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What does shortness of breath feel like?

What does shortness of breath feel like?

Elephant on chest: To paraphrase supreme court potter stewart, you'll know it when you feel it. Some people describe shortness of breath as not being able to inhale deep (or deeply enough). Others describe it as if an elephant were sitting on their chest so they couldn't breathe, like someone squeezing you too tightly. You may or may not wheeze when short of breath. Go see your family doc for pulmonary function test. ...Read more

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
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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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How bad does shortness of breath have to be before going to the emergency room?

How bad does  shortness of breath have to be before going to the emergency room?

Shotness of breath: If you are having shortness of breath due to respiratory infection, you should seek medical help asap. ...Read more

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What does shortness of breath mean when I run?

Normal: The normal limiting factor for all mammals when exercising is they reach the limit of their heart's ability to increase the supply of oxygenated blood delivered to the muscles performing exercise. As we approach this normal physiologic limit, our tissues switch from aerobic to anaerobic metabolism producing an oxygen debt which must be repaid and causes the sensation of shortness of breath. ...Read more

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Does shortness of breath mean possible emphysema?

Does shortness of breath mean possible emphysema?

Yes it might: Shortness of breath has many causes, from benign - out of shape- to more severe - asthma, emphysema, congestive heart failure, etc. If a smoker who has smoked more than 1-2 packs a day for 20 yrs starts experiencing shortness of breath - should see md for exam, xray and pulmonary function tests... But ultimately stop smoking... ...Read more

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Does shortness of breath go away after quitting smoking?

Does shortness of breath go away after quitting smoking?

Smoking : If severe irreversible lung damage hasn't been caused by the smoking, then shortness of breath may improve with quitting smoking. ...Read more

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Does shortness of breath when walking uphill mean you are out of shape?

Sob: Shortness of breath walking up hills certainly can frequently mean the person is out of shape. It can also be an early symptom of health problems. ...Read more

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Does shortness of breath come and go with a pulmonary embolism?

Does shortness of breath come and go with a pulmonary embolism?

Possible: For instance, large embolus and resolves and breathing improves over a few days to weeks. Sometimes there are serial small emboli with varying impact and symptoms. Or small sentinel embolus, followed by lethal large one.Variable! ...Read more

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Why does shortness of breath come and go with a pulmonary embolism?

Why does shortness of breath come and go with a pulmonary embolism?

Since some of the: Vessels that take blood to the lungs (for the blood to get more oxygen and release wastes) are blocked, the body is getting less oxygen. Whenever the body's oxygen demand increases, since there is less capacity availability in pe the body compensates by increasing the drive to breathe. We do not notice it usually, but even getting out of bed or walking a little bit requires more oxygen. ...Read more

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I keep getting shortness of breath, feel faint, light headed and sharp chest pain with popping feeling (especially when leaning forward or back)?

I keep getting shortness of breath, feel faint, light headed and sharp chest pain with popping feeling (especially when leaning forward or back)?

Important symptoms: The symptoms you describe could be a pneumothorax. That is probably the worst thing it could be. It is worth it to get checked out. You should see a doctor about these symptoms soon, in the next day or so max. If your out of breath gets worse and worse, you should be seen right away. ...Read more

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Can a chonditritus cause shortness of breath? Feel not really pain but pressure in upper middle chest. Ekg fine. Holter monitor fine. Blood test fine.

Yes, in a way: Costochondritis is an inflammation of the cartilage that attaches the ribs and to the breastbone. The ribs are used in the breathing process and move every time you breath. When inflamed, a person may take shorter breaths due to the pain and thus get "sob." if this persists, you may be at risk for developing a pneumonia etc, so be sure if you do not get better to see a dr. Good luck. ...Read more

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Pain on my left side after I eat near rib cage, shortness of breath, feel pressure under breasts, soreness in back. Bowel movements abnormal?

Pain on my left side after I eat near rib cage, shortness of breath, feel pressure under breasts, soreness in back. Bowel movements abnormal?

Unrelated symptoms: Your symptoms pertain to different systems. You may have a condition like anxiety or irritable bowel syndrome which presents with seemingly unrelated symptoms. See your PCP and discuss in detail including any psychological stressors you might have. ...Read more

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Jaw pain, whiplash, anxiety, arm numbness, muscle weakness, shortness of breath, feel really weak/fatigued, lack of motivation, feel faint, pleasehelp?

Wow, too complex: Mentioning whiplash suggests u had an injury? Whiplash is graded based upon the extent of "systemic symptoms". These (dizzy/faint, nausea, headaches, etc) result from unbalance sympathetic nervous system response to the "shock" of the injury. More serious injuries need to be ruled out however. ...Read more

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What does it feel like to have shortness of breath?

Difficulty breathing: You will feel hungry for air and as of you need more air and can't get enough. ...Read more

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Why im shortness of breath?

Why im shortness of breath?

Many causes: You should really be evaluated. It can be from deconditioning, heart problems, lung problems, smoking, kidney problems, thyroid problems...Etc. See this link for more details: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/shortness-of-breath/my00119. ...Read more

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What is considered shortness of breath?

Short of breath: Generally a feeling of increased work to breathe is considered 'shortness of breath', generally the respiratory rate is increased at those times. ...Read more

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What are the causes of 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

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How long does it take to improve symptoms like shortness of breath?

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