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Why do I have shortness of breath if I don't have asthma?

Why do I have shortness of breath if I don't have asthma?

Short of breath: Pulmonary disease is very common, obstructive pulmonary disease is a common cause, weakness of respiratory muscles and interstitial lung disease all do the same as well as a bunch of other things; the heart is just one of many causes of sob, anemia can do it too. ...Read more

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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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Why do I have shortness of breath on minimal exertion not cardiac related?

Why do I have shortness of breath on minimal exertion not cardiac related?

Short of breath: Lung disease and breathing mechanics can do this discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Why do I have shortness of breath while taking flecainide for an irregular heartbeat?

Why do I have shortness of breath while taking flecainide for an irregular heartbeat?

Side effects, see dr: Flecainide has many side effects, shortness of breath is one of them. Suggest a visit to a cardiologist to verify that the heart is doing well. Just because something is a known side effect, doesn't mean it should be ignored or not be investigated. ...Read more

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Why do I still have shortness of breath after pneumonia?

Why do I still have shortness of breath after pneumonia?

Pneumonia: There is a condition called post pneumonic asthenia which can take months to resolve after pneumonia. However you should see your Doc to be checked to be sure that something else isn't going on. ...Read more

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Why do I always have shortness of breath after eating, in mid night and when overly tired? I have no asthma..

Why do I always have shortness of breath after eating, in mid night and when overly tired? I have no asthma..

Reflux: The most likely cause of your breathing problem is gastro-esophageal reflux or what is common.Y called heartburn. Going to bed with a full stomach increases the likely-hood that acid from the stomach can leak into the esophagus and cause chest symptoms including cough, chest tightness and voice change. Treatment includes antacids, h-2 blockers and protein-pump inhibitors. ...Read more

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Why do I have constant shortness of breath? And could this be cured? I have digestion problem and heartburns and also tend to have anxiety at times.

Why do I have constant shortness of breath? And could this be cured? I have digestion problem and heartburns and also tend to have anxiety at times.

SOB: For shortness of breath we have first to rule out lung disease , if u don't have it and have no medical problem that can impact u lung than u have anxiety. U need to see u physician for evaluation. ...Read more

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Why do I have dizziness shortness of breath headaches and palpitation with hb of 11.5, 4 days after heavy periods while other people show no symptoms?

Why do I have dizziness shortness of breath headaches and palpitation with hb of 11.5, 4 days after  heavy periods while other people show no symptoms?

Dizziness: You obviously had blood work to determine that your hemoglobin was good i would make sure that you are well hydrated and eat plenty of green leafy vegetables to make sure it is not a nutritional issue. If this does not work have an ENT check you or a neurologist. I know the ENT can do balance tests to further check this. Good luck! ...Read more

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Why do I feel like im having shortness of breath constantlybut im breathing i feel like im not enough maybe pressure to. Just had kidney stn surg 2 wk?

Why do I feel like im having shortness of breath constantlybut im breathing i feel like im not enough maybe pressure to. Just had kidney stn surg 2 wk?

Needs Evaluation: You need to be evaluated by your doctor or a pulmonologist asap as there may be something serious.It is not normal to have shortness of breath, after kidney stone surgery. ...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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I'm 20 and have shortness of breath what could be causing it ?

I'm 20 and have shortness of breath what could be causing it ?

There are many cause: You are twenty years old and having shortness of breath.We can not tell you on this site what is causing your symptoms you need to be checked with detailed history and physical examination and some other tests including blood;urine, and if indicated xray chest, ekg and pulmonary function tests it may be from anemia, pulmonary condition like asthma;others and heart problem so make an appt and get chec. ...Read more

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I have Shortness of breath and phlegm?

Shortness of breath: If you are a smoker, quit. If you have fever, consult a doctor. ...Read more

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What to do if I have shortness of breath with a cold?

What to do if I have shortness of breath with a cold?

Needs to be checked: Any time you have shortness of breath with a cold it needs to be checked as it may be complication of viral uri, like bronchitis or pnumonia and if you are asthmatic it may be an acute exacerbation of bronchial asthma. ...Read more

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Why if you smoke for a long time do you have shortness of breath?

Why if you smoke for a long time do you have shortness of breath?

COPD: If you smoke, particles of partially burned paper and tobacco leaves (tars) & carbon monoxide build up in your lungs. Over time, the breathing tubes & the alveolae thicken and fill with gooey fluid, decreasing the efficiency of gas exchange. So one becomes short of breath with minor activities since there's not much oxygen available to the blood. The best time to stop smoking is now. ...Read more

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If you have shortness of breath, from a cold, what could this mean?

If you have shortness of breath, from a cold, what could this mean?

Maybe asthma or copd: Healthy folks should not have shortness of breath from a common cold, but those with underlying disease such as asthma and/or chronic-obstructive-pulmonary disease (COPD) can experience shortness of breath. Significant pneumonia or blood clot can do so as well, or even heart disease/failure can do too. Being 57, please consult doc for eval as it is not normal. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have shortness of breath in the morning but it's ok later in the day, why?

I have shortness of breath in the morning but it's ok later in the day, why?

Asthma, allergies?: Shortness of breath in the morning time only could be related to allergies and asthma, specifically allergy induced asthma. Pollen is more prominent in the morning hours. Could be related to indoor allergens in you home if you are exposed at that time. Could be exercise induced if you tend to exercise in the AM. Could be due to many causes, so please see MD. ...Read more

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I have smoked for 30 years and now have quit for 4 months. I still have shortness of breath.Will i ever breath right again?

Maybe : Having smoked for thirty years, and stopped for a few months, it is still way to soon for the effects of the cigarettes to heal. It may be years before your lungs have fully healed, and still, there may be damage to the lung tissue that will stay scarred. ...Read more

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When I am sitting up I have shortness of breath. When i'm lying down i'm fine. What can this be? It just started couple days ago.

Orthodeoxia: There is a rare condition called "platypnea-orthodeoxia" but i doubt you have it because it's very rare. Here's a reference to it: http://circ.Ahajournals.Org/content/105/6/e47.Full it can be diagnosed or ruled out with an echocardiogram, a simple, non-invasive test. ...Read more