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Doctor insights on: Shortness Of Breath That Gets Worse When Laying Down

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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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Shortness of breath reflux is it worse lying down?

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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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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Having chest pains on&off. Advil&pain meds aren't helping.Gets worse when laying down.Have shortness of breath w activity.Sharp pains.What could it be?

Having chest pains on&off. Advil&pain meds aren't helping.Gets worse when laying down.Have shortness of breath w activity.Sharp pains.What could it be?

Evaluation: There are many causes for chest pain and shortness of breath. For evaluation including history, physical examination, tests are required to properly diagnose the cause of your symptoms. Recommend seeing your doctor as soon as possible. ...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 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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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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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