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What Does It Mean That My Lungs Are Tight
Inflammation: Asthma is a chronic disease that is the result of inflammation in the airways of the lungs. It can be worsened by a number of triggers, and the disease is managed with medications that control the inflammation and open the airways. Some people will require multiple medications to control their asthma, while others will need only one. It's severity can also vary throughout one's life. ...Read more
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
Over-inflation: If air gets in (inhaling) but cannot get out (exhaling) as well, the lungs can become over-inflated, like a balloon with extra air blown into it. When both lungs are affected the same way, it can be called "bilateral hyperinflation" or "hyperation". On a chest xray, the lungs look dark or black. This is a description, not a diagnosis or condition. Asthma, COPD and virus infections often cause it. ...Read more
Not sure.: I suspect you are referring to a restrictive lung disease. There are many types of restrictive lung disease so it is difficult to say exactly what it means in the long term. Short term, the best indicator of what it means is your performance status - do you have any shortness of breath or discomfort? ...Read more
Virus in chest: The common cold tends to have "flavors." there are chest colds, nose colds, and nose colds, each in general caused by a slightly different class of cold virus. Chest colds tend to be caused by the "parainfluenza" viruses. It does not imply anything wrong with the lungs. People with a tendency toward asthma may get sicker with chest colds or get an asthma attack. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pleural effusion...: An accumulation of fluid around the lungs is called a pleural effusion. Effusions can be cause by a number of different disorders including but not limited to: congestive heart failure, pneumonia, malignancy of the lungs / pleura (outer membranes of the lungs), and inflammation of the pleura. Draining the fluid may diminish symptoms and may also help to clarify what is causing the effusion. ...Read more
Why does my back ripple like a chiropractor is popping my bag . Does that mean I have Air in my back if so what causes that ?
Back "Pops": Your back has many joints in it (verterbrae). The cracking or popping sound is thought to be caused by the gases rapidly coming out of joint solution, allowing the capsule to stretch a little further. This is a benign occurrence that many people experience. ...Read more
No: Blue extremities can mean low oxygen levels but this could occur in lung, heart or vascular diseases. There are also rheumatologic (arthritis) type illnesses that can cause the extremities to appear blue or black. It is best to show your healthcare provider this problem to help determine why it is happening. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
May be: You have serious heart condition at young age. Do you have some congenital ( from Birth) Heart Disease? Or Are you over weight? Obviously you are under care of Cardiologist so ask him/her what it means to have thickened Heart valve. Without seeing a report I cannot interpret and give you conflicting explanation ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Need more info: The question "were your ears burning?" is a saying people use when someone they were just talking about shows up or calls. I've never heard it used in a medical context because it is not a symptom or feeling typically ascribed to any disease of the ear that I'm aware of. If you are having pain in your ears you may have an infection but even infections will feel different if in middle ear or canal ...Read more
Likely infectious...: Swollen lymph nodes are typically related to recent or current infection. Can stay swollen for a couple of weeks. If they remain 'squishy and mobile' (meaning you can move them around like a marble under the skin), then they are likely fine. If they get bigger, or feel less well-defined and don't move around, definitely have checked out. Also dpends on what you mean by 'so long'. ...Read more
This could be: due to movement of fluids and gas through the GI tract. ...Read more
NO...but !: Usually the occasional "jumpiness" is insignificant but it progressive and occuring with increasing severity it may be a sign of underlying neurological or metabolic disorders. ...Read more
Perhaps...: I would need you to clarify exactly what you mean by "tight." then, there are pulmonary function tests that can be done to determine whether this symptom is due to asthma or something else entirely. These tests would be needed since the treatment would be different depending on the precise etiology of your symptoms. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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