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I have been diagnosed with lung nodules, and I have been having episodes of shortness of breath and tightness in my chest. I have never smoked I am 57?

I have been diagnosed with lung nodules, and I have been having episodes of shortness of breath and tightness in my chest. I have never smoked I am 57?

Lung nodules....: The lung nodules will require further evaluation. Depending on their size and precise location, a needle biopsy by interventional radiology may be possible, or via bronchoscopy or via surgery by a thoracic surgeon. The course of treatment depends on the biopsy results. See a lung doctor ASAP to determine the best way to biopsy the nodules! Your shortness of breath may be unrelated but see lung doc ...Read more

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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They found some lung nodules in dec just really scared i also have chest pain and shortness of breath sometimes im scared of lung cancer.

They found some lung nodules in dec just really scared i also have chest pain and shortness of breath sometimes im scared of lung cancer.

You mention in: The profile, you have copd. Do you still smoke? The size of the nodules are important, as whether they have calcification. Ultimately, you may need a biopsy. That will determine cancer or not. ...Read more

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Have multiple lung nodules reason unknown doc repeat scan in 6 months but i noticed getting short of breath. Should i go back now? It's been 2 mo.

Have multiple lung nodules  reason unknown  doc repeat  scan in 6 months but i noticed getting short of breath. Should i go back now? It's been 2 mo.

Size&riskfactors mat: Usually there are specific recommendations as to the follow up of lung nodules, based on size, smoking history, associated medical isues etc. Often there should be a sufficient interval of time between imaging studies to make a judgement if there has been any significant change in the nodules.
However, symptoms trump all recommendations, so if there is a change, you should talk to your physician. ...Read more

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Can lung nodules be caused from inflammation and cause shortness of breath and chest pain comes and goes no coughing. Cancer ruled out already?

Can lung nodules be caused from inflammation and cause shortness of breath and chest pain comes and goes no coughing. Cancer ruled out already?

Lung nodules: These are always abnormal but can have many different causes, including infectious and non-infectious inflammatory conditions (i.e., sarcoidosis, etc.), drug reactions, cancers, etc. These need to be carefully evaluated by either a pulmonologist, thoracic surgeon or other expert familiar with these conditions. ...Read more

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Had a CT scan at hospital they found nodules in lungs found out not cancer. Can something non cancreous in lungs cause shortness of breath?

Had a CT scan at hospital they found nodules in lungs found out not cancer. Can something non cancreous in lungs cause shortness of breath?

Did you get the: Ct scan because you were short of breath? Lung cancer screening in those over 55 that smoked, 32k screens; 4k nodules of which 1% were cancer. Find a good internist. Getting a ct at your age was unwise. Quit smoking if you do. Lots of causes as dr. Legha suggests. ...Read more

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My mom has several 4mm nodules on her lungs. Never used tobacco. Family history of lung cancer. Has cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, chest's tight?

My mom has several 4mm nodules on her lungs. Never used tobacco. Family history of lung cancer. Has cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, chest's tight?

Mgt: Among possible causes are infection, malignancy.
I would suggest samples from her airway be sent for testing.
A TB test to rule out TB may be ordered.
A virtual consult can be booked online and her Chest images viewed at that time. ...Read more

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I have stage 2 emphysema and 4 lung nodules on a ct scan (3mm and smaller) shadow xray and CT scan. Shortness breath, chest pain, night sweats?

I have stage 2 emphysema and 4 lung nodules on a ct scan (3mm and smaller) shadow xray and CT scan. Shortness breath, chest pain, night sweats?

Mgt/workup: Your findings are of concern, and an exam documenting any lymphadenopathy is important. I would suggest seeing your PCP. Your symptoms may also be due to TB, cardiac disease, pulmonary embolism.
A virtual online appt is available for follow up and to review your HRCT.
healthtap.com/DosanjhMD
Code: NCYHPZ ...Read more

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My mom has many nodules on her lungs, nausea, fatigue, shortness of breath, and a cough she's had for over a month. Could it be serious?

My mom has many nodules on her lungs, nausea, fatigue, shortness of breath, and a cough she's had for over a month. Could it be serious?

Yes; smoker? Nodules: ... are worrisome in the lungs unless the cause is known to be benign (only way to establish that is by bronchoscopy & biopsy). We don't have all the information here... did your mom ever smoke tobacco? A persistent cough is never a good sign in an (ex-)smoker. Have her talk to a doctor or use HealthTap Prime to go over her history & get a diagnosis. Only then will we know if it's serious or not. ...Read more

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Shortness of breath and tightness in the chest. Also neck swelling on the left side but no lumps or nodules. Is it cancer?

Shortness of breath and tightness in the chest. Also neck swelling on the left side but no lumps or nodules. Is it cancer?

Asthma: You will need a proper evaluation by your doctor including a chest xray & tests for asthma. Swelling in the neck on the left side may represent a prominence related to the upper segment of the left lung. May be related to symptoms of shortness of breath & not necessarily cancer. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dx lung nodules now have chest pain (heart checked out ok). Pain gets more severe w deep breaths or cough, ideas? Could this be serious?Easily winded

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Pleurisy: It sounds to me like you have pleuritic pain.Any irritation to the pleura- which is the lining outside the lung would cause such kind of pain. That could be caused by different things including inflammation, infection ( viral/bacterial) , autoimmune disease, etc. With the lung nodules and now with pleuritic pain- definitely i would advise you to go back to see your pmd- for further eval ...Read more

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I've had a sudden shortness of breath for the past few days. I have take deep breaths but I feel like the air doesn't reach my lungs. Causes?

Many causes: check with your PCP. if no cause is found and symptoms persist think about allergy and treat the cause. To learn how treat the cause visit us at www.ehacstl.com ...Read more

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What causes heavy feeling lungs and shortness of breath?

What causes heavy feeling lungs and shortness of breath?

Shortness of breath: This is a symptom of not getting enough air. It can be caused by many things. If the person is normal but there isn't enough oxygen, if the person over exerts. If there isn't enough red blood cells in the blood. If the lungs don't work well, heart dysfunction, abnormal respiratory mechanics. ...Read more

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What is the best thing to clear out your lungs if you have shortness of breath/?

What is the best thing to clear out your lungs if you have shortness of breath/?

Shortness of breath: Shortness of breath may indicate anything from being a bit out of shape, to asthma to heart disease to name a few things.
If this is a recurrent problem have it evaluated. ...Read more

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I have pointin pain in the righ side, it feels like lung , but no coughing no shortness of breath it comes and goes. What can it be?

I have pointin pain in the righ side, it feels like lung , but no coughing no shortness of breath it comes and goes. What can it be?

Several things: This problem mandates a real-time (face-to-face) meeting with a doctor. A history has to be taken along with a examination as well as labs and other tests. Only after all this will your doctor be in a position to tell you what's wrong and what needs to be done to help you. ...Read more

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Im26 and i smoked for 7&half years.Smoke free for 3 weeks.Will my lungs ever get back the way they were?Is shortness of breath normal at this period?

Im26 and i smoked for 7&half years.Smoke free for 3 weeks.Will my lungs ever get back the way they were?Is shortness of breath normal at this period?

Yes and no: It depends on many factors, such as how much you smoked, but in general your lungs should get nearly, if not completely, back to the way they were. Your risk of lung and other cancers, heart attacks, etc., are already much lower then when you smoked. I wouldn't expect much if any shortness of breath from smoking 7 yrs after quitting, at your age. Asthma? Check it out with your health care provider. ...Read more

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Dr says probably LPR. I have shortness of breath at times. How can I tell if LPR has caused acid in my lungs? Is this life threatening ? I'm worried

LPR: Treatment includes inclining the torso when sleeping, avoiding chocolate, mint, caffeine, alcohol and large meals prior to bedtime. Acid reducing drugs such as Prilosec reduce scarring. Pulmonary, ENT or GI specialist consultations may be necessary if symptoms are intractable. ...Read more

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When I eat, I get shortness of breath. Is this an allergic reaction or is something wrong with my lungs?

When I eat, I get shortness of breath. Is this an allergic reaction or is something wrong with my lungs?

Could be either: Shortness of breath can be caused by either an allergic reaction to something you ate, or could be something wrong with your lungs or even your heart. Could be due to a hiatal hernia or even simple over-eating. Consult with your doctor. ...Read more

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My lungs feel heavy when breathing but no shortness of breath also i have dry cough. is this a normal sickness or should i be worried?

My lungs feel heavy when breathing but no shortness of breath also i have dry cough. is this a normal sickness or should i be worried?

See physician: Asthma can present like this, rather than with wheezing. A number of lung problems can have only a dry cough as you do. See your physician. An evaluation, including breathing tests and a chest X-ray can get to the root of the problem and proper treatment. ...Read more

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I have had a dry cough for like two months now, and now it is accompanied by shortness of breath and constant mucus in the lungs, what could this be?

I have had a dry cough for like two months now, and now it is accompanied by shortness of breath and constant mucus in the lungs, what could this be?

Be seen: It could be several things, from an infection to more chronic lung diseases. If pneumonia, it sounded atypical at first, but you may be getting an infection on top of it. Emphysema (COPD) can act this way, as can asthma. Drug reactions can cause cough. Lung cancer also has to be considered. Shortness of breath is a serious problem and needs more evaluation. ...Read more

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For the past 5 years I've had silicone-like balls productve cough. My lungs feel heavy. Laughin or cardio provokes it and causes shortness of breath.

For the past 5 years I've had silicone-like balls productve cough. My lungs feel heavy. Laughin or cardio provokes it and causes shortness of breath.

Please follow up: This may be caused by a number of conditions. I would suggest a chest radiograph and a review of your asthma.
A virtual appt is available online
Healthtap.com/DosanjhMD
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Dry cough for 4 months with whistling crackling lungs for 2 months. Recently shortness of breath and worsening of cough. Have to sleep sitting up. ?

Dry cough for 4 months with whistling crackling lungs for 2 months.  Recently shortness of breath and worsening of cough. Have to sleep sitting up. ?

Pneumonia: it sounds like you are drowning! More than likely you have pneumonia. There are many types and your protracted course suggests a mycoplasma infection. You need to see the doctor, get a chest X-ray, check or oxygen level and be treated. You should go to the doctor soon. I think you know that. You don't need permission. ...Read more

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I've had shortness of breath since I was a teen. After doing tests recently I'm told lungs are clear and heart is fine. Ive never been told the cause.

?allergy testing: some pts are short of breath during certain times of the year. a symptom diary and allergy testing may give you some additional info. some pts use inhalers and allergy meds during certain mos of the year and are fine the rest. ...Read more

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My right rib cage isn't even with the left and i've been having shortness of breath, as if my lungs don't have enough room to expand, what is goin on?

My right rib cage isn't even with the left and i've been having shortness of breath, as if my lungs don't have enough room to expand, what is goin on?

SOB, asymetric chest: Either a collapsed lung( with unilateral atelectasis due to a central obstructing lesion)

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a pneumothorax(possibly under "tension")

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a unilateral pleural effusion

or a diaphragmatic hernia (with viscera up in the chest). ...Read more

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Chest pain, shortness of breath, a little bradychardia (61bpm).Last week catheterism showed all normal.Pain continues, lungs ok, i feel like blood flavour.Im desperate, what could that be?

Chest pain, shortness of breath, a little bradychardia (61bpm).Last week catheterism showed all normal.Pain continues, lungs ok, i feel like blood flavour.Im desperate, what could that be?

CAD: If work up for coronary artery disease, including cath, is normal then it is possible that you could have esophageal disease: reflux with aspiration and/or esophageal spasm. It is also possible to have small vessels coronary artery disease ( rare ) for which you need to have a vo2 max stress test. ...Read more

Nodule (Definition)

Any growth or deposit in the body or on its surface may be casually termed a nodule until its character is determined by the familiarity of the physician with it or by the results of a biopsy if it is not so obvious. The term is casual ...Read more


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Shortness Of Breath (Definition)

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