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Is there a way that I can slow down the rate of my breathing?

Is there a way that I can slow down the rate of my breathing?

Deep breathing: You can practice deep, slow, regular abdominal/diaphragmatic breathing. Your exhalation should be twice as long as your inhalation. Try yoga's ujjayi breathing or use a biofeedback machine called resperate. ...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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I am very impatient. And most of the time my heart beats at a fast rate because of one or the other thing going in my mind. Any solutions?

I am very impatient.  And most of the time my heart beats at a fast rate because of one or the other thing going in my mind. Any solutions?

Slow down: Calm yourself. You can address your chronic impatience through cognitive behavioral therapy. Try breathing in deeply and slowly through your nostrils, holding the air in your lungs for a five count and then slowly exhaling through an open mouth. Repeat x 12. ...Read more

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I don't think my stomach is emptying fast enough. Is there a way to measure the rate of my digestive metabolism?

I don't think my stomach is emptying fast enough. Is there a way to measure the rate of my digestive metabolism?

Yes: There is a test to measure gastric emptying. It involves eating a meal which is tagged with radioactive tracer and lying under a camera to determine how long it takes to exit your stomach. This has little to do with metabolism however. ...Read more

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He takes a lot of time for doing toilet as the rate of flow is very slow. What could be the problem and how can it be checked?

He takes a lot of time for doing toilet as the rate of flow is very slow. What could be the problem and how can it be checked?

Who?: Who is he? And doing toilet like urinating or bowel movements? If its urination then it could be an enlarged prostate, if it is bowel movements then it could be constipation. The only way to know is see your physician for a physical exam and further work up. ...Read more

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There is a pulse in my stomach, i can see my stomach moving up and down because of the pulse. Does this happen in pregnancy? Or is this my pulse?

There is a pulse in my stomach, i can see my stomach moving up and down because of the pulse. Does this happen in pregnancy? Or is this my pulse?

Unlikely pregnancy: If you are thin, it is quite possible that the pulse you see is from your abdominal aorta, and it is very common to see in thin people. Considering your age, this is most likely the cause. If you develop other symptoms, however, such as pain, nausea, etc., or if this continues to concern you, then see your doctor to have it evaluated, as there could be other (rare in your age) causes. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have a bad habit of biting my nails all the time. Is there a fast and easy way to stop?

I have a bad habit of biting my nails all the time. Is there a fast and easy way to stop?

Deterrent: Put something that tastes bad on your nails. Every time you try to bite your nails, you will experience a bad taste and you will begin to associate bad feelings towards nail biting. ...Read more

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Can a peyronies plague cause aching or pains in the testicles that leads down the leg? If so, what is actually happening at that time.what can I do?

Can a peyronies plague cause aching or pains in the testicles that leads down the leg? If so, what is actually happening at that time.what can I do?

Doubtful: it is very unlikely that a Peyronie's plaque on the penis would cause pain anywhere but at the site of the plaque, and then only during erection. if you're having bilateral scrotal pain especially associated with radiation of pain down the legs, you should be evaluated by a urologist ...Read more

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Will your heart stop if it's beating to hard and fast because of the blood cloy in mu lung. Is it safe to excersie?

Will your heart stop if it's beating to hard and fast because of the blood cloy in mu lung. Is it safe to excersie?

IT CAN: Clot in the lung a very serious condition and needs to be treated in hospital with blood thinners and close observation, if not treated it can cause heart to stop. It is not safe to exercise if you have a clot in your lung. ...Read more

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Is it possible to lower my heart rate at home without using the gym?

Is it possible to lower my heart rate at home without using the gym?

Yes: Regular exercise is the best way to lower your resting heart rate. You don't need a gym to engage in a regular & vigorous walking program. ...Read more

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Is there anything i can do meanwhile to slow the development of this caries/cavities down?

Is there anything i can do meanwhile to slow the development of this caries/cavities down?

Slow cavities: It depends on the size of your cavities and how many you have. The first and best way is effective brushing and flossing. There is xylitol containing drops, toothpaste, and candies that can slow or halt cavities. There is also rx toothpaste with extra fluoride. If you have a lot of cavities these need to be repaired or they act as seed areas to spread the decay. ...Read more

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My dad is going through a heart blockage which has a percentage of 40%. Can i know how and what would help to make this reduce?

My dad is going through a heart blockage which has a percentage of 40%. Can i know how and what would help to make this reduce?

Many things: 40% blockage is not critical and not obstructing blood flow following will help bp control cholesterol keep at goal LDL 70 or below hdl goal over 45 and total cholesterol 150 or below exercise program aspirin /and other platelet inhibitors can help too beta blockers ace/arb as indicated consult for help from your physician for guidence. ...Read more

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They say sleeping up helps the flow of blood but I m am not use to sleep upwards, is there a way for the blood to circulate better while facing down?

They say  sleeping up helps the flow of blood but I m am not use to sleep upwards, is there a way for the blood to circulate better while facing down?

Heart problem?: Why someone adviced you to sleep "up". Did you have a stroke? Do you have gerd ( reflux).? The brain gets better fluid return when the legs are elevated. To sleep in an upright position ( near to sitting)is recommended for pts with nasal obstruction, and serious disorders like pulmonary edema with orthopnea or paroxistic nocturnal dyspnea ( congestive heart failure). ...Read more

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Is there a way that I can slow down the rate of my breathing?

Deep breathing: You can practice deep, slow, regular abdominal/diaphragmatic breathing. Your exhalation should be twice as long as your inhalation. Try yoga's ujjayi breathing or use a biofeedback machine called resperate. ...Read more

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Do tranquilizers slow down your breathing rate?

Do tranquilizers slow down your breathing rate?

YES: Tranquilizers a central nervous system depressants & certainly do decrease your respiratory drive. ...Read more

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Is my cpap causing me to have central sleep apnea? I was diagnosed with osa but i slow down breathing on my cpap, its scary!

Is my cpap causing me to have central sleep apnea? I was diagnosed with osa but i slow down breathing on my cpap, its scary!

FATIGUE WITH OSA: UNLIKELY FOR CPAP TO CAUSE IT. PROVIGIL AND NUVIGIL help with fatigue and brain fog. Also get labs checked especially TFTS. adderal/Ritalin/Starttera may also be of use .Start a gluten free diet focus on weight loss .Wholeapproach.com gut loss.com. If CPAP/BIPAP is poorly tolerated seek ENT CONSULT for UPP vs Hyoid suspension. Especially given your age, seek a good ENT consult. ...Read more

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Help! need to know if there's a mental issue or slowness that can cause a speech impediment, such as not being able to form words?

More info needed: That is a very general question. It depends on many factors, including the age and overall health of the patient, the nature of the symptoms, medications being taken, and many others. However, it is safe to say that the development of such a symptom where it previously did not exist warrants an evaluation with a primary care physician. ...Read more

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Is slowness or sluggishness thyroid or depression?

Is slowness or sluggishness thyroid or depression?

Could be either/both: There is a lot of overlap between the symptoms of thyroid dysfunction and depression/anxiety. Many psychiatrists and primary care doctors will check thyroid blood tests before considering treating the mood issue. If thyroid is dysfunctional then treating the thyroid condition might improve or alleviate the depression/anxiety. ...Read more

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What are these symptoms of? Lethargy, slowness, grim outlook

What are these symptoms of? Lethargy, slowness, grim outlook

Dysthymia: And if it's really grim, depression. Before your self-diagnose mental illness, there are some entities to rule out, including medication effect, hypothyroidism, and porphyria. ...Read more

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What causes an elderly gentleman to show slowness of gait, bent over stature, confusion?

What causes an elderly gentleman to show slowness of gait, bent over stature, confusion?

Most often.: Parkinson's disease. But to be certain you should have him examined by a neurologist. A common finding is what is known as resting tremor, also called "pill rolling" tremor because the patients appear to be rolling a pill between thier thumbs and index fingers at rest, but when they reach for something, often the tremor disappears. There are other causes that any good general neurologist can ID. ...Read more

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Can slowness/difficulty in reading come from lack of detailed reading (looking at headings, titles, skimming/not reading content often) or dyslexia?

Can slowness/difficulty in reading come from lack of detailed reading (looking at headings, titles, skimming/not reading content often) or dyslexia?

Either!: Skill and speed at reading certainly depends on practice! Every improves with practice, even with learning disorders. However if you have a learning disorder, see a specialist to find out what kind, then you can be given effective methods to make learning easier. When trying to read faster, pick a subject that you like! It is often easier to get more enjoyment from non-fiction/jokes first ...Read more

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Not feeling depressed but doctor put me on abulify for unbearable fatigue and "slowness" shes not sure itsmood or my uctd, how would abulify help?

Not feeling depressed but doctor put me on abulify for unbearable fatigue and "slowness" shes not sure itsmood or my uctd, how would abulify help?

Get another opinion: Abilify (aripiprazole) is used to treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia as well as an adjunct to antidepressant meds. It is not a drug to treat fatigue per se unless the doctor is fairly certain that the fatigue is due to major uncontrolled depression. ...Read more

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Can the use of Lexapro (escitalopram) (15mg) affect cognitive functioning and cause mental slowness?

Can the use of Lexapro (escitalopram) (15mg) affect cognitive functioning and cause mental slowness?

Yes it can: These are definitely possible side effects of Lexapro (escitalopram). A more complete list can be found at the following website: http://www.rxlist.com/lexapro-side-effects-drug-center.htm Now, riddle me this....I'm curious as to why you chose tag words of "below average IQ." ...Read more

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Can a food allergy cause mental slowness/confusion? I have new food allergies (IgE testing) and trying to make sense of it all. Thanks!

Can a food allergy cause mental slowness/confusion? I have new food allergies (IgE testing) and trying to make sense of it all. Thanks!

Not likely: Many people with no food allergy will produce antibody that reacts to the food allergy panel. Thus, these tests need to be interpreted by experts who treat food allergy daily. Skin testing is often more accurate, but ones history of symptoms that follow an ingestion is critical as well. Yes, dizziness/fogginess can occur with allergy, but is transient immediately following intake. Be well! ...Read more

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I don't recognize this as purely psychological. I'm concerned that it's something e.g. neurological. Especially the loss of memory of close people and the physical slowness is worrying me. ?

I don't recognize this as purely psychological. I'm concerned that it's something e.g. neurological. Especially the loss of memory of close people and the physical slowness is worrying me. ?

Neurological eval.: See that you are a 44 year old female. Are you concerned about these symptoms in yourself or another party? The only way to know what to attribute these symptoms to - is through medical evaluation. ...Read more

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I am a experiencing a tremor like feeling internally. I have no external tremors that I can see. Also for the last week I have had dark dreams that wake me up at 4am everyday. No noticeable stiffness or slowness. Parkinson’s possible?

I am a experiencing a tremor like feeling internally. I have no external tremors that I can see. Also for the last week I have had dark dreams that wake me up at 4am everyday. No noticeable stiffness or slowness. Parkinson’s possible?

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 as tolerated. ...Read more

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On 100mcg of Levothyroxine but still feel sluggish, anxious, mental slowness, and lack of motivation. Possible other underlying issues?

On 100mcg of Levothyroxine but still feel sluggish, anxious, mental slowness, and lack of motivation. Possible other underlying issues?

Depends: Usually hypothyroid has accompanying labs done. While your dose maybe within range you might need to ask your physician to consider an increase as clinically you are not feeling as good as expected. I usually treat the patient, the labs are guidelines and I would refer you back to whom ever prescribed the med. Need more information as well to consider additional medical diagnosis . ...Read more

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Parkinson. Slowness movement, beginning state. 2 guide fr 2 doctors: 1st: sifrol 250; 2nd: trivastal 50mg, lioresal (baclofen) 10mg, artane 2mg. Which one better?

Parkinson. Slowness movement, beginning state. 2 guide fr 2 doctors: 1st: sifrol 250; 2nd: trivastal 50mg, lioresal (baclofen) 10mg, artane 2mg. Which one better?

Critique: Trivastal, a newer Dopamine agonist, is not available in the usa, but might be a choice. Sifrol, pramipexole, is likely your safest and best starting drug. There is no role for lioresal, (baclofen) and Artane is literally "poison" and is not used in the usa. Choose the doc who recommended sifrol. ...Read more