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I feel a cold/flu coming on, and when I lay down to sleep, it becomes difficult to breathe, and I get a little anxious. I am 57 years old, male, slightly overweight, with no physical health issues outside the scope of controlled high blood pressure. Thoughts?

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While laying down human respiratory capacity decreases. This is due to several factors like pushing up of diaphragm, apparent decrease in lung capacity etc. The flue could have already compromised your respiratory functional capacity, which was already compromised.

There is nothing to be worry, but need to be careful and watch for any danger signs. The danger signs would be fever, sudden onset of breathlessness, progressive breathlessness , breathlessness while lying only on side. sever cough, leg swelling and decreased urine output.

As the per natural course of the illness (viral infection . flu) you should see resolution and improvement in symptoms in less than 3-4 days. If that is not the case you might require a chest xay and antibiotics.

Hope this helps'
Feel free to ask followups. Thank you

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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