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Why Do I Have Trouble Breathing Sometimes
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Don't drink: "Doctor, it only hurts when I 'do this'". Doctor: "Don't 'do this'". Seems kind of logical, eh? ...Read more
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
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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