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Dr. SG Erman
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I had trouble in breathing well this morning. The temperature is high and I am a little overweight. ?

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I had trouble in breathing well this morning. The temperature is high and I am a little overweight. ?

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Overweight (Definition)

Nearly two-thirds of the United States population is overweight. There are many ways to determine if a person is overweight, but experts believe that a person's body mass index (BMI) is the best way to assess an adult's weight in relation to their height. * A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered normal. * Adults with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 are considered overweight. There are exceptions. For example, an athlete may have a higher BMI but not be overweight. * Adults with a BMI greater than 30 are considered obese. * Adults with a BMI greater than or equal to 40 are considered extremely obese. * Anyone more than 100 pounds overweight is considered morbidly obese. A person with a high BMI may have a normal amount of body fat is they have ...Read more


Dr. Claude Parola
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What would make it sound bubbly when breathing and feel like rubbing at sternum? 31/f overweight but healthy

Dr. Claude Parola
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What would make it sound bubbly when breathing and feel like rubbing at sternum? 31/f overweight but healthy

Hard to tell: We need to have more informations such as history of smoking, do you cough a lot, do you have any pain when you breathe, a bubble sound may be an indication of air passing through a fluid, chronic bromchitis, or fistula between trachea and esophagus; you probably need to see a doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Rasak
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I'm overweight, 21 stone and feel sharp pain on right chest under my arm when i'm breathing or coughing.Should i be worried?

Dr. Mark Rasak
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I'm overweight, 21 stone and feel sharp pain on right chest under my arm when i'm breathing or coughing.Should i be worried?

Not typical: Not typical angina type pain. But infections , inflamation , muscle strains, etc can be cause. Get a work up from ur dr. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Friend is overweight & diabetic and had angio done 5 yrs back.SInce a week having strained breathing & is not sleeping.He has GERD too.What can it be.

Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Friend is overweight & diabetic and had angio done 5 yrs back.SInce a week having strained breathing & is not sleeping.He has GERD too.What can it be.

Overweight: Your friend needs to lose weight but, more importantly a visit to the doctor should be set up ASAP. ...Read more

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Dr. Addagada Rao
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Overweight with poor blood work. Also stopped breathing for 2 minutes at a time during sleep. Need MD-signed statement to fly non-Economy. Help!!!

Dr. Addagada Rao
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Overweight with poor blood work.  Also stopped breathing for 2 minutes at a time during sleep.  Need MD-signed statement to fly non-Economy.  Help!!!

You need help: not note . If you are overweight , stopped breathing for 2 mints , most likely sleep apnea you may not be a candidate to fly , till your medical condition improves . Get medical help get cured then you don't need any note . ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Colantino
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Hi why when checking my blood pressure breathing from nose its.normal but breathing from mouth its much higher. oxygen 98 overweight 50 pounds?

Dr. Donald Colantino
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Hi why when checking my blood pressure breathing from nose its.normal but  breathing from mouth its much higher. oxygen 98 overweight 50 pounds?

Discrepancy: Breathing from the mouth shouldn't elevate the blood pressure unless you're straining while taking it. Nose breathing is more natural,also. You should regard your baseline BP as the one taken while you are relaxed in a sitting position with your arm in a neutral position roughly at the level of your heart. The BP should be just about equal in both arms. You can lower your baseline BP by losing wt. ...Read more

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Dr. Tonga Nfor
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I am in the first trimester of my 2nd pregnancy and I am having difficulty breathing at times. Is this normal? (i am not overweight)

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I am in the first trimester of my 2nd pregnancy and I am having difficulty breathing at times. Is this normal? (i am not overweight)

Don't think so: I would advise you to have your doctor assess your symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
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29 female, good health, overweight, 5'2-155lb. Currently with strep throat, woke up bc not breathing. Never happened before. Not a snorer. Reason?

Dr. Carlo Hatem
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29 female, good health, overweight, 5'2-155lb. Currently with strep throat, woke up bc not breathing. Never happened before. Not a snorer. Reason?

Swollen throat: Swelling in the throat can trigger symptoms similar to sleep apnea on a temporary basis. ...Read more

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Dr. James Donley
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Difficulty breathing I am over weight BMI is 40.0+ last i checked i've noticed when i lay in bed at night on my back i struggle to get my breath I have to roll on my side or stomach is this due to my overweight? I've also been snoring really loud and some

Dr. James Donley
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Difficulty breathing I am over weight BMI is 40.0+ last i checked i've noticed when i lay in bed at night on my back i struggle to get my breath I have to roll on my side or stomach is this due to my overweight? I've also been snoring really loud and some

Yes: Having a bmi over 30 indicates higher risk of obstructive sleep apnea. At 40+ extremely high risk. Snoring is found in at least 80% of people with sleep apnea. You need to see a doctor about a sleep study and get treatment. Sleep apnea puts you are risk for high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, diabetes and a host of other problems. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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I don't have sleep apnea, am not overweight, sleep on side, don't drink, but still snore when breathing through my mouth. What aids should I try? Mouthpiece keeping jaw forward? Strap to close mouth?

Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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I don't have sleep apnea, am not overweight, sleep on side, don't drink, but still snore when breathing through my mouth. What aids should I try? Mouthpiece keeping jaw forward? Strap to close mouth?

Sleep study?: Did you officially have a sleep study? Seems you have tried a lot of remedies to try and help, but need to know for sure. CPAP is the "gold standard" of care, but dental mouthpieces for snoring and mild sleep apnea are very effective. ...Read more

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