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Back ache and short of breathe every night same time

Patient: Every night around 10 or11 my back starts to hurt and my breathing becomes a little more difficult. I try to be done with everything by that time but I often work nights with heavy lifting so it does not always work. I do have an albuterol inhaler which helps sometimes but not all the time. Any ideas or suggestions on what it could be or how to fix it.

 

 

Symptoms: Back ache short of breathe

 

 

Doctor: Hello. Welcome to Ask The Doctor.See breathlessness in night can be due to Bronchial Asthma or Cardiac problems. If yo u get up in night during sleeping due to breathlessness we call it Paroxysmal Nocturnal Dyspnea. This is a sign of Cardiac Problem.Since you get relief by inhalers it suggest that you have Asthma. In any case you need to see your doctor who after clinical examination will order a Chest Xray and ECG.Treatment would be based on the cause.I hope it helps.Stay Healthy.

 


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Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

Dr. Suneel Sharman completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Toronto. He currently operates Infinity Health Centre, a walk-in-clinic in downtown Toronto.

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