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Lung diseases

Paralyzed diaphragm problems

04/17/2009

Question:

i was diagnosed with a paralized diaphram last year after having a sniff test. I recently had had pheumonia that caused ahuge infection. I am also diabetic and am trying to loose weight. I have been trying to go on walks but but the time I finish a 30 minute walk I am dying and very out of breath. Any suggestions

Answer:

Hi. You should see a pulmonary medicine specialist. Usually a paralyzed diaphragm on one side does not cause a problem, but with pneumonia, it may cause a problem. If you let me know where you live, I can also help recommend a person if you would like. Feel free to write back to NetWellness.

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Response by:

Clay B Marsh, MD Clay B Marsh, MD
Vice Dean of Medicine Administration
Professor of Molecular Virology, Immunology & Medical Genetics
Professor of Veterinary Biosciences
Associate Vice President of Health Sciences Research Administration
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University