Breathing difficulties can be described in several different ways. You may be short of breath, unable to take a deep breath, gasping for air, or feel like you are not getting enough air.
See also: Choking
Difficulty breathing - first aid; Dyspnea - first aid; Shortness of breath - first aid
If you are having difficulty breathing, it is almost always a medical emergency (other than feeling slightly winded from normal activity like exercise or climbing a hill).
Difficulty breathing has many potential causes. Some of the most common are:
, which can happen if you have emphysema or asthma, but may also happen spontaneously in young, healthy people
, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or heart failure
High altitudes, which can be a problem even in young people
Injury to the ne...
Many would argue that back pain is inevitable and for some it becomes a sudden reality. Bending over to pick up a piece of paper, moving furniture, or reaching for something in the car's back seat; one of these scenarios may sound familiar to you. At home or at work, you need to know what to do when a sudden attack of back pain occurs. Fortunately, most back pain will get better naturally. But in order to improve your chances of recovery and to save yourself a trip to your doctor's office, you need to learn some first aid for back pain.
Those of you familiar with life-saving first aid remember the ABC's (Airway, Breathing, and Circulation). Let's apply the ABC's to your back; "A" for arrest the offending activity, "B" for balance the pressure, "C" for control the inflammation. With the ABC's for sudden back pain, you can quickly recover from a sudden back pain attack.
Let's go back to the scenarios: bending, lifting, and twisting (the BLT's). All of these activiti...
After my stroke, I spent six months in rehabilitation . I had a speech pathologist to help me with my drawn face, memory loss and speech. I had an occupational therapist to help me with my right arm and show me how to function in life just in case it never moved again. And finally, I had a physical therapist to help me with my right leg, which was weak and caused me to limp.
Luckily, everything got moving again and I’m more than 90 percent back to normal. But, it seems I’ve been having another side effect of my stroke, five years later. Lately, I’ve been having trouble swallowing. It feels like my throat is clogged up and lets food and liquids down either very slowly or not at all. When it’s not allowed, the water or whatever I’m drinking comes back up and into my windpipe, giving me quite a coughing fit. Some days, though, I don’t notice a thing, while other days I choke on my own saliva. Yes, I know, it’s disgusting and scary.
It turns out, swallowing difficulty after stro...
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