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I am a 60 year old female and I have recently started having shortness of breath after housework. I also shake when inhaling deeply. Concern?

I am a 60 year old female and I have recently started having shortness of breath after housework.  I also shake when inhaling deeply.  Concern?

Yes!: Your shortness of breath associated w/activity may be equivalent to "chest pain" although you may not be reporting "pain". Best to chat w/your Family Doc and get your heart checked out. Your risk for heart disease increases if you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and/or smoke. Don't wait until things get worse. ...Read more

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Sometimes it's hard for me to take a deep breath or "finish" the breath and I make myself yawn which then makes it feel better. What is this?

Sometimes it's hard for me to take a deep breath or "finish" the breath and I make myself yawn which then makes it feel better. What is this?

Depression: Most commonly this is associated with depression. If this is not the cause then you should have a chest xray and pulmonary function testing performed to rule out lung or chest causes for this complaint. ...Read more

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Hi i am female 34 and smoke since friday I have found it hard to take a deep breath it feels like my chest is being squashed together and i wake up?

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i am female 34 and smoke since friday I have found it hard to take a deep breath  it feels like my chest is being squashed together and i wake up?

Chest: Your feeling of your chest being squeezed may be cardiac in nature. See your doctor or go to the er. Your chest may also be tight because of all the smoking yov' ve been doing. Again an evaluation by your doctor is needed. ...Read more

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Can allergies make it hard to take a deep breath?

Can allergies make it hard to take a deep breath?

Yes,but don't ignore: Allergies can make you congested enough to make it hard to take a deep breath. However, if you feel like you can't catch your breath, go see your doctor. It might be more than allergies. ...Read more

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Find it a hard time to take a deep breath and when I do take one i let a out a cough and sometime a little bit of mucus comes out. What could it be?

Find it a hard time to take a deep breath and when I do take one i let a out a cough and sometime a little bit of mucus comes out. What could it be?

Respiratory issues: Difficulty breathing on exhalation with mucus production is commonly seen in asthma. Difficulty breathing on inspiration with a cough is commonly seen with vocal cord dysfunction. Some people have both. A physician can perform spirometry (lung function test) to assess and provide recommendations for a treatment plan. ...Read more

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Horrible air hunger. My chest feels like someone is sitting on it. From trying so hard to take a deep breath. Can't sleep please help?

Horrible air hunger. My chest feels like someone is sitting on it. From trying so hard to take a deep breath. Can't sleep please help?

Paradox: Air hunger is really getting to much oxygen and over breathing. Anxiety causes you to breath fast and shallow in a way that you sense you need more air and sets up a neg feedback loop. This is why deep and slow breathing is recommended. ...Read more

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My husband. Has upper chest pain Where his strum is it is hard for him to take a deep Breath what could this be He has no cold hes not short of br?

My husband. Has upper chest pain
Where his strum  is 
 it is hard for  him to take a deep
Breath what could this be
He has no cold hes not short of br?

See physician: It is advised to seek urgent medical evaluation for his symptoms. Any patient with recent onset of chest pain who may be potentially unstable based upon history, family history, appearance, or vital signs, should be immediately evaluated in an emergency department. You need to be evaluated by your physician to eliminate life-threatening causes and be assessed for other causes. ...Read more

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Hello, i find it a hard time to take a deep breathe and when I do take a deep breath i let a out a cough and sometime a little bit of mucus comes out ?

Hello, i find it a hard time to take a deep breathe and when I do take a deep breath i let a out a cough and sometime a little bit of mucus comes out ?

Short of breath: Do you have asthma? How long have you been feeling short of breath? This could be a few different things, you could have allergies, sinus infection, asthma to name a few. Try some over the counter allergy medcation and if that doesnt alleviate your symptoms, see your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm feeling full all the time and its hard to take a deep breath. I have been on acid reducers but that doesn't help. And my stomach feels sick?

I'm feeling full all the time and its hard to take a deep breath. I have been on acid reducers but that doesn't help.  And my stomach feels sick?

Need evaluation: If the medicine is not working and you have been on them long enough to give them time to work you should have an evaluation by a gastroenterologist to find the source. Are you not having round, hard stools or straining when you poop? Constipation could be a cause if not already talked about. ...Read more