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Dr. Michael Rothman
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Weight Gain (Definition)

Weight gain is an increase in body weight. This can be a result of increases to muscle mass, increases in body fat, or increases in body fluids like water. Occasionally, weight gain can be a symptom of ...Read more


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) can a mild weight gain cause mild shortness of breath?

) can a mild weight gain cause mild shortness of breath?

Yes: Weight gain is a common cause of shortness of breath. Moreover, we often gain weight when we're more sedentary. Just a couple of weeks of reduced activity will impair our physical conditioning so that previously tolerated exercise now makes us winded until we work back into shape. ...Read more

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Weight gain, shortness of breath even while sittng, bloating, pain between rib cage and belly button?

Weight gain, shortness of breath even while sittng, bloating, pain between rib cage and belly button?

See a doctor: Abdominal pain, swelling, weight gain, and shortness of breath can indicate excess fluid in the abdomen (ascites). This needs to be evaluated.
Even if it is not ascites, this pattern needs to be promptly evaluated. ...Read more

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I have a rapid weight gain, swelling, heart palpitations, shortness of breath from high B12 levels. How can I lower this and how long will it take?

I have a rapid weight gain, swelling, heart palpitations, shortness of breath from high B12 levels. How can I lower this and how long will it take?

Not the case: Your symptoms are not from B12 toxicity. 1st, B12 toxicity is rare. 2nd, if you do happen to become toxic, then your symptoms would be numbness/tingling in the hands ; face, panic attacks, insomnia, and maybe rashes. If you already have an overactive thyroid or mitral valve disease, then B12 toxicity may make those worse. Dyspnea would result from worsening mitral disease but you'd lose weight. ...Read more

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20w pregnant with no weight gain, frequent dizzy spells, shortness of breath, palpitation (normal eating). Baby measure normal on level 2 ultrasound at 19w. Do I need to worry about low weight gain?

20w pregnant with no weight gain, frequent dizzy spells, shortness of breath, palpitation (normal eating). Baby measure normal on level 2 ultrasound at 19w. Do I need to worry about low weight gain?

Be watched closely: I've seen some women with little weight gain during pregnancy have perfectly healthy babies, but weight gain of about at least 25 pounds would typically be expected. Make sure your doctor monitors closely your fundal height growth, and probably also more ultrasounds that the typical pregnancy for closer monitoring of the fetal growth. ...Read more

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Weight Gain fatigue extremely nauseated short of breath, lower stomach pain bad back aches had period but wasn't as heavy could I be pregnant?

Weight Gain fatigue extremely nauseated short of breath, lower stomach pain bad back aches had period but wasn't as heavy could I be pregnant?

Doctor can evaluate: A person who is "short of breath" needs to be evaluated by her doctor, regardless of what might be the cause of being short of breath. That goes for pregnant women and non-pregnant women. Her doctor can do a pregnancy test at the office. ...Read more

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Most of the time my hands are shaking, I have shortness of breath, & I don't gain any weight. What does this mean?

Most of the time my hands are shaking, I have shortness of breath, & I don't gain any weight. What does this mean?

See doctor: Your symptoms warrant a more detailed history, physical examination and may be some tests. It is important that you see your doctor for an evaluation. It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you. ...Read more

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I am 20 weight 92nd 5 ft 9. I recently started having shortness of breath after 1 hour of exercising. I got all the test and were normal?

I am 20 weight 92nd 5 ft 9. I recently started having shortness of breath after 1 hour of exercising. I got all the test and were normal?

Deconditioning: Most likely, if you have not been exercising for a while, you have become deconditioned. It will take some time for your body to adjust to exercise. Unless you are coughing or have other symptoms of exercise-induced asthma, I would encourage you to keep up the efforts. Start for 15 minutes per session, & gradually increase the number of sessions & duration to 30 min to get best results. Keep at it ...Read more

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Over the past month I've gained 15 lbs all in my abdomal area and I've been experiencing shortness of breath?

Over the past month I've gained 15 lbs all in my abdomal area and I've been experiencing shortness of breath?

Loose weight: Lay off the unusual things that you did to put on the weight and please check your exercise and diet. If you are drinking stop that too. ...Read more

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When I lift weights and squeeze and focus I get shortness of breath after my set. Takes a while to catch my breath. I'm in shape. Possible causes?

When I lift weights and squeeze and focus I get shortness of breath after my set. Takes a while to catch my breath. I'm in shape. Possible causes?

Sevral possibilities: Try using a rescue inhaler after your workout (albuterol) to see if that helps. If not, testing for anemia and arrhythmia (holter monitoring) are indicated. You list echo and stress echo - I presume they're normal? Pulmonary function testing might reveal the problem. Have you had a chest x-ray? ...Read more

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38/M/ weight training, natural, 3 months in, 4dys/wk BP 104/61 avg for 3 days, slight shortness of breath, should I go to ER? Or is this norm BP range?

BP, Breathless: The BP is well normal;if the breathlessness is new or worsening or not appropriate for the level of exertion then you need a formal medical evaluation ...Read more

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I had cortisone infiltrations to trigger points in my neck today. I now have worse pains in my neck shooting into my head and I am feeling shortness of breath as though there is a heavy weight on it?

I had cortisone infiltrations to trigger points in my neck today. I now have worse pains in my neck shooting into my head and I am feeling shortness of breath as though there is a heavy weight on it?

Contact doc: You need to contact your doctor immediately since this is not the expected result from the injection. A slight increase in pain may be possible for a few hours after the injection but you should not expect breathing problem or radiating pain from it. ...Read more

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No appetite, no sleep, weight loss fast, have energy, no disiness, some shortness of breath, no other pain. What's going on?

No appetite, no sleep, weight loss fast, have energy, no disiness, some shortness of breath, no other pain. What's going on?

Hard to say: These are concerning individually but especially when all together need better evaluation and sooner rather than later. Many different possibilities can cause such things, but you need a good history and exam as a start. ...Read more

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Been having shortness of breath for a while now, (which I am over weight) but now am having chest pains when sneezing or stretching.?

Been having shortness of breath for a while now, (which I am over weight) but now am having chest pains when sneezing or stretching.?

Chest pain: There can be so many reasons for your symptoms. Please make an appointment with your primary physician. ...Read more

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Shortness of breath wen I lay down no matter which way I lay. Am not over weight. It's like my throat is bein squeezed or closed?

Shortness of breath wen I lay down no matter which way I lay. Am not over weight. It's like my throat is bein squeezed or closed?

Hard to say: You should get it looked at. Many simple things like anxiety, sleep apnea can give you those symptoms. However, there are some very rare (at your age), serious things that could also give you those symptoms. Best to see your primary who can help you rule out the rare serious things and help you treat the more common, benign issue it most likely is. ...Read more

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I'm a 26 yr old "athletic" male who regularly weight trains/boxes. I was diagnosed with MVP and have had all the symptoms to varying degrees, at various times and levels of physical excursions (palpitations, fluttering "skipped beats", shortness of breath

I'm a 26 yr old "athletic" male who regularly weight trains/boxes. I was diagnosed with MVP and have had all the symptoms to varying degrees, at various times and levels of physical excursions (palpitations, fluttering "skipped beats", shortness of breath

MVP means stick: With you Doctor for monitoring. Also, MVP is often associated w/anxiety. Stress management may be helpful. See a mental health professional for treating. Self-help at www. Relaxationresponse. Org ...Read more

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Can shortness of breath occur from a muscle strain in my ribcage from weight-lifting?

Yes: If it hurts to breathe, we become much more aware of our breathing and this translates into a feeling of shortness of breath.
Try some ibuprofen. If the pain improves and if you become distracted, the sensation should disappear. If it doesn't, you should be examined for other causes - eg collapsed lung (which is rare but does happen sometimes). ...Read more

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I am experiencing unintentional weight loss, chest pain or discomfort (quality: feels sharp or stabbing) (side: both) (severity: mild) (time frame: sudden), shortness of breath (time frame: gradual onset) (worsened by: lying down, exercise or physical a

I am experiencing unintentional weight loss, chest pain or discomfort (quality: feels sharp or stabbing) (side: both) (severity: mild) (time frame: sudden), shortness of breath (time frame: gradual onset) (worsened by: lying down, exercise or physical a

Weight loss: If you're losing weight despite eating well, disorders like overactive thyroid or diabetes come to mind. Sharp chest pains and shortness of breath without cough could be pleurisy, early pneumonia, emboli to the lung, or percarditis. Your symptoms warrant a thorough history and complete physical examination by a physician. Appropriate tests and xray will be ordered in order to make a diagnosis ...Read more

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