In this entry, I would like to comment on how the fact that asthma is such a common disease can in some cases lead to individuals being told they have "asthma," yet on detailed review with specialized tests, are found not to have asthma. I know that this can sound a little confusing: "My doctor told me I have asthma and I am taking asthma medicines." So what's up?
Common symptoms, common diagnosis I recently heard from a friend about his wife's difficulty with her asthma. Since she had a bad cold late in the fall, she has been needing nebulizers on a daily basis. Apart from a little exercise and cold-induced asthma when she was younger, she had not had any breathing difficulties until recently. She also hadn't felt much better during a course of prednisone (a steroid pill) -- this is unusual for a person with asthma. I set her up to see me in clinic on my next available slot. Even though she was still feeling some shortness of breath, she did not report any wheeze, and her breathing t...
You would think that breathing would be as easy as inhaling and exhaling, requiring no thought at all. But for people with COPD, breathing can sometimes be very difficult - sometimes seeming almost impossible. Today we're going to begin to talk about proper breathing techniques with COPD. Some of these techniques can be used with other pulmonary disorders as well, but as always, check with your doctor or respiratory health care professional before starting to use any new technique or exercise. We talk a lot here about knowing what's going on in your lungs, and when it comes to breathing techniques, this is no exception. Remember, we're here to help take away some of the mystery - and the confusion - about why in the heck it can be so hard to breathe! Here are some key terms and abbreviations: COPD - Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease SOB - Shortness of Breath (also called dyspnea - disp´-nee-uh) PLB - Pursed Lips Breathing DB - Diap...
When you're short of breath, it's hard or uncomfortable for you to take in the oxygen your body needs. You may feel as if you're not getting enough air. Sometimes mild breathing problems are from a stuffy nose or strenuous exercise.
Many conditions can make you feel short of breath. Lung conditions such as asthma, emphysema, or pneumonia cause breathing difficulties. Heart disease can make you feel breathless if your heart cannot pump enough blood to supply oxygen to your body and stress caused by anxiety can make it hard for you to breathe.
Several breast cancer treatments may cause breathing problems or shortness of breath:
some hormonal therapies:
Femara (chemical name: letrozole)
Evista (chemical name: raloxifene)
Fareston (chemical name: toremifene)
Faslodex (chemical name: fulvestrant)
Herceptin (chemical name: trastuzumab), a targeted therapy
Tykerb (chemical name: lapatinib), a targeted therapy
A number of pain medications, such as...
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