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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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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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What does shortness of breath mean when I run?

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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Achy wrists and shortness of breath. What does this mean?

Achy wrists and shortness of breath. What does this mean?

Symptoms: It suggests it might be a good idea to go get checked out by your doctor. ...Read more

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What does having shortness of breath actually mean?

Shortness of breath: We increase our rate and depth of breathing when our body needs more oxygen to be delivered to the tissues. This happens with rest or when anemia or heart failure or low oxygen environment produces a supply deficit. Shortness of breath is the sensation of working to breath in enough air to satisfy the body's demand for oxygen. ...Read more

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What do I do? Swelling of abdomen and shortness of breath. What could it be?

What do I do? Swelling of abdomen and shortness of breath. What could it be?

Shortness of breath: Abdominal swelling could be from fluid accumulation. If so youn could be havingh fluid in thge lungs too. If not increased girth of the abdomen could impair movements of the diaphragm and causes shortness of breath. You need full physical exam and work-up. Oplease consult your physician. ...Read more

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Constant shortness of breath and hyperventilating. What to do?

Hyperventilating: First make sure you don't have a physical problem such as low grade asthma. Then your doctor should check you and advise if you need mental health treatment. ...Read more

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What makes you stomach feel short of breath and full feeling?

Short of breath: The stomach is a digestive organ, it doen't relate to shortness of breath. If the abdomen is distended with gas the dis phra gm can impede chest expansion and cause shortness of breath and fullness. ...Read more

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Suffering from shortness of breath and can feel pulse everywhere. What should I do?

Hard to tell from : Limited info. Shortness of breath can be caused by many things. Best to be evaluated by md. ...Read more

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Shortness of breath, scared feeling, tightness in chest, alway feeling like there is something wrong with me like I have cancer or ms?

Shortness of breath, scared feeling, tightness in chest, alway feeling like there is something wrong with me like I have cancer or ms?

Panic attacks: You describe symptoms consistent with Panic Attacks, and none of this would raise my concerns for MS or cancer. Your symptoms can readily be controlled, but would check for various metabolic problems such as hyperthyroidism, and other entities. Your primary care physician can help immensely with all of this. ...Read more

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Shortness of breath when i take hot showers. Feels like i'm suffocating. What can be causing this ?

Shortness of breath when i take hot showers. Feels like i'm suffocating. What can be causing this ?

Bronchospasm: Airways are made of muscle tissue. Sometimes, that muscle can tighten up like a cramp - that's called spasm. Bronchospasm is seen when someone has a "reaction" to perfumes, allergies, strong odors or steam etc. You should have a pft (pulmonary function test) to evaluate your lung capacity. Other causes exist. You do need a checkup. There are treatment that would make the "suffocating" go away. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of heart enlargment? I have dizziness, sometimes pain in my chest or feel like can't breath, swollen feet, weakness when walk or carry something.

What are the symptoms of heart enlargment? I have dizziness, sometimes pain in my chest or feel like can't breath, swollen feet, weakness when walk or carry something.

See doctor: You just named several if you are only 31 years old and you are experiencing these symptoms i highly suggest you make a appointment with a primary care physician sooner than later. ...Read more

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What does a weeze feel like. Does it feel like rattling or puring in the chest or lung?

What does a weeze feel like. Does it feel like rattling or puring in the chest or lung?

Wheezing: Wheezing is a noise. It represents a constriction of the airways and makes air moving past harder to get in or out. One with this constriction usually feels like they have a hard time catching their breath. ...Read more

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I have shortness of breath, chest pain like fast racing beat and flattering feelings I also have have a very bad migraine what could this be?

I have shortness of breath, chest pain like fast racing beat and flattering feelings I also have have a very bad migraine what could this be?

Needs evaluation: Your symptoms merit further evaluation. A holter monitor and echocardiogram would provide useful information assessing for structural heart disease & arrythmia. Not sure how the migraine may play into it. ...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 to do if i feel shortness of breath and panick attacks?

What to do if i feel shortness of breath and panick attacks?

Need to be checked: Even though panic attacks are known to present as shortness of breath, but any one complaining of shortness of breath needs to be checked to rule out all organic causes of this symptom before a diagnosis of panic attack is made panick attacks are caused by underlying anxiety and have to be treated with tranquilisers and other anti anxiety medications and psychotherapy so get it cheched asap. ...Read more