Shortness of breath

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I have shortness of breath that started around 2007. I have mitral valve prolapse and grade 1 diastolic dysfunction of heart. I was told by cardiologists not to worry about the heart its all ok. but I can not stop having this shortness of breath. It gets better when I lie flat on my stomach at night when I go to bed. I have only mild asthma and my dr. said my asthma can not be causing this. I saw a nerve doctor and he said it not my nerves. prior to getting the shortness of breath I was very healthy and used to go dancing and skiing etc. now I am afraid to do too much since I am afraid of being soffucated. I have had one pregnancy and it went ok and this shortness of breath started 2 years after pregnancy. I think its either the heart or the lung or diaphragm. this month i will be seeing an ent since i have had previous sinus surgeries and one of the sinus cavities seems to have a large hole since mucus chucnks fall once in a while. also my gi said I have mild gerd but he said not to worry about it after. he did a fluroscopy to find it. another asthma doc said its just a condition i need to live with . well its very scary. can anyone help? I also get heart palpitations once in a while. Is there any diaphragm or good lung doctors out there? I have seen a pulmo but he just dismissed it to anxiety. but I am definitely not hyperventilating I am very calm and still getting this shortness of breath. also xanax does not make it go away nor does clonozapam.

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Hello

I can understand your concern.
So as you explain you have several factor that may contribute in your shortness of breath.All of these as mitral valve prolapse,diastolic dysfunction of heart,mild asthma,mild gerd have a role in your concern.I would recommend you to do further these tests:...

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I took 1.5 pills of ecstacy 8 day ago. i also had some alcohol. the day after my heart was racing the whole day. stopped after 1 day. ive gotten better each day. heart is no longer racing, but i still get shortness of breath sporadically throughout the day. No other side effects at this point. i feel like i'm 85% back to normal and a lot better. should i just give it a few more days? Or is there anything to be worried about?

25 years old. 5'8". 150 lbs. good health, no medical history

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Hello,

Thanks for posting your query.

The effects of Ecstasy are sometimes similar to the use of amphetamines and cocaine and these include increases in heart rate and blood pressure, nausea, blurred vision, faintness, chills, sweating and shortness of breath. Alcohol when consumed for a long...

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Hello, my 68 year old dad had a stent implanted in his carotic artery last friday. As a result he has been prescribed Brilinta twice a day. As a side effect, he has been suffering from shortness of breath and this has made it really hard for him to sleep. What do you suggest that he should do in order to sleep better.

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There are many more platelet inhibitors or commonly known as blood thinners, which may be taken safely.
However, it is important to rule out other causes of shortness of breath besides the adverse effect of the new drug Brilinta (ticagrelor).
I would also want to know whether it is the Coronary...

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This case concerns my wife of 79 years old height 5ft weight aprox 11stone 10 lbs. My wife started complaining of shortness of breath some 6 months ago after mild exertion in the garden and after a short rest symptoms disappeared. Up to that time my wife had been fully active and enjoyed a good fully active life with no medical condition that required any form of medication. We both put the Shortness of breath down to our ageing process. On the 20-5-2011 my wife was admitted to hospital with Shortness of breath, high blood pressure, over 180 and atrial fibrillation. Since that first admission my wife has been admitted to hospital over ten times for similar reasons but only three occasions when AF had been present. I had noted that my wife’s oxygen levels had always been recorded in the 99% range and only once required oxygen to be given. This observation may not be relevant. Echocardiogram and Pulmonary function tests have been performed but appear to have been OK. On the 28-6-2011 a coronary angiogram was conducted and the followings findings have been recorded There is moderate stenosis in a high diagonal branch with mild stenosis in the proximal LAD with calcification. The circumflex artery has minor disease only and is dominant and the right coronary artery is very small. Left ventricular function is very good. As you know she was admitted several times with chest pains but negative trop. History My wife has a history of extreme low tolerance to any form of drug or alcohol and subsequently taking medication has had extreme consequences and discomfort for her, but, she has where possible continued to take them when I myself would have not. However throughout this 8 week period my wife’s condition has not improved and still wakes up with Shortness of breath, this condition comes when she is resting at any time. During this last 8 weeks my wife’s only exercise has been going to have a wash or toilet facilities and of course this brings on shortness of breath and tightness in the chest. If I were to dial 999 every time my wife was in extreme discomfort we would be dialing several times a day. We have a first meeting with our cardiologist this week and the apparent intention is to treat my wife’s condition with medication, I am extremely concerned that maybe I am not understanding the angiogram results correctly but I cannot see how that is going to solve my wife’s shortness of breath. Therefore I seek help and guidance in understandings possible alternative procedures that may be considered.

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Angiography in 2011 is not having significant disease .
the main problem appears is Atrial fibrillation and hypertension.
so hypertension should be controlled and for atrial fibrillation your doctor will give some medicine to control heart rate, if heart rate is not controlled then patient will...

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I have heart palpitations & shortness of breath when I lie down.

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Brief Answer:
Could be due to heart problems.

Detailed Answer:
Hi

Greetings from Dr Divakara P.
Thanks for posting your query.

Well palpitations with shortness of breath can be due to problems in heart, kidney problems or low hemoglobin.

But palpitations and shortness of breath on lying down...

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Should I go to the ER or wait for an appointment? I am a 32 year old female experiencing intermittent chest pressure (w/ numbness and/or tingling radiating on my left side, arm, and neck) frequently at rest and shortness of breath upon any exertion. Due to previous experience, I am positive it is not heartburn, injury, or muscoskeletal. The shortness of breath began about two weeks ago. In the past two months I woke up due to chest pain or because I was unable to breathe at least once a week. I have multiple cardiac risk factors (high BP, pre-diabetic, slightly elevated cholesterol, weight) and a heart murmur (although I understand they can be benign). HOWEVER, previous EKGs taken during previous episodes have shown no problems. My fitness has improved, so the recent shortness of breath is a concern. I know this is a stupid question, but have to ask - I don t want to waste money or a hospital visit if it s likely I can wait and/or it s not a heart problem

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Several weeks ago started having shortness of breath but since I have asthma didnt pay much attention, long story short had to go to the hospital tiwce runned many diferent test and nothing is wrong, a CT of my chest showed a small hernia but no signs of PE witch the Dr suspected.... Could the hernia cause all this shortness of breath and bad breath being that nothing else is wrong acordint to my tests???

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The shortness of breath in your case is because of asthma. For hernia to cause shortness of breath, it has to be very large to compress or displace the lung. There can be many causes of bad breath including acumulated secretions in the lungs which can happen in asthma.

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I have been suffering from shortness of breath since 2008 and doctor told me i have suffered from stress which i dont think it was.last month 23/7 I had a blood test and it showed I have low level of hemoglobin of 10.5gm/DL , low mch,low mchc. I started to feel dizziness quite often and I always feel fatigue , could stress cause all this problem?

doctor1 MD

Hello
Although stress may cause shortness of breath but still you must rule out other causes for tis breathlessness.
Get your lung function test to rule out bronchial asthma.
Consult a cardiologist and rule out heart involvement.
Get your thyroid function tests done to rule out hypothyroidism....

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have been suffering from nose blockage and shortness of breath since 18 months. One thing I observed is that only one nostril gets blocked and if I sleep on one side then the side which is at floor that side nostril gets blocked and when i turn over the other side gets blocked. Also whenever I through out mucus by coughing or any other means I feel better. Shortness of breath problem always there even my both nostrils are cliar. I had CT scan and doctor told me that I have Deviated Nasal Septum but that is from childhood and every other thing is clear. Allergist who performed skin test told me I have dust mite allergy and reactive Airway Decease . I have taken enough care to avoid dust mite . IgE level Stands at 300 while Lab range is 10-340. Also I have pain in my right ear only. Only a tablet of "ambroxol hydrochloride" gives me complete relief from shortness of breath and nose blockage. What should I do ?
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hey heres a remedy do steam inhalation daily for 15 mins morning and night b4 bed ....n do some pranayama(breathing excercise in yoga)...regularly u do this n see the difference...do inform the result...hav a nice time!!!

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I have ovarian hyperstimulation I just had infertility treatment with lots of follicles but I didn't have the eggs retrieved...I went to ER five days ago and I received one iv....I didn't know I wasn't supposed to have sexual intercourse....I had severe pain last night and XXXXXXX poop this morning...very mild shortness of breath....should I worry

doctor1 MD

Hello, I would be happy to help you with your question.

Ovarian hyperstimulation is a problem that occurs with the use of fertility medications. It is not common, but it is definitely discussed with patients as a risk. It usually is associated with a significant amount of "third-spacing" of...

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Hi,i read that symptoms of a heart attack are shortness of breath, which i had but left, and left arm pain, i have a ache not pain in my left arm and it is only one area. i can move it and all. i have anxiety and i took trazodone and weight loos pills few hours before the trazodone. Is this symptoms of a heart attack or the medicines clashing? I am stopping the weght loss pills..

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i am 55, female, height 5 6. weight-90.. suffering from high bp for last two months with bp ranging from 160/85 to 170/95 even after taking medicines like telsateran, amloguard, alphadopa, targit 80 every day. i hav been hospitalised twice within this period before medication experincing shortness of breath, dryness of throat, dizziness etc. i hav been detected LVH . trop T was negative. what should i do?

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i am 55, female, height 5 6. weight-90.. suffering from high bp for last two months with bp ranging from 160/85 to 170/95 even after taking medicines like telsateran, amloguard, alphadopa, targit 80 every day. i hav been hospitalised twice within this period before medication experincing shortness of breath, dryness of throat, dizziness etc. i hav been detected LVH . trop T was negative. what should i do?

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Recently I have had a strange feeling going on. About once a day, usually evening right before or right after dinner, I can feel my heart beating, a normal pace about 75 to 80 bpm, but it seems like maybe every so often one beat is harder than others, kind of like beat, beat, beat, BEAT, beat beat...if that makes sense. I have no shortness of breath, chest pain or other physical issues. I am a 49 year old male ,over weight (264 poulds @ 5' 9") As ar as I know chplesterol and glucose are normal, blood pressure was found to be slightly elevated during a recent check up and I take enalapril 10mg twice a day. I also take Alopurinal for kidney stones, It is 300mg once a day. I try to watch my diet avoiding caffeine and too many sweets etc. I probably eat more red meat than I should but thats a work in progress. Thanks for any insight on if this a potential problem o maybe just a little stress or anxiety as a friend said. I might not have mentioned that the hard beats go away after a short time, usually if I get involved in a project or something else that takes my mind away from listening to my own heart thumping away.

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