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Doctor insights on: Paralyzed Diaphragm

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Where can I get my paralyzed diaphragm treated?

Where can I get my paralyzed diaphragm treated?

Thoracic surgeon : When a diaphragm is paralyzed it stays in the up position. To breathe in our diaphragms move downward. When the diaphragm is stuck up it reduces the volume of the lung. A thoracic surgeon can placate the diaphragm- make the diaphragm smaller so it flattens out and gives the lung more room to expand. For a small group there is diaphragm pacing but the phrenic nerve must not be injured. ...Read more

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Diaphragm (Definition)

This muscle separates the chest cavity from the abdominal cavity and expands and contracts to assist the intercostal muscles in breathing. (a diaphragm is also a birth control device ...Read more


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Do you have any suggestions for a paralyzed diaphragm?

Do you have any suggestions for a paralyzed diaphragm?

See a doctor.: If you have a paralyzed diaphram, and it has been like that for months (it will often get better over time), and it is causing you problems like shortness of breath or decreased activity tolerance, you can be evaluated by a physician. There are surgical treatments (for example, diaphragm plication) that can help. ...Read more

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Could it be possible to live with a paralyzed diaphragm?

Could it be possible to live with a paralyzed diaphragm?

Yes: The consequences of a paralyzed diaphragm are somewhat dependent on underlying lung function and health. There are procedures, such as diaphragmatic plication, that can improve lung function if the diaphragm remains paralyzed. ...Read more

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Can there be any medications or treaments for paralyzed diaphragm?

Can there be any medications or treaments for paralyzed diaphragm?

No and yes: Medications can treat underlying lung function, but not the diaphragmatic paralysis. This will sometimes improve with time. If it does not, and you are still having breathing problems, surgical plication of the diaphragm can help. ...Read more

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About 6 years ago i was told I have a paralyzed diaphragm . Is there anything that can be done to correct this?

About 6 years ago i was told I have a paralyzed diaphragm . Is there anything  that can be done to correct this?

Yes: A paralyzed diaphragm is usually treated if there are associated respiratory symptoms. This can be handled by surgical plication (shortening the diaphragm) or diaphramatic pacing. Normally, this is not necessary. Consult your doctor to see if these options are available. ...Read more

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I can't seem to find much information about left paralyzed diaphragm anywhere! can you explain what it means to have this condition?

I can't seem to find much information about left paralyzed diaphragm anywhere! can you explain what it means to have this condition?

Injury to nerve : Results from injury the phrenic nerve which supplies energy to the diaphragm. A surgical procedure called diaphragm plication may be needed to improve symptoms. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a paralyzed diaphragm?

The diaphragm: Is a dome shaped muscle that flattens out when you inhale. This helps the lung to expand. There are nerves (the phrenic nerves, one on each side) that tell the diaphragm when to do this. If communication to the diaphragm via the phrenic nerve is disrupted (there are different reasons, some temporary, some not), the diaphragm is paralyzed, and will not help the lung expand. You should see a doctor. ...Read more

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Can paralyzed diaphragm be the cause of cardiomyopathy? Seeing that's its all pushed up limiting normal function?

Can paralyzed diaphragm be the cause of cardiomyopathy? Seeing that's its all pushed up limiting normal function?

Unlikely: The heart muscle is quite strong in general. One diaphragm per side of chest, each with it's own nerve supply. The central portion under the heart is not the major moving part. Depending on the cause of phrenic nerve dysfunction it can get better and even completely recover. Cardiomyopathy may come from viral, ischemic, alcoholic and other illnesses. ...Read more

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I have congenital heart disease with a paralyzed diaphragm it is hard for me to breathe is there any exercise that could help me breathe better?

I have congenital heart disease with a paralyzed diaphragm it is hard for me to breathe is there any exercise that could help me breathe better?

Diaphragm pacing YES: There is such a thing as diaphragm pacing that you could ask about and is great in situations such as you're describing. ...Read more

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What is the best teatment for paralyzed hemi-diaphragm?

What is the best teatment for paralyzed hemi-diaphragm?

Leave it alone: Most patients with a hemi-diaphragm paralysis do not have symptoms and therefore don't need treatment. If you start to develop pain with breathing (usually with physical exertion), the next option is called surgical plication. The affected portion of the diaphragm is sewn together front-to-back to restrict upward motion of the diaphragm. Again without symptoms this is usually not necessary. ...Read more

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Help docs! i'm trying to find out what causes the diaphragm to become paralyzed?

Help docs! i'm trying to find out what causes the diaphragm to become paralyzed?

Many things: Common reasons for paralysis of the diaphragm include interruption of the phrenic nerve due to trauma, invasion by tumor and vascular compression. Additional reasons include neurological diseases like ALS and ms as well as strokes. ...Read more

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What happens if your diaphragm is half paralyzed? Does it mean that you cannot breathe on your own?

What happens if your diaphragm is half paralyzed? Does it mean that you cannot breathe on your own?

Difficulty breathing: Although the diaphragm is one organ, both sides act almost independently, but they need each other for perfect breathing. A nerve on each side of the heart makes the diaphragm move. If that nerve is injured, that particular side of the diaphragm is paralyzed, making breathing difficult. This may be fixed by a surgery called diaphragm plication, performed by a thoracic surgeon. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have elevated left hemi-diaphragm? My doctor told me not to worry, but i'm worried!

What does it mean to have elevated left hemi-diaphragm? My doctor told me not to worry, but i'm worried!

Sniff test: If there is shortness of breath or difficulty breathing then a sniff test can be done to see if the diaphragm is paralyzed. If it is, then it can be treated surgically. ...Read more

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I'm 36. My medical history is normal. My chest-diaphragm area has been buzzing and "purring" for several days. My pulse is normal. What can this be?

I'm 36. My medical history is normal. My chest-diaphragm area has been buzzing and "purring" for several days. My pulse is normal. What can this be?

Not enough info: Need much more info to guess at a Dx, but I did find walking pneumonia flash across my mind. Because the chest hopuses such important organs, it might make sense to have an exam. I hope it's nothing serious, but you'll get it at a good early stage whatever it is! ...Read more

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How should I use the diaphragm?

How should I use the diaphragm?

Before intercourse: Use contraceptive jelly inside the diaphragm and around the rim. Place it before intercourse and leave it in until 6 hours after. Use more jelly in the vagina if you get inspired and have intercourse again but don't remove it to refresh the jelly. Take it out in the morning if you fall asleep. ...Read more

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What are some advantages of the diaphragm?

What are some advantages of the diaphragm?

Diaphragm: The diaphragm is a good form of barrier contraception. Advantages include: no hormones, effective (90%), reusable, safe, inexpensive, reversible, decreases risk of some sexually transmitted diseases, patient controlled and not an abortifacient. ...Read more

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What are some disadvantages of using the diaphragm?

Convenience: The major disadvantage of the diaphragm is the inconvenience of having to puut it in before sexual activity. ...Read more

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How to breathe from your diaphragm?

How to breathe from your diaphragm?

Breath down...: Diaphragm is big muscle between chest and abdomen.Helps us breath. Singers breath more to upper chest and dancers low under diaphragm " to the belly" It helps strengthen core for balance. If you relax and place your hand over stomach- try relax shoulder - deep breath by nose as pushing against your hand. You should feel muscle extending and strengthening . Excellent exercise . Try dance' ( Tango) ...Read more

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Could the diaphragm cause infections

Could the diaphragm cause infections

Yes: However, it is more likely to cause irritation from either rubbing or from the spermicide. ...Read more