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Hi, I started exercising after a long time and had hard time. Does it get easier with time where I won't lose my breath as much. Thank you.

Hi, I started exercising after a long time and had hard time. Does it get easier with time where I won't lose my breath as much. Thank you.

Get checked: Before participating in any new exercise regimen see your doctor to check your heart and lungs. The concern is you stated you haven't exercised in a long time and sometimes your body will be shocked at this new regimen. Please see your doctor when you can to get clearance. Good luck ...Read more

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I've been constipated for a really long time it's made it hard for me to breath what should I do?

I've been constipated for a really long time it's made it hard for me to breath what should I do?

FLUIDS&FIBER: Drink plenty of fluids but avoid coffee, tea, and soda. They are dehydrating. Eat plenty of high fiber food such as fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts. Eat prunes everyday. If you continue to have a problem, add a fiber product like BeneFiber or Metamucil. We like to hold off on laxatives as a last resort but if you continue to struggle with constipation use Miralax (polyethylene glycol). ...Read more

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What to do if I feel pain in my chest vanishes with long breath and some time continues for a while. Age 21. Pain since 6 years?

What to do if I feel pain in my chest vanishes with long breath and some time continues for a while. Age 21. Pain since 6 years?

See a doctor: There are many potential causes of chest pain, ranging from musculoskeletal to respiratory to cardiac/heart, among others. Without a complete history and thorough exam, it's impossible to determine the cause of your chest pain. You should make an appointment with your primary physician to determine what testing or treatment is recommended based on a complete assessment. ...Read more

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My son is 16 months old, when he cries, he holds his breath for a long time, and his face turns to blue. Why do you think is that?

My son is 16 months old, when he cries, he holds his breath for a long time, and his face turns to blue. Why do you think is that?

Breath-holding spell: Cyanotic breath-holding spells are usually precipitated by anger or frustration or a a painful experience. The child cries and has forced expiration sometimes leading to cyanosis (blue in color), loss of muscle tone, and sometimes loss of consciousness. The child usually recovers within a 1-2min, but some fall asleep for an hour or so. ...Read more

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Can chewing gum for a long time lead to bad breath?

Can chewing gum for a long time lead to bad breath?

No: Chewing gum will not cause or lead to bad breath. However, I would not chew gum for that purpose. Proper oral hygiene with tooth brushing, flossing and the use of a tongue scraper will keep your mouth clean and healthy. Routine dental check-ups and cleanings are also essential to maintain healthy teeth and gums. If you have persistent bad breath, you need to see a dentist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Why if you smoke for a long time do you have shortness of breath?

Why if you smoke for a long time do you have shortness of breath?

COPD: If you smoke, particles of partially burned paper and tobacco leaves (tars) & carbon monoxide build up in your lungs. Over time, the breathing tubes & the alveolae thicken and fill with gooey fluid, decreasing the efficiency of gas exchange. So one becomes short of breath with minor activities since there's not much oxygen available to the blood. The best time to stop smoking is now. ...Read more

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What can I do to make my breath smell good for a much longer period of time?

What can I do to make my breath smell good for a much longer period of time?

Oral Hygiene: First, make sure you are brushing and flossing 3-4 times per day. You can do more if needed. But I would always brush after any meal. That will keep your breath smelling good for a longer period of time. ...Read more

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How long can muscleskeletal pain last? Dr cleared my heart but I still have pain. Can't get full breath all the time/pain spurts and dull for most prt

How long can muscleskeletal pain last? Dr cleared my heart but I still have pain. Can't get full breath all the time/pain spurts and dull for most prt

Musculoskeletal pain: The length of time these pains last depends on what is causing them and whether the cause is eliminated. For instance intercostal muscle pain can last a long time because the ribs move with each breath and inflammation in the inter-rib muscles can't get rest to heal ...Read more

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30 yrs age. Shortness of breath for long time. Dizziness in morning only today. Ecg normal. Lung test nrmal. Doctor not found any reason. What can it b?

30 yrs age. Shortness of breath for long time. Dizziness in morning only today. Ecg normal. Lung test nrmal. Doctor not found any reason. What can it b?

Several reasons: Normal ecg/lung function tests are good for screening, if u still have shortness of breath, more tests can be performed as stress tests / challenge tests, u have a thyroid problem as well, hypothyroidism can lead 2 overweight, decreased activity and easy fatigue which can be interpreted as shortness of breath, also anemia, low blood pressure, etc further evaluation is needed if condition persists. ...Read more

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Is holding my breath under water for a long period of time bad for my health?

Is holding my breath under water for a long period of time bad for my health?

Yes: You may have seen this in the movies. It offers no health benefits. It's very dangerous unless you have somebody to pull your face out if you lose consciousness. We pathologists call it "shallow water blackout." in fact, the hero of the movie that popularized it, jay moriarty, probably died in real life from an overlong free dive. I love the water and urge you to be safe at all times. ...Read more

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I can run for a long time sometimes but its hard to catch my breath Sometimes when I'm doing nothing I got to breathe hard to get the air in my lungs.

I can run for a long time sometimes but its hard to catch my breath Sometimes when I'm doing nothing I got to breathe hard to get the air in my lungs.

Sounds odd...: Odd symptoms are best approached by making a symptom diary. That means recording one's daily activities and noting when symptoms happen (such as between miles 5 and 6 on an 8-mile run), what makes symptoms better, what makes them worse, what related symptoms happen (such as a fast heart rate at the same time as breathing issues). One can see his primary doctor, and bring the diary. ...Read more

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I have pain below my left rib cage. If I sit in the same spot for a long time it will stiffen up and it's hard to breath also?

Costochondritis: Costochondritis is a begnin condition where there is an inflamation of the rib cartilage which connects to the sternum.
Antiinflamatory medication can be helpful in improving this discomfort. ...Read more

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I get pains in my lower chest on the left side when I wake up or haven't moved for prolonged periods of time. Hurts to take deep breaths or stretch.

Costochondritis: Chest wall pain that occurs with movement or deep breathing in someone young & otherwise healthy are often due to inflamation of the ribs or strained muscles adjacent to the ribs. This is often improved over time with rest and possibly anti inflammatory medications prescribed to be taken by mouth or topically as a cream/gel rubbed on the affected area. Still it needs eval by a dr t. ...Read more

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Hydroxyzine made me feel lightheaded every time I stood up or took a deep breath the day after, long after it should have been out of my system, why?

Hydroxyzine made me feel lightheaded every time I stood up or took a deep breath the day after, long after it should have been out of my system, why?

Long acting: The antihistaminic effect of Hydroxyzine lasts for at least 72 hours. However it is unusual but not impossible for the sedating effect to last more than 24 hours. ...Read more

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Can hyperventilating from breathlessness after running fast cause you to breath in more pollution? Dangerous if run for a long time? Car came v close

Can hyperventilating from breathlessness after running fast cause you to breath in more pollution? Dangerous if run for a long time? Car came v close

Pollution: Particulates that deposit in the lungs are uniformly distributed for the most part with local spikes (smoke etc).The larger the volume of air cycled through the lungs the larger the volume of undesired exposure, Beware ...Read more

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Few times I pinched my nose & held breath few secs to try to thin it out. Now my nose seems much longer and bridge bump bigger. Could I've caused that?

Few times I pinched my nose & held breath few secs to try to thin it out. Now my nose seems much longer and bridge bump bigger. Could I've caused that?

No: It would not be possible that what you are describing caused what you are seeing. If concerned about your nose, best to see ENT or facial/plastic surgeon for eval. Hope this was helpful. Dr R ...Read more

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I've suffered from anxiety for a long, time. Bit, I have been experiebsing weird sensations and headaches lately and shortness of breath. Only 20. Help?

I've suffered from anxiety for a long, time. Bit, I have been experiebsing weird sensations and headaches lately and shortness of breath. Only 20. Help?

Anxiety. Physical: As we mentioned before anxiety is associated with multiple physical symptoms. It is also associated with feelings of "depersonalization" and "derealization" which our patients describe as weird feelings as well as scary. The good news is there is treatment for all that. ...Read more

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