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COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

Breathing troubles after eating

10/24/2007

Question:

I have been diagnosed with early empysema. I find i have trouble breathing after eating. Is there anything i can do to feel better?

Answer:

Sometimes emphysema is associated with "enlarged lungs" or hyperinflation.  This causes the diaphragm to push down on the stomach, and if the stomach is too full, it is more difficult to breathe. The best way to avoid this excessive shortness of breath after meals is to eat more frequently and smaller portion each time.

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Response by:

Mahasti   Rittinger, RRT Mahasti Rittinger, RRT
Clinical Program Manager of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University

Phillip T Diaz, MD Phillip T Diaz, MD
Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University