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Shortness of breath, ankles and legs swollen, suffocating sensation. Help?

I ve been feeling short of breath walking up steps and it feels sometimes like I m under the water and trying to get some air. My legs & ankles swell both from standing to long and just laying down propped up with 3-4 pillows because laying flat really makes me feel like I m suffocating, I can push on my legs and it leaves an indent from pushing on it.
Asked On : Fri, 1 Mar 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Jul 2013
Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.

Shortness of breath along with pedal oedema (swelling in legs) is highly suggestive of a cardiac cause (heart related problem, most possibly CHF).

I suggest you to consult a General Physician or a Cardiologist for a detailed examination, evaluation and further management.

Hope this information is helpful. Good day
Answered: Wed, 4 Sep 2013
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General & Family Physician Dr. Michelle Gibson James's  Response
HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

Shortness of breath, difficulty lying flat and swelling of the legs and ankles are usually indicators of fluid accumulation.
Fluid accumulates in the lungs causing shortness of breath.

This can occur due to heart failure, kidney or liver disease.

You should consider visiting your doctor as soon as possible.

You would be given diuretics and additional medication based on the cause of the fluid accumulation.
Diuretics encourage the loss of fluid from the body.

I hope this helps
Answered: Wed, 4 Sep 2013
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