Speaking of Dyspnea... in Sclero Forums (MAIN) Posted February 11, 2011 Karen, It's so good to hear from you! However, I'm sorry to read about your breathing problems. There are so many things that can cause shortness of breath that it's hard to nail it down. Like you, I'm overweight for my size and my doctors keep telling me to lose weight. A couple of years ago my cardiologist actually started me on an exercise program at a rehab center. It was great! The technicians there helped me with a start up program and got me to a level that I'm comfortable with. The trick was to start off very, very slow. That was extremely hard from me since I use to be the one that everyone tried to keep up with, but it worked. My starting pace on the treadmill was 1.0 mile per hour!!! At first I could only do that for 10 minutes. Within 6 months I was up to 2.5 mph for 45 minutes 3 times a week. I did find that 45 minutes made my joints hurt at night, so now I just do 30 minutes 3 times a week and I have very little post-activity pain. On the other days, I do about 10 minutes on a stationary bike that I have at the house. So I would suggest if your doctors want you to lose weight, then ask one of them to help you with an exercise program through a rehab facility. I didn't lose as much weight as they wanted me to, but at least I'm not gaining anymore and I can handle the day-to-day chores and activities SO MUCH better. I love Jeannie's idea of keeping a log of what you eat and such. If I did that it would be extremely convincing since I eat a third of what my husband eats and I gain weight! Hope you feel better soon and please, don't be a stranger!