Why do I have shortness of breath if I don't have asthma?

Short of breath. Pulmonary disease is very common, obstructive pulmonary disease is a common cause, weakness of respiratory muscles and interstitial lung disease all do the same as well as a bunch of other things; the heart is just one of many causes of sob, anemia can do it too.

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I have shortness of breath at night. Do I have asthma?

Shortness of breath. It could be cardiac or pulmonic. It could be asthma. You need to see your physician and for physical and work-up. Read more...

What might cause a person with asthma to have shortness of breath but a consistently high peak flow (750+), and all of their cardio tests checked out fine?

Anxiety. In my experience, when someone has a subjective feeling of shortness of breath, palpitations, chest tightness etc., but all the objective measures are checking out ok, what you may actually be dealing with is an anxiety problem. But first you rule out the physical stuff. Read more...
Many possibilities.. There are many disorders, besides asthma, which can cause shortness of breath. You need to see your doctor asap because shortness of breath can be due to a life-threatening condition. Go to the er if your doctor cannot see you readily. You may need some testing, like blood gas analysis, pulmonary function testing, chest x-ray, ct scan etc. In order for the diagnosis to be made and treatment given. Read more...

I'm having constent pain in the lower portion of my ribs when I breath, I have shortness of breath, ive been coughing hard, and I have asthma.?

See your doctor. While these could be muscle pains from a viral illness, these symptoms could also represent more than just asthma and a cold. You may have bronchitis or the beginning of a pneumonia or other lung or heart problem. Get to your doctor to have an evaluation. Read more...

Nose feels dry it's not blocked but when I breath through it it makes a whistle type noise also have shortness of breath. Not asthma?

Hard to say. The wheezing associated with asthma comes from your lungs. It is possible that you are having nasal congestion which is causing the whistling because the airflow through your nose is disrupted. With asthma you will have difficulty breathing, cough, and wheeze. Your chest will likely feel tight and you will have more difficulty getting air out than inhaling. For dry nose try nasal saline rinses. Read more...
See allergist/ENT. If your nose is dry , you may try OTC nasal gel . The whistling sound however suggests that there may be some obstruction present. There are many condition which can cause shortness of breath. If it occurs when you breathe in , then this points to obstruction at the upper airway (nose, adenoid, vocal cord etc). You need to consult an allergist or ENT if your family doc can't help you. Read more...