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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

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What does it mean when you have a shortness of breath and it's hard to breath? Ok, my chest feels heavy and it's kinda hard to breath it first started yesterday with weeziing a few hours after I went swimming.

What does it mean when you have a shortness of breath and it's hard to breath? Ok, my chest feels heavy and it's kinda hard to breath it first started yesterday with weeziing a few hours after I went swimming.

Hello.: Hello. I can't diagnose your symptoms. However, if you have been exercising and develop chest tightness and wheezing, you could have some exercise induced reactive airway disease. If you have a little cold or virus, this could also be the cause. It sounds like a one time occurence. However, if this continues, you should see your doctor to ensure that you don't have asthma. Now if you are an older person and you have chest heaviness and difficulty breathing, than you could be having a cardiac event.
Your wheezing suggest lung issues but I also included some heart attack info. (chest pain, tightness, squeezing or fullness is the most common presentation. However the pain can also present in the upper back, the upper middle abdomen, jaw, head, teeth or in the arms (left more than right). One could have nausea, vomiting or it could feel like indigestion or heartburn. Feeling short of breath, sweating and just feeling out of sorts can also occur. About a fourth of people have no significant symptoms during a heart attack.) take care. ...Read more

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My asthma is exercise induced, I do take my puffer 10 minutes before exercising, but I still am short of breath when exercising, what to do? Thanks

Spirometry /EKG: I think your pediatrician should determine that your shortness of breath is caused only by your asthma. Other problems such as cardiac disease may cause shortness of breath. Repeating the albuterol when you are short of breath but not exceeding the maximal dose, and a spacer device is useful for delivery. ...Read more

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Feel short of breath during swim practice. Could I have exercise induced asthma?

Feel short of breath during swim practice. Could I have exercise induced asthma?

Certainly: You might also be out of shape. Another possibility is your heart. Your primary care physician is a great first stop to figure out the cause of your complaint. See your doctor very soon. ...Read more

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Can exercise cause pleurisy or just shortness of breath?

Can exercise cause pleurisy or just shortness of breath?

SOB: Exercise can't cause pleurisy which is due to rubbing of the inflamed (usually infected) outer lining surfaces of the lungs. But vigorous exercise can make intercostal muscles (muscles between your ribs) and costochondral joints (where ribs attach to your sternum (breastbone)) sore which mimics pleurisy as it may hurt to take a deep breath or cough. ...Read more

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Is it necessarily a bad sign if I have shortness of breath during exercise?

Not a bad sign: No shortness of breath in an otherwise
healthy individual would be related to
level of fitness
as you get into better condition you will likely be able to exercise longer and at a higher
intensity than before without getting short of
breath. ...Read more

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What can it mean if I experience severe shortness of breath during exercise?

See your doctor: Consult with your physician before starting an exercise program that causes symptoms of severe shortness of breath. It may just mean that you need to change the intensity of the exercise, but seek medical direction before proceeding. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a good exercise to help shortness of breath?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a good exercise to help shortness of breath?

Any exercise: Any exercise will help - it's best to do something you enjoy and avoid anything you have to force yourself to do. I find walking with my mp3 player is very relaxing and enjoyable. Start with an easy distance and work up to a minimum of 30 minutes 5 days a week or more. ...Read more

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If shortness of breath is due to anxiety will it effect exercise like jogging etc?

If shortness of breath is due to anxiety will it effect exercise like jogging etc?

No.: Think about this. If shortness of breath is due to exercise, and exercise is a great anxiolytic, your shortness of breath in general might be improved with exercise. Go for it!! ...Read more

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Dry, painful cough and your shortness of breath gets worse when you exercise Could mean what?

Dry, painful cough and your shortness of breath gets worse when you exercise Could mean what?

Exercise-induced ast: ... asthma (or EIA) jumps to mind as a possible cause of your symptoms, given your age. However, there are many other causes of cough & shortness of breath. We're not set up to give a diagnosis in this platform, so use HealthTap Prime to go over your symptoms & medications & condition with a live doctor to get an accurate diagnosis. You may need blood &/or pulmonary tests to confirm. EIA treatable ...Read more

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I am experiencing shortness of breath (time frame: gradual onset) (worsened by: lying down, exercise or physical activity) (severity: mild) (bette...

I am experiencing shortness of breath (time frame: gradual onset) (worsened by: lying down, exercise or physical activity) (severity: mild) (bette...

Mgt: A virtual appointment may be booked online through Healthtap.

There are many conditions which may cause your symptoms and a visit with a physician is indicated.
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I am experiencing shortness of breath (time frame: gradual) (worsened by: lying down, exercise or physical activity) (severity: mild) (better by:. ..

I am experiencing shortness of breath (time frame: gradual) (worsened by: lying down, exercise or physical activity) (severity: mild) (better by:. ..

Shortness of breath: Follow up with doc/ urgent care, you need PFTs (pulmonary function testing to asses if you have asthma or at least peak flow and EKG to assess if heart issues, if EKG is abnormal you will need an echocardiogram. Alternatively it may be reflux/ GERD for which you could try ranitidine. f/u /w/ doc / urgent care within 24-48 hours ...Read more

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I am experiencing shortness of breath (time frame: gradual onset) (worsened by: lying down, exercise or physical activity) (severity: mild) (bette...

I am experiencing shortness of breath (time frame: gradual onset) (worsened by: lying down, exercise or physical activity) (severity: mild) (bette...

Repost your question: Your question was cut off, please post again. From what is left, it sounds like you would benefit from a further evaluation of your heart and lungs. I would recommend you see your local doctor for further evaluation. If experience severe symptoms, please seek immediate medical care. ...Read more

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Every time I sprint, run up the stairs or exercise I get shortness of breath. Why?

Exercise: Burst exercise causes rapid heart rate increase shortened diastolic period, increased residual pulmonary vascular resistance and mechanical resistance yielding shortness of breath. ...Read more

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Why do I get shortness of breath everytime I sprint, exercise or run up the stairs?

Oxygen consumption: The higher the demand the higher the need. More effort needs more oxygen & energy then there is a need for air & shortness of breath sensation.
The more you do and endurance (resistance) increases less effort & less sensation. ...Read more

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I had a few hours of exercise. I didn't feel anything wrong during but after I felt a wheeze in my breath and shortness of breath. First occurrence?

I had a few hours of exercise. I didn't feel anything wrong during but after I felt a wheeze in my breath and shortness of breath. First occurrence?

Bronchoconstriction: Your symptoms are consistent exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (aka exercise-induced asthma). This does not mean you necessarily have asthma. A major goal is to ensure that exercise is not avoided. As your cardiovascular condition improves this may resolve. It it persists or worsens you should see physician for possible medications/inhalers to use and determine need for further testing. ...Read more

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I experience shortness of breath during exercise. I'm taking 10mg of montelukast prescribed for my daughter. It helps somewhat. Any suggestions?

I experience shortness of breath during exercise. I'm taking 10mg of montelukast prescribed for my daughter. It helps somewhat. Any suggestions?

See your doctor: I agree with dr rand that seeing a pulmonologist would be helpful, but as a family doctor I recommend starting with your family doctor. Your problem is likely to be handled just fine by them, for less cost. It is important to have a primary care physician who knows all about your health in order to put the pieces together and provide you with the best all around care. ...Read more

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Does brown mucus and shortness of breath always point to copd? Ten year smoker. No exercise. Age 24.

Does brown mucus and shortness of breath always point to copd? Ten year smoker. No exercise. Age 24.

COPD at age 24: Is highly unlikely, but having bronchitis or sinus infections or other problems related to smoking is very likely. Your body is trying to give you a message - it would be a very good thing for you to listen to it. If you are worried, your doctor can do simple office-based test to reassure you that it is not permanent damage to your lungs (yet), but what you really need is to stop smoking;. ...Read more

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20yo, mild off/on chest discomfort for couple of days. Shortness of breath w/light exercise. Has been very inactive for past week or so.

20yo, mild off/on chest discomfort for couple of days. Shortness of breath w/light exercise. Has been very inactive for past week or so.

Chest pain breathing: Pulmonary embolism would be the main serious concern and can be evaluated with chest imaging studies ordered by a physician. There are less serious potential causes but need to have PE excluded first. ...Read more

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I am experiencing shortness of breath and some dizziness after exercise. I am very healthy and stay well hydrated. So what could cause this?

I am experiencing shortness of breath and some dizziness after exercise. I am very healthy and stay well hydrated. So what could cause this?

Dizzy: Probably exercise induced asthma less likely heart related. See your doctor to do breathing tests to see if your lungs are the problem. If so you can be treated with inhalers. If not then a heart work up is next ...Read more

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I have a question about shortness of breath, and leg pain? Feels like “growing pain”. I’m 20. Happened out of the blue. Non smoker. I exercise.

I have a question about shortness of breath, and leg pain? Feels like “growing pain”. I’m 20. Happened out of the blue. Non smoker. I exercise.

Shortness of breath: Combined w/leg pain indicates a need for you to see your doctor. There are several possibilities including infection or cardiac involvement. Your doc will figure it out and help. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I have mild shortness of breath, mostly when laying down. I'm congested at the moment, also I exercised too hard and then suddenly had chest pain?

Possible asthma: Respiratory illness can make you shot of breath but at your age a little short of breath is hardly noticable.
Being that symptomatic I suggest you see your doctor very soon
. If you have a fever and cough this could be pneumonia. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to use albuterol everyday to help with shortness of breath if you only use it when you exercise?

Is it dangerous to use albuterol everyday to help with shortness of breath if you only use it when you exercise?

Maybe: It sounds like you were given the albuterol inhaler to help with shortness of breath or wheezing during exercise...And that perhaps now you are having symptoms everyday. It certainly seems like your symptoms are changing, and if they are you should see your doctor to review your new symptoms with them. If you are having to use your inhaler more than usual, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it possible for lack of exercise to cause shortness of breath at times. Use to work out often just haven't been motivated as much anymore?

Only on exertion: Lack of exercise shouldn't make you short of breath on ordinary activity, just on heavier exertion, like playing ball as a weekend warrior. If you are short of breath on ordinary activity like walking and housework, that might need attention to check your heart and lungs and rule out a situation like anemia. ...Read more

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I meant I experience shortness of breath when lying down but mildy. I also get arrythmias when I jog or exercise. I am a coffee drinker. I also started experiencing mild chest pains since November 2016?

I meant I experience shortness of breath when lying down but mildy. I also get arrythmias when I jog or exercise. I am a coffee drinker. I also started experiencing mild chest pains since November 2016?

You need a workup!: You need a thorough heart work up. See an internest or cardiologist! Many causes for your complaints! I cannot possibly end-run a diagnosis for you! ...Read more

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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