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Why am I wheezing when lying down only?

Why am I wheezing when lying down only?

Wheezing: Wheezing is caused by airway constriction or reactivity and creates a high pitched musical sound during expiration and sometimes during inspiration.
This noise in one position may indicate an anatomical change in the configuration of the airway. If your nasal passages are congested, post nasal drip may trigger cough when lying down. Please follow up with your physician. ...Read more

Dr. Duane Gels
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Wheezing (Definition)

Wheezing = sibilant rhonchi = whistling sound ...Read more


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Fever, chills. 2 weeks of dry violent coughing fits. Now short of breath esp on exertion or lying down, yellow sputum, wheezing. Can't talk only whisper for 8 days. & sinus infection pain, mild fever.?

Fever, chills. 2 weeks of dry violent coughing fits. Now short of breath esp on exertion or lying down, yellow sputum, wheezing. Can't talk only whisper for 8 days. & sinus infection pain, mild fever.?

Go to ER....: Your shortness of breath is a concerning symptom as well as your laryngitis which likely represents upper airway inflammation. You may have pneumonia so you need a chest x-ray as well as a sputum culture to diagnose the bacteria responsible for your infection. You may need supplemental oxygen as well as IV antibiotics so you should go to the nearest er asap. Let us know how you do! Good luck! ...Read more

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Will Symbicort help with wheezing when laying down and help with cough?

Will Symbicort help with wheezing when laying down and help with cough?

Perhaps but: Symbicort is meant to be a controller drug and thus should be taken twice daily regularly. Its optimal effects are at about 2 weeks. If this drug is right for you, it will prevent the wheezing at night. However if you only cough and wheeze when lying down, we need to consider acid reflux as a cause as well. ...Read more

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My boyfriend was laying down w/ my head on his chest and I could hear wheezing. What does it mean?

My boyfriend was laying down w/ my head on his chest and I could hear wheezing. What does it mean?

Possibilities...: There is a good saying in medicine that says "all that wheezes is not asthma". There is a long list of medical conditions that can cause wheezing including smoking, viral illness, airway obstruction by mucous or a foreign body, heart failure etc. If the problem continues I would encourage you to seek medical attention promptly. ...Read more

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Wheezing while laying down. Occasionally bottom of rib on right side hurts. Can't take deep breath. My dr said my lungs sound fine though.?

Wheezing while laying down. Occasionally bottom of rib on right side hurts. Can't take deep breath. My dr said my lungs sound fine though.?

Could be the ribs...: Ribs can hurt at the cartilage. The ribs actually move at the cartilage. There are joints where different bones meet. Inflammation (irritation, tenderness, pain) there is called costochondritis. For that, Motrin or advil (ibuprofen) can help. If symptoms persist, then the doctor can do a re-evaluation to look at the x-rays, the lungs, the liver, the gall bladder, and other organs in that area. ...Read more

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Wheezing at night when laying down but no cough? Dr said it was asthma but I'm not sure? My chest gets tight as well sometimes

Wheezing at night when laying down but no cough? Dr said it was asthma but I'm not sure? My chest gets tight as well sometimes

It happens: Asthma is a variable condition most known for reversible restriction to airflow in the tiny airways. This is represented best by wheezing or "tightness". Cough is a less specific feature and may or may not be present on any specific occasion. Try to learn as much as you can about asthma and how it may be affecting you. It is a very significant illness & true asthma is a lifelong problem. ...Read more

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Trouble breathing while laying down and dizziness. Once sitting up it begins to feel better but continue wheezing and feeling dizzy for an hour after?

Trouble breathing while laying down and dizziness. Once sitting up it begins to feel better but continue wheezing and feeling dizzy for an hour after?

Asthma: Sounds an awful lot like asthma to me - often there is dust or bed mites, or other foreign proteins in bedroom air that triggers an attack. You should carefully wash all your bed linens, bed clothes, but also dust, remove old reading materials, wash your drapes, vacuum under the bed etc. Don't use scented cleaner. An inhaler medication may be indicated, best obtained from your family doc. ...Read more

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I have had a chronic cough with hard time breathing and clear phlem and wheezing when laying down and then crackiling in throat as well. What is it?

I have had a chronic cough with hard time breathing and clear phlem and wheezing when laying down and then crackiling in throat as well. What is it?

Depends: Generally, a chronic cough is defined as one lasting more than 8 weeks. The most common causes include post nasal drainage, reflux, and asthma. Depending on the cause, the treatment is different. For example for asthma, inhaled corticosteroids are the mainstay. It's best to see your doctor for testing to determine cause. Your smoking status is also important. ...Read more

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I'm having wheezing, chest pain, itchiness all over my body. Its easier to breath while laying down. I feel like somethings bubbling in my lower throat?

I'm having wheezing, chest pain, itchiness all over my body. Its easier to breath while laying down. I feel like somethings bubbling in my lower throat?

Hypersenstivity: It sounds like you are having a hypersensitivity or "allergic reaction". You should be evaluated by a physician right now - bubbling in your throat could be a signal your airway is swelling and at risk for closure. ...Read more

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My 14 day old can't keep down his formula and keeps coughing and wheezing... What do I do?

My 14 day old can't keep down his formula and keeps coughing and wheezing... What do I do?

Time to call the Dr.: A 2 week old baby is vulnerable to infections, and if he catches one, he needs to be examined by the doctor. If his doctor is not available now for advice, he should be seen at a children's emergency room or a regular emergency room. A wheezing and coughing newborn should not wait, but should be seen now. ...Read more

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Why do I hear wheezing when I lay down?

Can't tell: Just based on what you say one cannot tell. Need much more information on your symptoms, their duration, and a good examination is important. You may also need a lung function test to be done. Asthma is often associated with wheezing, but there are other reasons possible. ...Read more

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My daughter had some juice go down "the wrong pipe". She was coughing for 5-10 minutes after, and a few hours later she is wheezing. What's wrong?

My daughter had some juice go down "the wrong pipe". She was coughing for 5-10 minutes after, and a few hours later she is wheezing. What's wrong?

Question answered: You have already answered your own question. What is wrong is that juice went down the wrong pipe and irritated it. It will take time for this irritation to heal. ...Read more

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I've had bad sinuse/allergies for 2 months now. I lay down and I wheeze loud when I exhale or laugh. Is this bad??

I've had bad sinuse/allergies for 2 months now. I lay down and I wheeze loud when I exhale or laugh. Is this bad??

Unfortunately, yes: You may have what is called :Airway Hyper-responsiveness, in other words, twitchy lower airways (bronchi) secondary to what's going on in the upper airways, nose and sinuses, you need to see your doctor for assessment, ? Rx medications to take care of your sinus problems, and wheezing, or refer you to an allergist/immunologist. Check aaaai. Org or acaai. Org for an allergist in your area, goodluck ...Read more

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Coughing, Wheezing, Hard to Breathe when I lay down and sinuses are stuffed? What should I do?

Coughing, Wheezing, Hard to Breathe when I lay down and sinuses are stuffed? What should I do?

Asthma?: All the listed symptoms can be explained by acute rhinitis of either an infectious or allergic nature. The wheezing, however, could be a warning sign of increased risk. Do you have a history of asthma (which could be exacerbated by either pollens that are on the rise or infection or other triggers). Several measures can be considered for improvement, but a little more information is needed. ...Read more

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My son has asthma. Its flared up with a persistant cough. How do I calm it down besides his pump? He's not wheezing.

My son has asthma. Its flared up with a persistant cough. How do I calm it down besides his pump? He's not wheezing.

Asthma: Cough is a symptom of asthma. Although he is not wheezing he requires medication other than his rescue inhaler? Blue. See his doctor for an assessment and further care. There is good information on the NIH site for asthma diagnosis and care. ...Read more

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My chest hurts when I lie down and im suddenly wheezing and coughing up water-like liquid and experiencing painful coughing.

My chest hurts when I lie down and im suddenly wheezing and coughing up water-like liquid and experiencing painful coughing.

Chest pain w/wheezin: Go to ER as soon as possible. You do not mention age or other history but may have some excess water in lungs and some heart issues that need a water pill or medicine to resolve it. Could also be reflux with asthma but that needs evaluation as well, GO to ER immediately. ...Read more

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Wheezing&cough when I lay down. Cant breathe feels like an asthma. Usually last for 3 hours after I stand up. What could this be?

Wheezing&cough when I lay down. Cant breathe feels like an asthma. Usually last for 3 hours after I stand up. What could this be?

Let's see: Do you meant that you start to wheeze and cough only when you lie down, then this lasts up to 3 hrs after standing up? If so, this may be from acid reflux which often co-exists with asthma and makes asthma symptoms worse. See your doctor about this. ...Read more

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I start wheezing when I lie down. Sitting up the doctors hear no problem. I have a cough for 4 months now and basic antibiotics did not work.

Asthma?: Without an examination would only be guessing, but seeing a pulmonologist (lung doctor) would be a very good idea. In addition to listening to your lungs there are some simple assessments of lung function that can be made rapidly and potentially lead to a diagnosis in concert with a full history. Hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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Sudden cough stuffy nose wheezing when breathing and headache from coughing could I be coming down with a cold?

Sudden cough stuffy nose wheezing when breathing and headache from coughing could I be coming down with a cold?

You may: As described, you appear to be developing an infection that is affecting your lungs too with probable congestion and resultant wheezing. See the Doctor to get evaluated and treated, and to determine if it is viral or bacterial, for which the latter would require antibiotics. Best wishes. ...Read more