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Musculoskeletal causes of shortness of breath?

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Muscles,soft tissues

Respiratory symptoms caused by connective tissue disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, etc.
However many times shortness of breath can be result of drug therapies with pulmonary side effects. Disorders causing muscular weakness can affect muscles used in breathing and therefore also result in shortness of breath. Muscular dystrophy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease)

In brief: Muscles,soft tissues

Respiratory symptoms caused by connective tissue disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, etc.
However many times shortness of breath can be result of drug therapies with pulmonary side effects. Disorders causing muscular weakness can affect muscles used in breathing and therefore also result in shortness of breath. Muscular dystrophy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease)
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Dr. Gerald Mandell
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Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Diaphragm motion

Dysfunction in any structure that surrounds your lungs could impair your ability to take deep breaths.
Excessive tone or tightness of the diaphragm (a large muscle between your lungs and abdomen) or problems with the mobility of your ribcage are two possibilities. Practicing mindful deep breathing and gentle stretching of the torso can help these conditions.

In brief: Diaphragm motion

Dysfunction in any structure that surrounds your lungs could impair your ability to take deep breaths.
Excessive tone or tightness of the diaphragm (a large muscle between your lungs and abdomen) or problems with the mobility of your ribcage are two possibilities. Practicing mindful deep breathing and gentle stretching of the torso can help these conditions.
Dr. Tanya Russo
Dr. Tanya Russo
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