Can Having Shortness Of Breath Be A Sign Of A Gall Bladder Attack?

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It is said that gall bladder attacks can mimic the symptoms of a heart attack but hardly ever in the category of being short of breath. However, having a gall bladder attack can be a very scary and very painful experience.

To help you identify if you are having a gall bladder attack in the future, here are the most common symptoms of a gall bladder attack. These can include a chest pain on the right hand side which is caused by stones in the bile duct, inflammation, or the swelling of the gall bladder itself. You may also experience nausea or vomiting. Other less common symptoms that you may have include belching or burping although you may not notice these. Your gall bladder is located just below the rib cage to the right of the stomach. If you are suffering from a gall bladder attack then this area will be very tender to the touch. It can often be so painful that it takes your breath away, which could be mistaken for shortness of breath.

Shortness of breath, dyspnea, is a normal symptom of heavy exertion but can also be pathological if it begins to occur in unexpected situations. In 85% of cases that involve shortness of breath is due to asthma, pneumonia, cardiac ischemia, interstitial lung disease, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or psychogenic disease. The treatment for shortness of breath initially depends on the underlying cause.

If you experience shortness of breath on several occasions when you are not undergoing exercise of exertion yourself, then you should make an appointment to see your Doctor as soon as possible. There could be a serious underlying problem that could be causing your shortness of breath. So the sooner you go to a Doctor, the sooner you will know what is going on and the treatment can begin.
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Usually when someone so much as mentions the Gall Bladder they are experiencing some kind of pain. I've heard it said that Gall Bladder attacks can mimick heart attacks but not in the category of shortness of breath. Shortness of breath can be almost anything from dumb stuff like hyperventilating and panic attacks to the more serious issues. If you have a nearby hospital or clinic (which may be more affordable) I'd take the cautious approach and rule out the worst first. There are sites on the Internet that will evaluate symptoms but they are quick to advise getting help as soon as you mention a breathing issue for obvious reasons. Even if you feel better now I'd get a work up asap. If nothing else you'll get a better night's sleep. Hope you feel better.
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First see a doctor because I am not a doctor and you should not take anyone's opinion that you don't know as a doctor. But here is a site that describes the symptoms of a gall bladder attack. It is stated on other sites that these symptoms are also associated with other ailments(see a doctor)www.merck.com/mmhe/sec10/ch140/ch140c.html

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