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Doctor insights on: Shortness Of Breath Anxiety Or Lung Cancer

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger Dr. Weisberger
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
47 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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Can anxiety cause shortness of breath that is not hyperventilling? After clear chest X-ray, dr doesn't want to do more testing? Scared its lung cancer

Can anxiety cause shortness of breath that is not hyperventilling? After clear chest X-ray, dr doesn't want to do more testing? Scared its lung cancer

Anxiety: Anxiety frequently causes shortness of breath. Lung cancer would only cause shortness of breath if it were advanced and that would show up on chest xray.

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Michael Gabor Dr. Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology
29 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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Dr. Anita Prakash Dr. Prakash
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
25 years in practice
State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine
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If a person had lung cancer, how long after shortness of breath symptoms appeared would you expect them to start getting sick?

If a person had lung cancer, how long after shortness of breath symptoms appeared would you expect them to start getting sick?

Variable: Lung cancer comes in many forms -- by that I mean virulence, histologic type and varied involvement. An individual can be asymptomatic for a very long time with long cancer, because we have 2 lungs and quite a lot of redundancy. A lot of the lung would have to be compromised to start feeling short of breath; and the power of denial is also pretty strong.

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger Dr. Weisberger
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
47 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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30 yr old female. Shortness of breath & slight pain when breathing deeply. Former light smoker (5years, 18-23) and 2 chest CTs. Is it lung cancer?

30 yr old female. Shortness of breath & slight pain when breathing deeply. Former light smoker (5years, 18-23) and 2 chest CTs. Is it lung cancer?

Unlikely: From what you described, it is unlikely that you have lung cancer. However, it is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you and your symptoms warrant evaluation by a physician. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex.

Dr. John Munshower Dr. Munshower
Family Medicine
26 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - Georgia Campus
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What kinda lung dieses cause shortness of breath besides lung cancer. No other sytoms but shortness of and some chest pain can this be inflammtion?

Sure: Many lung conditions can cause shortness of breath, for example asthma, reactive airway disease, bronchitis, various respiratory infections, pneumonia, etc. At your age, inflammation and a possible viral or bacterial infection would be statistically most likely, nut get an evaluation to be safe and properly diagnosed. Best wishes.

Dr. Susan Madonna Dr. Madonna
Family Medicine
17 years in practice
New York Institute of Technology New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
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I've been having crepitus in my lung, chest pain, and shortness of breath; I'm 16 and fear its lung cancer?

I've been having crepitus in my lung, chest pain, and shortness of breath; I'm 16 and fear its lung cancer?

Breathing Problem: Lung Cancer is incredibly rare in 16 year olds. That said, you should see your doctor for evaluation of your respiratory symptoms.

Dr. Andrew Turrisi Dr. Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
43 years in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine
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They found some lung nodules in dec just really scared I also have chest pain and shortness of breath sometimes im scared of lung cancer.

They found some lung nodules in dec just really scared I also have chest pain and shortness of breath sometimes im scared of lung cancer.

You mention in: The profile, you have copd. Do you still smoke? The size of the nodules are important, as whether they have calcification. Ultimately, you may need a biopsy. That will determine cancer or not.

Dr. Craig Carter Dr. Carter
Surgery - Thoracic
36 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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I can't go to a hospital cuz I'm saving for next year's tuition. Do I have lung cancer? I have shortness of breath and have had a cough for 3 months.

I can't go to a hospital cuz I'm saving for next year's tuition. Do I have lung cancer? I have shortness of breath and have had a cough for 3 months.

Depends: Do you smoke? Have you seen your primary physician? Have you gone to a quik med for a chest x-ray? You are worried about tuition? Won't help if you are not around. See somebody.

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Dr. Ira Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology
38 years in practice
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
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I have back pain around my shoulder blade and have slight shortness of breath. I'm a 36 year old occasional smoker. Could I have lung cancer?

Certainly is a: Possibility but there are also a number of other things that could give you these symptoms that are much less serious. The only way to know for certain is to have a health care professional evaluate you. Make an appointment today to get checked out.

Dr. Andrea Brand Dr. Brand
Family Medicine
years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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For the past year I have felt shortness of breath that comes and goes. Had a clear chest xray a 6 months ago. Should I get second opinion? Lung cancer

More info needed: Shortness of breath can have many possible causes, including lung disease, heart disease and anemia. You will need an examination and appropriate tests to determine the cause. Your doctor can help sort this out.

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Dr. James Bucci Dr. Bucci
Internal Medicine
years in practice
University of Rome-La Sapienza Faculty of Medicine
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I have vaped a couple of times with my friends mainly this summer around 20 times or so, and 40 days ago I started having shortness of breath and chest pains. Went to the doctor and they said my lungs sounded normal. Could I have lung cancer? I'm 16

I have vaped a couple of times with my friends mainly this summer around 20 times or so, and 40 days ago I started having shortness of breath and chest pains. Went to the doctor and they said my lungs sounded normal. Could I have lung cancer? I'm 16

Short of breath: lung cancer is not the first thing that comes to mind.
I do think seeing a pulmonologist is indicated. This could be a form of asthma.
If your breathing or chest pains get worse then go to the emergency department where some tests might be done and give you an answer.

Dr. Raymundo Romero Dr. Romero
Internal Medicine - Oncology
18 years in practice
Loma Linda University School of Medicine
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What are other alternative treatment for lung cancer with extreme shortness of breath if the oxygen treatment is not effective as it used to be?

What are other alternative treatment for lung cancer with extreme shortness of breath if the oxygen treatment is not effective as it used to be?

MORPHINE: Ask your treating oncologist or palliative care specialist for morphine. This medication can help with the sensation of shortness of breath (dyspnea). There is a liquid formulary, easier to take, absord faster. I hope this information is helpful.

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Dr. Andrea Brand Dr. Brand
Family Medicine
years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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Can shortness of breath be the only symptom of lung cancer...had clear chest xray and 2 negative d dimers (all 3 in December)...scared!

Can shortness of breath be the only symptom of lung cancer...had clear chest xray and 2 negative d dimers (all 3 in December)...scared!

More info needed: Shortness of breath can have many causes, including heart disease, lung disease, clot in the lung, and anemia. it does not necessarily indicate lung cancer. Your doctor can help sort this out.

Dr. Hamsa Jayaraj Dr. Jayaraj
Internal Medicine
50 years in practice
Dr M.G.R. Medical University, Madras, Christian Medical College
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Dealing with Shortness of breath for past 4 months that comes and goes. Clear chest xray in December and negative d dimers. Is it lung cancer?

Dealing with Shortness of breath for past 4 months that comes and goes. Clear chest xray in December and negative d dimers. Is it lung cancer?

Bronchospasm: If SOB is intermittent most probably some type of asthma- Hyper active air ways. Needs albuteral inhaler & if induced by allery, antihistamine need to be added Benadryl is OTC product or less sedative Zyrtec (cetirizine) or loratidine can be used. Consult PCP or pulmonologist.

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Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Lung cancer or lymphoma? I'm 22 nonsmoker, play soccer, lift weights. Recently I have developed a shortness of breath & pain after a bout w/ typhoid.

Lung cancer or lymphoma? I'm 22 nonsmoker, play soccer, lift weights. Recently I have developed a shortness of breath & pain after a bout w/ typhoid.

Probably neither: I would be extremely surprised if this was lung cancer and moderately surprised if it was Hodgkin's. It's a little early for you to be assigning yourself something deadly. My first concern in your case is a viral myocarditis. Get seen.

Dr. Bradford Romans Dr. Romans
Internal Medicine
33 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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Left side chest pain. No shortness of breath or breathing problems. No cough or other symptoms. Burps came too much. Smoker bt quit it. Is dis lung cancer?

Left side chest pain. No shortness of breath or breathing problems. No cough or other symptoms. Burps came too much. Smoker bt quit it. Is dis lung cancer?

Unlikely, due to your: Age. Does any movement make it worse? This would suggest a musculoskeletal origin. Pleuritic chest pain is worse with deep breaths and caused by lung irritation/pneumonia.There are many structures in the chest that can cause pain. A careful history, physical exam, and x-Rays may b required to discover the diagnosis.

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger Dr. Weisberger
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
47 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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Dr. Ed Kaplan Dr. Kaplan
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
35 years in practice
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
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Had chest CT scan 3 months ago and was clear. Now I still have chest and back pain and shortness of breath. Can it be lung cancer even after clear ct?

Had chest CT scan 3 months ago and was clear. Now I still have chest and back pain and shortness of breath. Can it be lung cancer even after clear ct?

Yes, but not likely: Unlikely in your age group anyway, but especially with normal ct. Nonetheless, almost anything is essentially possible. I would be more concerned about blood clots or other conditions with those symptoms. Either way- stop smoking!

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Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
3,266 Doctors shared insights

Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more