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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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I'm a trainer & lately I am experiencing shortness of breath when I talk for say more 2hrs. Its like am catching my breath then feel a bit weak. Help?

I'm a trainer & lately I am experiencing shortness of breath when I talk for say more 2hrs. Its like am catching my breath then feel a bit weak. Help?

Talk more than 2 hr: Perhaps you are experiencing some hypoglycemic episodes from not eating properly or from anxiety. Be sure to eat every few hours with a good protein meal and eat a snack just before talking. Try meditation for any anxiety. ...Read more

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Gerd for 5yr. Shortness of breath when trying to sing or talk long sentences etc., but not when exercising. Ideas?

Gerd for 5yr. Shortness of breath when trying to sing or talk long sentences etc., but not when exercising. Ideas?

Possibilities: Could be asthma triggered by reflux. Could be cardiac. Could simply be deconditioning. It may be worthwhile to be checked out by your doctor ...Read more

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Whenever I yell or talk for too long I find that I have a shortness of breath. It feels like something is blocking my airways/breathing. Asthma?

Whenever I yell or talk for too long I find that I have a shortness of breath. It feels like something is blocking my airways/breathing. Asthma?

Possible: Asthma causes shortnes of breath, cough, and musical wheezing during exhalation which the doctor may hear on examination even if you don't hear it. It is very treatable. If you feel it on talking it probably is slowing you down in other ways so why not get examined by your doc or school nurse? ...Read more

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I had a cardiac ablation done 5 days ago...it went with no complications. However after the procedure I have constant shortness of breath when I talk?

I had a cardiac ablation done 5 days ago...it went with no complications. However after the procedure I have constant shortness of breath when I talk?

See your doctor!: Complications from cardiac ablation are rare but can include blood clots forming in the legs or lungs. This is called a PE, and could cause shortness of breath. It's also possible (depending on the approach used) to have a partial lung collapse. See your doctor to rule out any serious problem causing your shortness of breath. ...Read more

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My mom went to the drs shed been having shortness of breath and coughing when she would talk a lot and they told her she had tight lung what does that?

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My mom went to the drs shed been having shortness of breath and coughing when she would talk a lot and they told her she had tight lung what does that?

Meaningless: The term tight lung is meaningless. I suggest that you bring your mom to an internist to get checked out. A lung function test and/or chest x-ray may help clarify the issue. ...Read more

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I have heart palpitations and shortness of breath when oi talk or walk up stairs. I'm a 130lb female. What could this be?

I have heart palpitations and shortness of breath when oi talk or walk up stairs. I'm a 130lb female. What could this be?

May be nl or not: You need to wear a 24 hour monitor (holter) to see what your heart is doing when you're having your symptoms to see what it could be. ...Read more

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I have been suffering from tight chest and shortness of breath. While talking I would start chocking and start coughing continuously. My GP did give me small white tablets that was said to be steroids but it didn't help. What else can be done.

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I have been suffering from tight chest and shortness of breath. While talking I would start chocking and start coughing continuously. My GP did give me small white tablets that was said to be steroids but it didn't help. What else can be done.

Vocal cord?: This may be from a vocal cord dysfunction which at times may be triggered by reflux. The lack of response to steroid points away from asthma being the problem. Consult an ENT who is knowledgeable about vocal cord issues. ...Read more

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I am 19 years old and 5'4" tall. I have seven stones. I have had chest pain, fast heartbeat, shortness of breath evenwhile eating/talking and palpitations. I've had ecg, cbc, chest X-ray but could find nothing. What should I do?

I am 19 years old and 5'4" tall. I have seven stones. I have had chest pain, fast heartbeat, shortness of breath evenwhile eating/talking and palpitations. I've had ecg, cbc, chest X-ray but could find nothing. What should I do?

Further work up: Several conditions can cause these symptoms. Can't suggest a diagnosis without further info. The good news is that in a person your age they're very treatable. ...Read more

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Cough for more than three weeks. No fever. Shortness of breath but work not really affected. One trigger of cough when speaking. What is this?

Cough for more than three weeks. No fever. Shortness of breath but work not really affected. One trigger of cough when speaking. What is this?

Cough: A 3 week cough is a long time. If you are SOB, it may be asthma. Coughing spasms occur with pertussis or whooping cough. See your doctor for an exam to help with the diagnosis. All the best. You may need an XR. ...Read more

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Bending over causes shortness of breath?

Bending over causes shortness of breath?

Yes it can: Because it changes the mechanics of your chest cavity. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Could smoking weed causes shortness of breath?

Yes: Yes, both short term and long term use can do this. Especially if you have asthma or COPD (emphysema). Just don't do it if you get short of breath when you do it. Chronically, (no pun intended) it can cause other problems as well. ...Read more

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What causes shortness of breath while singing besides high chest breathing?

What causes shortness of breath while singing besides high chest breathing?

Short of breath: As you suggest learning to breath properly with singing is important. If you have good technique then you have to be evaluated for obstructive and other lung disease. If you can't get air out of your lungs easily, you'll get sob really fast trying to sing.. ...Read more

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What causes shortness of breath during c-section?

What causes shortness of breath during c-section?

Could be many reaso: Reasons, many not serious, some more serious what did your OB say you need to ask your OB as your OB knows you, your situation and your medical history. ...Read more

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What causes shortness of breath the day after drinking alcohol?

What causes shortness of breath the day after drinking alcohol?

Sob: Many possibilities some depend on how much alcohol you drank the day before and what your general physical and cardiovascular condition is. Did you aspirate? ...Read more

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If LPR don't cause asthma like symptoms? Thn why it causes shortness of breath

If LPR don't cause asthma like symptoms? Thn why it causes shortness of breath

Something else: I had already mentioned vocal cord dysfunction from LPR as a potential cause. But you need to rule out other factors too and getting a lung function test would be the least you can do. ...Read more

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What causes shortness of breath and elevated pulse rate, but blood oxygen is ok?

What causes shortness of breath and elevated pulse rate, but blood oxygen is ok?

SOB: Shortness of breath is a physical sensation of increased work of breathing, it can happen with normal po2, pulse goes up with exercise, it isn't unusual for both things to happen together when exercising. ...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.
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Asthma bothers me during exercise, even the least activity causes shortness of breath and tightness in my chest, not just cardio exercises.

Asthma bothers me during exercise, even the least activity causes shortness of breath and tightness in my chest, not just cardio exercises.

Uncontrolled asthma: We don't know what type of asthma you have? At any rate you are still suffering, you need to be evaluated by an allergist/immunologist for better asthma control, meanwhile, if you exercise regularly you need to take a bronchodilator inhaler right before exercise, albuterol (ventolin), call this no in Cairo for an appointment with an allergist/immunologist if you wish, 0122-279-6437, good luck ...Read more

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Causes shortness of breath and heavy/difficulty breathing? No heart or any health problems, had anxiety but I don't feel anxious, been going to therapi

Causes shortness of breath and heavy/difficulty breathing? No heart or any health problems, had anxiety but I don't feel anxious, been going to therapi

If your doc has: Ruled out or is treating medical conditions you can focus on treating the anxiety. Take a look at www. Relaxationresponse. Org It provides simple techniques to help. Concern about breathing and having enough air is fairly common w/anxiety. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Smoker with anxiety symptoms. Cough mucus short of breath. Heard quitting causes shortness of breath. I ALREADY can't breathe. Nervous to try.

Smoker with anxiety symptoms. Cough mucus short of breath. Heard quitting causes shortness of breath. I ALREADY can't breathe. Nervous to try.

You can quit: There's a rarely mentioned fact I know: The smoking breath pattern - In, Hold, Exhale (fully, slowly) thru lips - is very, very good for you. That pattern alone can lower BP (for awhile) and makes you feel really good. When smokers quit, they lose this advantage. Some of the distress is due to this. You can win by continuing to do the breath pattern w/out the cigarette! 'Smoke' w/out cigarettes! ...Read more