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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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Dry cough while lying down pain under lower left rib with deep breaths. Somewhat short of breath.

Dry cough while lying down pain under lower left rib with deep breaths. Somewhat short of breath.

See your doctor: I am concerned that you might have something as serious as a pneumonia or even other conditions. Please get checked out! ...Read more

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Fever, chills. 2 weeks of dry violent coughing fits. Now short of breath esp on exertion or lying down, yellow sputum, wheezing. Can't talk only whisper for 8 days. & sinus infection pain, mild fever.?

Fever, chills. 2 weeks of dry violent coughing fits. Now short of breath esp on exertion or lying down, yellow sputum, wheezing. Can't talk only whisper for 8 days. & sinus infection pain, mild fever.?

Go to ER....: Your shortness of breath is a concerning symptom as well as your laryngitis which likely represents upper airway inflammation. You may have pneumonia so you need a chest x-ray as well as a sputum culture to diagnose the bacteria responsible for your infection. You may need supplemental oxygen as well as IV antibiotics so you should go to the nearest er asap. Let us know how you do! Good luck! ...Read more

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26 wks pregnant feeling short of breath for days sitting or laying down doesn't help too much but standing is less preassure on my upprr tummy = (?

26 wks pregnant feeling short of breath for days sitting or laying down doesn't help too much but standing is less preassure on my upprr tummy = (?

Shortness of breath: Depending on fetal position the diaphragm can be compressed during pregnancy leading to shortness of breath. usually the symptoms are better when standing. If your symptoms worsen or continue you should see your obstetrician ...Read more

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Short of breath while eating, talking and laying down. Feels like something squeezes air out of me. Dry cough when it happens. Non smoker. No anxiety.

Short of breath while eating, talking and laying down. Feels like something squeezes air out of me. Dry cough when it happens. Non smoker. No anxiety.

? Airways problem: Airway hyper-responsiveness, or twitchy airways can be the cause, in other words some sort of asthma. Acid reflux, overweight, physical activity + other triggers can induce symptoms in susceptible patients. A simple peak flow respiratory measurement before and after bronchodilator can give us a clue, or spirometry.At any rate you need to be evaluated by your doctor who would better direct your care ...Read more

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Had 2 viral infections back to back still have second. Lungs sound clear but short of breath worse when laying down. Scared it's myocarditis?

Get it checked out: If short of breath, then best to get it checked out by a primary care physician or cardiologist. Still far and away the greater likelihood is that the infection has given you temporary respiratory impairment. But a health care professional can assist you in determining whether or not you have developed a bacterial superinfection worthy of antibiotics, or if you need an echocardiogram. ...Read more

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Short of breath when laying down? 31 weeks pregnant and I seem to wake up at night with my heart racing and difficulty breath. I've had ekgs ect.

Short of breath when laying down? 31 weeks pregnant and I seem to wake up at night with my heart racing and difficulty breath. I've had ekgs ect.

Normal: This is most likely normal changes in late pregnancy -- try to lay down on your side with your head and upper torso slightly on an incline and allow gravity takes the weight of the baby off your chest. ...Read more

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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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When I am sitting up I have shortness of breath. When I'm lying down I'm fine. What can this be? It just started couple days ago.

Orthodeoxia: There is a rare condition called "platypnea-orthodeoxia" but I doubt you have it because it's very rare. Here's a reference to it: http://circ. Ahajournals. Org/content/105/6/e47.Full

it can be diagnosed or ruled out with an echocardiogram, a simple, non-invasive test. ...Read more

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21 yrs 75kg male having shortness of breath it decrases when lying down. No pain. It happens when I think about my shortness of breath.

21 yrs 75kg male having shortness of breath it decrases when lying down. No pain. It happens when I think about my shortness of breath.

Shortness of breath: Needs to be evaluated by your doctor. If medical conditions are ruled out it may be anxiety. Please see a mental health professional to learn some stress management techniques. See www. Relaxationresponse. Org for some self-help but don't use w/out getting medical situation evaluated first. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I am experiencing shortness of breath (time frame: gradual onset) (worsened by: lying down, exercise or physical activity) (severity: mild) (bette...

I am experiencing shortness of breath (time frame: gradual onset) (worsened by: lying down, exercise or physical activity) (severity: mild) (bette...

Mgt: A virtual appointment may be booked online through Healthtap.

There are many conditions which may cause your symptoms and a visit with a physician is indicated.
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I am experiencing shortness of breath (time frame: gradual) (worsened by: lying down, exercise or physical activity) (severity: mild) (better by:. ..

I am experiencing shortness of breath (time frame: gradual) (worsened by: lying down, exercise or physical activity) (severity: mild) (better by:. ..

Shortness of breath: Follow up with doc/ urgent care, you need PFTs (pulmonary function testing to asses if you have asthma or at least peak flow and EKG to assess if heart issues, if EKG is abnormal you will need an echocardiogram. Alternatively it may be reflux/ GERD for which you could try ranitidine. f/u /w/ doc / urgent care within 24-48 hours ...Read more

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I am experiencing shortness of breath (time frame: gradual onset) (worsened by: lying down, exercise or physical activity) (severity: mild) (bette...

I am experiencing shortness of breath (time frame: gradual onset) (worsened by: lying down, exercise or physical activity) (severity: mild) (bette...

Repost your question: Your question was cut off, please post again. From what is left, it sounds like you would benefit from a further evaluation of your heart and lungs. I would recommend you see your local doctor for further evaluation. If experience severe symptoms, please seek immediate medical care. ...Read more

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Can symptoms of a hiatel hernia such as palpatations and shortness of breath be influenced by body position? Mine gets worse lying down.

Can symptoms of a hiatel hernia such as palpatations and shortness of breath be influenced by body position? Mine gets worse lying down.

Yes: It is variable what can cause worsening or alleviation of symtoms, but I have heard more than once that patients have had symptom exacerbation with position change. ...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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I meant I experience shortness of breath when lying down but mildy. I also get arrythmias when I jog or exercise. I am a coffee drinker. I also started experiencing mild chest pains since November 2016?

I meant I experience shortness of breath when lying down but mildy. I also get arrythmias when I jog or exercise. I am a coffee drinker. I also started experiencing mild chest pains since November 2016?

You need a workup!: You need a thorough heart work up. See an internest or cardiologist! Many causes for your complaints! I cannot possibly end-run a diagnosis for you! ...Read more

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Shortness of breath while lying down, has progressed over a week to intermittent chest pain and hollow feeling in chest with sob still. Ekg was fine?

Shortness of breath: There are multiple possibilities for what you describe. You should go see your doctor and be evaluated. The doctor will order what tests are indicated, if any. Be sure the doc explains what's going on to you. ...Read more

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For a few months, I have been experiencing shortness of breath, more when I am sitting or lying down (improved by exercise) and frequent forced burping with occasional acid reflux. Could all of this be caused by reflux or is it more serious?

For a few months, I have been experiencing shortness of breath, more when I am sitting or lying down (improved by exercise) and frequent forced burping with occasional acid reflux. Could all of this be caused by reflux or is it more serious?

Without ↑information: & detective work, impossible to say at a distance. Yet your theory (you're the only one who can perceive your symptoms) does make sense & you demonstrate an understanding of basics of differential diagnosis methodology. Like everyone, you are your own primary medical decision maker (physician if you will), regardless how competent, or not. Beware, reflux (long term) does drive esophageal cancer. ...Read more

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I have had on several occasions shortness of breath tightness in chest n pain in left shoulder. It happens even when lying down.

I have had on several occasions shortness of breath tightness in chest n pain in left shoulder. It happens even when lying down.

More info needed: Is the discomfort affected by a deep breath or when you rotate your shoulder? What happens when you exert yourself? Do you have a cough? How long does the chest tightness last? Is there a tender spot on the rib cage? It doesn't sound too worrisome but have your pcp evaluate this complaint. ...Read more

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When I get up from sitting or lying down I cough. I suspect asthma and use salbutamol inhaler for shortness of breath, however I have not been diagnos?

When I get up from sitting or lying down I cough. I suspect asthma and use salbutamol inhaler for shortness of breath, however I have not been diagnos?

See your doctor: Your cough may be from reflux or asthma (especially if you have shortness of breath). In the latter, that would mean that your asthma is not under control and you need to see your doctor to give you something besides salbutamol for asthma treatment. ...Read more

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I am experiencing shortness of breath (time frame: gradual onset) (worsened by: psychological stress, lying down, smoking, exercise or physical activity) (severity: mild) (better by: rest, sitting upright). The following also describe me: Cigarette smok

Breath&Smoking: It sounds like you understand the link between smoking and health problems, including breathing issues. Please start w/a visit to your doctor to make sure all is well. He/she can refer you to a smoking cessation group or practitioner. Set a target date and please stop. You and your loved ones will be glad now and in the future. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I am experiencing snoring, heartburn (gerd) (worsened by: lying flat), shortness of breath (time frame: gradual onset) (worsened by: lying down, . ..

I am experiencing snoring, heartburn (gerd) (worsened by: lying flat), shortness of breath (time frame: gradual onset) (worsened by: lying down, . ..

Weight or Esophogus: There are several possible causes of your problems, but the two most likely are a problem with the sphincter (muscle) that keeps your stomach contents where they belong (it can slide above your diaphragm, it can be weak, etc) OR a problem with pressure in your abdomen - which is usually excess weight (which snoring makes more likely). Exercise and mild weight loss will help. See your doc. ...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