Shortness Of Breath

Definition of Shortness Of Breath:

A sensation of difficult or uncomfortable breathing; a feeling of not getting enough air.

Also: Breathing Difficulty, Breathlessness, Difficulty Breathing, Short Of Breath

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...the condition
“...This can be due to a variety of causes including ... obesity-related breathing difficulty...”

Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL)

...the condition
“...They tire more easily and may feel short of breath when physically active...”
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Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML)

...the condition
“...They tire more easily and may feel short of breath when physically active...”

Aerobic Exercise Need

...the condition
“...Our muscles lose their tone, and something as simple as climbing a flight of stairs stresses the heart and makes us short of breath.  It only takes a couple of weeks from when you stop exercising to lose a significant amount of the strength and stamina that exercise produces...”

Alcohol-related Problems

...recommendation Conventional Drug Avoidance
“...You might find you have difficulty breathing and a great deal of difficulty thinking clearly...”


...related topic
“...Clinical symptoms include shortness of breath, lethargy and heart palpitations.”
...relationship to Leukemia
“The red blood cell deficiency caused by leukemia leads to anemia and the symptoms of anemia, including severe fatigue, pallor, and breathing difficulty.”


...the condition
“...Signs that a person is having a heart attack and should get emergency attention include: pain lasting more than 30 minutes, sweating, nausea, shortness of breath, severe anxiety, and fatigue...”

Antibiotics a treatment
“...Side-effects range from rash, swelling of the tongue and face, and difficulty breathing, to very serious and even fatal anaphylactic reactions...”


...the condition
“...Some common symptoms of anxiety include the following ... Physical symptoms such as sweaty palms, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, nausea or diarrhea, and trouble swallowing...”
...related topic
“Apprehension of danger, or dread, accompanied by nervous restlessness, tension, increased heart rate, and shortness of breath unrelated to a clearly identifiable stimulus.”


...our question about Shortness of breath / breathing difficulty
Shortness of breath can occur with large ascites that causes pressure on the diaphragm and fluid around the lungs.”


...the condition
“Asthma is a chronic lung disease which causes wheezing, coughing, and breathing difficulty.  Asthma can be managed but not cured...”
...related topic
“A lung disorder marked by attacks of breathing difficulty, wheezing, coughing, and thick mucus coming from the lungs...”
...relationship to Environmental Illness / MCS
“Respiratory complaints among MCS patients include adult-onset "asthma", shortness of breath, and fibrotic lung disease.”
...recommendation Ivy Leaf
“...However, the incidence of cough and shortness of breath symptoms did not change during the short trial period...”
...recommendation Vitamin B12 (Cobalamine)
“...Of 20 patients, 18 showed less shortness of breath on exertion, as well as improved appetite, sleep, and general condition...”

Bone Marrow Suppression

...the condition
“...Reduced red blood cells produce classic anemia symptoms ... shortness of breath...”


...the condition
“...Further symptoms can include dizziness, instability while walking (unsteady gait), urinary retention, coughing, shortness of breath, and hearing loss...”

Cardiac Ischemia

...the condition
“...Cardiac Ischemia a common cause of chest pain, shortness of breath, and cardiac arrhythmias in adults...”


...recommendation CoQ10 (Ubiquinone)
“...blood pumped out of the heart with each beat (the ejection fraction), showed a gradual and sustained improvement in tempo with a gradual and sustained improvement in patients' symptoms of fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pain and palpitations...”

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)

...the condition
“...Patients tire more easily and may feel short of breath when physically active...”

Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML)

...the condition
“...They tire more easily and may feel short of breath when physically active...”

Cigarette Smoke Damage

...the condition
“...Smokers of all ages are more likely to report pulmonary symptoms such as chronic cough, phlegm production, wheezing, and shortness of breath.  Studies have found that smoking is associated with an increased rate of acute respiratory infection...”
...relationship to COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
“...Chronic coughing and shortness of breath are symptoms of these diseases...”

Collapsed Lung

...the condition
“...Symptoms include ... (Main symptom) Shortness of breath...”

Congestive Heart Failure

...our question about Waking up with choking sensation
“Fluid may accumulate in the lungs, causing shortness of breath particularly during exercise and when lying flat...”

COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

...the condition
“...Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) refers to a group of conditions that cause shortness of breath and are associated with obstruction of air flow within the lung...”
...recommendation High/Increased Protein Diet
“...The results suggest that even small changes in the constitution of meals, especially in terms of less carbohydrate, may have significant effects on exercise tolerance and breathlessness amongst patients with COPD...”
...recommendation Calming / Stretching Exercises
“...A significantly greater number of patients reported that "with the help of yogic breathing exercises, they could control an attack of severe shortness of breath without having to seek medical help", according to the study...”

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

...the condition
“...Signs of a pulmonary embolism include ... Unexplained sudden shortness of breath...”


...the condition
“...This condition causes fibrous scarring of lung tissue, leading to a dry, unproductive cough and shortness of breath with exertion.”

Dyspepsia / Poor Digestion

...the condition
“...Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, bloating, shortness of breath, weakness, and dizziness...”

Edema (Water Retention)

...the condition
“...If you are not short of breath, elevation of the legs above the level of your heart will also keep swelling down...”


...the condition
“...Lung tissue that exchanges oxygen and carbon dioxide is destroyed, causing shortness of breath.  Emphysema is considered to be a type of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and usually occurs alongside Chronic Bronchitis...”


...the condition
“...This accumulation of fluid in the lungs can cause shortness of breath.  If the infection spreads to the kidneys, patients may notice blood in the urine...”

Environmental Illness / MCS

...the condition
“...We all recognize that people vary widely in their response to a room full of cigarette smoke – some people can ignore it easily while others react with stuffy nose, teary eyes, coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath.  It should be no surprise, therefore, to learn that scientists are now confirming that different people react differently to modern compounds such as dry cleaning solvents...”

Eucalyptus Blue Gum a treatment
“...Antispasmodic; Antimalarial: Its antiseptic properties give it some antimalarial action; Earache: Inhaled eucalyptus fumes open the Eustachian tubes, draining fluids and relieving pressure; Difficulty breathing: Eucalyptus enhances breathing, making it useful for asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, whooping cough, and colds; Pain relief: It is a good remedy for pain caused by muscle tension...”

Fanconi Anemia

...the condition
“...Signs and symptoms include ... Anemia, which causes fatigue, lack of energy, shortness of breath, dizziness, headaches, coldness in the hands and feet, pale skin, and chest pain...”

Gastric Reflux Disease

...related topic
“...However, some patients may present with atypical symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, wheezing, and coughing.”

Guillain-Barre Syndrome

...the condition
“...These functions may be disrupted, resulting in arrhythmia, unstable blood pressure, blurred or double vision, dizziness, fainting spells, inability to regulate the body temperature, difficulty breathing, reduced ability to control the function of the stomach, digestive system and bladder, loss of weight, vomiting after meals, reduced function of various glands, incontinence...”

Histiocytosis X

...the condition
“...When the lungs are affected, the symptoms can include coughing, shortness of breath, fever, and weight loss, but some people have no symptoms...”

Hives (Urticaria)

...relationship to Allergy to Foods (Hidden)
“...A reaction that occurs immediately after ingestion of certain foods, producing hives and difficulty breathing is termed anaphalactic and is potentially dangerous...”

Hyperbaric Oxygen a treatment
“...Signs and symptoms of oxygen toxicity include: Nausea and vomiting, dry cough, seizures, substernal chest pain, sweating, bronchitis, pallor, shortness of breath, muscle twitching, pulmonary edema, anxiety and/or respiratory changes, pulmonary fibrosis, visual changes, tinnitus, hallucinations, vertigo, hiccups and decreased level of...”

Kaposi's Sarcoma

...the condition
“...Shortness of breath, coughing and bloody sputum (substance expelled by coughing or clearing the throat) may indicate the presence of pulmonary (lung) lesions...”

Kidney Disease

...the condition
“...Waste products and excess fluid then build up inside the body, causing a variety of symptoms, particularly swelling of the hands and feet, shortness of breath, and a frequent urge to urinate...”


...the condition
“...Unnatural change in the voice; Hoarseness or loss of voice; Tickling, scratchiness, and rawness in the throat; A constant urge to clear the throat; Fever in some more severe cases; Difficulty breathing if the larynx is swollen...”

Liver Abscess

...the condition
“...a life-threatening condition, include: Mental changes such as confusion, delirium, hallucinations, delusions; High fever (over 101°F); Jerky movements; Rapid heart rate; Breathing problems (shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, wheezing, or choking); Severe abdominal pain; Vomiting; A diagnostic workup generally includes several of the following: Abdominal ultrasound; Abdominal CT...”

Lung Cancer

...the condition
“...As lung cancer progresses, symptoms will include: Coughing; Wheezing; Shortness of breath; Coughing up bloody mucus; Weight loss; Chest pains; Lung cancer is visible on chest X-rays and CT scans...”

Magnesium Requirement

...the condition
“...Signs of excess magnesium can be similar to magnesium deficiency and include mental status changes, nausea, diarrhea, appetite loss, muscle weakness, difficulty breathing, extremely low blood pressure, and irregular heartbeat...”
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Marfan's Syndrome

...the condition
“...Defects of the mitral valve may cause shortness of breath, an irregular pulse, and undue tiredness...”

Megaloblastic Anemia / Pernicious Anemia

...the condition
“...Weakness, heart palpitations, difficulty breathing, as well as pain in the limbs are other possible symptoms...”

Mitral Valve Prolapse

...relationship to Panic Attacks
“...They may begin to hyperventilate, feel short of breath, and break out into a cold sweat...”

Multiple Myeloma

...the condition
“...Signs and symptoms of hyperviscosity are shortness of breath, confusion, and chest pain...”

Myelodysplastic Syndrome

...the condition
“...Symptoms of MDS are nonspecific but include ... Anemia (low RBC count or reduced hemoglobin): chronic tiredness, weakness, shortness of breath, feeling cold, occasional chest pain...”


...the condition
“...Bone pain, difficulty breathing, abnormal/easy bleeding, easy bruising, fatigue, general malaise, weight loss, fever, night sweats, becoming pale (anemia), are also symptoms of myelofibrosis...”


...the condition
“...In cases of acute myocarditis, individuals may experience fever as well as the symptoms of chronic myocarditis, i.e. chest pains, palpitations, shortness of breath and fatigue...”
...related topic
“...It can then cause heart failure (with symptoms of shortness of breath, fatigue, fluid accumulation in the lungs, etc...”

Nonallergic / Vasomotor Rhinitis

...the condition
“...Vasomotor Rhinitis exhibits many of the same symptoms that an allergic reaction would – sneezing, coughing, watering/burning eyes, runny nose, congestion, breathing difficulty, headache, postnasal drip – but is caused by highly sensitive or excessive amounts of blood vessels in the delicate tissue of the sinus area...”

Nutritional Deficiency

...the condition
“...Severe anemia can cause extreme lethargy, headaches, dizziness, and shortness of breath.  An anemic person may also display symptoms of pica (craving substances that are not food, such as soil...”

Panic Attacks

...the condition
“...Panic attacks are often associated with physical symptoms such as shaking, a feeling your heart is pounding or racing, sweating, chest pain, shortness of breath, a feeling of choking, nausea, cramping, diarrhea, dizziness, an out-of-body sensation (a feeling of being apart from oneself), tingling in the hands, chills or hot flashes, and...”


...the condition
“...Depending on the underlying cause, the following symptoms may also be present ... shortness of breath...”

Physical Supports and Devices a treatment
“Various forms of physical support – from oral devices to cushions – can be used to remedy a wide range of conditions, such as breathing difficulty or back and foot problems...”


...the condition
“...There may also be dry cough, fever and chills, pain when moving, or fast, shallow breathing – shortness of breath.  The patient will typically be able to point to the exact location of the pain...”


...the condition
“...The common symptoms of pneumonia are a cough with phlegm, fever, chills, chest pain and breathlessness.  However, they may vary greatly in severity and also depend on the type of organism causing the infection...”
...our question about Shortness of breath / breathing difficulty
“The common symptoms of pneumonia include breathlessness.”

Polycythemia Vera

...the condition
“...The earliest symptoms frequently include ... shortness of breath...”


...the condition
“...Heart and lung involvement can lead to irregular heart rhythm and shortness of breath.  Both polymyositis and dermatomyositis can sometimes be associated with cancers, including lymphoma, breast, lung, ovarian, and colon cancer...”

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

...the condition
“...Sometimes persons with PTSD will have panic attacks accompanied by shortness of breath and chest pain...”
...our question about Panic attacks
“Sometimes persons with PTSD will have panic attacks accompanied by shortness of breath and chest pain.”

Problems Caused By Being Overweight

...the condition
“...Fatigue (especially after exertion), shortness of breath, decreased energy, palpitations, irregular heart beat, edema (especially swelling of the feet and legs), sleep apnea (Pickwickian syndrome) and respiratory obstruction (for obesity...”
...relationship to Asthma
“...A controlled study found that weight loss resulted in significant decreases in episodes of shortness of breath, increases in overall breathing capacity, and decreases in the need for medication to control symptoms...”

Pulmonary Embolism

...our question about Shortness of breath / breathing difficulty
“The most important symptom of pulmonary embolism is breathlessness, which often occurs suddenly and for which there is no other explanation.”

Pulmonary Fibrosis

...the condition
“...Pulmonary Fibrosis Pulmonary Fibrosis is a serious, progressive disease of the lungs in which lung tissue becomes scarred and thickened, resulting in increasingly impaired lung function and difficulty breathing.  Pulmonary Fibrosis usually affects those over the age of 50, men more often than women, and smokers much more often than non-smokers...”

Radiation Therapy (Radio Therapy) a treatment
“...Sometimes, they have shortness of breath or a dry cough...”

Rapid Stomach Emptying (Gastric Dumping)

...the condition
“...Symptoms of early dumping include nausea, vomiting, bloating, diarrhea and shortness of breath.  Doctors diagnose dumping syndrome primarily on the basis of symptoms in patients who have had gastric surgery that causes the syndrome...”


...the condition
“...See your family doctor or dermatologist if skin rashes enter your life, especially if you have other symptoms, like fever, swollen lymph nodes, infection, headache, shortness of breath, sensitivity to light, a stiff neck, or achy joints...”

Rheumatic Heart Disease

...the condition
“...Depending on the type of defect and the severity of the damage, symptoms may include: breathlessness; fatigue; palpitations; chest pain; fainting attacks...”


...our question about Bronchitis
“Most patients initially complain of a persistent dry cough, fatigue, and shortness of breath.”

Senna a treatment
“...Stop taking senna and seek emergency medical attention if you experience symptoms of a serious allergic reaction including difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives.”

Shortness Of Breath

...the condition
“Alternative names: Dyspnea Shortness of breath is a frightening feeling of "air hunger" or suffocation brought on by not being able to get enough air...”
...our question about Your muscle/body fat composition
“Thin people in general have less difficulty breathing.  If they exercise regularly, they don't breathe hard even during physical activity...”
...relationship to Pulmonary Fibrosis
“The main symptom of Pulmonary Fibrosis is shortness of breath, with or without exertion, made worse by even slight exertion.”

Sickle Cell Trait / Disease

...the condition
“...Patients and families should watch for the following conditions that need an urgent medical evaluation ... Shortness of Breath...”

Soft Tissue Sarcoma

...the condition
“...For example, tumors found in the following areas of the body may develop these symptoms ... Lung – cough and breathlessness...”

Somatoform Disorder

...the condition
“...Some of these include ... Shortness of breath...”

Tendency Toward Allergic Reactions

...the condition
“...the chest; diarrhea; difficulty swallowing; dizziness / vertigo; fear or anxiety; facial flushing; nausea or vomiting; heart palpitations; swelling of the face, eyes, or tongue; weakness; wheezing; difficulty breathing; unconsciousness; The most common types of allergy tests are: Skin tests to observe any reaction to substances applied to the skin; Challenge (elimination-type) tests; Blood tests...”


...the condition
“...Other possible symptoms include ... Difficulty breathing / suffocation...”


...the condition
“...Symptoms include chest pain, a persistent cough, shortness of breath, difficulty in swallowing and hoarseness of the voice...”


...the condition
“...Known as Toxoplasmosis Encephalitis (TE), symptoms can include headaches, confusion, poor coordination, seizures, chest pain, coughing up blood, difficulty breathing, fever, vision problems such as blurred vision or 'floaters', and brain lesions.”


...the condition
“...Dyspnea (shortness of breath) may result from damage to the lung by the bacteria; Hemoptysis (coughing up blood) usually does not occur until the later stage of TB; Unexplained weight loss; Night sweats from a...”
...related topic
“...There might also be chest pain and shortness of breath.”


...the condition
“...Inflammation can occasionally lead to scarring of lung tissue with chronic shortness of breath.  Kidneys Vasculitis is not common in kidneys of people with lupus, even those who have lupus nephritis...”

Vitamin B1 Requirement

...the condition
“...Deficiency symptoms include ... dyspnea (breathlessness) on exertion...”

Vocal Cord Paresis / Paralysis

...the condition
“...Symptoms of vocal cord paresis include voice changes (hoarseness, a 'breathy' voice, pitch changes, inability to speak loudly), throat discomfort, and (in some cases) breathing difficulty.  Different speaking techniques may lead to improvement...”

Weight Loss a treatment
“...WARNING: If you are over 40, have been inactive for some time, suffer from shortness of breath or weakness that interferes with daily activities, or suffer from a chronic condition, you should consult a physician before you begin your effort to increase your physical...”

Whooping Cough (Pertussis)

...the condition
“...Infants suffering from whooping cough can become dehydrated and have difficulty breathing.  This is a serious disease which can cause permanent disability and even death...”

Yeast / Candida Infection

...the condition
“...Psychological and Allergic ... Shortness of breath...”
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