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by Kellygirl6, Apr 02, 2007
How can you tell the difference between shortnes of breath that might indicate something is wrong, vs. harder breathing after exertion when you are overweight/ out of shape?

When I climb a couple flights of stairs, I breathe heavier for about 1 minute following. Not gasping for air, but I do breathe harder and then I like to take a big deep breath.

Or, if I lift a heavy laundry basket and carry it across the room, I might have the same thing.  

Maybe this is normal, I am not sure.

Interestingly, I do not experience this when working out on the treadmill. (Probably because is is normal to be "breathy" when you are working out).   Nor do I experience this at rest.  

I am about 30 pounds overweight and a former smoker.  Oh yes, I also suffer from anxiety and I take Inderal for blood pressure and anxiety.  

How can you tell what is noraml? Advice appreciated. Thank you!



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by juniorfan32, Apr 02, 2007
You are out of breath from going up stairs!  Happens to me every time.  I am out of shape but it is normal to breathe harder when going from resting to more exerting activities.  Don't worry, we all get out of breath after stairs.  :)
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by lilCharlie, Apr 02, 2007
Your outta shape, thats all.  Most people have the same issues as you do.  I will climb up stairs for 1 minute and I have to breathe hard, but it takes me like 5 min on eliptical machine to actually start breathing hard.  Its strange, but true.  As long as your chest dont hurt, feel flutters, or other cardiac junk like that...your fine!

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by Duchess47, Apr 05, 2007
My pulmonoligist tested me with this very issue by having me walk very fast up 3 flights of stairs while hje followed me with a pulse oxymeter attached to my finger.  My heart was racing and I was out of breath.  But--my oxygen level was still 100% and he had me sit down, take in 3 deep breaths slowly, and let them out slowly and my heart rate went back to normal very quickly.  Try that the next to feel out of breath.
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by Kellygirl6, Apr 05, 2007
Thanks to all of you for posting and your suggestions!   Kelly