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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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Should i be concerned if my CT scan of my lungs shows mild bibasilar gravity dependent atelectasis. Reason is shortness of breath.?

Should i be concerned if my CT scan of my lungs shows mild bibasilar gravity dependent atelectasis. Reason is shortness of breath.?

No: If you take a few good deep breaths, you'll eliminate it. If cts were free and had no radiation dose, you could prove this by taking a few deep breaths and repeating your scan. ...Read more

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If my echo&x rays i had around 2 months ago were normal is there any reason to fear enlarged heart? Shortness of breath but I have anxiety

If my echo&x rays i had around 2 months ago were normal is there any reason to fear enlarged heart? Shortness of breath but I have anxiety

No: An echocardiogram is as good as it gets for identifying enlargement of the heart (cardiomegaly). This test also can detect congenital anomalies or functional problems with the heart. Xrays are pretty good for determining size, as well. If both of these tests were normal, you should not worry that you have an enlarged heart. ...Read more

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What are the reasons and solutions for shortness of breath and chest pain, sometimes numbness in hands and legs?

What are the reasons and solutions for shortness of breath and chest pain, sometimes numbness in hands and legs?

Must make dx first.: Chest pains and shortness of breath (individually or both symptoms together) need to be evaluated by a primary care physician first, and a diagnosis--which will likely take various testing--must be made before being able to treat. Causes include heart (coronary artery or valve disease, pericarditis), respiratory problems (pleurisy, asthma), chest wall, anxiety or neuro disorders. C ur doc. ...Read more

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As I was in the shower I felt a sudden shortness of breath and then collapsed for several minutes. Very scary, what could be the reason for this?

As I was in the shower I felt a sudden shortness of breath and then collapsed for several minutes. Very scary, what could be the reason for this?

Syncope: Need more information to analyze the situation, common problem could be a fainting episode, anxiety. Always have to consider, heart and lung related, but need more information and exam. ...Read more

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Sometimes when im sitting or sleeping it's as if I have a sudden shortness of breath any reason to b concerned..Must take several depths?

Sometimes when im sitting or sleeping it's as if I have a sudden shortness of breath any reason to b concerned..Must take several depths?

I have given this : The name, "suffocation" for patient records because it is so common. Your brain is simply indicating that the use of oxygen (oxidation) is poor. Commonest cause is poor diet and vitamin b deficiency from dietary sugar. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I get heartburn, occasionally get sharp pains in my chest, or shortness of breath sometimes for no reason?

It means: it is time to get examined for GERD, chest pain and shortness of breath. Your symptoms require a comprehensive physical examination and cannot be answered online. ...Read more

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29 yrs F,For past 5 days I feel like near fainting,sometimes I feel pain near chest and feel shortness of breath.reason and which Doctor need to meet?

29 yrs F,For past 5 days I feel like near fainting,sometimes I feel pain near chest and feel shortness of breath.reason and which Doctor need to meet?

ER doctor.: For all this, you should really be first seeing an ER doctor. There's a lot going on here, and an expeditious initial work-up is needed - blood testing, EKG, stress testing. This can most quickly be done via short hospital stay. After this, depending on results, visits to outpatient doctors can be scheduled. ...Read more

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I am very anemic I'm taking Ferrous sulfate and I have shortness of breath episodes can this be the reason. ?

I am very anemic I'm taking Ferrous sulfate and I have shortness of breath episodes can this be the reason. ?

SOB while anemic: Yes, anemia can cause shortness of breath. You probably notice it more when you are walking or otherwise exerting yourself, and you may feel like your heart is beating faster. It takes a while for your iron level to return to normal, even when you are taking a high dose of iron. Continue to take your tablets as prescribed. Take with a source of vitamin C for better absorption. ...Read more

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Hello! I have 2 question. 1. I have severe shortness of breath when climbing stairs 2 I often yawn, though well enough sleep. What is the reason?

Hello! I have 2 question.
1. I have severe shortness of breath when climbing stairs
2 I often yawn, though well enough sleep.
What is the reason?

See doc.: Severe SOB with climbing stairs is not normal in your age group and needs a good explanation. This may be related to heart / lungs or blood system. ...Read more

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Reason for a female patient aged 49 with hypothyroidism presenting with dry cough since 1 month and with a single episode of shortness of breath?

Reason for a female patient aged 49 with hypothyroidism presenting with dry cough since 1 month and with a single episode of shortness of breath?

Many possibilities: There are countless possibilities for a dry cough. If the thyroid level has been normal on replacement, they thyroid is almost certainly not the cause. Have the doctor investigate the other possibilities. ...Read more

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Palpitations,chest pain,mild shortness of breath had full work up by 2 different cardiologists,still can't find a reason for what's going on. What nxt?

Palpitations,chest pain,mild shortness of breath had full work up by 2 different cardiologists,still can't find a reason for what's going on. What nxt?

Chest pain: There are many causes of chest pain, the heart is one, intestinal gas and thoracic musculoskeletal pains are very common, anxiety and panic attacks likewise are frequent causes. You should always ask the doctors who see you what they think is the problem you came for and what to do about it. ...Read more

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My pulse ox is 92, possibly lower. Experiencing shortness of breath, tingling hands and confusion. Is the low pulse ox the reason for these symptoms?

My pulse ox is 92, possibly lower. Experiencing shortness of breath, tingling hands and confusion. Is the low pulse ox the reason for these symptoms?

Possibly: Hypoxia (low oxygenation) can contribute to the symptoms you have described. You should see your physician for evaluation of your symptoms so that the cause can be determined. Some possibilities include smoking, lung disease, carbon monoxide, and medications. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001435.htm ...Read more

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Are my symptoms all in my head? I went to get a CBC in february and everything came back fine. I still feel tired, bruise easily, and have horrible shortness of breath for no reason. Could leukemia have developed between now and then? Should I get a secon

Are my symptoms all in my head? I went to get a CBC in february and everything came back fine. I still feel tired, bruise easily, and have horrible shortness of breath for no reason. Could leukemia have developed between now and then? Should I get a secon

Get checked again: You should go right away to get a check of your complete blood count. Leukemias can arise very quickly and often occur in younger people. Your bruising may be due to low platelets and your shortness of breath may be due to low hemoglobin. ...Read more

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30 yrs age. Shortness of breath for long time. Dizziness in morning only today.Ecg normal.Lung test nrmal. Doctor not found any reason. What can it b?

Several reasons: Normal ecg/lung function tests are good for screening, if u still have shortness of breath, more tests can be performed as stress tests / challenge tests, u have a thyroid problem as well, hypothyroidism can lead 2 overweight, decreased activity and easy fatigue which can be interpreted as shortness of breath, also anemia, low blood pressure, etc further evaluation is needed if condition persists. ...Read more

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I am pain in windpipe while turning my body and feeling short of breath.What is the reason for this?

I am pain in windpipe while turning my body and feeling short of breath.What is the reason for this?

General check up: You symptoms will require a general check up with a healthcare provider. Once an initial assessment is made, proper testing and/or treatment will follow if indicated. ...Read more