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Why do I have trouble breathing at night?

Why do I have trouble breathing at night?

Sleep apnea: Obstructive sleep apnea is a major cause of difficulty breathing at night. This can contribute to a host of other medical conditions, so it is best to follow with a doctor who can evaluate your specific situation. A sleep study may be ordered to better help assess your problem. ...Read more

Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more


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Why do I have trouble breathing when I work out?

Why do I have trouble breathing when I work out?

Many possibilities. : Shortness of breath with exercise can be caused by many things. Heart disease, as well as simple (asthma) and more complex pulmonary (lung) problems should be sought. This assumes you are not simply deconditioned (aka out of shape) relative to the intensity of exercise you're doing. See a good doctor and describe your symptoms. I'd need at least that and a physical exam to help you more. ...Read more

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Why do I have trouble breathing when windows open? Isnt fresh air good?

Why do I have trouble breathing when windows open? Isnt fresh air good?

Reactive airways: Some people have sensitive lungs. Asthma can be subtle and people get used to breathing a little less, more and more, so check with your doctor if this issue persists. ...Read more

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Why do I have trouble breathing the next day when I don't get much sleep?

Why do I have trouble breathing the next day when I don't get much sleep?

If the breathing...: ....Problem only occurs after a night of bad sleep, that , to me, strongly suggests anxiety. Anxiety problems can both cause and be exacerbated by poor sleep. You should, however, discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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Why do I have trouble breathing? Happens whenever I go into a place with new carpeting.

Why do I have trouble breathing? Happens whenever I go into a place with new carpeting.

Shedding?: New carpets usually shed a lot. Perhaps you are breathing it in leading to an allergic reaction similar to asthma. ...Read more

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Why do I have trouble breathing after eating?

Why do I have trouble breathing after eating?

Post prandial SOB: Many possibilities you'd have to be checked out to work through them.........unless you are eating mass quantities and you are short of breath because of abdominal distension, I assume this isn't what you're asking though ...Read more

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Why do I have trouble breathing after a big gulp of water or coke, do I have asthma?

Why do I have trouble breathing after a big gulp of water or coke, do I have asthma?

Liquids: You could be developing an esophageal spasm but you can also trigger your asthma if you are drinking cold liquids. I would start by seeing an gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Why do I have trouble breathing when walking? Feels like liquid is in my throats chest?

Why do I have trouble breathing when walking?  Feels like liquid is in my throats chest?

Need Evaluation: Hello, Becoming short of breath while walking or exerting yourself should never be ignored. Please be evaluated as soon as possible, preferably in an emergency department. ...Read more

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Why do I have trouble breathing when walking? Anxiety?gerd?

Why do I have trouble breathing when walking?  Anxiety?gerd?

Breathing issue: while walking MAY be exercised induced asthma or something else. Please see your doc. If anxiety please see a mental health pro to learn strategies to manage stress. Peace and good health. How is your weight, rest, and diet? ...Read more

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I have trouble breathing when I lay down?

I have trouble breathing when I lay down?

Orthopnea: Orthopnea is shortness of breath which occurs while laying flat. It is most commonly seen with congestive heart failure but can also be seen with certain pulmonary disorders or even abdominal obesity. Sleeping propped up in a bed or sitting up in a chair often helps. Please follow up with your doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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What do I do if I have trouble breathing while standing up?

What do I do if I have trouble breathing while standing up?

Orthodeoxia: Have your doctor rule out orthodeoxia. It's very rare, but you're describing the symptom. Simple pulse oximetry done in the office can rule it out without any needles! ...Read more

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At night I have trouble breathing and sometimes i wake up trying hard to. What can I do ?

At night I have trouble breathing and sometimes i wake up trying hard to. What can I do ?

See your doctor: These symptoms require an evaluation in real-time by your doctor. In this way, he/she will be able to gather all the information needed to know what's going on and how to help you. ...Read more

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Ive never really had a problem breathing. Here recentry I became active for the first time since I was little and now realize I have trouble breathing?

Ive never really had a problem breathing. Here recentry I became active for the first time since I was little and now realize I have trouble breathing?

Trouble breathing: In the absence of a medical abnormality it may simply be due to deconditioning,start your exercise regime at a low level and pace you can sustain for 30 mins,do it daily or alternate daily for a week and increase the intensity very slowly each week to build endurance ...Read more

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What can I do if I have trouble breathing and can't sleep?

What can I do if I have trouble breathing and can't sleep?

Symptoms: Those symptoms are not insignificant and they could have a legion of causes. What you can do is go see a doctor and be evaluated to find out what is going on. ...Read more

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I have trouble breathing. Will it become better if I lose weight?

I have trouble breathing. Will it become better if I lose weight?

Breathing problem: Abdominal obesity causes the excess fat to push upward into the chest cavity, reducing lung volume importantly mainly when you lay down. Also, the total weight increase the oxygen required to feed the mass, a vicious circle of harm. Less weight, less fat, less reduction of chest volume, less oxygen to feed excess weight, less demand for the lungs, better sleep by a more relaxed body, and so on... ...Read more

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I have trouble breathing when i drink, i dont think this is normal?

I have trouble breathing when i drink, i dont think this is normal?

Don't drink: "Doctor, it only hurts when I 'do this'". Doctor: "Don't 'do this'". Seems kind of logical, eh? ...Read more

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What to do if I have trouble breathing at night , does vaporub help?

What to do if I have trouble breathing at night , does vaporub help?

Nocturnal breathing: What steps will help depend on why you're having trouble. If you have dry heat and are getting dry swollen nasal membranes, or have some allergen in your sleep environment and are getting swollen membranes; that implies some specifics. If you have congestive heart failure when lying down that's a whole different story. Vaporub helps what it helps but not all causes of breathing difficulties. ...Read more

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When i eat anything that's even slightly spicy I have trouble breathing, why is that?

Trouble breathing: Heavy meals will make the stomach full and bloated and it can precipitate indigestion as well. The result will be the stomach pressing against the diaphragm which needs to expand when a person breaths. The limited expansion of the diaphragm will make the person take shallow and rapid breaths to compensate for the demand. ...Read more

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Difficulty Breathing (Definition)

If you are having difficulty breathing, you feel as though you are able to get enough air in, or get air out. Your oxygen ...Read more