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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Dizziness (Definition)

Dizziness is a feeling of light headedness that includes loss of balance, vertigo, or the feeling as ...Read more


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I'm pregnant and having spells where I get really dizzy and can hardly stand, I can't catch my breath and I get really hot. Why is this happening?

I'm pregnant and having spells where I get really dizzy and can hardly stand, I can't catch my breath and I get really hot. Why is this happening?

Vasovagal syncope: You may have a condition known as vasovagal syncope which simply suggests that your blood pressure suddenly drops, pulse may go up, you could feel flushed (or not), short of breath a little, and then, if you don't sit down you could pass out....so it's best you sit or better yet, lie down on those occasions this occurs. Drink LOTS of fluids, talk to your doctors and you'll be fine. ...Read more

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I have asthma and when I take a hot shower when im done its hard to breath and I get dizzy bout to pass out and sometimes I do why is that?

I have asthma and when I take a hot shower when im done its hard to breath and I get dizzy bout to pass out and sometimes I do why is that?

Not sure: Could be a number of things. Hot showers can cause your blood vessels to dilate and your blood pressure to drop. This can cause fainting. Maybe inhaling too much steam can be the cause as well for your breathing episodes. ...Read more

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Everytime I cough I get dizzy and lightheaded sometimes even feel as if I can't breath and it's almost Everytime I cough, and it's when I'm sitting?

Everytime I cough I get dizzy and lightheaded sometimes even feel as if I can't breath and it's almost Everytime I cough, and it's when I'm sitting?

Cough & dizzy: Do you have a fever? How long have you had the cough? See your MD or consult with us to help. This can happen with many serious conditions depending on your general medical health, BMI, smoking history, etc. ...Read more

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I work out in a gym 3 times each week vigorously. But I get dizzy and out of breath walking up a flight of stairs.

I work out in a gym 3 times each week vigorously. But I get dizzy and out of breath walking up a flight of stairs.

Get checked out: It's great that you exercise regularly, but these symptoms might indicate a cardiovascular problem. Best to see your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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I have been having pain in my under my left rib cage. When it happens I get really cold, dizzy and weak. It also intensifies when I breath.?

I have been having pain in my under my left rib cage. When it happens I get really cold, dizzy and weak. It also intensifies when I breath.?

Diaphragm spasm: Your symptoms suggest diaphragm spasm or cramp. If this is an isolated episode that occurs infrequently, then you don't have to worry. If it is ongoing, then you should get evaluated for possible disorder of nerves that control the diaphragm, other conditions. Hope that helps ...Read more

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If im in the shower to long, I get very dizzy, my heart starts beating fast, my vision is blurry and I can't breath that well. Why does this happen?

If im in the shower to long, I get very dizzy, my heart starts beating fast, my vision is blurry and I can't breath that well. Why does this happen?

Maybe anxiety: Could be an anxiety attack. I would see a primary care provider for a more complete evaluation though. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I feel like I cannot catch a good breath. I breathe in deep but it just stops and I feel like I am not getting enough air. Then I get dizzy and tired.

I feel like I cannot catch a good breath. I breathe in deep but it just stops and I feel like I am not getting enough air. Then I get dizzy and tired.

Hyperventilation?: The symptoms you describe are common, and can come from a variety of causes. Sometimes it is just anxiety, and thinking about and concentrating on your breathing can make you dizzy from breathing to much/too deep/too fast. Sometimes (but not often in healthy people), the cause can be an underlying lung problem, such as a blood clot to the lung, or a lung infection, or pleuritis. See your doc. ...Read more

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Why do I get short of breath very quickly even on gentle excercise and if effort increases get dizzy and nauseous.?

Why do I get short of breath very quickly even on gentle excercise and if effort increases get dizzy and nauseous.?

Many causes: There could be many things that could cause your symptoms. You need to see a doctor and have your lungs and heart assessed and have some lab work done to make sure that you are not anemic. This could be something minor or something very serious like blockages in your coronary arteries. Do no delay, see a doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I have a heavy feeling in my chest. I get really dizzy and sometimes its hard to breath. No one will take me to a doctor. Help, what do I do?

I have a heavy feeling in my chest. I get really dizzy and sometimes its hard to breath. No one will take me to a doctor. Help, what do I do?

Need doctor....: Shortness of breath, especially with chest discomfort, can be due to a serious condition like heart disease, bronchospasm, blood clot, etc. You need to see a doctor ASAP to be certain there is no life-threatening problem, diagnose the problem and render treatment. If your symptoms are worsening, go to the ER. Show this to the adults who take care of you so they can get you to a doctor ASAP! ...Read more

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When im sitting up for a while im fine but when I lay down the sit back up I get really dizzy and out of breath does this just mean im dehydrated?

Could be: You could be dehydrated. But it could also mean a cardiovascular problem. If it continues after rehydrating or you have other symptoms like shortness of breath or chest pain, see your doctor. ...Read more

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What causes a very brief period of time that I get dizzy and short of breath and pulse goes up to about 140 just sitting there doing nothing?

Go see your doctor: You may be describing atrial fibrillation or a non-specific paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia. Regardless, you need to be evaluated, sooner than later, especially if you get dizzy & short of breath. Do not delay and then pass out! ...Read more

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I get shortness of breath and my hands turn purple and swell. It comes with slight dizziness. Its usually when I am singing & standing. What is this?

I get shortness of breath and my hands turn purple and swell. It comes with slight dizziness. Its usually when I am singing & standing. What is this?

Mgt'workup: There may a pulmonary/cardiac problem, and I would suggest a visit with your PCP. They can check your BP sitting and standing, and an EKG can be obtained.
I would recommend seeing your physician, and a virtual appt can be scheduled for follow up. ...Read more

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Thudding in my chest which makes it hard to breath then it goes away, then I get dizzy then sharp pain in chest then leg vibrates/buzzes. What'swrong?

Thudding in my chest which makes it hard to breath then it goes away, then I get dizzy then sharp pain in chest then leg vibrates/buzzes. What'swrong?

Sounds like you have: An arrhythmia causing your symptoms. Ask you health care provider to schedule you for a monitor to wear and correlate your heart rhythm with your symptoms. I'm sure you will be easily treated but need to make the diagnosis first. ...Read more

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Have lupus and iih. But when I laugh or sing I lose my breath abs get dizzy. Not sure what to do?

Have lupus and iih. But when I laugh or sing I lose my breath abs get dizzy. Not sure what to do?

Could be ur airways: You may want to check with your doctor, airway hyper-reactivity could be the case, after evaluation your doctor might prescribe some inhalers to help you, good luck ...Read more

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I tire easily. Am out of breath just from walking up a flight of stairs. When I stand up I get dizzy and almost black out. Nauseas. Is it amenia?

I tire easily. Am out of breath just from walking up a flight of stairs. When I stand up I get dizzy and almost black out. Nauseas. Is it amenia?

Anemia: It could be anemia. Discuss the the problem with your doctor. Your doctor can get a detailed history and a thorough physical examination to determine the exact cause. Some test maybe necessary to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Every month around my period time I get shortness of breath and feel dizzy, two days after is when I get my period, What can be the cause of this?

Every month around my period time I get shortness of breath and feel dizzy, two days after is when I get my period, What can be the cause of this?

Unclear cause: If this happens every month around your period then it may be some form of premenstrual syndrome. One thing you could try is birth control pills. If this helps then PMS is likely the cause. Discuss the option with your Obgyn. ...Read more

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Pressure between eyes, dizzy, headache it get worse when I breath from my nose?

Pressure between eyes, dizzy, headache it get worse when I breath from my nose?

Your sinuses may be: Involved. You mentioned pressure between the eyes, which points to the nasal cavity which which is where the different sinuses are located. The frontal sinus is right above the eyes. So if you have a stuffy nose, this can lead to the sinus headache you're feeling. If it's enough pressure from your sinuses, secondarily the inner ear can be affected. So visit your pcp and have this checked out ; treated. ...Read more

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Sharp pain in stomach comes and goes, even when not eaten. Get short of breath and dizziness with it as the pain is so severe.

Get checked: What part of the stomach - up high in the middle, left or right? Lower abdomen? Severe pain of any type can make you dizzy and short of breath. If your pain is similar to heartburn or is worse with exertion I would get evaluated immediately as it could actually be a problem with your heart. ...Read more

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Why do I feel I can't breathe when I stand up? What are some signs of shortness of breath? I get all light headed sometimes dizzy.

Why do I feel I can't breathe when I stand up? What are some signs of shortness of breath? I get all light headed sometimes dizzy.

Further evaluation: With your primary care physician is warranted. Your symptoms could be caused a variety of different things. ...Read more

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I continously loose my breath, feel chest pain and start to feel dizzy or light headed, what could thi be. I also get alot of head aches?

I continously loose my breath, feel chest pain and start to feel dizzy or light headed, what could thi be. I also get alot of head aches?

Could be many things: Hi - your symptoms are broad and could be many things. Because you are young your symptoms are less likely to be related to coronary artery disease. But with chest pain and shortness of breath, it is possible that your symptoms are related to your heart or some other condition that warrants attention. It is best to be evaluated in person by a doctor. ...Read more

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I had heart ablations done in aug. Of last year. Didn't work. Now I can't breath just from walking. Get dizzy, pass out, chest pains. What could it be?

I had heart ablations done in aug. Of last year. Didn't work. Now I can't breath just from walking. Get dizzy, pass out, chest pains. What could it be?

New arrhythmia: There is a good chance you have other abnormal heart rhythms. ablations often don't work, or need to be redone, or other arrhythmias develop. You need to get back to the heart doctor. ...Read more

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Sometimes I feel shortness of breath, I feel like I'm going to pass out, I feel like I am going to throw up, I get dizzy and I can't stand up straight?

Sometimes I feel shortness of breath, I feel like I'm going to pass out, I feel like I am going to throw up, I get dizzy and I can't stand up straight?

See your doctor: This could be due to your heart or something else. Your symptoms are worrisome enough that you should have few simple test done to make sure it is not your heart. You can have these symptoms if you are not getting enough blood to your brain (slow heart rate, fast heart rate, dehydration, weak heart, blocked heart arteries, hormone deficiencies, low thyroid, low or high blood sugar, anxiety). ...Read more

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Why am I gettin constant heart flutters and dizzy spells and shortness of breath for the last few weeks?

Why am I gettin constant heart flutters and dizzy spells and shortness of breath for the last few weeks?

See doctor ASAP.,: Your symptoms may be due to an abnormal heart rhythm resulting in dizziness and shortness of breath. You ought to be evaluated in the er as this can be life-threatening. If your symptoms are relatively mild, see your doctor asap to have an evaluation. To evaluate this as an outpatient, you will need an outpatient heart monitor. If these symptoms are happening often, however, then get to the er! ...Read more