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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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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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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?

Needs to be cheched: You are 47 year old with shortness of breath while sitting and pain in chest and belly you should be checked by your doctor asap to find the cause and treat appropritely.Do not waste time and seek medical help. ...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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I have shortness of breath when I gain a pound or two or when I exercise less. Is this normal? 

I have shortness of breath when I gain a pound or two or when I exercise less. Is this normal? 

Possibly: De-conditioning occurs when one exercises less and less and then shortness of breath can kick in as muscles have to work harder to accomplish the same work load. A extra pound or two should not cause significant shortness of breath but if you weigh around 100 lbs then 2 pounds of extra weight will have more of an impact vs. Someone who weighs 250 lbs. ...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?

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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