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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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I am having shortness of breath with standing or sitting. Relieved about 30 mins after lying down. Only health problem is hashimotos. On armour.

I am having shortness of breath with standing or sitting. Relieved about 30 mins after lying down. Only health problem is hashimotos. On armour.

See doctor: There are many causes for shortness of breath and thus you need to consult your doctor ASAP re these issues. A lung function test would be a starting point ...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 doesnt 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 doesnt 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. ...Read more

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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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