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How much can body position change pulmonary pressure? Standing? Sitting? Reclining? Lying completely flat?

How much can body position change pulmonary pressure? Standing? Sitting? Reclining? Lying completely flat?

Why do you ask?: Movement and position affects many of the body'[s actions. Blood pressure, circulation, respiration, pulmonary pressure, digestion. How much depends on each person and their state of health & what meds they may be taking, etc., If you have lung disease, it will affect pulmonary pressure in any position and in varying degrees depending on severity. What are you worried about specifically? ...Read more

Dr. Julie Abbott
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Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more


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Chest pain more noticeable at rest, easily winded when walking, low oxygen after walking, chest tightness when coughing or taking deep breaths?

Chest pain more noticeable at rest, easily winded when walking, low oxygen after walking, chest tightness when coughing or taking deep breaths?

Go to ER now: Yoiur symptoms are very concerning for a serious issue with your heart, lungs, vascular system or otherwise. Please head to an ebergency room for immediate attention. Good luck. ...Read more

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I am experiencing dizziness (worsened by: changing head position, sitting upright) , difficulty breathing (worsened by: lying flat, psychological ...

I am experiencing  dizziness (worsened by: changing head position, sitting upright) , difficulty breathing (worsened by: lying flat, psychological ...

It sounds like: you may have vertigo however as a diabetic there is the potential this is related to your glucose control. Additionally autonomic dysfunction could contribute as well. Bring these issues to your health care provider as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I am experiencing low blood pressure (hypotension), dizziness (better by: rest) (worsened by: changing head position, lying flat, sitting upright,...

I am experiencing  low blood pressure (hypotension), dizziness (better by: rest) (worsened by: changing head position, lying flat, sitting upright,...

Needs to be: Evaluated. A number of hormonal issues could be involved: cortisol; thyroid. See your doc. By the way: giving your BP would help! ...Read more

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I have suddenly wheezing and minimal SOB during sleeping . accompany with coughing. relieve when sit upright or standing position. ?

I have suddenly wheezing and minimal SOB during sleeping . accompany with coughing. relieve when sit upright or standing position. 
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Two common things..: It is possible that either you are suffering of acid reflux or post nasal drip. Both conditions can cause reactive airways which is manifested with wheezing you are describing when you lay down. It is recommended to try to elevate your head at least 30 degrees when in bed. If having stomach issues try to avoid irritants in your food and try anti acid If nasal congestion inhaled steroids can help. ...Read more

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EKG shows PVCs. Chest XR normal. What is causing chronic chest pain and SOB upon exertion? Pain goes into back. Worse when laying flat or activity.

EKG shows PVCs. Chest XR normal. What is causing chronic chest pain and SOB upon exertion? Pain goes into back. Worse when laying flat or activity.

Unknown: PVCs don't hurt & everyone has some. Normal CXR doesn't explain your pain. I see you had a stress test and EGD for eval & all that was abn was your duodenum. A duodenal ulcer could cause chronic pain, even going into the back. I would pursue that. A trial of a PPI like Prilosec may provide great relief - I note that you "don't take any medicines." Perhaps you should reconsider? Gastroenterologist? ...Read more

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I am experiencing wheezing (worsened by: lying flat, exposure to secondhand smoke, smoking, worse at night) , difficulty breathing (worsened by: lying flat) (quality: noisy) (time frame: gradual onset) (severity: moderate) and cough (worsened by: lying

I am experiencing  wheezing (worsened by: lying flat, exposure to secondhand smoke, smoking, worse at night) , difficulty breathing (worsened by: lying flat) (quality: noisy) (time frame: gradual onset) (severity: moderate)  and cough (worsened by: lying

Wheezing: Your symptoms are strongly suggestive of bronchial asthma or asthmatic bronchitis and are severe enough to warrant an examination and possibly a chest X-Ray as well as medications like inhalers, corticosteroids and maybe a course of antibiotics.Don't let your symptoms go too long without treatment as a very prolonged period of illness would be likely. ...Read more

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My Boyfriend is experiencing pain when swallowing and shortness of breath (worsened by: lying down) (severity: moderate) (better by: sitting uprig...

My Boyfriend is experiencing  pain when swallowing and shortness of breath (worsened by: lying down) (severity: moderate) (better by: sitting uprig...

Dr. needs to check: Shortness of breath is not normal, unless it is the mild, temporary shortness of breath with sports activities (but even then, one must be sure he is not having more shortness of breath than his sports peers have). Possible causes for SOB include tonsillar abscess, airway swelling, heart attack or arrhythmia, fluid around the heart, fluid around or in the lungs, asthma, chestwall tightness, etc... ...Read more

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SOB & chest tightness that resolves with leaning forward? Also, pretty much resolves when laying down.

SOB & chest tightness that resolves with leaning forward? Also, pretty much resolves when laying down.

Need to follow up ..: Pericarditis classically feels better when leaning forward but that doesn't exclude many other things which should also be ruled out. See a physician for an in-person evaluation. ...Read more

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Dx chronic pericarditis. Sleep in recliner sitting up. Pain is worse lying down but best standing up. What exactly causes the positional pain?

Dx chronic pericarditis. Sleep in recliner sitting up. Pain is worse lying down but best standing up. What  exactly causes the positional pain?

Chronic pericarditis: We believe the pain is caused by the rubbing of the inflamed pericardium with the surface of the heart. We treat the condition with anti inflammatory agents and sometimes with pain medications if the anti inflammation drugs don't do the job. Discuss your ongoing symptoms with your doctor. ...Read more

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Minimal rt lung base collapse shown on chest xray cause? Shortness of breath when running no angina hbp tachycardia

Minimal rt lung base collapse shown on chest xray cause? 
Shortness of breath when running
no angina 
hbp
tachycardia

Talk to your doctor: Unless the collapse has been known to be present for a long time and stable, may represent infection, blocked airway (?Aspiration), congenital malformation, or even tumor (not likely in 17 yo). Can't give more detail without exam. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Difficulty breathing when lying flat?

Difficulty breathing when lying flat?

Get it checked out: If you do not have a cold, or wheezing to explain it, see your doctor. A failing heart has a hard time with the increased blood coming back to the heart when you lie flat. Sometimes obesity causes a problem by applying pressure to lungs. No matter what, not breathing right when at rest is not normal. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Shortness of breath reflux is it worse lying down?

Shortness of breath reflux is it worse lying down?

Possible: Depending on the cause, shortness of breath could get worse with lying down; called orthopnea. Reflux can also get worse with lying down. ...Read more

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Heart patient with wheezing in chest?

Heart patient with wheezing in chest?

CHF: You have worry about congestive heart failure. Make sure the weight is not going up. There is no swelling of your feet. Keep a tab on salt intake. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)

A group of lung diseases that block airflow and make it difficult to breathe. ...Read more