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Why does the bottom part of my lung hurt when i run? I use an inhaler but still happens.

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Why does the bottom part of my lung hurt when i run? I use an inhaler but still happens.

Maybe a "stitch": It may not be related to asthma. To prevent this from happening, avoid eating just prior to running, breath deeply through your mouth, avoid carbonated drinks, avoid cold weather running, start out at a slower pace, and use good posture while running. Good luck and run on! ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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Why do my lungs hurt when i run? I have a history of asthma and take my medication before i workout. Is it possible that the pain will decrease as i c

Why do my lungs hurt when i run? I have a history of asthma and take my medication before i workout. Is it possible that the pain will decrease as i c

Uncontrolled asthma: It is likely that your asthma is not adequately controlled, causing you to have symptoms when you are running. Please see a lung specialist for full assessment of your lung function to find out if your symptoms are due to exercise induced asthma or other causes. ...Read more

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Occasionally when I run, the bottom of my right lung hurts at an inhale. It is a sharp strong pain. It lasts a few seconds then it goes away. ?

Occasionally when I run, the bottom of my right lung hurts at an inhale. It is a sharp strong pain. It lasts a few seconds then it goes away. ?

Not to worry: The lung has a slick lining called the pleura. There is a fluid that lubricates the interface and occasionally a small area is either irritated or for some other unknown reason the fluid is temporarily absent and the lung sticks. >>> sharp pain with inhalation which is lung movement. ...Read more

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When I run, my lungs get tired before my legs do.I have trouble catching my breath but could keep running. What would cause this/ how can i fix it?

When I run, my lungs get tired before my legs do.I have trouble catching my breath but could keep running. What would cause this/ how can i fix it?

Many causes: There are many potential causes. It is possibly hyperventilation (anxiety related), deconditioning (meaning you conditioning level is not good), vocal cord dysfunction, reactive airways. The best way to figure it out is have a treadmill test with cardiorespiratory monitoring, spirometry and possibly albuterol administration to see if it improves pulmonary testing ...Read more

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When i run my lungs burn & sometimes i taste blood. I've spat up blood before. I have asthma but my inhaler doesn't help. Can acid reflex do this?

When i run my lungs burn & sometimes i taste blood. I've spat up blood before. I have asthma but my inhaler doesn't help. Can acid reflex do this?

Coughing blood?: If you are coughing up blood, called hemoptysis, you need to be evaluated by your doctor. The most common cause is bronchitis but malignancy needs to be ruled out. Gerd can cause bronchospasm, like asthma does, but neither should cause you to cough up blood. If you are short of breath or coughing up large amounts of blood, then go to the er. If you smoke, you need to quit asap. ...Read more

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After I smoke a tobacco bowl my lungs feel really tight and last for about 30 minutes, I have asthma but it's not bad at all, only when I run.

After I smoke a tobacco bowl my lungs feel really tight and last for about 30 minutes, I have asthma but it's not bad at all, only when I run.

It can get worse: Being so young, perhaps you believe you can afford to lose 30 min of quality life up to several times a day. That might change and grow into longer periods. It's sad to watch someone burn money even if they feel they can afford it. Some may say it's your business, but no one will think it's smart. They're right not to. Please consider quitting. ...Read more

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I'm feeling a burning sensation inside my right lung when I run or jump. I boxe but in this month I duplicated my sport activity. What could it be?

I'm feeling a burning sensation inside my right lung when I run or jump. I boxe but in this month I duplicated my sport activity. What could it be?

RUQ /chest burning: Short of breath? Could be asthma or reactive airways, or gas in colon which rides high, or reflux or gallbladder, rarely cardiac . Get checked for asthma( PFTs) , consider EKG, consider simetnicone ( Gas-x )before running f/u/ w/ doc ...Read more

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Lungs hurt after running or bike riding. How to prevent this?

Lungs hurt after running or bike riding. How to prevent this?

Get checked out: You may have exercise induced asthma, and all other treatment/ suggestions would be futile. Always start new exercise slowly and listen to your body. ...Read more