intercostal nerve or muscle that runs between two ribs. The pain is worsened by a deep breath or a cough. Other causes are rib injury or growths, pleurisy, pneumonia or other lung pathology. If symptoms persist have an examination by a physician and appropriate studies like a chest X-Ray or ct scan will be ordered. ...Read more

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If you have pleural effusion, does the liquid collect to the lower parts of the lung when sitting? Doctor only checked lower part of back with doppler

If you have pleural effusion, does the liquid collect to the lower parts of the lung when sitting? Doctor only checked lower part of back with doppler

Yes: Rarely, the fluid collection gets walled in and become fixed. But otherwise the collection will fill the lower parts first on gravitational force. ...Read more

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Could upper back pain that has lasted over a year be lung cancer? Ct was clear. Only hurts with activity or sitting not rest

Could upper back pain that has lasted over a year be lung cancer? Ct was clear. Only hurts with activity or sitting not rest

Prob not: If the cat scan was clear, and you don't have cancer. You should be in fall iphone physical therapy program. I will get an emerierr the thoracic and cervical spine. Be evaluated by an orthopedic spinal specialist. ...Read more

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I'm laying flat on my back and my chest hurts?

I'm laying flat on my back and my chest hurts?

Need more info: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. However, your symptoms may be due to breasts undergoing normal changes in a teenager.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex.
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Why does laying at a certain angle on the bed causes pain in the inside? It hurts to take a breathe. Pain from the chest and the back behind the ribs

Nerve impingement?: You may be getting into a position that's causing compression of a nerve where the nerve exits the spine. A physical therapist may be able to help you. ...Read more

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I get these sharp chest pains that will last for a couple of hours and the pain goes striaght through to my back it hurts worse I lay down. What is it?

I get these sharp chest pains that will last for a couple of hours and the pain goes striaght through to my back it hurts worse I lay down. What is it?

Gallbladder disease: Gallbladder disease or passing a gallstone and can feel like stabbing pain into your back. The severity can be so intense, like a heart attack. Fatty foods make it worse. Some positions can make it better. Your doc will get blood labs and ultrasound to make diagnosis. ...Read more

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Hi I have chest discomfort at first at right side above chest, but sometimes I feel it in the middle, and now on left side as well. The left side hurts more when laying down. I do notice my love back is a bit aching and I find it difficult to bend.?

Hi I have chest discomfort at first at right side above chest, but sometimes I feel it in the middle, and now on left side as well. The left side hurts more when laying down. I do notice my love back is a bit aching and I find it difficult to bend.?

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor and discuss if you may be depressed. Counter-intuitive as it may seem, exercise may help. Start with low intensity exercise such as walking and gradually increase the intensity at tolerated.
Wish you good health! - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
Get HPV vaccine ...Read more