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Sighing Dyspnea Symptoms
Dyspnea with frequent unsatisfying yawns/sighs for 8 mo. No anxiety/apnea/GERD. Good xrays, CT, MRI, blood tests. Seeing pulmononologist. Other ideas?
My 6 yr old daughter has been sighing/deep breaths a lot lately and complaining of shortness of breath and pains in stomach when breathing?
Yes it can: During an arrhythmia, the heart may not be pumping effectively, and you might therefore feel short of breath. Many arrhythmias are intermittent, and in between episodes, there shouldn't be any symptoms, as long as the heart is otherwise normal. ...Read more
Can mild dyspnea be the sole symptom of stable angina? Meaning mild dyspnea alone happens on exertion regularly? Asking hypothetically.
Possible/unlikely: Dyspnea can be the only symptom of coronary insufficiency which is what you're asking. Angina is, by definition, an uncomfortable sensation - if it's not present, there's no angina. Dyspnea, if due to myocardial ischemia, doesn't imply stability. It can be present in stable or unstable coronary syndromes. ...Read more
One week I have hard Dyspnea and pain in upper back. I'm 20 and have scoliosis. I am used to these symptoms of scoliosis but now they are very intense!
NO Inhaler: If U are talking about albuterol, it tends to increase anxiety. The only way to help reflux is to stop eating & drinking an hour or more before lying down. If doesn't work, need to elevate head of bed, gravity hepls. There are acid reducers, but full stomach leads to reflux. Chronic reflux causes lung disease. Even if no acid, enzymes in stomach hurt lungs. See MD to help with reflux. ...Read more
Can one hyperventilatie all day long for months? I find anxiety hard to believe as the cause of my symptoms. Cannot exert, palps, psychogenic dyspnea
No you can't: Have you had a graduated treadmill exercise test with pulse oximetry to quantitate your breathlessness and palpitations? If your lab can do it, a cardio-metabolic stress test would be even better, measuring your CO2 with exercise. How about: echocardiogram, chest x-ray, CBC, BNP, BMP, ddimer and TSH too? ...Read more
Please describe the differences in symptoms in cardiac related dyspnea, asthma related dyspnea, and anxiety related dyspnea?
Dyspnea = Dyspnea: Dyspnea is dyspnea. In other words, dyspnea is just medicalese for shortness of breath. What's more important is to determine the cause of dyspnea. But the symptoms will be similar, eg shortness of breath. So you need to go see your family doc for proper evaluation. With that said, dyspnea related to your heart might be aggravated by activity whereas asthma might cause wheezing just stiing still. ...Read more
Pain (4/10) between 3. and 4. left rib when breathing very deeply or stretching. No dyspnea or any other symptoms. No tenderness.?
Muscoloskeletal: Pain such as you describe which is more noticeable when having deep breaths or stretching is not heart related. It sounds related to a chest wall problem, which is annoying but not dangerous. ...Read more
My symptom is dyspnea with exertion -5 mos now. All tests say PAVM, but CT scan saw "thymic tissue" in my lungs. What does this mean, should I worry?
At your age,: Having some residual thymic tissue in the anterior mediastinum (I assume that's where it is) is normal. ...Read more
37 yrs old, ef 45-50% past 1.5 years, halter normal, stress test LBBB w/ normal sinus rhythm, echo shows lbbb, constant fatigue & dyspnea symptoms? Y
Cardiomyopathy: You have a cardiomyopathy. This causes fatigue and dyspnea. Assuming your echo and stress test are normal (other than lbbb, which is due to cardiomyopathy), you should be treated with a betablocker like Carvedilol and an ace inhibitor like lisinopril. These may improve your ef and symptoms over time. Sometimes a diuretic and aldosterone antagonist and digoxin are used as well. ...Read more
How can I treat the following symptoms? Weakness, shortness of breath, nausea, chest tightness, exhaustion, exercise intolerance, cough, and paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea?
There is not way: To answer this in 400 characters or less. Have you had a comprehensive medical evaluation to determine the diagnosis? That is essential. Take care. ...Read more
Can't figure out these symptoms Non-exertional chest pain, cold hands, unilateral swollen interphalangeal thumb joint w/o trauma, dyspnea on awakening?
Think rheumatic dz: Definitely confusing! Nontraumatic IP joint swelling, especially in the thumb, brings to mind rheumatoid arthritis (RA). A common complication of RA is costochondritis which affects the rib joints (chest pain) & a variant called Caplan's Syndrome leads to lung nodules. Other autoimmune diseases may mimic RA (lupus?) but testing by a Rheumatologist may sort things out for u. Good Luck! Thanx 4 ur Q ...Read more
Sob: Improving symptoms depends on what is causing them. Some things can be quick some slow. The cause of the symptom dictates the response. ...Read more
What are the main causes of shortness of breath? I don't feel any other symptoms except that it feels hard and slightly heavier to breath. Any idea?
Many causes: There are so many causes! Pulmonary disease including asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, pneumonia and pulm. Embolism. Heart disease: especially heart failure and angina; systemic causes such as anemia, thyroid excess, and acidosis (like from diabetes. Other causes include hyperventilation, panic attack, foreign body, airway obstruction. This is the short list! ...Read more
Yes, but: Practically ANYTHING can be a symptom of cancer but that doesn't mean the individual has cancer. For instance, lung cancer commonly causes shortness of breath (as well as chest pain, coughing blood, weight loss, hoarseness, etc) but there are dozens of less serious causes of shortness of breath which are generally more likely. ...Read more
Lots of things.: The differential diagnosis for these symptoms is very broad. However, there are a few very serious conditions that could be the cause of you problems. A full history and exam on you would be necessary to safely make a diagnosis. My advice would be to not mess around with this and get to a doc very, very soon. ...Read more
Many Women feel: Shortness of breath during pregnancy, and that can happen even in early pregnancy due to the effect of HCG which puts women in a mild hyperthyroid state. If you are anemic, this symptom will be more pronounced. Your blood volume and plasma volume expand about 1/3 during pregnancy to accomodate fetal circulation, so your exercise tolerance should decrease as you progress and fetal demand increases. ...Read more
Is there any correlation or association between having Gastroparesis and the symptom of shortness of breath?
Can a possible pinched nerve somewhere in the back cause shortness of breath as well? How is a pinched nerve found? What are the symptoms?
A pinched nerve does not cause shortness of breath.
A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan is the best way to diagnose a pinched nerve.
A pinched nerve in the neck region can cause neck, shoulder, upper back, and arm pain. In the lower back can cause low back, buttock, and leg pain. It can also cause numbness, tingling, or weakness of the arms or legs. ...Read more
My heart has recently been beating fast and I've had shortness of breath and other symptoms. What could this be or mean?
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