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Why is it harder for me to breathe after a big meal?

Why is it harder for me to breathe after a big meal?

Pressure on the lung: Eating adds volume into a confined space which is the abdomen. As a result, there is increased pressure in the abdomen which is transmitted to the lungs. The bigger the meal, the higher the pressure. The shortness of breath is more likely to happen if the lungs are already compromised. Talk to your doctor about this. ...Read more

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If I have eaten to much food at a meal will it affect my CHF by making it harder for me to breathe?

If I have eaten to much food at a meal will it affect my CHF by making it harder for me to breathe?

No: Your ability to ventilate your lungs is seldom critical if you have CHF. And a full stomach puts little extra restriction on lungs. Hoping that your CHF can be addressed. If at your age you have a cardiomyopathy, I hope transplant is an option. Best wishes. ...Read more

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About twice a week, when i eat protein it gets stuck about half way down my esophagus. It is very painful. What is happening? I either have to wait for it to slowly make it's way down, as i feel the muscle contractions, or throw up.

About twice a week, when i eat protein it gets stuck about half way down my esophagus.  It is very painful.  What is happening? I either have to wait for it to slowly make it's way down, as i feel the muscle contractions, or throw up.

Your : Your symptoms are concerning for an esophageal stricture, which means a narrowing of your esophagus. This can happen for no reason or sometimes can be caused by another condition. It is very important that you have evaluation for this, and possibly an endoscopy, which is a test where you are sedated and a physician looks into your esophagus with a scope, in order to make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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When I drink xxl it cause to me a fast hear rate and it takes long for the hole next day .. it is normal ?

When I drink xxl it cause to me a fast hear rate and it takes long for the hole next day .. it is normal ?

XXL: depending on how much caffeine is in XXL that could definitely cause an increased heart rate. How long it lasts would depend on how much you drank over what period and how it is metabolized by your body. ...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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Why is it so hard for me to have a baby ?

Why is it so hard for me to have a baby ?

Don't know.: If you & your partner have been consistently working at it for over 12 months - consider fertillity assessment. In the meantime - considering using an ovulation calendar or an ovulation predictor kit so that you are sexually active at the optimum times. Good Luck. ...Read more

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Is soda really bad for a diabetic because when I drink it my sugar doesn't go up, and I drink a lot of it close to a 12 pack?

Is soda really bad for a diabetic because when I drink it my sugar doesn't go up, and I drink a lot of it close to a 12 pack?

Cut down to one: soda per day. I assume you are drinking diet sodas because your sugar does not go up. 1 can of regular soda has 150 calories and 40 grams of carbs which is equal to 10 teaspoons of sugar now x 12 which equals a problem. Try other options like water ...Read more

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Sometimes I feel short of breath. It oddly seems to get a little better if I go for a walk. My GERD is acting up lately. Is this the cause? Dangerous?

Sometimes I feel short of breath. It oddly seems to get a little better if I go for a walk. My GERD is acting up lately. Is this the cause? Dangerous?

Short of breath: GERD is a possible reason,try an OTC PPI(Prilosec,Prevacid (lansoprazole) etc) for a short term trail.Anxiety can also cause breathlessness,the description by history helps to sort out some of the causes of breathlessness-seek more detailed evaluation with in person consult or Health Tap Concierge if symptoms persist ...Read more

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I would like a doctor to explain to me why i sometimes get a very fast heart rate after eating a meal particularly if its large.

I would like a doctor to explain to me why i sometimes get a very fast heart rate after eating a meal particularly if its large.

Endothelial Problem: Heavy meals can cause the cells covering the interior wall of arteries to become sluggishly and sticky, a condition called endothelial dysfunction. This leads to decreases blood supply to the organs. In your case, the heart. The heart rate increase due to the increased demand without the appropriate supply of blood. ...Read more

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I often eat my last meal after work but sometimes fall asleep right after. Will that make me become fat? Is it better to just exclude this meal?

I often eat my last meal after work but sometimes fall asleep right after. Will that make me become fat? Is it better to just exclude this meal?

Listen to your body: If you distribute meals through the day, eating a meal before going to sleep is not likely to cause weight gain. Try having your biggest meal before going to work. Be sure to get at least 60 minutes of fun exercise (try jump roping) every day spread out through the day.. ...Read more

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Sometimes my my heart starts to quickly pound for like two seconds, it is an urge to take a deep breath, what is it?

Sometimes my my heart starts to quickly pound for like two seconds, it is an urge to take a deep breath, what is it?

Arrhythmia : U must have some kind of tachyarrhythmia which need be evaluated by your md especially with holter monitoring and blood tests.Perhaps u will need additional treatment. See your md! ...Read more

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What is a good way to lose weight? I makes it hard for me to walk a long way at for a long time

Dr. Alvin Lin Dr. Lin
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What is a good way to lose weight? I makes it hard for me to walk a long way at for a long time

Nutrition & exercise: Best way to lose weight is slowly over time. Don't plan on dramatic loss. Change your eating habits. Research DASH, Mediterranean & vegetarian diets (most studies demonstrating health benefits). Develop habit of doing something every day, even if only for a few minutes. Gradually build up duration & intensity. Check w/your Family Doc to make sure you're otherwise healthy. Good luck! ...Read more

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Every time I'm hungry I get a constant feeling like I'm going to gag. It makes me not want to eat, which makes it last longer. Why is this happening?

Every time I'm hungry I get a constant feeling like I'm going to gag. It makes me not want to eat, which makes it last longer. Why is this happening?

Reflux (GERD): Hi! When we are preparing to eat, our stomach getsready to receive food by increasing acid ("enterogastric reflEx"). This may cause some discomfort. Also, and this part is speculation, this could lead to acid reflUx ("GERD") into the esophagus which is commonly reported as a gagging sensation. You can try taking over-the-counter antacid; if not helping, discuss further w/ a doctor. ...Read more

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Why is it whenever i eat sometimes, my body just wants to throw up. Is bulimia a choice?

Why is it whenever i eat sometimes, my body just wants to throw up. Is bulimia a choice?

Nausea post eat: Strong nausea after eating can have different causes and should be evaluated for appropriate treatment (whether possibly from eating disorder, esophageal constriction, GI blockage, GI infection, etc). Bulimia is always a dangerous choice that damages your whole body by protein loss, electrolyte imbalance, and acid damage. Call your healthcare provider and get evaluated! ...Read more

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Can't have a bowl movement unless I drink a tea that makes me go every night..without it it takes bout 3-4 days before I can go and it's harder to go.

Can't have a bowl movement unless I drink a tea that makes me go every night..without it it takes bout 3-4 days before I can go and it's harder to go.

Osmotic laxative: Try using an osmotic laxative like Miralax (polyethylene glycol 3350) Begin with every other day and adjust the dose as needed. At the same time fortify your bowel bacteria with natural probiotics like yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchee or kfir. You should see improvement within several weeks. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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I become short of breath, find it difficult to swallow and get a tight throat/nausea immediatly after burping. Is there a reason?

I become short of breath, find it difficult to swallow and get a tight throat/nausea immediatly after burping. Is there a reason?

See doctor: There could be a few different reasons that's causing the symptoms you're experiencing. It's best to see your pcp so that you can be examined, to rule out whether it may be cardiac, pulmonary, or gastrointestinal in origin. That's best done in person. You may need to have other tests done to verify what's causing it. So don't delay. You may need to be referred to a specialist by your pcp. ...Read more

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Is there any way to fix a dirty tongue once and for all? Everytime I clean it it just gets dirty again and does'nt make a difference.

Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
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Is there any way to fix a dirty tongue once and for all?
Everytime I clean it it just gets dirty again and does'nt make a difference.

"Dirty tongue": There are many causes of dirty coating on the tongue like side effect of dehydration, fungal infection, certain diseases (leukoplakia, anemia) to name a few. See your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment or referral to a specialist. ...Read more

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What happens if I eat a magic mushroom and it is a dangerous/deadly one then how long will it take for the effects to kick in?

What happens if I eat a magic mushroom and it is a dangerous/deadly one then how long will it take for the effects to kick in?

What mushroom?: People are scared of the deathcap mushroom especially. It causes liver failure and death within a couple of weeks. See here for more info and identifying features: http://www.anbg.gov.au/fungi/deathcap.html If you think you ate one, go the the hospital right away. ...Read more