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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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What could cause shortness of breath almost like your chokeing, and sharp throbing pains in both arms? It doesn't happen a lot.

What could cause shortness of breath almost like your chokeing, and sharp throbing pains in both arms? It doesn't happen a lot.

Uncertain: I am uncertain but would consider a group of possibilities such as a neck problem, or cardiac problem, a vascular problem with the blood vessels, or pulmonary problem, or a muscle shoulder problem with the neck problem. This may not be a major medical problem, but you should discuss with your physician and get the proper evaluation ...Read more

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Wake up with shortness of breath chest discomfort burning squeezig center of chest spreads to arms.

Wake up with shortness of breath chest discomfort burning squeezig center of chest spreads to arms.

Symptoms: Lots of possibilities. At your age esophageal reflux is probably the leading candidate for what your experiencing though as I said other possibilities also exist. ...Read more

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If there is no shortness of breath or pain - why else would only someone's upper arms swell up spontaneously? Clot history is present not on thinners.

If there is no shortness of breath or pain - why else would only someone's upper arms swell up spontaneously? Clot history is present not on thinners.

Swollen arms: This can happen from blood clots or from blockage of the superior vena cava (superior vena cava symdrome). This is the main vein draining the upper body of blood and if it's blocked by a tumor or clot then the upper body will swell. Best to be evaluated by a physician to determine the cause. ...Read more

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I was seen in the ER an was admitted for a week for chest pain and shortness of breath. The problem is still here. And I get pains my arms as well.?

Let me explain?: Chest pain may be a symptom of a number of serious conditions and is generally considered a medical emergency. Even though it may be determined that the pain is non-cardiac in origin, this is often a diagnosis of exclusion made after ruling out more serious causes of the pain. Pulmonary, gi, chest wall. Psychological and other. ...Read more

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I have episodes of extreme weakness in my arms and legs resulting in very slow gait, difficulty lifting and sometimes have shortness of breath.?

I have episodes of extreme weakness in my arms and legs resulting in very slow gait, difficulty lifting and sometimes have shortness of breath.?

Concerning: Without having more information, it is hard to know what the problem is but it needs to be checked out with your doctor. ...Read more

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Sx of chest pain shortness of breath pain in arms sharp headache pains all come and go. Cardio and gastro have Ben cleared. Could this all be anxiety?

Maybe: Although these symptoms may be caused by anxiety, medical causes must be ruled out first. If medical evaluation is complete - recommend psychiatric/ psychological evaluation to make a definitive diagnosis. Take care. ...Read more

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My arms numb when I sleep, sudden feel dizzy, shortness of breath last night I have goiter. Is this haert related?

My arms numb when I sleep, sudden feel dizzy, shortness of breath last night I have goiter. Is this haert related?

? thyroid: Depends on whether the goiter is hypo or hyper-thyroid. Your symptoms are metabolic in character and suggest to me that your use of cellular oxygen is impaired. Your energy metabolism needs to be looked at. ...Read more

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I have WPW and I show some symptoms like shortness of breath rapid heart beat I get numbess in my arms and legs what will happen I left untreated?

I have WPW and I show some symptoms like shortness of breath rapid heart beat I get numbess in my arms and legs what will happen I left untreated?

Danger: Untreated WPW is extremely dangerous and can be rapidly fatal. If your WPW is not controlled or you have symptoms like you describe, see your doctor, especially cardiologist, immediately. ...Read more

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Sometimes when I walk my legs and arms start to ache like I ran a marathon I start to sweat and feel dizzy and shortness of breath! What could this be! I also vomit sometimes when it gets really bad!?

Sometimes when I walk my legs and arms start to ache like I ran a marathon I start to sweat and feel dizzy and shortness of breath! What could this be! I also vomit sometimes when it gets really bad!?

See your Doctor: This could be due to inadequate blood flow, medication and/or a combo of the two. See you doctor immediately and hold off walking til your receive an ok by your doctor. ...Read more

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What can be done for left arm pain, tingling and shortness of breath?

Worrisome symptoms: Such symptoms could represent a "heart attack" it would be best to get this checked out by a doctor or emergency room very soon. ...Read more

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Hi I keep getting sharp pains in my left arm after exercion no shortness of breath or chest pain?

Hi I keep getting sharp pains in my left arm after exercion no shortness of breath or chest pain?

Importance of risk: Dependent on age, family history, risk factors and life-style. ... the complaint most probably is musculo-skeletal vs cardiac in origin. A clear professional evaluation is indicated, especially for recurring symptoms. Every human does not develop the classical signs of serious heart disease. Therefore. .. dependent on the risk indicated above. .. professional evaluation should be sought. ...Read more

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Hi, I have had a sensation in my right arm as if a cord were tied around it accompanied with dizziness and shortness of breath and confusion?

Hi, I have had a sensation in my right arm as if a cord were tied around it accompanied with dizziness and shortness of breath and confusion?

Many symptoms: Unless you can see your doctor today you should go immediately to the nearest Emergency facility. They will either take care of you there or have you admitted to the hospital. Do not delay! ...Read more

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Tingling sensation that starts on arm becomes very painful. Pain travels to chest. It affects both sides of chest. Pain leads to shortness of breath?

Tingling sensation that starts on arm becomes very painful. Pain travels to chest. It affects both sides of chest. Pain leads to shortness of breath?

See your physician: YUOu are too young to have most, but not all kinds of heart disease. In addition, problems in the cervicale spine can affect the nerves the these areas. Anxiety is another potential cause. IN short, you need to see your physician to sort out the possibilities and provide a treatable answer. ...Read more

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Left arm feels weak/heavy when I sit or lie down in certain posture. Neck will feel choked sometimes. Start to have shortness of breath. What is this?

Left arm feels weak/heavy when I sit or lie down in certain posture. Neck will feel choked sometimes. Start to have shortness of breath. What is this?

Neck: It's possible that you have an impingement of a nerve or nerve root from a disk or spur in the vertebral area of the neck. This shouldn't impact your breathing however. This shortness of breath, especially if it's only at rest, may be from anxiety. A neurologist is best qualified to evaluate the neck, arm symptoms and order appropriate tests or refer you to another specialist. ...Read more

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Left side upper arm chest pain. After doing something. Shortness of breath can not lift on left. Pain from under arm pit and chest.

Any: Any chest and arm pain must be taken seriously. Chest pain or arm pain can be caused by cardiac pain. Cardiac pain can be accompanied by shortness of breath, sweating, palpitations, or nausea. Lung pain is usually associated with shortness of breath, fever, or cough. Pain from the large arteries in the chest such as the aorta can cause pain that radiate to the back. Persistent or new chest pain should always be medically evaluated. ...Read more

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The last two nights I have had 2 brief episodes where I suddenly get shortness of breath and numbness and pressure on my right shoulder and arm. Help?

Follow up/ M.D.: It really depends on your medical history. If you have cardiac problems, a family history of cardiac problems, I would recommend being seen by your physician.
If there is wheezing, chest tightness, cough, you will need a bronchodilator.
There are many conditions that may cause these symptoms, and I would recommend an appointment ...Read more

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IM having pains in my left arm and shortness of breath ive been to the ER many times only to be told its anxiety I don't believe that. ANY ideas???

IM having pains in my left arm and shortness of breath ive been to the ER many times only to be told its anxiety I don't believe that. ANY ideas???

Why NOT?: It can be a very good explanation. You should change your approach though, as the ER is not the best way to get the right answer. Start with your PCP who will review all testing done in the ER. If he suggests counseling or medications for anxiety: FOLLOW HIS ADVISE!! . Remember that anxiety (panic attacks) are a real disease that can literally ruin your life. Don't waste time or money in the ER ...Read more

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I feel heavy or tightness on my left chest and numbness on my left arm, then shortness of breath and weakness?

Go to ER: Cannot tell you over internet what cause is, however it is concerning for possibly originating from your heart, so you need to go to the er for evaluation and management. ...Read more

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My left arm hurts me since yest and I've shortness of breath, my blood pressure is very low since yest., what's happening with me?!

My left arm hurts me since yest and I've shortness of breath, my blood pressure is very low since yest., what's happening with me?!

See your doctor: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Today I started having tightness in my chest and shortness of breath. And for the past 3-4 weeks my left arm will go numb for a few minutes...Then back to normal. Please help me.

Today I started having tightness in my chest and shortness of breath. And for the past 3-4 weeks my left arm will go numb for a few minutes...Then back to normal. Please help me.

I: I do not know your age or risk factors. You describe having chest tightness, shortness of breath and numbness of your left arm. I am answering this 19 hours after you wrote it. If you are having this type of chest pain call 911. Even if the pain has subsided this needs to be evaluated to ensure that you are not having a heart attack or angina. ...Read more

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What are possible causes of arm, chest pain numbness in hand as well as shortness of breath?

What are possible causes of arm, chest pain numbness in hand as well as shortness of breath?

Heart attack: If all the symptoms are on the left and sometimes even on the right, the heart attack would be the first to check for and rule out, also pulmonary emboli, musculoskeletal causes like costochondritis, but in any case if you have those symptoms you need to go to er asap as it can be life threatening. ...Read more

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What could cause pain running down my left arm, and then numbness, shortness of breath, ringing in the ears?

What could cause pain running down my left arm, and then numbness, shortness of breath, ringing in the ears?

Risk factors: Not knowing your risk factors: anxiety, cardiac and musculoskeletal disease are top in the differential. You should see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have shortness of breath, a lump under my arm and feel weak and tired and almost faint. Could this be leukemia?

I have shortness of breath, a lump under my arm and feel weak and tired and almost faint. Could this be leukemia?

Anything is possible: You should definitely see your doc about all of these symptoms. A few simple blood tests can determine if you have leukemia. However, given your description of your symptoms it is not possible to say what is wrong. This could, for example, be an abscess under your arm and anxiety causing hyperventilation and weakness and feeling tired. Get checked out. ...Read more

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I have bad chest pain, shortness of breath and now my arm gets numb when this happens. My doctor said im fine though?

Not fine enough: I don't think you are fine enough -- so find another doctor or get a second opinion and get yourself evaluated again! ...Read more

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Back pain in upper right side. The pain is worsened by lying down, laughing, leaning forward. No shortness of breath. No issues moving arm around.

Back pain in upper right side. The pain is worsened by lying down, laughing, leaning forward. No shortness of breath. No issues moving arm around.

Upper back strain: More commonly this is a muscle strain. It can be very uncomfortable initially and debilitating.
Heat. Stretch. Massage may help. If it persists beyond 10days without improving then considering seeing a physician. Physical therapy is often considered. ...Read more