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Dr. Steven Griggs
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Short Of Breath On Lying Flat (Definition)

Orthopnea is a symptom in which one has difficulty breathing when lying flat. It is most commonly a ...Read more


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What can u do to treat orthopnea?

What can u do to treat orthopnea?

Find the cause: Orthopnea is shortness of breath when you lay flat. Treatment of this symptom always depends on finding a cause (ie fluid in the lungs, heart failure and dysfunction of the diaphragm). These causes are all treated differently. ...Read more

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Who do you see for orthopnea?

Who do you see for orthopnea?

FP, IM, Cards or pul: Orthopnea is breathlessness that occurs specifically when lying down. The two conditions that should be considered are congestive heart failure and and advanced lung disease. You should be seen by a family practice doctor or internist or cardiologist or pulmonary specialist. (since you're using the medical term "orthopnea", i assume you've already seen one? ...Read more

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Read about orthopnea. Not that I have dyspnea when lying flat, but I feel much more comfortable breathing sitted up. Is this normal?

Read about orthopnea. Not that I have dyspnea when lying flat, but I feel much more comfortable breathing sitted up. Is this normal?

Orthopnea: For many people the mechanics of breathing require less work when standing or sitting uptight. Normals can possibly feel this. People with impaired breathing feel this more. ...Read more

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Experiencing dull upper chest and upper back pain with orthopnea.?

Experiencing dull upper chest and upper back pain with orthopnea.?

See a Doc: If you are having such symptoms, you could be having symptoms of congestive heart failure. You should see your doctor asap or go to an er if the symptoms persist. ...Read more

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Gradual sob on exertion (x 2 mo). Discomfort in luq/chest c insp wheeze l lat base & increased orthopnea. Afebrile. Infequent dry cough. O2 sat 99% ra?

Gradual sob on exertion (x 2 mo). Discomfort in luq/chest c insp wheeze l lat base & increased orthopnea. Afebrile. Infequent dry cough. O2 sat 99% ra?

Get examined: Anytime you are getting more short of breath and particularly with wheezing you should have a better examination by your doctor. This could simply be asthma but you need further evaluation to rule out other medical concerns. Get well. ...Read more

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Does heart failure always show up on an eeg, MRI or Echo? What is the definition? I have severe chest pain, breathlessness, palpitations upon standing and walking around. Is that a definition of heart failure? Or does it need to show up on one of thos

Does heart failure always show up on an eeg, MRI or Echo?  What is the definition?  I have severe chest pain, breathlessness, palpitations upon standing and walking around.  Is that a definition of heart failure?  Or does it need to show up on one of thos

No: Heart failure is a clinical (bedside) diagnosis. Symptoms are Shortness of breath on exertion and swelling of the ankles. The signs are elevated jugular venous pressure, rales in lungs, liver enlargement, and pitting edema. The objective tests are BNP blood test and chest Xray. The tests you mention may indicate heart problems but they do not diagnose heart failure. ...Read more

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How to relieve severe symptoms of a cold?

How to relieve severe symptoms of a cold?

Take Care of YOU: My pet peeve: people at work, with awful colds, all dopey on thera-flu and robitussin. If you have a cold, stay home. Take care of yourself! get lots of sleep. Make your partner bring you tea and orange juice and vapo-rub! don't try to run yourself ragged and medicate it away. Cold viruses are determined to run their course. You'll feel better if you take a break and let your body heal. ...Read more

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I have severe ADD , what's the best medication ?

ADD: There are many choices available. You and your doctor can make the best determination ...Read more

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