Shortness Of Breath

Shortness of breath is also known as dyspnea. It is the feeling that one has when there is not enough air in the lungs. It is a symptom of asthma, pneumonia, heart attack, heart failure, panic attack, choking, etc.

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Why does my father have increased BP and panic attacks after taking antidepressants?

Query: Hello doctor, My father is 68 years old, and from the last six months, he is suffering from a few health problems. He has a severe gas problem and stomach pain. He keeps complaining about gas getting accumulated in his stomach.  As a result, he has burping and shortness of breath, and his heart rat...  Read Full »

Dr. Surender Kumar

Answer: Hi,Welcome to per the case history that you narrated, your father might have a somatoform disorder. It is good that the CT abdomen is fine.Your father's complaints are quite common among this age group. You had not mentioned whether he is having any history of forgetfulness, irritabil...  Read Full »

I have shortness of breath which ceases as I wake up and sit upright. Should I be concerned?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 24-year-old male with shortness of breath (once or thrice a week) after 1/2 an hour of night sleep, which ceased as I wake up and sit upright. Should I be concerned about this?  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Such kind of breathlessness occurs due to two reasons: 1. Heart problems. 2. Anxiety. Tell me, Do you have any chest pain, ghabrahat, sweating, palpitations, or swelling in the legs and face?  Read Full »

How to diagnose the cause of shortness of breath and extreme fatigue?

Query: Hi doctor, My mom, who is 76 years old, has a transferrin saturation level of 17. She has been scheduled for iron infusion therapy. She feels extremely tired, short of breath, and has arthritic pain. She cannot tolerate oral iron. She has had iron infusions before but does not last long. What to do...  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I am trying to understand whether she has iron deficiency anemia or anemia of chronic disease, or myelodysplastic syndrome. Did she ever get a bone marrow biopsy or hemoglobin electrophoresis? Can you share her latest complete blood count (CBC) before and after ...  Read Full »

I am having episodes of shortness of breath for past few days. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor,I need an ECG analysis. Recently I went into urgent care with heart pain and shortness of breath, and got the attched ECG taken but was told to follow up with a cardiologist. This happened last week and after that the shortness of breath slightly got worsened and has not gone away. Kindly ...  Read Full »

Dr. Prashant Valecha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As per the reports attached (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) it is a normal ECG (electrocardigram) as it shows a normal axis and sinus rhythm. Regards.  Read Full »

How to cure my friend who is suffering from COVID-19?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a friend who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. He is having some trouble breathing when he does any activity. His back hurts while sitting even without doing any activities. He has difficulty sleeping with pain in his back when he lays down. He can able to breathe when he usually ...  Read Full »

Dr. Zubayeralam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, your friend has been suffering from back pain, shortness of breath during minor activities, and fever. According to your friend's recent HRCT (high resolution computed tomography) o...  Read Full »

Can you interpret the results of my 2D echo test?

Query: Hi doctor,I just received the results of my 2D echo, and the MV annulus is out of range with a reading of 1.6, the normal range being 3.5 to 4.5. What does this mean? Otherwise, everything is normal.  Read Full »

Dr. Pramod Bhanudas Narkhede

Answer: Hello, It means that the annulus of one of the valves on left side, called mitral valve, is reduced in diameter. So, there is an obstruction to the flow of blood from the low-pressure chamber to the high-pressure chamber, that is, from the left atrium to the left ventricle, which can give rise to sy...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest the physical changes seen in the acute transformation of myelodysplastic disorder.

Query: Hi doctor,An elderly family member was diagnosed with overlap myeloproliferative or myelodysplastic disorder two years back. He is being treated by a hematologist who arranges regular blood tests and he is said to be "hematological stable". However, I understand that there can be an acute transforma...  Read Full »

Dr. Mubashir Razzaq Khan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Hope you are doing well in the pandemic. The acute transformation has clinical signs and symptoms of acute leukemia, such as recurring fever not responding to antibiotics, pallor, dyspnoea, shortness of breath due to low hemoglobin, bruising and bleeding...  Read Full »

How long will it take for pneumothorax to heal, and what can be done to improve healing?

Query: Hello doctor,I was diagnosed with pneumothorax three months back, and I was admitted to the hospital for treatment for a week. My current medications are Faronem, Seroflo Rotacap, Neucleofit, and Tramadol. I still have chest and throat pain, occasional shortness of breath, hand tremors, sometimes ha...  Read Full »

Dr. Zubayeralam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from chest and throat pain, shortness of breath, hand tremors, chest heaviness, pain in the underarm, hand, upper back, and shoulders. You were diagn...  Read Full »

What can be the reason for the fluctuation of absolute neutrophil count in my 2-year-old daughter?

Query: Hello doctor,My 2-year-old daughter is having fluctuations in her absolute neutrophil count. She does not have any signs of infection or fever. What can be the reason for these fluctuations? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Mubashir Razzaq Khan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through the report of your child (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). Everything is normal in her report. Actually, in infants and young children, the immunity is antibody-mediated (humoral immunity). It is because of repeated vaccin...  Read Full »

Can tuberculosis infect organs other than the lungs?

Query: Hello doctor, My recent chest x-ray showed some suspicious infiltrates in the lung. I am currently under thyroid cancer treatment. I got two CT scans done for both neck and chest. I have attached both reports here. Please help me in clarifying few terms which I did not follow. I would like to know, ...  Read Full »

Dr. Amolkumar W Diwan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to  I went through both your CT scan reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). According to your CT report, there is no defect in the lungs. It only shows collapse in certain parts. As you have mentioned you are currently under treatment for thyroid canc...  Read Full »

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