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What causes heavy feeling lungs and shortness of breath?

What causes heavy feeling lungs and shortness of breath?

Shortness of breath: This is a symptom of not getting enough air. It can be caused by many things. If the person is normal but there isn't enough oxygen, if the person over exerts. If there isn't enough red blood cells in the blood. If the lungs don't work well, heart dysfunction, abnormal respiratory mechanics. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

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


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Burning sensation through upper chest, pain in armpits and shoulders for the last couple of days I have had a feeling of heaviness in the left side of my chest along with shortness of breath. I seen my doctor about this and he believes that it was caused

Burning sensation through upper chest, pain in armpits and shoulders for the last couple of days I have had a feeling of heaviness in the left side of my chest along with shortness of breath. I seen my doctor about this and he believes that it was caused

The : The symptoms you describe are typical of a heart attack or inflammation around the heart (pericarditis) - they can also be caused by anxiety and hyperventilation. So yes, it could be serious. Key items for revealing if there is a heart problem would be an electrocardiogram (ekg) and blood tests, perhaps an echocardiogram (looking at the heart and pericardium with sound waves). If your doctor has done the tests described, check with him again to see what else could be causing the problem. If not, it could be best to seek another opinion. ...Read more

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For the last 3 days Dull and sharp pain as well as heavy feeling in pelvis n lower back. Heavy feeling in lungs n shortness of breath. What is it?

For the last 3 days Dull and sharp pain as well as heavy feeling in pelvis n lower back. Heavy feeling in lungs n shortness of breath. What is it?

Needs evaluation: Your symptoms could have a number of causes, many of them warranting urgent attention. I suggest you see your doctor today or go to the emergency room for evaluation. ...Read more

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I woke up today not feeling good. Here is the symptoms. Coughing, Weight in lungs, shortness of breath, chunky dry bloody phlegm, sinus drainage, muscle ache, lethargy, lightheaded, mirgraine, and fever. Any suggestions?

I woke up today not feeling good. Here is the symptoms. Coughing, Weight in lungs, shortness of breath, chunky dry bloody phlegm, sinus drainage, muscle ache, lethargy, lightheaded, mirgraine, and fever. Any suggestions?

SEE DOCTOR ASAP: It seems you are pretty sick and may have a lower respiratory infection like Acute Bronchitis or Pnumonia and need to see your Doctor asap.If can not see Doctor go to the ER Meanwhile Drink plenty of fluids and take Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen if youbdo not have allergy to it or have a stomach ulcer. You need examination and also may need Chest Xray and treatment with Antibiotics if Bacterial infection. ...Read more

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For the past 5 years I've had silicone-like balls productve cough. My lungs feel heavy. Laughin or cardio provokes it and causes shortness of breath.

For the past 5 years I've had silicone-like balls productve cough. My lungs feel heavy. Laughin or cardio provokes it and causes shortness of breath.

Please follow up: This may be caused by a number of conditions. I would suggest a chest radiograph and a review of your asthma. A virtual appt is available online Healthtap.com/DosanjhMD Code : NCYHPZ ...Read more

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HR fast (up to 180bpm on loop) and causes a strange excited/nervous feeling in my chest along with shortness of breath throughout the day/night???

HR fast (up to 180bpm on loop) and causes a strange excited/nervous feeling in my chest along with shortness of breath throughout the day/night???

Too high!: It that is still present, please call 911. if it went away, go to the ER for evaluation for possible causes that can be treated. Don't drink caffeine or use any over the counter drugs or supplements until cleared by a doc to do so. ...Read more

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I have a recurrent feeling of pressure on my sternum x several days. No chest pain. No shortness of breath really, just a heavy feeling in chest.

I have a recurrent feeling of pressure on my sternum x several days. No chest pain. No shortness of breath really, just a heavy feeling in chest.

See ur doc: Chest pressure in a 30 year old woman is very unlikely to be heart related, BUT, knowing nothing more about you, you should see Ur doc to evaluate this problem. ...Read more

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Is it possible that anxiety cause chest pain, feeling nausea, shortness of breath and headaches?

Is it possible that anxiety cause chest pain, feeling nausea, shortness of breath and headaches?

Yes : Especially if you have something to be anxious about.! of you have fever or chills you could be sick. In the former find a good counselor to help you do you don't have these attacks and deal with their cause. Exercise and a healthy diet and enough sleep always help too! ...Read more

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Slight heavy feeling/ache center of my chest breastbone also slight shortness of breath can feel an ache in groin to. Anxiety?

Slight heavy feeling/ache center of my chest breastbone also slight shortness of breath can feel an ache in groin to. Anxiety?

Possibly: at your your young age the likely problem with your heart as well. AS this is also very slight and you are also having some breathing problems this is suggestive of something other than a cardiac or lung disorder. The ache is the groin is unclear but unless your are very active this may also be attributed to "nerves" This is interpreted as anxiety or physical manifestations of stress. See doc. ...Read more

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Can indigestion/acid reflux cause chest tightness & feeling like I cant take a deep breath/shortness of breath?

Can indigestion/acid reflux cause chest tightness & feeling like I cant take a deep breath/shortness of breath?

Unlikely : It's possible, but much less likely than other causes. In general, the chest pain you describe in your age group is more likely to be musculoskeletal (strain or inflammation) or respiratory (viral pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma). However, it could be cardiac or even GI related. You should contact your doctor immediately or go to the closest urgent care/ER if you're having breathing problems. ...Read more

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What can cause shortness of breath unable to breathe in deeply, sharp chest pain, sudden headache and feeling of being light headed after running?

Poor hydration: Drink more water or gatorade pain is most likely from muscular issue from poor hydration status so also lightheadednesss. ...Read more

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Chest pain (very mild) , gurgling sound when breathing in , chest pressure causing shortness of breath. Clicking feeling post excercise , really thirsty and tired , also have foamy urine . And frequent headaches . What's the cause of all these symptoms ?

Chest pain (very mild) , gurgling sound when breathing in , chest pressure causing shortness of breath. Clicking feeling post excercise , really thirsty and tired , also have foamy urine . And frequent headaches . What's the cause of all these symptoms ?

Go to ER: You may be having a cardiac event and need to be seen by a doctor. An ekg, chest xrray, and lab work could screen you for a problem with the blood vessels feeding your as well as congestive heart failure. If this is occurring now please go to the emergency room and get checked out. It can make a difference to be treated early. ...Read more

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I have been waking up with sweats, burning sensation on neck, chest heavy, shortness of breath while lying down, dizzy, vomiting, diarrhea. Causes?

I have been waking up with sweats, burning sensation on neck, chest heavy, shortness of breath while lying down, dizzy, vomiting, diarrhea. Causes?

See doctor asap: With these symptoms you should see your doctor asap or go to the emergency department of the hospital.You may need IV fluids as you may be dehydrated. ...Read more

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Went to my doc for shortness of breath, and congestion feeling, she told me my lungs were clear. Any idea's. Have appt with cardio. I do have copd?

Went to my doc for shortness of breath, and congestion feeling, she told me my lungs were clear. Any idea's. Have appt with cardio. I do have  copd?

Short of breath: There are lots of possibilities and a history and physical exam and possibly other work up might be needed. From out here can't say anything specific. Be sure to talk about it and get clarity from the cardiologist. ...Read more

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Can a partially dead lung cause shortness of breath & a headache?

Can a partially dead lung cause shortness of breath & a headache?

Yes: Not sure what you mean by dead lung, but if part of it does not work for any cause, shortness of breath can result. ...Read more

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I've had a sudden shortness of breath for the past few days. I have take deep breaths but I feel like the air doesn't reach my lungs. Causes?

Many causes: check with your PCP. if no cause is found and symptoms persist think about allergy and treat the cause. To learn how treat the cause visit us at www.ehacstl.com ...Read more

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Dr says probably LPR. I have shortness of breath at times. How can I tell if LPR has caused acid in my lungs? Is this life threatening ? I'm worried

Dr says probably LPR.  I have shortness of breath at times. How can I tell if LPR has caused acid in my lungs?  Is this life threatening ? I'm worried

LPR: Treatment includes inclining the torso when sleeping, avoiding chocolate, mint, caffeine, alcohol and large meals prior to bedtime. Acid reducing drugs such as Prilosec reduce scarring. Pulmonary, ENT or GI specialist consultations may be necessary if symptoms are intractable. ...Read more

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My lungs feel heavy when breathing but no shortness of breath also i have dry cough. is this a normal sickness or should i be worried?

My lungs feel heavy when breathing but no shortness of breath also i have dry cough. is this a normal sickness or should i be worried?

See physician: Asthma can present like this, rather than with wheezing. A number of lung problems can have only a dry cough as you do. See your physician. An evaluation, including breathing tests and a chest X-ray can get to the root of the problem and proper treatment. ...Read more

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I've had shortness of breath since I was a teen. After doing tests recently I'm told lungs are clear and heart is fine. Ive never been told the cause.

I've had shortness of breath since I was a teen. After doing tests recently I'm told lungs are clear and heart is fine. Ive never been told the cause.

?allergy testing: some pts are short of breath during certain times of the year. a symptom diary and allergy testing may give you some additional info. some pts use inhalers and allergy meds during certain mos of the year and are fine the rest. ...Read more

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Can lots of humidity in the air cause shortness of breath tiredness and a slight pressure in your upper back near your lungs?

May be: High humidity may cause a feeling of suffocation and produce the symptoms you alluded to. However, it would be prudent to see your doctor to rule out other issues. ...Read more

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I was at ER was diagnoised wit a pulimanary embalisim would that cause my left lung to hurt wit shortness of breath?

Pulmonary embolus: Pulmonary embolus would be a cause for chest discomfort and shortness of breath. It is a serious condition and needs to be treated seriously. ...Read more

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Is intermittent shortness of breath caused by heart or lung\pleural; problem?Inbetween attacks she is completely normal

Is intermittent shortness of breath caused by heart or lung\pleural; problem?Inbetween attacks she is completely normal

Can't Breath: Wow what a question. Unfortunately without more information, i can't tell you. It depends on circumstances at the time of your shortness of breath. It could simple. Given you are 64 years old, your heart is high on list. Pvcs, pacs, paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, ischemia from a blockage. Copd, asthma, pleurisy, pneumonia, blood clots as well. Women often do not have typical agina. Get seen! ...Read more

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Cured from PTB 1 year back.got scar tissue on right upper lung & midzonal consolidation. Sometimes get shortness of breath. What is the cause?

Cured from PTB 1 year back.got scar tissue on right upper lung & midzonal consolidation. Sometimes get shortness of breath. What is the cause?

Many conditions: It is possible with loss of volume due to scarring to have shortness of breath, from your description the scar tissue is in a specific focused area. I would suggest discussing other causes with your physician. A lung function test and oxygen saturation test can be performed. Avoid smoke and document any history of wheezing with your doctor and Virtual pulmonary healthtap consult appt ...Read more

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Shortness Of Breath (Definition)

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