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Med student with shortness of breath and yawning. Could I test myself for low o2?

Med student with shortness of breath and yawning. Could I test myself for low o2?

Yes: A simple pulse oxymeter will be able to check your oxygen saturation instantly. I would also make sure that as a medical student your are getting enough sleep (if that is possible that is!) and that you are not anemic. ...Read more

Yawning (Definition)

Yawning is opening the mouth semi-voluntarily while taking a long, deep breath of air. It is a type of reflex action controlled by the brain (a person cannot yawn on command). Yawning is normal, and usually due to drowsiness or tiredness. However, excessive yawning that happens much more often than normal may be caused by vagus nerve signals, due ...Read more


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Can nadolol 10mg bid cause slight shortness of breath when i don't have a history of breathing issues? I was prescribed it for pots and having sob at times

Can nadolol 10mg bid cause slight shortness of breath when i don't have a history of breathing issues? I was prescribed it for pots and having sob at times

Yes: Nadolol, like other beta blockade medications, can cause pulmonary constriction and mimic an asthma-like condition. Discuss with your doctor about switching to another medication. If the beta blockade is working for your pots symptoms, then ask about beta blockade medication with limited lung side effects. ...Read more

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Why when I have sex after I'm done I feel severe chest pain with a lot of shortness of breath or difficulty breathing and very fast HR for few minuts?

Why when I have sex after I'm done I feel severe chest pain with a lot of shortness of breath or difficulty breathing and very fast HR for few minuts?

Angina: Until proven otherwise. In the above mentioned circumstances your symptoms should be treated seriously. I see that you already had a heart cath and I wonder what the results are. Other possibilities are arrhythmias or exercise induced asthma, among others. Definitely worth discussing your symptoms with your cardiologist. ...Read more

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Should i go to a doctor about my high blood pulse? I have been dealing with a serious chest pain, difficulty taking deep breaths at some points, and a high blood pulse consistently of 126. However, I am currently taking medications such as trileptal, aman

Should i go to a doctor about my high blood pulse? I have been dealing with a serious chest pain, difficulty taking deep breaths at some points, and a high blood pulse consistently of 126. However, I am currently taking medications such as trileptal, aman

Chest : Chest pain and tachycardia (high heart rate) are serious symptoms that need to be investigated right away. A heart rate of 126 is not normal regardless of what medication you are taking. You need a complete history, physical, and diagnostic testing including an ekg. You may be dealing with coronary artery disease. If this is suspected further work up and evaluation by a cardiologist is in order. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Hi i get panic attacks a lot for no reason. The symptoms are nauseousness, heart rate speed up, and pins and needles i'm hands and nose. Why it happen?

Hi i get panic attacks a lot for no reason. The symptoms are nauseousness, heart rate speed up, and pins and needles i'm hands and nose. Why it happen?

Panic Attacks: Panic attacks r from release of adrenaline when there's no need 4 flight or fight response. If u can chill out 4 abt 15 mins (when the adrenaline will wear off), it will pass. Panic gets worse when u freak out + tell yrself it's never going 2 end, leading 2 continued re-release of adrenaline. Exposure therapy from a trained therapist helps. If your nasal spray is a stimulant, it may be a factor. ...Read more

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25, went to 2gps and a specialist and says lightheadness and shortnes of breath are not physical,chest pain,no ekg, should i leave it as anxiety?

25, went to 2gps and a specialist and says lightheadness and shortnes of breath are not physical,chest pain,no ekg, should i leave it as anxiety?

If your doc has: cleared you of medical conditions and you are still anxious you can: 1) get a second opinion, 2) see a mental health professional to learn coping strategies for your anxiety. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I experience a lot of stress, anxiety and panic. I've been checked out (blood, thyroid, x ray, EKG, urine) for palpitations and the doctor says it's anxiety. What should I do?

I experience a lot of stress, anxiety and panic. I've been checked out (blood, thyroid, x ray, EKG, urine) for palpitations and the doctor says it's anxiety. What should I do?

Anxiety is likely it: It is important to determine what these episodes are related to and how long they last. You should check your pulse during the episode to see if it is heart related. Use calming techniques such as controlled breathing. Eliminate caffeine, smoking and any other cardiac stimulants. Your primary md may try medication such as Ativan or xanax (alprazolam). Psychiatric consultation may also be helpful. ...Read more

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Can anxiety really cause you to be short of breath? I have felt short of breath for over two years now the doctors checked my heart and i did a lung function test to check for asthma which both came back fine. The doctor then told me I have anxiety and ga

Can anxiety really cause you to be short of breath? I have felt short of breath for over two years now the doctors checked my heart and i did a lung function test to check for asthma which both came back fine. The doctor then told me I have anxiety and ga

Hello. : Hello. I can't diagnose your condition. Panic attacks are a form of anxiety. They are discrete episodes in which a person feels overwhelming anxiety;can breath rapidly; feel short of breath;have chest tightness, pressure or pain; nausea or knot is stomach, dizziness, numbness or tingling just to mention a few symptoms. ...Read more

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Causes shortness of breath and heavy/difficulty breathing? No heart or any health problems, had anxiety but I don't feel anxious,been going to therapi

Causes shortness of breath and heavy/difficulty breathing? No heart or any health problems, had anxiety but I don't feel anxious,been going to therapi

If your doc has: ruled out or is treating medical conditions you can focus on treating the anxiety. Take a look at www.relaxationresponse.org It provides simple techniques to help. Concern about breathing and having enough air is fairly common w/anxiety. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Do anxiety, stress, and depression really cause physical symptoms? I'm consistently fatigued, sleepy, and emotional. I have a really hard time staying awake at my desk job. I was diagnosed with Pcos, hypoglycemic episodes, thalassemia minor, and costochon

Do anxiety, stress, and depression really cause physical symptoms? I'm consistently fatigued, sleepy, and emotional. I have a really hard time staying awake at my desk job. I was diagnosed with Pcos, hypoglycemic episodes, thalassemia minor, and costochon

Yes: The mind(your brain) is in constant 2-way communication with the rest of your body via chemicals that travel thru the blood and via the nerves connected to the brain. Emotional imbalance(depression and anxiety) can affect the functioning of your organs and may cause physical symptoms including pain. Evidence suggests emotionally healthy people experience less illness and may live longer. ...Read more

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I suffer with shortness of breathe and gasp for air at times . I have hernia and panic disorder and think I'm dying soon .what is the cause for this?

I suffer with shortness of breathe and gasp for air at times . I have hernia and panic disorder and think I'm dying soon .what is the cause for this?

Panic: You say you have panic disorder. That certainly can cause marked shortness of breath and a feeling of impending death. However, it's a diagnosis of exclusion: you must rule out structural disease first. If it hasn't been done, I would start with a chest x-ray, oximetry, spirometry, echocardiogram, EKG, and event monitor. ...Read more

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I was just diagnosed with hypothyroidism and have heart palpatations and shortness of breath. Before i'm treated can I do something for discomfort?

I was just diagnosed with hypothyroidism and have heart  palpatations  and shortness of breath.  Before i'm treated can I do something for discomfort?

See doc.: Need to see your doc to straighten this out. If they have DX hypothyroid they need to decide if your sx are related to hypothyroid or not. If so, they should treat you without delay. If not you may need additional diagnostic testing to explain your symptoms. ...Read more

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Help.. I have been waking up with shortness of breath, a racing heart, chest pain, and head pressure. What does that mean? And, what should I do?

Help.. I have been waking up with shortness of breath, a racing heart, chest pain, and head pressure. What does that mean? And, what should I do?

SOB and fast heart: Your symptoms sound scary and should definitely be checked by a doctor but it may be nothing more than getting too much caffeine in your system, especially at your age. ...Read more

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What tests or doctors do I need to see other than lung and heart? Ruled those out with bunch tests. shallow breathing sometimes won't inhale for 15 seconds. with headaches daily for months. Breathless weak heart beat lump feeling throat clicking nois

What tests or doctors do I need to see other than lung and heart? Ruled those out with bunch tests. shallow breathing sometimes won't inhale for 15 seconds. with headaches daily for months. Breathless weak heart beat lump feeling throat clicking nois

At last: u and I get to meet and speak.. Much here going on. Most headaches come from neck issues and so excellent physical therapy is essential to start. ump feeling in the throat may well be anxiety as all of this may be. Low-dose Indeeral/propranolol may help you a great deal. I would probably want you to have an upper G. I X-ray. I would have you start icing and internist, possibly a neurol ogist,Luck ...Read more

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Shortness of breathe and yawning for 2 weeks I have type 2 diabetes what can I do?

Shortness of breathe and yawning for 2 weeks I have type 2 diabetes what can I do?

Yawn,sob: I'm not sure you can get a definitive answer from anybody at this time. Read the piece on yawning and note that some think it may tie to shortness of breath......or not. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yawn ...Read more

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Can severe panic attacks put physical pain in your chest for days? Can it make you tired and make you short of breath for days? (2 days free of panic)

Can severe panic attacks put physical pain in your chest for days? Can it make you tired and make you short of breath for days? (2 days free of panic)

Unlikely: better be checked to exclude any organic cause in your heart, lungs, stomach, esophagus, etc.. for your chest pain symptoms, before embarking on the diagnosis of panic attacks, usually don't last that long, see your doctor soon, best wishes ...Read more

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I have pectus exc. And i used to deal with panic attacks but last 2 days i can't slow my heart down. My chest hurts and shortness of breath. Help?

I have pectus exc. And i used to deal with panic attacks but last 2 days i can't slow my heart down. My chest hurts and shortness of breath. Help?

Cause?: Panic attacks are best dealt with using a combination of psychotherapy, medication, and a healthy life style. However, are you sure the symptoms are from panic attacks/anxiety. You may have an infection or you may have strained some muscles. Consult your doctor and get a diagnosis. If it is a panic/anxiety problem, he/she can help you find the appropriate mental health professional. ...Read more

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Do ssri like Lexapro (escitalopram) or Prozac cause chronic shortness of breath? I have dyapnea for 5 months all day and touching breastbone hurts is this anxiety?

Do ssri like Lexapro (escitalopram) or Prozac cause chronic shortness of breath? I have dyapnea for 5 months all day and touching breastbone hurts is this anxiety?

No: The drugs don't cause shortness of breath, but if it hurts to breath (movement of your breastbone), that WILL cause it. At your age (18), arthritis is unusual so my guess is there was some trauma whether or not you remember the specific instance. A chest x-ray will determine if your sternum or ribs are fractured which may help gauge how long the pain will be present. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Oxygen (Definition)

Oxygen is a gas that the cells in your body need to work properly. The air we breathe normally has 21% oxygen. A maximum of 100% oxygen can be given. Babies with heart or lung problems may need ...Read more


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Shortness Of Breath (Definition)

Breathlessness is the sensation of not being able to catch one's breath. It may be seen in asthma, heart failure, ...Read more