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Doctor insights on: Occasional Shortness Of Breath Causes

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
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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


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Around the time I am ovulating, my asthma bothers me. I get shortness of breath occasionally. What may cause this?

Around the time I am ovulating, my asthma bothers me. I get shortness of breath occasionally. What may cause this?

Hormonal changes: It is not unusual for women to have asthma exacerbation as they go through their menstrual cycle, most though develop asthma during their period. But a hormonal change may trigger your symptoms mid cycle.

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For a few months, I have been experiencing shortness of breath, more when I am sitting or lying down (improved by exercise) and frequent forced burping with occasional acid reflux. Could all of this be caused by reflux or is it more serious?

For a few months, I have been experiencing shortness of breath, more when I am sitting or lying down (improved by exercise) and frequent forced burping with occasional acid reflux. Could all of this be caused by reflux or is it more serious?

Without ↑information: & detective work, impossible to say at a distance. Yet your theory (you're the only one who can perceive your symptoms) does make sense & you demonstrate an understanding of basics of differential diagnosis methodology. Like everyone, you are your own primary medical decision maker (physician if you will), regardless how competent, or not. Be ware, reflux, long term, does drive esophageal cancer.

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Radial artery occlusion. Past two days have been having shortness of breath and sharp chest pain on and off. Occasional pain in wrist. What is cause?

Radial artery occlusion. Past two days have been having shortness of breath and sharp chest pain on and off. Occasional pain in wrist. What is cause?

Needs to be checked: You have chest pain associated with shortness of breath, you should see your doctor asap or go to the emergency dept of nearest hospital. You will need a detailed history and physical exam and if indicated xray or cat scan and blood test including arterial blood gases etc if indicated to find the cause of your symptoms. It may or may not be related to radial artery occlusion, depeding on the cause.

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Should I get checked for copd? Been a smoker for 3 years and no serious medical conditions. However, cough phlegm and occasional shortness of breath.

Should I get checked for copd? Been a smoker for 3 years and no serious medical conditions. However, cough phlegm and occasional shortness of breath.

Not likely: Chances are that you do not have COPD after three years of smoking, unless you smoke 4 packs a day or have other underlying conditions that could predispose you to copd. But if you are having new symptoms of shortness of breath then you should get checked out.

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Ferritin=9. 2yr ago= <5. Been taking Fe. Tired 24/7, brain fog, occasional shortness of breath, swallow issues. CBC/TSH/T4 norm.30 yrs old. What now?

Ferritin=9. 2yr ago= <5. Been taking Fe. Tired 24/7, brain fog, occasional shortness of breath, swallow issues. CBC/TSH/T4 norm.30 yrs old. What now?

Although fatigue: Can still last despite your iron reserve get better, I would still look for any other issue like a low B12 level. You are also having an occasional swallowing problem. It is important to get a B12 level checked and also get an upper GI endoscopy done. If that is also negative then you should consult a rheumatologist. Good luck.

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What are the causes of 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.

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What is cause of shortness of breath?

Many causes: Shortness of breath has many potential causes, many benign but some serious. If associated with other symptoms or progressive, professional medical assessment is prudent. Blood tests (looking for anemia, etc.), cardiac and pulmonary abnormalities can be sorted out fairly easily. Then the underlying causes for those abnormalities can be sought. Psychological causes can be responsible as well.

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What would cause shortness of breath?

What would cause shortness of breath?

Big list: Shortness of breath is due to a demand for oxygen by your body in excess of your capacity to deliver it. This can be due to anemia, heart dysfunction, lung disease or airway problems. These will all be aggravated by exercise and if severe can cause a problem going up stairs or even walking. This needs evaluation by your doctor as soon as possible.

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Common causes of shortness of breath?

Many!: Lungs: asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, pneumonia (100 causes), pulm. Embolism ("clot"), pneumothorax, tumor, effusion and more. Heart: CHF with 100 causes anemia, thyroid xs or deficiency, obesity, rib cage deformity, paralyzed diaphragm, neuromuscular disorders (ms, als), foreign body, aspiration, psychogenic, hyperventilation, metabolic acidosis. I'm sure I've forgotten a few.

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Shortness of breath and what's the cause of it?

Shortness of breath and what's the cause of it?

?: Exercise fatigue? pneumonia? asthma? anemia? heart problem? Possibilities are endless without knowing more information that includes any past medical problems, onset of symptoms, severity, exacerbating/relieving factors, coinciding symptoms, etc.

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What are the possible causes of shortness of breath?

Many possibilities: You're taking albuterol so asthma & copd/emphysema come to mind. Pleural effusion & pulmonary embolism, too. Bronchitis & pneumonia. Heart attack & heart failure. Abnormal heart rhythm. Pneumothorax. If that's not enough, check out http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/shortness-of-breath/my00119/dsection=causes. Check w/your doc for thorough evaluation.

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Why would anaemia cause shortness of breath?

Shortness of breath: Anemia causes less hemoglobin to be delivered to the tissues so the heart and lungs are working overtime to oxygenate and distribute enough oxygenated blood to the tissues, the increased breathing work is shortness of breath.

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Musculoskeletal causes of shortness of breath?

Diaphragm motion: Dysfunction in any structure that surrounds your lungs could impair your ability to take deep breaths. Excessive tone or tightness of the diaphragm (a large muscle between your lungs and abdomen) or problems with the mobility of your ribcage are two possibilities. Practicing mindful deep breathing and gentle stretching of the torso can help these conditions.

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