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[Symptoms] Short of breath during the day, but fine at night?
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Question Short of breath during the day, but fine at night?
Hi. Hoping someone here can provide some info on what I'm experiencing.

I seem to be experiencing shortness of breath, chest tightness and fatigue during the morning and day.

However, at about 5pm or 6pm, all of a sudden I feel perfectly fine. After waking up, I feel quite refreshed and energized for about an hour or so before I start feeling short of breath again.

Does anyone know why I would feel bad during the day but perfectly well during the evening and night?

As a result of this, I find myself catching up on work I should have been doing during the day in the evenings, sometimes working up till 8 or 9pm when my head is actually clear and I don't have to spend half of my concentration on trying to catch my breath.

I hate not feeling normal during the day when I'm meant to be at my most productive!

Thanks.
(This post was last modified: 01-22-2015 07:22 PM by appleii.)
01-22-2015 07:21 PM
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RE: Short of breath during the day, but fine at night?
I would suggest an evaluation by a Pulmonologist. It could be the start of something easily dealt with before it gets any worse. Morning and day usually occur right after you've been asleep all night, so perhaps something is causing your congestion while you are less than upright. Or it might not be anything at all. In any case, a nice spirometry test first thing in the morning, and another in the evening might be something good to do.
01-22-2015 08:06 PM
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RE: Short of breath during the day, but fine at night?
Hi appleii,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
You might check in with your doc about this problem you are having.
Much success to you.

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01-22-2015 09:03 PM
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RE: Short of breath during the day, but fine at night?
Anything to do with tightness in the chest requires a doctor immediately if not sooner. This is not something to fool around with. And is not something to go to a forum to ask about. Get to your GP quickly. Even if it is nothing, you'll know. And we'll know. And we won't wonder what happened to you.


Are you running your humidifier? If you are, it could be the humidification is helping in someway during the night. The benefits run out during the day. Do you work? Perhaps the air there is dryer. You come home where perhaps it is more humid, and you feel better.

Could also be psychological. The machine at night means you won't die. You sleep better with that thought. The anxiety of it all, the weight of the diagnosis, creeps up on you until it is relieved as the time for bed approaches.

Just hypothesizing from where I sit.

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01-22-2015 09:25 PM
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