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how does kidney disease result in dyspnea?


One way kidney disease can result in dyspnea, is if kidneys are not functioning properly you can retain sodium, fluid, protein etc. This fluid can cause you to become hypertensive, which can cause further blood vessel damage and eventually heart failure, which can lead to pulmonary edema (Fluid in lungs) which can cause dyspnea.  (+ info)

11-yr old child,complaints of fever,cough,runny nose,given antipyretic,3 days later,more cough,fever,dyspnea?


If with all the symptoms you have given above The kid is restless a few doses of the Homeopathic remedy ARSENICUM ALBUM 30 will cure him very efficiently and effectively.
Take Care and God Bless !  (+ info)

how can diarrhea cause dyspnea?


can you give me the pathophysiology please? thank you very much...
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ok first your heart and respiratory system can be affected by diarrhea because when u have diarrhea you lose electrolytes. Electrolytes such as potassium and sodium both effect the hearts conduction system. When the hearts conduction and pumping systems are messed up that can turn into respiratory problems such as dyspnea due to the lack of O2 in the body. And of course if the heart lacks oxygen then the lungs cant diffuse properly because they dont have enough oxygen for the exchange. Diarrhea can effect almost all of the bodies systems. If you keep yourself hydrated when you have diarrhea, then you shouldn't run into any of these problems. Hope this answers your question. Im not a Dr. but we have studied this in Paramedic school.  (+ info)

Please help me with a dyspnea problem?


Sometimes, on somedays I have dyspnea and I cough very very bit.
I am an anxious person, I think and I worry a lot, but sometimes I am scared to sleep cause of the dyspnea.
Like yesterday, I didn't closed the light, I tried to sleep and I woke up 2 times, by taking deep breaths.
I had went to the doctor...
First they sended me to a psychologist saying that I have panic attacks.
Then on a morning I had the dyspnea again, I thought I was going to die, I was drinking all water, I thought I would faint or lose my control. So I did went again and I had the doctor examined me with some tools... Like counting my oxygen.
He said he finds me fine and he said anxiety too, but I am still scared. I asked for a medicine and he said there isn't something for the anxiety, that I must find a way to control it by my own.
But I am still scared, what should I do? I can't sleep tonight either.
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There is a huge difference between dyspnea and a panic attack. The definition will follow, but I have end stage lung disease and dyspnea is a real event that must be treated with drugs like Atavan. It is a viscious cycle. The body is not getting enough oxygen because of the damaged lungs. The brain screams for more oxygen. The heart beats faster, breathing becomes more rapid. CO2 levels rise, causing the brain to scream for more oxygen, and the cycle continues to get worse. If you don't have a lung disease, then you are going through panic attacks. They are just as real, but yours can be controlled through medication and meditation. Mine cannot. Mine are physical in nature and besides a strong sedative and supplemental oxygen, there is nothing anyone can do. So I would say to you to first, count your blessing that you don't have a serious lung disease. Also count your blessings that you can be treated. Follow your doctor's orders and quit worrying about things you cannot control. Trust me, it can be a heck of a lot worse. Good luck, and you are not going to stop breathing anytime soon. I just wish I could say that.

"Dyspnea: Difficult or labored breathing; shortness of breath. Dyspnea is a sign of serious disease of the airway, lungs, or heart. The onset of dyspnea should not be ignored but is reason to seek medical attention."

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What are early signs or symptoms of myocardial infarction?


a. brief, substernal pain radiating to the right arm, with labored breathing
b. persistent chest pain radiating to the left arm, pallor, and rapid, weak pulse
c. bradycardia, increased blood pressure and severe dyspnea
d. flushed face, rapid respirations, left-side weakness and numbness
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b. persistent chest pain radiating to the left arm, pallor, and rapid, weak pulse will be the most accurate answer, though some of the other symptoms could also occur in myocardial infarction. For example, some have radiation to right arm. Laboured breathing can occur if myocardial infarction has resulted in left ventricular failure. Bradycardia is common in inferior wall myocardial infarction due to occlusion of right coronary artery.  (+ info)

Please advise...pulse oxi 80's, cp, sob, noctural dyspnea or sleep apnea?, cardiac or pulm edema? Dx w/anxiety


My life is on the line right now w/Kaiser Permanente in Fremont & Hayward.This is a med. error. on 3/15/07 they gave mw/vast amts IV contrast dye mult. times & I drank 450ml barium prior to Pelvic CT Scan w/contrast for my Meralgia Paresthetica b/c Neuro. denied Pelvic MRI. I have been going down his since then, sob, cp, renal insuff, fever off/on, lungs burn (pepcid not relieve), doesn't seem like GERD, noctural dyspnea or sleep apnea just started x 3 days ago. I am worried that I may have pulm edema, cerebral edeam or cardiac prob. I also believer I had a TIA a few days ago, b/c I was laying down and all of the sudden pressure in my head and a rush of blood flow feeling, then I was speechless to ask my husband to call 911. Been into mult ER even outside of Kaiser & just dx w/anxiety/GERD send hm take Ativan and relax.I even lost over 14 lbs since 3/15 toxins must of sucked calcium out of bones. I need to be in a sleep study, refer. denied to Pulm fr. Kaiser. & outside ref Pulm/Car
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I am pretty sure puncturelumbar is right. I work in a state mental health institution as a nurse. Sounds very familiar. Please get yourself some help, ie. therapy.  (+ info)

upper left abdominal discomfort, slight nausea, dyspnea. Struggling to be diagnosed.?


I am a 24 year old male and for the past couple of months I have had pain/discomfort in my upper left abdomen, below the rib cage, about 2 or 3 inches from center. It comes and goes and is not anything very painful, just pressing feeling. I also have slight nausea and discomfort in my pelvic region in between groin and navel. Within the past month or so I have also been experiencing what I assume is dyspnea (I don't have any stuffiness, but I don't feel like I get enough oxygen with each breath). Also I have noticed a lack of energy, loss of appetite, and sometimes mild headaches.

I believe my stools are normal and doc says my blood pressure and pulse are good. Urine tests are fine. I have an office job and sit most of the day, but try to get out and walk my dog at least a few times a week for 20 mins at least.

I have been to a walk-in clinic, a primary care doctor, a gastroenterologist, and a urologist. I have had what was described as a complete blood work package done (CBC at least three times, thyroid, organ functions, anemia, etc). I was also tested for H pylori and other things. All test have not shown anything worrisome. I had my chest xrayed a couple months ago when I first got symptoms and nothing showed up. I had a CT done of my abdomen last month and the only thing they found was an inflamed duodenum. My primary care doc and gastro. both felt around my abdomen and said everything seemed normal.

I took prilosec per my doctors advice and nothing improved. I have currently been on nexium for about 2 week and some of the symptoms (nausea, ab pain) seemed to have gotten a little better but not completely. The dyspnea is a newer symptom and that hasn't improved.

I am assuming it has something to do with my inflamed duodenum, but with the h pylori test negative I am wondering what else it could be. My gastro. is giving me an upper GI endoscopy and a flexible sigmoidoscopy next week, but this weekend i will be going on a vacation i planned last fall and it will be somewhat physically demanding. I am just trying to flesh some of this out so i dont worry all weekend.

Any ideas?
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Your biggest problem seems to be excessive worry about very vague, and by your own admission, minor symptoms. You have had very thorough assessment and testing up to this point....and even more are planned. Your duodenum is on the right side of your body, so that particulary hypothesis of yours doesn't make much sense. I would hazard to say you have been OVER investigated.

You should take comfort that nothing serious has been found, you have been very thoroughly worked up, and perhaps you should just try and relax and enjoy life. Every little symptom, every little ache and pain people get cannot necessarily be fully explained. This is part of life. Patients often believe that there must be some test they need, some specialist they should see and keep searching pointlessly.
My advice is stop worrying, stop wasting health care dollars, and get on with your life.  (+ info)

A 68y.o. male complaining of dyspnea and arrythmia,what are the differential diagnosis and cause of death?


history of RHD,CHF,CAD,cardiomegaly,hepatomegaly,smoker-100 pack years but discontinued 10 years prior to admission,alcoholic beverage drinker-12 cans of beer daily,atrial fibrillation,pleural effusion,pulmonary edema,mitral valve prosthesis,coronary bypass,complete RBBB,oliguria,hypotension and patiet eventually expired 3 days post thoracotomy.
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By what information you have given me my 1st guess would be cardiogenic shock. But you don't say why the thoracotomy was preformed. Was it for heart, heart valves, lung, thorasic aorta, esphageal or spine surgery. You also don't say wether this patient had a cardiac or pulmonary arrest or if both which occured 1st. I chose cardiogenic shock 1st due to all the already existing cardiac issues and additional symptoms. Was the CHF ( which pulmonary edema is a symptom) caused by the cardiomegaly , the A-fib, the MV prosthesis or a combination of some or all. You also mentioned a previous CABG, but you didn't mention any myocardial injury occuring. This pt. not only had mechanical issues but also had electrical problems as demonstrated by the A-fib and the RBBB. The pulmonary involvement sounds more like it's due to all the cardiac problems. You mentioned hypotention but not whether it was due to medication or if it was a symptom of the cardiomegaly. You mentioned oliguria but nothing of CRF or even ARF post surgery. So was this a new onset? You give no lab values that could indicate organ functions. Sooooooooo. I still stand with cardiogenic shock as my 1st choice (chosen from all the cardiac envolvement and the possibility that he could have thrown a clot [a-fib, PMV and had to be taken off thinners for the surgery] and had an MI. The symptoms of hypotention & oliguria occur in cardiogenic shock). My 2nd choice would be a CVA ( due to the A-fib the PMV and the fact he had to be off anticoagulants for the thoracotomy. 3rd and lastly alcohol withdrawal (just kidding! Really I was just kidding!)  (+ info)

-Dyspnea means difficult breathing. True or False?


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EMT Question about an asthmatic patient who had dyspnea and wheezing.?


You are an EMT responding on a BLS first response unit which arrives ten minutes before the nearest arriving ALS unit, for an asthmatic patient who had dyspnea and wheezing. The patient states they have mild distress. Which of the following would be the correct treatment after IMC, per SOP?
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Oxygen at high concentration via mask, assist the patient with their inhaler if still dyspneic
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Oxygen 4 – 6 LPM by cannula, assist the patient with their NTG spray
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Oxygen 4 – 6 LPM by cannula, assist the patient with their inhaler if they have not reached maximum dosage
d.
Oxygen via BVM blow-by, administer epi-pen IM
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