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HELP! Shortness of Breath especially when standing

Apr 21, 2009 - 18 comments

short of breath



Hello everybody. I came back here to this website needing some help of Shortness of Breath. It has been about 2 wks since my symptoms started. It started out just like fatigue when I talked for a long time in conversation during my teachings but then its gotten worse. When I walk or talk a lot I feel like I am carrying cobblestones in my chest and its heavy and hard to breath. When I sit down or lye in a certain position i'm ok and no shortness of breath. I thought some mucinex med or Tylenol Sinus/Congestion might help to get whatever is stuck in my lungs to go out be there is nothing expelled even with adequate fluid intake. I try to cough when I get short of breath in thought of maybe it might help loosen whats in my chest but my cough has weird patterns of regular and then deep wheeze. I don't have asthma, I am atheletic weight of 109, in my 20's, and try to eat as healthy as I can in my hectic schedule. I honestly don't want to waste my time and just go to the doctor again and hear only get some rest because it's really not helping. Is this something serious I should take or is there something I can take to help with my symptoms? Thanks to anybody who responds.

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by angel200075, May 06, 2009
Hmmm.. I say go to the hospital and get yourself seen by a specialist. My Dad has been in the hospital for a week and has stumped the medical teams because he is experiencing shortness of breath episodes while standing and with no excersion, but that don't last very long, and then the symptoms seem to subside when he lies down on a 30 degree angle, with his head slightly propped up. The first things that come to mind are heart and lungs. We got his heart checked out (they did an angiogram test) and it's excellent, thank God. Then he got a lung ct scan (a chest x-ray does not adequately show the lungs in detail so make sure you get a lung ct scan). Next, we got him a VQ scan (which is ventricular / perfusion scan) which is a series of 2 tests that measure the air in the lungs against the blood circulation. What they looked for running this VQ scan is a mismatch of air versus blood circulation which would indicate pulmonary embolism (emboli is the plural). However, they were looking for small pulmonary emboli and found no mismatch, so that confirmed no emoboli or blood clots in his lungs. So the next step is the PFT's which is Pulmonary Function Tests and a nuclear stress test, and that is what we are waiting for today. It is sOOOO frustrating because he has been here a week and normally he is in excellent shape. He walked 6 miles no problem a few weeks ago and now it seems like he gets short of breath when he stands (but not every single time he stands). I would suggest that you talk with your doctor (go see a specialist, the general floors on hospitals don't know as much as the specialty floors like the cardiology and pulmonology floors). So talk to a specialist and get some tests run. Also, go online and look up vasovagul syncopy. This is lightheadedness and shortness of breath when standing up. In people with vasovagul syncopy, they have developed a deficiency so that the blood pools to their legs when they stand, hence they get light headed and short of breath. Basically, in normal people when they stand the blood vessels constrict (get tighter) to push blood back up to their head, to keep the balance of blood in the body when standing. People with vasovagul syncopy lose that blood vessel constriction, so all the blood goes to the legs instead. That's why when they lie down they get better. Good luck and keep looking for answers, you will find them eventually!

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by thebudgetqueen, Jul 23, 2010
Did you ever find an answer, the same thing is happening to me. 2 weeks of fatique, excessive thirstiness, and now I get light headed and short of breath when I stand. No one knows what's happening, not even at the Heart Hospital here. I have been out of work for 3 days and am beginning to panic.

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by user4949, Oct 01, 2011
Worsening shortness of breath when standing or sitting up is called "platypnea" . That might help you in future searches. According to at least one source, it is generally only associated with a few disorders: hepatopulmonary syndrome, a left atrial myxoma, or a left atrial thrombus.  

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by TheSirensVeil, Jul 19, 2015
You may have low potassium levels. I would consider eating foods with high potassium. Low levels can cause thirsty ness and dizziness upon standing up

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by Caban, Nov 20, 2015
Did you get a diagnosis for your symptoms? I have the same exact ones,


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by Brookit72215, Dec 12, 2015
I have these symptoms & I finally got my cardiologist to diagnose me with POTS. But be aware, this is rare & it's hard to find a doctor with much knowledge on it,  cardiologist is your best bet. Also it's signs of dehydration, or if you have this disease symptoms are much worse when your are dehydrated. Drinking atleast 8 10oz glasses of water a day helps

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by samsarao22, May 09, 2016
friends i have same problem when i ly down i feel bttr byt when i m standing...i cant take breath easily and can't hold ....

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by Naseem12, May 23, 2016
I have been experiencing shortness of breath while standing for a few days now. I'm sitting on my bed as I type this. I feel so much better in this position. Waiting for a call back from my primary doctor. I will keep you all posted asap.

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by Rhaus, May 25, 2016
When I stand the blood pools in my legs the longer I stand my heart races and I get short of breath and my blood pressure goes up unlike people with POTS.  I've had an echocardiogram, a stress test, MRI still no answers. I have seen there are sub sets of POTS patents who do get high blood pressure too. Any answers???

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by snowwhite1980, Jun 18, 2016
Any updates ?

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by Sanchez909, Oct 13, 2016
Perhaps anxiety? Stress? I get like that when i sit down

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by Fuzzy79yoda, Mar 30, 2017
I have same I also get bad pain in my thoracic spine. Lung function normal ecocardiogram normal, still waiting on results of stress ecocardiogram and have review with specialist next week. I also have a cluster of autoimmune diseases so makes my diagnosis more difficult.

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by Maxwell260, Apr 16, 2017
I'm 16 and while I was working out after taking preworkout all of a sudden I couldnt really breathe.. I wasn't even going too hard or anything. I'm 6'2 160 pounds male, and have had shortness of breath in the past which I got an inhaler for. But I'm kinda scared, I couldn't sleep that night because my heart had been pounding the whole time and I legit thought I was gonna die. Have been having chest pain now too, and this was a week ago. But is it really possible for a 16 year old to have heart problems??? I had an echo cardiogram done about 6 months ago with normal results by the way, so I dont know.

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by franxzy, Apr 19, 2017
I' suffering from shortness of breath everytime I stand for even a short period of time too and when walking even in a short distance..I felt something going down my body to my feet.pls. help me, thanks. My ECG is normal.

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by oweten, Apr 25, 2017
I had the same felling when i was in the gym suddenly i felt lightheaded and difficulty breathing. I went to the emergency and got the ecg test normal. It went for a week and decided to see cardio. I had the another ECG, 2d eco, Treadmill and lipid
profile, all test were normal. Doctor said i was dehydrated and have to drink plenty of water as usual. 3 days since it never came back. It is difficult to dignose without a test it is better to see your doctor just to be safe. God Bless!

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by SushiSnake, May 02, 2017
I also have this problem. I am 12, in the 7th grade, trying to move between classes. It seems every hallway i have to go find a seat to get a breath of air! I'ts ridiculous!

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by Cindy0826, May 04, 2017
This happens to me because I have a sliding hiatal hernia. Whenever I get sick and lay around for a couple days my hernia slides higher, pushes on my diaphragm, and shortness of breath when standing or sitting is the result. It's also harder for me to talk for any length of time.  I can breath just fine laying down. I have not figured out how to get the hiatal hernia to slide back down...I just go about my life and eventually it slides down and I can breathe freely in any position again. Hope this helps someone.

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by rubyqueen, Oct 14, 2017
Post by. rubyqueen , 9-14-17

have the same issue it started about 3
Weeks ago. I stood up one day and felt a little dizzy and stated walking to the kitchen which is about 10 steps i was out of breath when i made it to the kitchen.I had to lean on the counter to try and catch my breath it took a little while but i was able to breath normal my life after that day was hell a very scarey walking to my truck o
Is a job i tun out of are after my 3rd step sometimes my legs get so weak i have to concentrate to breath i feel the blood draining from the top of my head down to my feet i feel so weak on top of not being able to breath by the time I'm able to sit down i am dry heaving trying to calm myself down it take about 3to5 minutes to get my breath back and breath normal being hot and being in the heat makes it much worse if I can drink cool or cold water it's easier to calm down so I have to stay cool at all times I cannot be hot or it'll be harder for me to breathe and harder for me to calm down I told you I've seen my cardiologist everything comes back fine I saw the neurologist for my dizziness and they're the ones that said that is probably some kind of disease or condition where when you stand you're the blood go straight to your feet and your heart is trying to pump hard enough to get blood blood back to the brain which makes you breathe harder and your heart pump faster and it still doesn't get the blood back to the brain so therefore you become drained of energy you're overheated and you can't breathe so they're going to do different tests to make sure that this is what it is because they have to because it mimics so many other different diseases and they have to make sure that it's the right one so they can treat it accordingly so I'll let you guys know what happens when I go see my cardiologists again

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