UNABLE TO TAKE A DEEP BREATH

myownprison Community Member September 13, 2008
  • I was wondering if anyone has been through not being able to take a full deep satisfying breath?I feel like i am suffocating and hungry for air.Sometimes it comes natural and sometimes i have to keep sighing and yawning to get a full deep breath.Feels like a sensation that i need to.

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  • Anonymous
    cdotts1
    Apr. 12, 2014

    I experienced the same thing yesterday, although I was not anxious at all, in fact I was having a wonderful day at work. Out of nowhere I had issues taking that full, satisfying breath so I sat there for a few hours trying to yawn and doing a lot of deep, hard breathing to try and force the air in my lungs (which was probably a bad idea now that I think about...

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    I experienced the same thing yesterday, although I was not anxious at all, in fact I was having a wonderful day at work. Out of nowhere I had issues taking that full, satisfying breath so I sat there for a few hours trying to yawn and doing a lot of deep, hard breathing to try and force the air in my lungs (which was probably a bad idea now that I think about it). This morning I woke up and every time I swallowed it hurt my throat, but it wasn't like a normal sore throat-type pain. It feels like the pain is behind my throat and it's a strong, achey pain. I've never experienced this pain before and I can't see a doctor untill later next week. Does anyone have any insight on this/any suggestions for what to take to help subdue the pain? I just took 2 Aleve gel caps and 2 Cepacol extra strength lozenges. Thanks everyone!

  • Anonymous
    lizzyborden
    Apr. 11, 2014
    I too have these same problems. Mine started when I was 8. I woke up one morning while on vacation and my breathing was different. My mom took me to the dr. and of course he couldn't find anything. It went away after about a week. The next time I had the "episode" was when I was much older around 23. Came and went after a week. Then came back again when I was...
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    I too have these same problems. Mine started when I was 8. I woke up one morning while on vacation and my breathing was different. My mom took me to the dr. and of course he couldn't find anything. It went away after about a week. The next time I had the "episode" was when I was much older around 23. Came and went after a week. Then came back again when I was 28. Went to the Dr. again and said it was acid reflux, which it wasn't. So then I got referred to a cardiologist. He said my breathing was out of rhythm, whatever that means. Now it's happening again but have had the episode for almost 4 weeks. Some days are better than others. I do not believe it is anxiety considering this first happened when I was 8. I know it's nothing with my heart since I just had an EKG and echo back in December. How is it that all these people on here have the same problem but no one has a definitive diagnosis? I'm just at my wits end with this and don't know how much longer I can take of it...
  • Anonymous
    Noodelers
    Apr. 09, 2014

    You guys and gals should look into candida and leaky gut.

     

    I know it will blow your mind but your diet and lack of exercise is probably the problem. Was for me anyway.

     

    Good luck everyone!

  • Anonymous
    hahaha12
    Apr. 05, 2014

    I've had this problem since I was maybe four or five. No clue what it is...

  • Anonymous
    Bryan
    Apr. 03, 2014
    I'm 26 and I get these same symptoms from time to time. I work as a paramedic, so my days can become stressful and plagued with anxiety very easily. There have been times at work that I begin to develop the "air hungry" sensation of not getting enough oxygen, and I can honestly say that this is 99% mental. Being a paramedic, I have access to ALS (advanced life...
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    I'm 26 and I get these same symptoms from time to time. I work as a paramedic, so my days can become stressful and plagued with anxiety very easily. There have been times at work that I begin to develop the "air hungry" sensation of not getting enough oxygen, and I can honestly say that this is 99% mental. Being a paramedic, I have access to ALS (advanced life support) equipment, such as a pulse oximetry (device used to measure oxygen levels in your blood stream) that is built into my life pak 12 cardiac monitor. I have hooked myself up to the monitor while having these symptoms and my readings were perfectly normal, 98%-100% (95-100, is normal healthy individuals) there isn't a doubt in my mind that these symptoms are triggered by stress and anxiety. My biggest words of advice when you get these symptoms are RELLLAAAXXXXX!!!! Your body is diffusing plenty of oxygen!!! You're not gonna pass out OR die!! My little trick that I use at home or on the job for when I get anxious is STRONG peppermint or spearmint mints! Give them a try! The strong cooling sensation gives me the affect of my airway opening and the sensation of more air flowing in my lungs. It also relaxes me (like the menthol in cigarettes for smokers) I hope this works for people and calms nerves, because anxiety is a vicious cycle!
  • Anonymous
    Spencer L
    Apr. 02, 2014

    I have been going through this issue for roughly 6 months and it all brilliantly co-incided with some massive stress events at work for a few months straight and getting horrible sleep.  I went to the doc and he of course diagnosed it as panic attacks, which I didn't dispute and still believe is part of the situation.  I have since been doing my best...

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    I have been going through this issue for roughly 6 months and it all brilliantly co-incided with some massive stress events at work for a few months straight and getting horrible sleep.  I went to the doc and he of course diagnosed it as panic attacks, which I didn't dispute and still believe is part of the situation.  I have since been doing my best to combat the panic symptoms, trying to relax more, trying to sleep better, even changed the way I was workingout and nothing has helped.  

     

    I began looking into other issues, that would exacerbate the panic attack issues and started to notice so many different possible and like diagnoses that I am now incredibly confused on where I actually stand.

     

    I have been wondering if I had a deficiency of some form and actually started with vitamin B as the likely culprit.  After nearly a month, I actually started to have worse symptoms, which included extreme fatigue, dizzyness, nausea and of course the inability to get a deep breath or that burning need to have one.  I started noticing some weird tingling feelings in my stomach and ribs as the attack was beginning, which led me to looking at other possible deficiencies.  That is where I found this page, which had me looking into magnesium deficiencies and their cause and effect.  I literally was 13 out of 15 of the symptoms, so I immediately purchased some magnesium and have increased my fiber intake (the easiest way to naturally intake magnesium is through fiberous foods).  I am optimistic that this will help, but I really don't believe it is the only cause, I think this is a multi prong issue and I need to keep changing my lifestyle and diet to circumvent the issues.

     

    I definitely thank you guys for getting on here and posting your experiences, I definitely feel it is helping! 

  • di
    di
    Mar. 25, 2014

    Glad I found this forum...seems everything is blamed on anxiety .. I have had anxiety..PVCs and afib..but have just recently had this ...air hunger problem ..hope someone finds the problem soon ..I have had CT scan, lung function test ..ekgs and am going for sleep study ..good luck to all..

  • RoxanneWV
    Mar. 19, 2014

    I say could`nt` because mine seems to be controled by magnesium. The need for the burp.. the raising of shoulders and straighting of chest to grasp at the deep breath...I stopped smoking the moment this all began which was about 2.5 weeks ago. 

     

    For me, coffee seems to bring it on...and coffee also robs ther body of magnesium, and magnesium defincenciy...

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    I say could`nt` because mine seems to be controled by magnesium. The need for the burp.. the raising of shoulders and straighting of chest to grasp at the deep breath...I stopped smoking the moment this all began which was about 2.5 weeks ago. 

     

    For me, coffee seems to bring it on...and coffee also robs ther body of magnesium, and magnesium defincenciy is a vast issue for all types of disorders that other disorders get blamed for.

     

    I and my husband started eating for our blood type and I have begun to take magnesium suppliments in pill form and foot baths using epsom salts which is 100% magnesium. The best way to take magnesium into the body is through the biggest organ we have which is the skin.

     

    You can not overdose on magnesium, the fail safe is you`ll know your taking to much if you get runny stools..as magnesium is a natural laxitive. 

     

    Look this seems to have helped me , and if i am going somewhere like a road trip i keep a bottal of magnesium citrate (laxitive) with me.. and if i feel it coming on.. I take a couple draws and it passes. I am not saying this will work for everyone... but for me it has helped trmendously, cause after my first visit to this site.. I was so happy to find others who were experiencing this and also felt felt so bad because I knew the desperation you all are feeling and I said I would come back if I found something that helped it or cured it.. so here i am.

     

    Here are a couple  links that will help everyone understand how magnesium works and why the vast majority of people are deficient in it and why we need it. I hope this helps .



     


    • RoxanneWV
      Mar. 19, 2014

      links...lol forgot to post them

       

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wtUn1gWgaw

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KSOsCBMK_E

       

      there is alot more information.. just take some time and listen or read... I will keep you informed .. blessings to all.

      RoxanneWV

  • Nikki
    Mar. 14, 2014
    I'm 43 and have been experiencing this issue!! I was thinking it was just me getting old, but now think differently from the posts. This problem is almost always constant!! I also have a little bit of a tight feeling in my chest or lungs. At first it was happening while I was at the gym, and I thought I was breathing incorrectly. I tried to be really conscious...
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    I'm 43 and have been experiencing this issue!! I was thinking it was just me getting old, but now think differently from the posts. This problem is almost always constant!! I also have a little bit of a tight feeling in my chest or lungs. At first it was happening while I was at the gym, and I thought I was breathing incorrectly. I tried to be really conscious of my breathing while working out, but it just made it worse!! The only way I could get a complete breath was to yawn. I do notice that I tend to hold my breath when doing physical things (not sure why I do this) and a friend actually pointed it out to me. I've recently have been experiencing swollen feet/edema. Not sure if this has anything tondo with my breathing. I'm going to see my primary Dr hopefully she will be helpful with this.
    • Anonymous
      Louise101
      Mar. 31, 2014

      Hi there

       

      I have trouble breathing also.  Like I can't get in a deep enough breath.  Not a wheezing, just like I can't get a lung full and have to bend over or yawn or burp (pardon me!).  I've taken ventolin but that doesn't seem to help. I was just wondering if you had any medical opinions about it.  I ask as I have only had this...

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      Hi there

       

      I have trouble breathing also.  Like I can't get in a deep enough breath.  Not a wheezing, just like I can't get a lung full and have to bend over or yawn or burp (pardon me!).  I've taken ventolin but that doesn't seem to help. I was just wondering if you had any medical opinions about it.  I ask as I have only had this (or at least noticed it) in the last year when I've taken up running at the gym.  

       

      Thanks

      Louise

    • Anonymous
      Momtomany
      Apr. 08, 2014
      I would go to your doctor if you are having swelling and edema it can be related. Don't want to scare you but it could be pulmonary hypertension. I feel like I may have this as well but doctors kept saying anxiety but never checked me for pulmonary hypertension which can be brought on by many different things. One including certain medications and I remember...
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      I would go to your doctor if you are having swelling and edema it can be related. Don't want to scare you but it could be pulmonary hypertension. I feel like I may have this as well but doctors kept saying anxiety but never checked me for pulmonary hypertension which can be brought on by many different things. One including certain medications and I remember the exact day I starts having severe trouble breathing it was two day I started taking a Bp med that I had severe reaction to.. I think it caused trauma and pulmonary hypertension..
  • AH3677
    Mar. 13, 2014
    I am 37 years old and I go through all these episodes, and have been since 2006. I can't take a deep satisfying breath, I go into panic, I go to the ER in fear of the worst, I been to several doctors and GIs and they all chalked it up to anxiety. They diagnosed me with GERD, acid reflux prescribed me medication and sent me on my way. I have run out of options,...
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    I am 37 years old and I go through all these episodes, and have been since 2006. I can't take a deep satisfying breath, I go into panic, I go to the ER in fear of the worst, I been to several doctors and GIs and they all chalked it up to anxiety. They diagnosed me with GERD, acid reflux prescribed me medication and sent me on my way. I have run out of options, I can't even eat because the symptoms seem to get triggered immediately after I eat, I feel the need to catch a deep breath, can't do it, stretch my neck to release a burp and throw comes up with the burp :( lately I've been throwing up massive amounts of acid even though I'm taking Pepcid. I feel nauseated all day, depressed and helpless. I'm in need of answers because my life is on standstill because of this. I am willing to try anything, I will try the magnesium tablets and the breathing excersises I've read on this forum. Please feel free to input, anyone. Thanks
    • clayton
      Mar. 13, 2014

      I am 26, and you described exactly what I feel from time to time. Even as a kid I felt the short of breathness. And the best way I have found out to catch that most excellent good deep breathe is to hunch over and exhale AS MUCH AS YOU CAN, then raise up and take a good deep breath and exhale. You usually don't get that good deep inhale that you want on the...

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      I am 26, and you described exactly what I feel from time to time. Even as a kid I felt the short of breathness. And the best way I have found out to catch that most excellent good deep breathe is to hunch over and exhale AS MUCH AS YOU CAN, then raise up and take a good deep breath and exhale. You usually don't get that good deep inhale that you want on the first deep breath, but it comes easily after that! I don't know if this can help but it really works for me

  • John
    Mar. 07, 2014

    I am living with the same thing on and off for 2 years. Difficulty breathing and taking full normal satisfying breathes. It's hell. Torture. And it's NOT damn anxiety or stress. Don't let Dr's say that to you and make you think that. That's what they do when they are lost and don't have a clue. Be your own advocate for your health and life. YOU know how...

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    I am living with the same thing on and off for 2 years. Difficulty breathing and taking full normal satisfying breathes. It's hell. Torture. And it's NOT damn anxiety or stress. Don't let Dr's say that to you and make you think that. That's what they do when they are lost and don't have a clue. Be your own advocate for your health and life. YOU know how and what you feel. I am in a fight to get my breathing and life back and won't stop until I do!!!

    I've had chest xrays tons of blood work ekg and next up is CT scan lung function test and I am pushing for a bronchoscopy to be done asap.

    The possible reasons I've found for it are asthma(doubtful), heart disease(doubtful), hiatal hernia/acid reflux, and some allergic reaction to something. 

    Good luck all and God bless.

    • Anonymous
      Superwoman
      Apr. 08, 2014
      My symptoms all started after I had my third child I serious Bp issues then my pulse went crazy tacachardic ( super fast) then my Bp would drop dangerously low when standing.. But sit down and it would shoot up.. No doctors ever found anything wrong then one day I started not being able to breath I mean at all I was puking because I could not breath ... I was...
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      My symptoms all started after I had my third child I serious Bp issues then my pulse went crazy tacachardic ( super fast) then my Bp would drop dangerously low when standing.. But sit down and it would shoot up.. No doctors ever found anything wrong then one day I started not being able to breath I mean at all I was puking because I could not breath ... I was rushed to the hospital the ER said its all in my head its all anxiety.. The people who were with me saw death in my face but yah it's anxiety ( not) ever since I have had severe chest pain and I can't function unless I am constantly craving a deep breath and sometimes I can't get it.. I am always yawning too.. I am now experiencing dizziness and no energy. I had sta Rated wonder could this all relay be in my head??? But then I thought no way it's too bad there is something wrong and I am sure it's with my heart I know I have a micro valve regurgitation and now from research I realize that day I was rushed to the ER without being able to breath was because I got pulmonary hypertension I have not been diagnosed but I am afraid that's what it is I have all the symptoms :( now I just have to get the guts up to go to the doctor...
  • Anonymous
    Don
    Mar. 03, 2014
    Like so many other posts here, I've had the breathing issues too. I have gone through countless inhalers and visited about 20 different doctors on the matter. A couple of my observations/solutions: 1- montelukast sodium (google it/talk to the doc about it)... Takes about 2 weeks to actually work so be patient 2- stay hydrated.. Almost to a rediculous measure.....
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    Like so many other posts here, I've had the breathing issues too. I have gone through countless inhalers and visited about 20 different doctors on the matter. A couple of my observations/solutions: 1- montelukast sodium (google it/talk to the doc about it)... Takes about 2 weeks to actually work so be patient 2- stay hydrated.. Almost to a rediculous measure.. I always found it to get worse when I was dehydrated (and not always just water.. Drink a little gatorade or juice every now and then) 3- get a decent amount of sleep... Something we all rarely do, but it always got worse for me when I was exhausted) A little about me: I am a division 1 college swimmer and my life revolves around being able to breath. The whole breathing problem came on over the course of a year or two and got to the point where I ended up in the hospital (twice) because I was too stubborn to stop swimming. Doctors always tried to tell me it was in my head or anxiety or had to do with drugs like caffeine/excessive b vitamins etc... I've had 5 or so different inhalers but none really ever gave me that 'instant relief' I was looking for... Tried the montelukast sodium and the problem persisted until about two weeks in, then drastically got better... It's still not perfect but it's amazing in comparison to what it used to be I posted here because I just realized that after all my countless hours of researching my problem, once it was solved I never went back and posted my solution (until now).. Best of luck to you all and God bless! TLDR- montelukast sodium helps a lot but be patient, don't forget to help out once you find your own cure
  • Charlene R
    Feb. 28, 2014

    Have you been seen by a sleep specialist? Could be sleep apnea.

  • Meddle2K
    Feb. 24, 2014

    Read through a few comments, been having the same problem for about 4 years now, feeling air hungry.

     

    One description I can give that others might not have listed is when I try to take a deep breath it almost feels like the air just hits a wall in the back of my throat.

     

    Also, like many of you before me, I yawn and sigh constantly to get a satisfying...

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    Read through a few comments, been having the same problem for about 4 years now, feeling air hungry.

     

    One description I can give that others might not have listed is when I try to take a deep breath it almost feels like the air just hits a wall in the back of my throat.

     

    Also, like many of you before me, I yawn and sigh constantly to get a satisfying deep breath. And of course, once I get that satisfying deep breath finally, I'm back on the grind to get it again...and again.

     

    and again. 

    • Kaye Michelle
      Feb. 28, 2014
      I am going thought that right now, even as we speak. It's exactly like you described it, wall and all. My husband says that I stop breathing a lot and that's why I gasp for air. But since I always have 99% oxygen, doctors aren't concerned with the way. :(
  • cara
    Feb. 12, 2014

    After having numerous tests on my heart and lungs, all cming back perfect. I started doing my own research. My doctor advised me to go back to the ER today. I am going to go and tell them about what i found while doing research. Have any of you ever heard of Hiatal Hernia? Look it up, its worth looking into. I plan on having the barium swallow test done tonight....

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    After having numerous tests on my heart and lungs, all cming back perfect. I started doing my own research. My doctor advised me to go back to the ER today. I am going to go and tell them about what i found while doing research. Have any of you ever heard of Hiatal Hernia? Look it up, its worth looking into. I plan on having the barium swallow test done tonight. Hoping to finally have some answers! Another thing i was reading up on is LPR (dsilent reflux). Worth looking into. I wish you all the best.

    Cara

  • Anonymous
    TSM
    Feb. 10, 2014

    I've had this problem for years...ever since a panic disorder started in college. It comes and goes based on my body's stress level basically. My naturopath put me on a healthy dose of b-complex and trace minerals and it got much better. But now that I'm pregnant, it has come back with a vengeance. :(

  • Anonymous
    Monica
    Feb. 07, 2014

    I have had this for awhile now, and I can relate to all of you. I suffer horribly from this phenomenon.  I was actually hospitalized a  week ago for an overnight observation and had multiple tests done Chest Xray, CT Scan, Echocardiogram, blood work, event monitor of my heart and Everything came back Negative! My O2 level is 99%.

    I get this sensation...

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    I have had this for awhile now, and I can relate to all of you. I suffer horribly from this phenomenon.  I was actually hospitalized a  week ago for an overnight observation and had multiple tests done Chest Xray, CT Scan, Echocardiogram, blood work, event monitor of my heart and Everything came back Negative! My O2 level is 99%.

    I get this sensation in my chest that feels a little tight and the urge to take a deep breath and sometimes it works but most of the time it doesnt. So I will yawn and struggle to get the "satisfying" breath, then as soon as I get it, It starts all over again. And thinking about it escalates it to a point that I hyperventalate, and throw myself into anxiety attack. Which ofcourse makes it 100 times worse!! I will have months that pass and I have no issues. This just started back up about a week and a half ago. All my Docs say its Anxiety.. It bothers me as soon as I start eating as well. Inhalers only make it worse it seems and I was given Ativan for anxiety which helped alot but it is very addictive so im not sure I want to take that route. I will say this eve I was painting my toes and it got pretty bad as I would bend in half leaning my upper body towards my lower body to reach my toes. 

    I was also told over the hospital stay that I had long lungs. 

    • Kerry
      Feb. 26, 2014
      Hi Monica! Your story sounds just like me to a T. I hate it, prob anxiety but it does not help not knowing what is truly causing it.
  • AprilsEnergy
    Feb. 05, 2014

    Thank you all for commenting~ I've had this problem on and off for the last couple of years. The biggest problem is that I am in nursing school and during lectures I am sighing & trying to yawn. It does sometimes get worse after meals and yes, i feel gassy also.  You all had some great input and the hypothyroidism is something for me to check into;...

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    Thank you all for commenting~ I've had this problem on and off for the last couple of years. The biggest problem is that I am in nursing school and during lectures I am sighing & trying to yawn. It does sometimes get worse after meals and yes, i feel gassy also.  You all had some great input and the hypothyroidism is something for me to check into; my doc found a couple nodes on my thyroid: connection? maybe... Maybe its stress though, too. I cannot help but think that if we are TRYING to breathe, that act it in itself is disrupting our breathing pattern because breathing is an autonomic reponse that we shouldn't try to control. Yet, I repeatedly get into the "can't breath deeply enough" cycle, until finally something loosens up just enough and I get a deep breath, only to have it start again. My nursing friend talked about this autonomic response thing, she said "For example, try to swallow...its hard when you are trying to do it, RIGHT? But yet, we do it several times a minute without realizing it." Makes sense, yes? 

    So,everyone, I do have another doctor appt. tomorrow, as I cannot take this anymore! I hope it is just stress and maybe light anti-anxiety meds and some hypnotherapy can help! I'll let you all know how it goes....Until then, try not to think about it! That is the ONLY thing that has helped me on a few occasions, at all.

  • kuntry
    Jan. 29, 2014

    im 38 i yawn at least 8 times to get any air in lungs same if i take deep breaths can someone plz help and tell me if its something to tell my doc ? or am i just worried over nothing .           

     

             thanks kuntry 

    • Lisa
      Feb. 03, 2014

      I get this too and have done since I was 16 - I'm now 45.  I get it roughly every 3 years and it lasts around a month or two.  Initially I worried about it but now I just concentrate on "yoga breathing" where you breathe from your abdomen rather than from your chest (as this is where the restriction in breathing happens when you can't get that deep...

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      I get this too and have done since I was 16 - I'm now 45.  I get it roughly every 3 years and it lasts around a month or two.  Initially I worried about it but now I just concentrate on "yoga breathing" where you breathe from your abdomen rather than from your chest (as this is where the restriction in breathing happens when you can't get that deep breath).  You can google how to do the yoga breathing but basically as you breathe in, allow your stomach to expand first, then allow more of the inhalation into your chest.  I also know that it'll go away of its own accord eventually so I don't get too stressed about it - it's just a bit irritating for a while.  I also find when I'm trying to go to sleep that it helps to put my hands behind my head to give my lungs more space to expand.  It's definitely helped me hugely to know that I can take a satisfying breath if I concentrate on the yoga breathing so hope this helps some others on here with the same problem!  I've also got in mind trying to improve my posture to see if that makes a difference - here's hoping.

  • Anonymous
    robin
    Jan. 22, 2014

    hello,

     

    i've had all these sympthones for about 5 years now and they are driving me crazy, i have it when i work out, sit , and try to sleep.

    i thought it might had something to do with my bad posture, rounded shoulders and a anterior pelvic tilt, i tried to correct me posture and it seemed like i can breath much more easily.

    so i want to ask a question...

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    hello,

     

    i've had all these sympthones for about 5 years now and they are driving me crazy, i have it when i work out, sit , and try to sleep.

    i thought it might had something to do with my bad posture, rounded shoulders and a anterior pelvic tilt, i tried to correct me posture and it seemed like i can breath much more easily.

    so i want to ask a question on this forum.

     

    Is there anyone here that has this symptons and also has a PERFECT posture.. and i mean a perfect posture?

    if not, getting a better posure might not solve it entirly, but it might help, because i think it has helped me.

    pardon me for my inperfect english.

     

    please comment if you have a perfect posture and still suffer from this weird breathing problem.

     

    Bye

  • Tanner
    Jan. 16, 2014

    I've been having this problem off and on for years now! I am in high school and my dad, who is a retired doctor, keeps pinning it on stress even though I have this problem on weekends, breaks, etc. Like all of you it drives me absolutely CRAZY! It usually only occurs at night when I'm not busy and have time to think about it so I can see how a doctor might...

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    I've been having this problem off and on for years now! I am in high school and my dad, who is a retired doctor, keeps pinning it on stress even though I have this problem on weekends, breaks, etc. Like all of you it drives me absolutely CRAZY! It usually only occurs at night when I'm not busy and have time to think about it so I can see how a doctor might think its all in our heads. I also have tourettes syndrome and so my dad says it might be some kind of muscle tick or something but I really have no idea all I know is I want it to stop. I had this problem extremely bad for about 6 months then it went away for about 4 months and just recently came back and it seems to be getting worse. I have to sigh and yawn at least 15-20 times now to get that satisfying breath and then literally 10 seconds later it just starts up all over again. I know that i'm pretty much just posting the same stuff everyone else is but I just hope someone maybe sees some detail others have left out and can finally come up with a solution. I'm going to the doctor soon because of this issue although I don't have high hopes because apparently doctors have no idea what it is.

  • Anonymous
    Can't sleep
    Jan. 10, 2014
    Hi everyone, I've been in the same boat as all of you people. I don't know what it is, what is causing it, or how to get rid of it. I feel like I'm back and forth seeing my doctor and they brush it off as if it's no big deal. But to me, I feel like I have some serious underlying condition that they are missing. I have some indigestion problems that I can't...
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    Hi everyone, I've been in the same boat as all of you people. I don't know what it is, what is causing it, or how to get rid of it. I feel like I'm back and forth seeing my doctor and they brush it off as if it's no big deal. But to me, I feel like I have some serious underlying condition that they are missing. I have some indigestion problems that I can't seem to get under control. I have been on PPIs (ranitidine, which did nothing for me....pariet, which worked great until about 4 months ago. The doctors changed my Prescription from 10mg twice a day to 20 mg per day twice a day, with no relief in those 3 months) I have a fullness in under my left rib which I was told it was trapped gas. Now I cannot sleep at night. I'm actually writing this note at 5:15 am. I feel like when I try to fall asleep, I kind of gasp for air. :( I need some advice. I will fall asleep eventually but then wake up throughout the night ( which just happened to me) because k couldn't get that full deep breath that I want and need. Any advice is great advice. I just feel so exhausted all the time, I have no motivation. Whatever this is that I have is getting the best of me and making me upset, which I think is making me depressed. Any suggestions would help.
    • Anonymous
      kyneesha
      Jan. 15, 2014

      if you find out any helpful information please let me know I have been experiencing the same type of symptoms I cannot get enough air. I cough 24 /7 and I also yawn all day long no matter how much sleep I get. the inhaler I was prescribed doesn't provide any relief...neither did the steroid inhaler. and the doctors keep saying everything is fine. they did the...

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      if you find out any helpful information please let me know I have been experiencing the same type of symptoms I cannot get enough air. I cough 24 /7 and I also yawn all day long no matter how much sleep I get. the inhaler I was prescribed doesn't provide any relief...neither did the steroid inhaler. and the doctors keep saying everything is fine. they did the Pulmonary function test and the heart function test. I don't smoke. my blood works Fine. they just keep telling me everything is fine but I cannot breathe. the pulmonary function tests show that I had mild asthma but yet the inhaler doesn't help. this makes no sense to me and it's annoying to deal with everyday and the doctors just keep telling me Im fine.i am not fine!!!! I have never experienced something like this and it just has been ongoing for the last year or so.

  • Anonymous
    crb
    Jan. 04, 2014

    After reading the comments on this topic, I used one of the suggestions and did  some researching on the symptoms I was having. Here is what I found out that has helped me with my breathing.   I was short on my intake of magnesium and I was getting to much caffeine.   I used a 250mg tablet of magnesium at breakfast which seem to help but I still...

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    After reading the comments on this topic, I used one of the suggestions and did  some researching on the symptoms I was having. Here is what I found out that has helped me with my breathing.   I was short on my intake of magnesium and I was getting to much caffeine.   I used a 250mg tablet of magnesium at breakfast which seem to help but I still had some of the problem.   I then researched the symptoms I was having and found out that they showed up as an over use of caffeine.  Once I cut out the caffeine from all the tea and other things I ate my breathing problem stop.   Hope this information helps with this problem like it has with me.    

    • Shropshireroamer
      Jan. 04, 2014

      Thanks for this.  I'm experiencing this at the moment.  Have had it on and off for a long time but at the moment it's particularly difficult after a cold.  I DO drink a lot of coffee and tea, so I'll try and drastically reduce this.  I think I'll go to the docs. though to rule out other things.  I'm thinking it may not be just one thing...

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      Thanks for this.  I'm experiencing this at the moment.  Have had it on and off for a long time but at the moment it's particularly difficult after a cold.  I DO drink a lot of coffee and tea, so I'll try and drastically reduce this.  I think I'll go to the docs. though to rule out other things.  I'm thinking it may not be just one thing - may also be a stress thing too.  This forum and the comments has helped.  Thank you.

    • Anonymous
      Link
      Jan. 09, 2014

      Hi, I have had this problem all my life (I am 50) and it is really annoying. I don't drink coffee or tea, never have, and don't smoke and only drink wine occassionally. When I was married my ex-husband used to wake me up as he said I wasn't breathing, that I was holding my breath while sleeping! I went to my doctor years ago however he said it was all in my...

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      Hi, I have had this problem all my life (I am 50) and it is really annoying. I don't drink coffee or tea, never have, and don't smoke and only drink wine occassionally. When I was married my ex-husband used to wake me up as he said I wasn't breathing, that I was holding my breath while sleeping! I went to my doctor years ago however he said it was all in my mind! I would love to find a cure for it. I like to go swimming but have never been able to as I find it difficult because I cannot take a deep breath. When I do take a deep breath it feels like it gets 'stuck' at the top of my chest. Yawning does help. 

  • joek
    Nov. 26, 2013

    I am 39 (5'9 180, only 10 lbs overweight) and have sleep apnea (I have a feeling a lot of people have this and don't even know it, go to the Dr. and ask for a at home sleep test, don't go to the overnight clinic first a lot of insurance companies will decline). I have the hard to get full breath of air problem also, I think it could be attributed to several...

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    I am 39 (5'9 180, only 10 lbs overweight) and have sleep apnea (I have a feeling a lot of people have this and don't even know it, go to the Dr. and ask for a at home sleep test, don't go to the overnight clinic first a lot of insurance companies will decline). I have the hard to get full breath of air problem also, I think it could be attributed to several things, for one my breathing in my sleep (through nose) is totally different than when I am awake (through mouth) and also I saw a gastrologist due to constant indigestion (not heartburn just always burping), I was told I am a "air swallower" and to get some anti gas pills (ie. generic beano only $2) I tried the practice breathing and hold your breath and that sometimes works also.  Just wanted to share my situation

  • Tea-Pea
    Nov. 23, 2013

    I have experienced similar symptoms, where i feel like im just not getting enough oxegyn - even though my lungs are still doing their uual job -it is because a have arrythmia. This is a mild heart condition that mean your heart occassionally beats either too fast, too slow, or it is irregular (this is the kind that I have). A side effect is thaat your body...

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    I have experienced similar symptoms, where i feel like im just not getting enough oxegyn - even though my lungs are still doing their uual job -it is because a have arrythmia. This is a mild heart condition that mean your heart occassionally beats either too fast, too slow, or it is irregular (this is the kind that I have). A side effect is thaat your body cannot take in enough oxygen, as it is the heart that oxygenates the blood. Hope this was helpful!

    • Pat
      Pat
      Feb. 11, 2014

      Thankyou, is there a cure. I am about to go to the heart Doctor's in 9 days time for the same symptoms. I was drinking a lot of caffeine/alcohol and smoking. I have since given up smoking, caffeine apart from 1 coffee a day and alcohol is down to about 2 glasses every 3 days. I had an ECG and it is coming up as an irregular heart beat. It feels like I am skipping...

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      Thankyou, is there a cure. I am about to go to the heart Doctor's in 9 days time for the same symptoms. I was drinking a lot of caffeine/alcohol and smoking. I have since given up smoking, caffeine apart from 1 coffee a day and alcohol is down to about 2 glasses every 3 days. I had an ECG and it is coming up as an irregular heart beat. It feels like I am skipping beat. I am trying to exercise to get fit (I am not over weight) and am really struggling to get to 30 minutes on the treadmill. I am hoping the heart specialist will shed some light on my problem soon as I do not wish to live like this forever.

  • sweat
    Sep. 02, 2013

    I had this for the past 15 years. Found out it was my blood pressure meds that was restricting my breathing.  Changed meds and after 15 years I can once again catch my breath.

    • Anonymous
      V1996
      Dec. 09, 2013

      for u guys with this always having to yawn to get a deep breath..do u guys have trouble sleeping? It seems has it goes away when u are asleep but while awake breathing problem occurs...

  • Anonymous
    jamireddish
    Aug. 31, 2013

    I believe that people are talking about 2 different things on here.  I read about the constricting, tightening feeling and then I hear about just not being able to get a good, deep, satisfying breathe.  The first, (constricting and tightening) is most likely stress related.  Panic attacks feel this way and you feel as though something is compressing...

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    I believe that people are talking about 2 different things on here.  I read about the constricting, tightening feeling and then I hear about just not being able to get a good, deep, satisfying breathe.  The first, (constricting and tightening) is most likely stress related.  Panic attacks feel this way and you feel as though something is compressing your chest and it scares you, really, really scares you!  The other, the deep, satisfying breathe, I have absolutely no idea about this one.  My 10yr old daughter and I both have this problem.  It has never scared me nor my daughter, just more irritating then scary.  I have had this problem since as far back as I can remember and lately it hasn't been very bad but my daughter is just beginning to do this breathing thing.  A couple of times when I was around one of my friends who was diagnosed with asthma and had an inhaler, I decided I would try her inhaler (yes, I know, you shouldn't use other people's prescribed medicines, but some times it gets extremely aggravating and sometimes painful).  After taking the medicine I felt amazing, I didn't have a problem the rest of that day.  I have never went to the dr about this, but I do plan on taking my daughter only because she can be somewhat of a hypochodriac!!!  Hope everyone finds what they are looking for!!!

  • Anonymous
    jamireddish
    Aug. 31, 2013

    I believe that people are talking about 2 different things on here.  I read about the constricting, tightening feeling and then I hear about just not being able to get a good, deep, satisfying breathe.  The first, (constricting and tightening) is most likely stress related.  Panic attacks feel this way and you feel as though something is compressing...

    RHMLucky777

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    I believe that people are talking about 2 different things on here.  I read about the constricting, tightening feeling and then I hear about just not being able to get a good, deep, satisfying breathe.  The first, (constricting and tightening) is most likely stress related.  Panic attacks feel this way and you feel as though something is compressing your chest and it scares you, really, really scares you!  The other, the deep, satisfying breathe, I have absolutely no idea about this one.  My 10yr old daughter and I both have this problem.  It has never scared me nor my daughter, just more irritating then scary.  I have had this problem since as far back as I can remember and lately it hasn't been very bad but my daughter is just beginning to do this breathing thing.  A couple of times when I was around one of my friends who was diagnosed with asthma and had an inhaler, I decided I would try her inhaler (yes, I know, you shouldn't use other people's prescribed medicines, but some times it gets extremely aggravating and sometimes painful).  After taking the medicine I felt amazing, I didn't have a problem the rest of that day.  I have never went to the dr about this, but I do plan on taking my daughter only because she can be somewhat of a hypochodriac!!!  Hope everyone finds what they are looking for!!!

  • Anonymous
    Pamela
    Jun. 05, 2013

    I am experiencing the same symtoms, not able to take a full deep satisfying breath etc. It also feels like a heavy weight is pressing on me just below my lungs and around the diaphram area. I feel it mostly when I'm in a sitting postiton. When I lay back or lay flat I am then able to take that deep breath. I also feel light headed. I went to see my Doctor with...

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    I am experiencing the same symtoms, not able to take a full deep satisfying breath etc. It also feels like a heavy weight is pressing on me just below my lungs and around the diaphram area. I feel it mostly when I'm in a sitting postiton. When I lay back or lay flat I am then able to take that deep breath. I also feel light headed. I went to see my Doctor with this symtom along with runny nose, burning itching eyes and was given allergy medication and was put back on my C.O.P.D. medication which I had been off of for 2 years. Three days later I broke down with a severe upper respitory infection.  I returned to the Doctor and the only thing they did was give me different C.O.P.D. medication. I asked about antibiotics and a chest x-ray said it wasn't needed that the new medication should help. I went from Q-var and Compuvent to a nebulizer with Ipratropium Bromide and Albuteral Sulfate. Nothing is working. I've been thinking about going to the ER to see if they can find out what's going on. Please advise.

    Thank You

    Pam

    • hl25
      Aug. 03, 2013

      Hello everyone

       

      Actually since July 31 night ive been having hard time taking

       

      A deep breath. I feel my bodys not getting enough oxygen. 

       

      Ive had shortness of breath bfr it was on and off though not this severe

       

      Whr I can't sleep at night. I literally feel suffocated and hungry for air. Wednesday night and Thursday night i slept...

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      Hello everyone

       

      Actually since July 31 night ive been having hard time taking

       

      A deep breath. I feel my bodys not getting enough oxygen. 

       

      Ive had shortness of breath bfr it was on and off though not this severe

       

      Whr I can't sleep at night. I literally feel suffocated and hungry for air. Wednesday night and Thursday night i slept perfectly fine. I went to emergency on Thursday august 01 and they checked vitals ecg all were fine. They made me wear a holter monitor for 24 hrs and then I just gave tht in today and whole day tdy i was feeling weak.I had episodes whr I can't catch my breath at all im having sweaty palms and feet. I have no energy to even talk. Now at night it gotbworse I can't sleep at all bc of shortness of breath what possibly could be the problem? ? Plz ne advice would honestly help???

  • Jaclyn_wilson13
    Jan. 12, 2013
    I know what your talking about. Since February of last year I started experiencing these off and on breathing issues. I got really sick and depressed for about 3 months. I was absolutely miserable. My breathing wa way off and I just felt so exhausted and fuzzy all the time. One day I woke up and it was gone. My doctor diagnosed me with anxiety and prescribed...
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    I know what your talking about. Since February of last year I started experiencing these off and on breathing issues. I got really sick and depressed for about 3 months. I was absolutely miserable. My breathing wa way off and I just felt so exhausted and fuzzy all the time. One day I woke up and it was gone. My doctor diagnosed me with anxiety and prescribed me some meds. They somewhat helped for the anxiety issue however the breathing issue returned about 3 months later. Nothing got rid of it. It was as bad as the first time. But it was still scary. My anxiety hasn't even acted up until the breathing issue started. It lasted for another few months but I had kinda grown accustomed to the the feeling. I found out I had allergy induced asthma. So I got meds for that. They worked well until about early December. It stayed slowly but now it's getting a little worse. I'm feeling like I'm not getting enough air. I get this tense feeling at the base of my throat. The only time I get a good breath is when I cry or when I first wake up. My husband says my breathing sounds normal while I'm sleeping. It only starts to act up when I'm awake and a little later on in the day. It's scary because part of me feels so alone and not used to this problem. My husband just keeps saying it's nothing. My tests day I'm fine. I can't pin it on anxiety because my anxiety doesn't act up until the problem ha already started happening. It makes it hard to sleep at night for me so I'm cranky,tired,and sad everyday. :( my entire life I've always been perfectly fine. It wasn't until last year that I got like this. However. Reading these comments give me a little comfort in feeling like I'm not alone. So thank you. So if anyone does find out anything for sure please let me k ow. It comes and goes but I wanna get rid of it for good. It's miserable.
  • breatless inkansas
    Dec. 04, 2012

    yes i have that same problem.the doctors said it was all in my head and when i cant take a full breath i freak feels like i have air hunger no matter when i do take a full breath i want more.wish i could help you more but the doctors always chalk it up to anxiety andcod.frustrared as hell.

  • Anonymous
    edwardbreathalot
    Dec. 04, 2012

    yes i have that same problem.the doctors said it was all in my head and when i cant take a full breath i freak feels like i have air hunger no matter when i do take a full breath i want more.wish i could help you more but the doctors always chalk it up to anxiety andcod.frustrared as hell.

  • Anonymous
    edwardbreathalot
    Dec. 04, 2012

    yes i have that same problem.the doctors said it was all in my head and when i cant take a full breath i freak feels like i have air hunger no matter when i do take a full breath i want more.wish i could help you more but the doctors always chalk it up to anxiety andcod.frustrared as hell.

  • Anonymous
    Rizu
    Aug. 03, 2012

    I am literally having this problem as I type. I've had it for years, off and on. I've seen doctors who tell me I'm fine and can't find anything wrong, yet here I am, not able to breath for the past half hour. The best way I can describe it is I go to take a deep breath, I almost get there, and thennnnnn it stops. Yawning doesn't work, sitting and laying...

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    I am literally having this problem as I type. I've had it for years, off and on. I've seen doctors who tell me I'm fine and can't find anything wrong, yet here I am, not able to breath for the past half hour. The best way I can describe it is I go to take a deep breath, I almost get there, and thennnnnn it stops. Yawning doesn't work, sitting and laying down makes it harder. Then when I'm lucky enough to actually get a deep breath, it starts all over again. The only thing that I've ever found to work sometimes is to push all the air out of my lungs for as long as possible, then try to breath again. This literally keeps me awake at night, since the problem usually lasts a few hours. Currently, this has been going on for over a week, and its the first time I've had it in several months. I was told once years ago that I have light asthma, but the inhalar rarely helped when this happened. I'm not stressed, and I don't smoke. I have seasonal allerigies, but this is rarely coupled with it. I'm so glad I found this forum; now I know I'm not the only one, and I'm not crazy!

  • Anonymous
    Bellatrix1
    Aug. 03, 2012
    Really glad I found this forum. I am a 29 yr old healthy female, social drinker non smoker who does not do any illicit drugs. Have had this issue for years. I also wear a back brace to counteract correct and discourage shoulder slouching as I attributed my breathing issues mainly to having extremely large breasts putting pressure on my shoulders, upper back...
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    Really glad I found this forum. I am a 29 yr old healthy female, social drinker non smoker who does not do any illicit drugs. Have had this issue for years. I also wear a back brace to counteract correct and discourage shoulder slouching as I attributed my breathing issues mainly to having extremely large breasts putting pressure on my shoulders, upper back and neck. Hence why I was slouching in the first place, and I figured that slouching was definitely inhibiting my breathing. So here goes. I have been using the back brace I got from my physio for about 6 weeks now and while I still can't take a full breath sometimes, it's happening a lot less often as my shoulders are now being corrected into their proper alignment helping open up my chest cavity that little bit more. Just wondering if anyone else had been down this path and how they went?
  • Anonymous
    Brendan D
    May. 03, 2012

    Ive been feeling this need to yawn with anxiety and tension feeling for a while now but it had gotten worse in the last two weeks. I couldnt yawn for say half an hour and i felt an incredible tension in my chest and head because of this. I went to a dietitian who told me i was deficient in magnesium. He said to take magnesium supplements, at a high dosage....

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    Ive been feeling this need to yawn with anxiety and tension feeling for a while now but it had gotten worse in the last two weeks. I couldnt yawn for say half an hour and i felt an incredible tension in my chest and head because of this. I went to a dietitian who told me i was deficient in magnesium. He said to take magnesium supplements, at a high dosage. I am taking two 150mg tablets twice a day (600mg total) and feel really relaxed now all the time and can yawn easily when i need to because of being tired etc.

    You need to take a big dose, ie.  (the only side effect if you happen to take too much is having loose stools). Next time you cant yawn or feel tense take some magnesium tablets (200-400mg), or magnesium in powder form or effervescent drink form. See what happens.

  • Anonymous
    anonymous
    Mar. 02, 2012

    Thank you for posting this! I have had the same problem, ill go to take a deep breath and it feels like a cant get much air and i have to yawn 4-5 times to get a good deep breath, but i know i dont have asthma because this problem comes and goes. Things that have really helped me is albuterol, advair, and suprisingly caffeine.

  • Greg V
    Feb. 16, 2012

    I have experienced this affect on different occasions throughout my life.  It used to occur more often when I was overweight and my "stomach-to-neck" ratio was high. I have also experienced this when I worked for twelve or more hours and my body was completely tired.

     

    I have had the same feeling when I have gone skiing at very high altitudes. ...

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    I have experienced this affect on different occasions throughout my life.  It used to occur more often when I was overweight and my "stomach-to-neck" ratio was high. I have also experienced this when I worked for twelve or more hours and my body was completely tired.

     

    I have had the same feeling when I have gone skiing at very high altitudes.  It can almost cause a panic attack.

     

    The worst thing to do is panic.  I would relax and let my mind and body calm down.  I would sit, stand, or even walk (whichever was most comfortable).  I'm sure anxiety and stress may have contributed also. 

     

    I have found that, after passing the Doctor's physical, jogging and meditation helped me.

     

    Greg V

    www.BestStrengthTrainingRoutines.com

  • Dora
    Nov. 16, 2011

    I have had trouble breathing on and off over the last few years.  Recently as my breathing worsened I felt like needing to take deep sighs every three minutes or so.  At first I thought it was just a habit, but over the last few months I realized I couldn't breath deep enough to catch my breath.  I went to one specialist after another, each one...

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    I have had trouble breathing on and off over the last few years.  Recently as my breathing worsened I felt like needing to take deep sighs every three minutes or so.  At first I thought it was just a habit, but over the last few months I realized I couldn't breath deep enough to catch my breath.  I went to one specialist after another, each one performing tests, but each test came out negative.  Then I remembered reading somewhere that foot powders, if used for a prolonged time, can cause very SERIOUS breathing difficulties.  If I'm not mistaken I believe it's do more to absorption in the skin, rather than inhilation, as I was very careful not to breath it in.  I truly think my breathing problem was due to the use of foot powders.  I used Lotirmin as a preventative for athletes foot and found it worked best to keep my feet dry.  As soon as I stopped using it, my breathing problems ceased.  YAY!!!  I have found using baking soda helps keep my feet dry ever since. I've read corstarch works too.  If you use footpowders, try STOPPING and let us know if your breathing improves.  Thanx.

     

  • Anonymous
    Jane
    Oct. 22, 2011

    anyone else get worse on vacation?  I go on vacation it kicks in.  It is like the harder I try to relax the worse it gets.

    Thx - J

  • Anonymous
    sheila
    Jul. 22, 2011

    One of the lesser known symptoms of hypothyroidism is "air hunger."

    • anxiousMama
      Aug. 17, 2011

      I too have been having the same issue. On and off for about the last 10 years. It seems this last year has been possibly the worst. i am a smoker. I have been an avid excesizer for the better part of my life. It affects me most when I am taking my walks. I notice that when I try to get that deep breath it is all shoulder and chest breathing. In other words...

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      I too have been having the same issue. On and off for about the last 10 years. It seems this last year has been possibly the worst. i am a smoker. I have been an avid excesizer for the better part of my life. It affects me most when I am taking my walks. I notice that when I try to get that deep breath it is all shoulder and chest breathing. In other words I notice that when i try to draw that deep breath, my shoulders and chest rise, and then i try to do it to often resulting in hyperventilation. I have been to the doctors, but not in the last year, and my mind has me convinced that  something is wrong. Our minds are incredibly strong but it is amazing how we can't seem to get it to work in a more positive direction. Some days I feel great. I am going to try some of the tips laid out in this blog, No coffee, magnesium citrate b vitamins. i also notice that if I take a zanzex, the lowest dose and I can take walk and don't have the issue. It also started at the same time the hormones started to swing due to perimenopause/ menopause

    • anxiousMama
      Aug. 17, 2011

      stella is a symptom of hypothryodism low body temp. My body temp is only 97.7

  • Slou
    Jul. 10, 2011
    Same problem....seems worse after I eat, especially when I've had caffeine. Since it is usually accompanied by gas, or the feeling that I need to burp, I was wondering if I am somehow getting an air bubble trapped in my esophagus that won't allow me to take that deep breath...it just gets trapped in a spot, and I will hit my chest in that location to release...
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    Same problem....seems worse after I eat, especially when I've had caffeine. Since it is usually accompanied by gas, or the feeling that I need to burp, I was wondering if I am somehow getting an air bubble trapped in my esophagus that won't allow me to take that deep breath...it just gets trapped in a spot, and I will hit my chest in that location to release the bubble. Sometimes it works, sometimes not (i also do that odd maneuver with my shoulders hunched, back arched, and kind of twist to release pressure). I do yoga and serious cardio, and don't feel like it's heart related. Same with stress...just don't have any. I am an EMT, and have taken my vitals during an episode...blood sugar is fine, heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen level....all within normal ranges. Someone stated that wine seems to help them...it does me too, but I can't very well start drinking at 10 in the morning!!! Going to try the magnesium supplements, and taking valerian too for relaxation....also going to cut out caffeine for a while and see if that does anything....wondering too if, since I always drink soda through a straw, if that maybe does something with getting air down where it shouldn't be and creating some type of gas/bubble??? Good luck everyone....and happy breathing : /
    • Slou
      Aug. 13, 2011
      After a month without Dr. Pepper/caffeine, I have been fine.....tried to have a pop the other day, and was fine that day, but the next found myself struggling for breath, so for me, cutting caffeine was the fix!!
  • Anonymous
    J'zraels mommy
    Jul. 02, 2011

    INMYOWNPRISON  I have the EXACT same problem...if i ever find out whats wrong i will be glad to share it with you!

  • lou
    lou
    Jun. 20, 2011

    i am so relieved that other people suffer from this i thought i was

     the only oneSurprised

  • sailesh krishnan
    May. 08, 2011

    m just 21 n i hav gas problem for the past 2 years...m havin tablets when ever it comes bt still its nt gng from me ...d problem i get when i suffer frm gas is...a sensation will come for me to take a deep breath every often..n when i take a deep breath sometimes i get relief bt some times i don get relief...i fel lik when i take a deep breath it gets stop...

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    m just 21 n i hav gas problem for the past 2 years...m havin tablets when ever it comes bt still its nt gng from me ...d problem i get when i suffer frm gas is...a sensation will come for me to take a deep breath every often..n when i take a deep breath sometimes i get relief bt some times i don get relief...i fel lik when i take a deep breath it gets stop in d meddle n i don get relief...when dis problem came to me 2 years back i explained it to many doctors bt none of them knew it was gas......i took many tests for heart lungs n even blood tests bt finally a doctor near ma home oly told it s just gas....n when ever i get dis problem for once in 2 or 3 months i go to him n he gives me tablets whic has zero percent side effects n it gets cured in 2 or 3 days....n for d past 4 days m sufferin frm d same thin when i hav d tablet in d nit it gets better bt again frm d mornin its startin...due to dis problem....my total mind ll get upset...u cant think anythinelse....ill feel lik thts it ....bt when it gets cure it ll be lik heaven...m prayin god for dis problem to get cured....n nw for d past 4 days m havin dis problem...m takin tablets in d nit...hope it gets alright soon .....m prayin god...if some one has d same problem....pls reply for dis messag......it ll be soooooooooooooo good n helpfulll for me...

  • livefreeordie98
    May. 02, 2011

    I wanted to add another comment. No one around me seems to understand; doctors have no idea what is wrong and wish I would just go away, I am a single mom and my daughter (20yrs) seems supportive, but "out there" when it comes to what she is really supporting. I just figure I'll ignore it and go on since there really doesn't seem to be much choice in the matter....

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    I wanted to add another comment. No one around me seems to understand; doctors have no idea what is wrong and wish I would just go away, I am a single mom and my daughter (20yrs) seems supportive, but "out there" when it comes to what she is really supporting. I just figure I'll ignore it and go on since there really doesn't seem to be much choice in the matter. I will continue to take the magnesium and hope for the best : (

  • Anonymous
    Sara
    Mar. 29, 2011

    I'm 14 and I've been having this same problem since Sunday night. It's Tuesday now and I've been to the Dr. twice. Nothing. They did some blood work and gave me an albuteral (or how ever you spell it) inhaler which caused my throat to swell and made my breathing worse. So needless to say, that didn't work. They also did some test that came back and said I was...

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    I'm 14 and I've been having this same problem since Sunday night. It's Tuesday now and I've been to the Dr. twice. Nothing. They did some blood work and gave me an albuteral (or how ever you spell it) inhaler which caused my throat to swell and made my breathing worse. So needless to say, that didn't work. They also did some test that came back and said I was fine and my chest xray said the same thing. I'm so tired & hungry all the time. All I want is a deep breath! I've taken Singular and Zyertc also.. nothing. I do have ashtma but I was just diagnosed with it about a month ago. I'm also allergic to mold and my basement recently just flooded but this breathing problem presists even when I'm not at home.The Dr. has asked me about anxiety multiple times but I can't think of anything that I would be anxious about right now! In fact a few days prior to this was the happiest I've been in a while! I haven't been to school all week. My bloodwork should come back tomorrow.. so fingers crossed. I just want to breathe again!

    • Bob
      Bob
      Apr. 08, 2011

      My son is turning 13 and feels that same way you describe your breathing.  He's had a chest x-ray and it too came back clear. Not sure why he's feeling this way but I do know he's had a lot of stress in his life through school and sports and his breathing changes during this time.  Hope you find some answers.

  • Anonymous
    fish out of water
    Mar. 02, 2011

    I have had this problem now for close to 30 years.  My stress level isn't the problem.  I've removed the stress issues.  I have never smoked nor been around a lot of second hand smoke.  My doctor has dismissed it as a "female issue".  He said during a woman's cycle, it's normal to hear her sigh.  I'm not sighing; I'm yawning to...

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    I have had this problem now for close to 30 years.  My stress level isn't the problem.  I've removed the stress issues.  I have never smoked nor been around a lot of second hand smoke.  My doctor has dismissed it as a "female issue".  He said during a woman's cycle, it's normal to hear her sigh.  I'm not sighing; I'm yawning to try to get a full, deep cleansing breathe!  It has gotten worse in the last month. Now I am unable to sleep at night.  Help!

    • Breathless
      Mar. 19, 2011

      I'm 22 years old and this breathing issue started about a year ago for me but has gotten a  lot worse recently.  I went to the doctor twice. The first time, it was when I was sick and she told me that I had mild asthma because of the cold and that it would go away. I was fine for awhile - I just became very short of breath during exercise and occasionally...

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      I'm 22 years old and this breathing issue started about a year ago for me but has gotten a  lot worse recently.  I went to the doctor twice. The first time, it was when I was sick and she told me that I had mild asthma because of the cold and that it would go away. I was fine for awhile - I just became very short of breath during exercise and occasionally at night. However, this problem has gotten exponentially worse in the last couple months. I feel like I have this constant weight on my chest that gets worse with every failed deep breath. And when I finally get that deep breath - oh man, I can't even describe how good it feels. It's a lot worse at night when I'm lying down. I can only get a satisfying breath if I sit up.

       

      Anyway, so I went to the doctor again. He ruled out asthma and heart conditions and told me it's anxiety. This does make the most sense for me because I've noticed it's gotten worse since I moved back home (and I'm more stressed out at home). At the same time, though, I can't imagine how stress could be SO harmful. When I can't breathe, my chest hurts, my arms feel weak, and I feel like nothing else matters except trying to get that breath.

       

      I wish there was something we could do about this - at this point, I feel like I'm living my life just one deep breath at a time and I can't even enjoy sleep anymore. It's 4am Frown

       

      Thanks for listening and I hope we can all breathe again! If anyone else has been told it's due to anxiety, how did you go about resolving this? My doctor told me that I should research anxiety online and it's very responsive to treatment. He said I don't need any medications - it's all in my head.

    • sailesh krishnan
      May. 08, 2011

      dude even m 22 even m sufferin frm d same exact problem..bt mine s due to gas....i got dis problem 2 years back exactly..n after tht i ve got dis problem few times...n nw nw after a long long time i ve got dis same problem again...i hav ma doctor near ma homw next street...he used to cure me frm dis problem when ever i get..n nw i went to him yest he has gven...

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      dude even m 22 even m sufferin frm d same exact problem..bt mine s due to gas....i got dis problem 2 years back exactly..n after tht i ve got dis problem few times...n nw nw after a long long time i ve got dis same problem again...i hav ma doctor near ma homw next street...he used to cure me frm dis problem when ever i get..n nw i went to him yest he has gven me tablets hope it gets well soon....dis sensation s should go away frm me...n hows ur s nw??????plsss if ur alright temme wat u did????plss reply

  • Racheal
    May. 31, 2010

    Hi my name is Racheal and I am 19 years old and about 2 days ago I started having breathing problems after being dehydrated and having a panic attack. I will be sitting and be breathing absolutely normal, then out of nowhere I will have to straighten up my body and force myself to take a full breath. I thought it was completely caused from anxiety but now I...

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    Hi my name is Racheal and I am 19 years old and about 2 days ago I started having breathing problems after being dehydrated and having a panic attack. I will be sitting and be breathing absolutely normal, then out of nowhere I will have to straighten up my body and force myself to take a full breath. I thought it was completely caused from anxiety but now I can't even sleep. I wake up every half our with my  heart racing, then I will sit up and take breaths, then try and sleep and my heart will feel like it's racing even though it's not. I know it has only been a few days but it is really worrying me and I really don't want this to last forever.. :( I am already a hypochondriac, but I know something has got to be wrong. Any advice? (oh and I just recently quit smoking)

    • Bryan
      Jul. 01, 2010

      I too am glad I found this site.  I've been having this same issue for about ten years now (I'm 37) and can't figure out what the cause is.  I did smoke for 10 or so years in college, but quit.  I attribute it to stress, but I'm starting to wonder if it's panic attack related.  I have horrible insomnia and take about 6 unisom each night...

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      I too am glad I found this site.  I've been having this same issue for about ten years now (I'm 37) and can't figure out what the cause is.  I did smoke for 10 or so years in college, but quit.  I attribute it to stress, but I'm starting to wonder if it's panic attack related.  I have horrible insomnia and take about 6 unisom each night to get to sleep because I sit there and my brain won't shut down and with it being dark. I start thinking about things such as death and it makes it even harder to sleep.  So I pretty much have to knock myself out to get some sleep.  When I finally do, it's only about 4-6 hours per night and by the end of the week (today is a good example).  I'm not only tired, but still stressed and still can't get a deep breath.  I often wonder if it's because I've started putting on a little weight since getting older, and developed the ole "inner tube" around the waste.  I thought maybe my pants were just too tight, but that didn't stop the issue either when getting into more relaxed clothes.  I wish we had a descriptive name for this so we could start research into what the problem is and a solution is found.

    • Bryan
      Jul. 01, 2010

      I too am glad I found this site.  I've been having this same issue for about ten years now (I'm 37) and can't figure out what the cause is.  I did smoke for 10 or so years in college, but quit.  I attribute it to stress, but I'm starting to wonder if it's panic attack related.  I have horrible insomnia and take about 6 unisom each night...

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      I too am glad I found this site.  I've been having this same issue for about ten years now (I'm 37) and can't figure out what the cause is.  I did smoke for 10 or so years in college, but quit.  I attribute it to stress, but I'm starting to wonder if it's panic attack related.  I have horrible insomnia and take about 6 unisom each night to get to sleep because I sit there and my brain won't shut down and with it being dark. I start thinking about things such as death and it makes it even harder to sleep.  So I pretty much have to knock myself out to get some sleep.  When I finally do, it's only about 4-6 hours per night and by the end of the week (today is a good example).  I'm not only tired, but still stressed and still can't get a deep breath.  I often wonder if it's because I've started putting on a little weight since getting older, and developed the ole "inner tube" around the waste.  I thought maybe my pants were just too tight, but that didn't stop the issue either when getting into more relaxed clothes.  I wish we had a descriptive name for this so we could start research into what the problem is and a solution is found.

    • Alanna
      Aug. 24, 2010

      Rachel, im in the EXACT same situation. Started about 3 or 4 days ago, and about 80% of the time now I cant seem to take a full breath. It gets ALMOST there, but sometimes I ahve to sit up straight or readjust myself and sometimes even that doesnt help. Ive never had breathing problems my entire life. I think the only thing different from everyone else's posts...

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      Rachel, im in the EXACT same situation. Started about 3 or 4 days ago, and about 80% of the time now I cant seem to take a full breath. It gets ALMOST there, but sometimes I ahve to sit up straight or readjust myself and sometimes even that doesnt help. Ive never had breathing problems my entire life. I think the only thing different from everyone else's posts on this board is that ive smoked pot since I was 14 (I am also 19 yrs old), been a drug addict for 3 1/2 years, also started smoking cigarettes about a year or so ago. I smoked a hard drug the day before this started happening, but it hasnt gone away, just gotten worse. So ya... my first thought was "crap, all this smoking has finally caught up to me". I was wondering if anyone has any advice? I cant afford to go to a doctor, I dont know if this is brought on by smoking, or if ive gotten asthma, if it is heart related? Should I try an inhaler? (my bf has one) Should I get on an acid reflux med? Seems like a lot of people are attributing similar problems to acid reflux? Any advice is appreciated, and glad to see this is more common than I thought.

    • Violet
      Aug. 29, 2010

      I also had this problem and solved it by taking Magnesium supplements. Take Magnesium Aspartate or Citrate not Oxide. Many people are magnesium deficient. Due to modern farming methods, minerals are depleted from the soil and taking prescription and over the counter medicine often depletes magnesium.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

    • Anonymous
      Rose
      Nov. 03, 2010

      I have the same problem!  I'm 33 years old,I'm a mom, and overweight.  Initially thought that was my issue, but doctor's say no even though I can stand to lose the weight.  I've been to the ER several times for breathing problems and chest pain/tightness.  I've been to a cardiologist, allergist, ENT....I've had every xray/test imaginable,...

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      I have the same problem!  I'm 33 years old,I'm a mom, and overweight.  Initially thought that was my issue, but doctor's say no even though I can stand to lose the weight.  I've been to the ER several times for breathing problems and chest pain/tightness.  I've been to a cardiologist, allergist, ENT....I've had every xray/test imaginable, and no diagnosis.  I've been told asthma (inhaler doesn't work), allergies, which I do have to mold and dust (meds don't help), GERD (omeprazole and zantac didn't help).  I had my gallbladder removed, still having difficulty. What is going on?  I think my doctors are beginning to think I'm crazy!  But I'm not, and it's awful.  I do have terrible sleeping problems...terrible insomnia.  Could that be causing my issues?  Could it be hormonal? 

      Thanks to everyone for listening to my vent.  Hope we all get answers soon!!!

    • Williewill24
      Dec. 26, 2010

      I experienced this for the first time 6 or 7 months ago and it was WORSE when it first hit, I went to the ER b/c the tightness and PRESSURE that came with it in my neck/throat were scary.  But now its mostly the inability to get a full, satisfying breath, and a dull pressure in my chest.  When I move my head a certain way or get a nice full breath,...

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      I experienced this for the first time 6 or 7 months ago and it was WORSE when it first hit, I went to the ER b/c the tightness and PRESSURE that came with it in my neck/throat were scary.  But now its mostly the inability to get a full, satisfying breath, and a dull pressure in my chest.  When I move my head a certain way or get a nice full breath, I can hear gas moving in my neck/throat and I'll belch sometimes and it is so great.  a GI doc told me i'm fine but we could do more invasive tests if I want.. 

      so for ME, its not just the sensation that something is too tight or 'blocking' the ability to catch a full breath, but also 'trapping' gas. I know how crazy it sounds but I don't make this stuff up.  I know its not a panic attack - those come and go this is pretty FREQUENT.  ALSO one other symptom I get often that may be associated I would call "hypersensitivity" - especially in the chest area where I'll have an itch or my work shirt/tie will rub a certain way against my chest and I'll have PAIN that is way more severe than I should have, like my nervous system is overreacting to it?     I dunno. seeing my doc finally 1/3/11 and i'll probably have the colonospicy and endoscopy just to be safe.  ANYONE have similiar issues?  32/male.

    • Skichick
      Mar. 13, 2011

      Hello, I had 5 years of strange breathing, wierd constriction in my throat, gas problems after eating and acid refllux that caused gastritis ,and strange pain below my ribs which became more intense over time. Ended up in ER several times. I got panic attacks as a result and depression last year.  It turned out (after 3 CT scans, 2 ultrasounds and...

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      Hello, I had 5 years of strange breathing, wierd constriction in my throat, gas problems after eating and acid refllux that caused gastritis ,and strange pain below my ribs which became more intense over time. Ended up in ER several times. I got panic attacks as a result and depression last year.  It turned out (after 3 CT scans, 2 ultrasounds and 3 endoscopies plus a colonoscopy and barium meal) that I had a diseased gallbladder which was removed through laporoscopic surgery six weeks ago. None of the scans/blood tests showed this; it only became clear when they operated. Don't give up hope even if the docs are saying all is fine.  If you know something is wrong, please find another doctor/consultant who can help you. It was the best thing I ever did.  Good luck.   Em

    • Williewill24
      Mar. 13, 2011

      Thanks SKI.  what kind of doctor finally figured it out?  GI??

    • Anonymous
      livefreeordie98
      May. 01, 2011

      I have to agree. I just recently developed this problem (not being able to draw a deep breath). It started about the middle of January 2011. I had been taking magnesium citrate for a long time, but I ran out and did not get any more...busy!! Then the breathing started. I narrowed it down to the magnesium citrate and I am taking 600 t0 800 mg again and I can...

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      I have to agree. I just recently developed this problem (not being able to draw a deep breath). It started about the middle of January 2011. I had been taking magnesium citrate for a long time, but I ran out and did not get any more...busy!! Then the breathing started. I narrowed it down to the magnesium citrate and I am taking 600 t0 800 mg again and I can tell when it wears off! The only type of magnesium that works for me is citrate. I tried magesium taurate after having it highly recommended to me and it made it worse.

      I do have stress, I recently had to close my family business due to the economy and could not find a job. It was very stressful, then I spent 5 months spending every dime I made to play catch up! I ended up with really bad bronchitis which made it worse, but the magnesium is the key for me. Also, I added vitamin b12, in case it is a deficiency. Due to processed foods we are all deficient in magnesium, b complex and especially b12. B12 causes a type of anemia that has diffiuclty breathing as a number one symptom. I hope this information helps someone. i know how hopeless it can feel and how doctors just don't listen. If they can't write a prescription for it, forget it.

  • Anonymous
    Bob
    Mar. 25, 2010

    Are we all talking about the same thing?  Some have mentioned feeling constricted, others just not getting that deep-breath feeling.  For me, I can breathe just fine, plenty of air moving through, no constriction, no fear, but the satisfying feeling of getting a deep breath is elusive and can be highly annoying when it doesn't happen (which is most...

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    Are we all talking about the same thing?  Some have mentioned feeling constricted, others just not getting that deep-breath feeling.  For me, I can breathe just fine, plenty of air moving through, no constriction, no fear, but the satisfying feeling of getting a deep breath is elusive and can be highly annoying when it doesn't happen (which is most of the time).  It's not something I ever thought needed to be checked out by a doctor.  It started in my teens after I had pneumonia, so the initial cause was obvious.  A good friend had the same experience in his teens after the flu.  I assume there was some sort of minor but permanent damage to the lungs or maybe to nerves that supply the "satisfying" feeling.  It does seem like a lot of the comments in this thread state that it began in the teen years, if that means anything.  I'm now in my 50s, but it has never affected anything I do, so it's not a big deal, but it's still annoying and I guess it will just stay that way.

  • Anonymous
    CR
    Nov. 24, 2009

    I have had the same thing periodically over the past 7 years or so.  I'm 47 and don't have asthma.  I get the same sensation where the only thing that helps is to yawn.  If I lay down the whole thing goes away.  I used to smoke but quit 11 year ago.  I had spiral CT scans of the lungs for about 7 years straight and everything was...

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    I have had the same thing periodically over the past 7 years or so.  I'm 47 and don't have asthma.  I get the same sensation where the only thing that helps is to yawn.  If I lay down the whole thing goes away.  I used to smoke but quit 11 year ago.  I had spiral CT scans of the lungs for about 7 years straight and everything was fine.  I went to a pulmonologist and my lung capacity was off the charts, the highest he'd ever seen.  I had another breathing test at the GP this past year during a routine check-up and she said that she was going to blow up my chart and make it into a poster, my lung function was fantastic.  It has been probably about a year and a half since I've had an episode.  I thought maybe it was allergies but I don't have classic allergy symptoms.  My daughter is 9 and she has had the same thing on and off since she was 4.  I will never forget the first panic stricken episode in the car where she was yelling "I can't breath".  She has been to pediatric pulmonologist and had all of the tests and she's fine, no asthma, CT scan of the sinuses was fine, blood tests came back negative for allergies. It's not CF because I had amnio when I was pregnant and it would have picked it up.  One time she told me that it was better when she laid down.  Now, she says that that isn't the case, she's had it for about a month and nothing helps.  I am to the point that I am going to try to get an appointment with a pediatric cardiologist, as I am at my wit's end with her and I feel so sorry for her.  She's been very quiet lately and she told me that the breathing problems are scaring her.  If anyone has any experience with children and cardiologist I would love to hear what happened.

    • Anonymous
      James
      Jan. 03, 2010

      Hey everyone. I, like many people that have replied am fairly glad to hear that this is happening to quite a lot of people, and healthy people at that. I've started to notice having exactly the same problems recently. I'm 18, have a fairly active lifestyle, don't smoke, am rarely ill (Once every few years, if that). I haven't noticed it as much when laying...

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      Hey everyone. I, like many people that have replied am fairly glad to hear that this is happening to quite a lot of people, and healthy people at that. I've started to notice having exactly the same problems recently. I'm 18, have a fairly active lifestyle, don't smoke, am rarely ill (Once every few years, if that). I haven't noticed it as much when laying down, I haven't been to the doctor as like i said, it seems quite recent.

       

      I think that the Anxiety diagnosis is quite interesting because it would make sense, i'm in my final year of college trying to get top grades to go onto University. A lot of other things have also been on my mind, so it would make sense. Just thought I would post my situation up just in case anyone is in a similar one. 

    • Anonymous
      wombat
      Feb. 11, 2010

      i suppose that i also find it comforting that so many other people are having this issue.  like most other people replying to this post, i have also been to the doctor and was told that nothing is wrong and it is just anxiety.  this however does not seem to help the problem.  i was looking on the internet and found a lot of info. about chronic...

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      i suppose that i also find it comforting that so many other people are having this issue.  like most other people replying to this post, i have also been to the doctor and was told that nothing is wrong and it is just anxiety.  this however does not seem to help the problem.  i was looking on the internet and found a lot of info. about chronic hyperventilation syndrome, and i am wondering if anyone has the same thing.  i don't have panic attacks.....it is just this constant feeling that i need to take a deep breath, but when i try, i can't.  it feels as if something in my chest in constricting to that my lungs can't take in any more air.  it is horrible and at times i feel very depressed about it.  i am wondering if anyone who has had this problem has been able to get over it?  that is what i would find the MOST reassuring.  i just don't want to be like this forever.  i was reading that sometimes just some incorrect breathing patterns, even over a short period of time, can lead to a pH imbalance in the blood that can persist even when the anxiety is gone.   my boyfriend is annoyed with me because of my gasping or yawning sounds.  i just want to be normal again.  if anyone has anything positive to share (although i know most people are reading these entries, because they feel bad, not good), it would be greatly appreciated. 

    • Anonymous
      stacidru
      Feb. 24, 2010

      I am 43 Years old now and started having this issue when I was 17. I went to the doctor than and she told me that some people can have that reaction with caffeine. I did drink soda as a teen but have quit for years now. 

      I don't drink soda but I am a coffee drinker. I love my coffee in the morning but when I get that breathing problem I have to lay off...

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      I am 43 Years old now and started having this issue when I was 17. I went to the doctor than and she told me that some people can have that reaction with caffeine. I did drink soda as a teen but have quit for years now. 

      I don't drink soda but I am a coffee drinker. I love my coffee in the morning but when I get that breathing problem I have to lay off and do decaf for a while. Unfortunately it takes awhile once it starts because it does make you nervous not being able to breath and I believe it just makes it worse. If you are a caffeine drinker try going off of it but give it at least 30 days. See if that helps.

    • Anonymous
      Bdizz10
      Dec. 17, 2013
      Caffeine is what triggers my shortness of breath every time. I am in excellent shape, my shortness of breath first started when I started doing cardio after taking adderol. If I know have any caffeine what so ever I get sick and cannot breath and must yawn over and over! I went caffeine free for 2 weeks but symptoms came back as soon as I had any caffeine.
    • cac
      cac
      Mar. 26, 2010

      This is the first time i have experienced this - - scary... At first I thought i might be having a panic attack as i was laid off a few weeks ago, but i am being pretty zen about that.  I was in Arizona for about 9 days and on the 9th day it rained a lot all night and most of the day... i was in the house most of the day and noticed the breath problem...

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      This is the first time i have experienced this - - scary... At first I thought i might be having a panic attack as i was laid off a few weeks ago, but i am being pretty zen about that.  I was in Arizona for about 9 days and on the 9th day it rained a lot all night and most of the day... i was in the house most of the day and noticed the breath problem when i went out to meet my dad's neighbor and tried to take a deep breath and it hurt a little up at the top - started on my right upper chest... then i drove about 3 hours to palm springs and went to lay down to bed at 11:00 pm an realized it was getting a little painful to breadth deeply - i couldn't lay on my side like normal as i felt it was puncturing my lung.  I was better on my back and woke up a little better - - seemed to be much worse at night - - then I drove more hours to san francisco into more rain and lots of wind.  BTW I do have a mold allergy and chronic sinusitus and usually just get pressure headaches and tiredness in the rain - though i have heard the rain brings out your weaknesses.  I too smoked for 15 years, quit about 10 yrs now, but i have had some issues with altitude and thought maybe my lungs were damaged too.  I used to be very energetic and athletic i tire out easy these days.  I haven't gone to the doctor yet as i don't want drugs, I looked up a few natural remedies:  I increased my vitamin d dosage, C, and magnesium; took tumeric in tea and food for immflamation and a was 90% better last night and today - just took an ibuprofin for cramps and i'm actually able to breath 100%.  I will bring it up at my next dr visit - - hopefully it doesn't come back. 

    • Eric
      Dec. 11, 2010

      this is what i do i take a deep breath, if i cant get it then i just normal breath and then try it again.It will work iv been to the Er for it and they don't know nothing but it should work i do it it works for meh:)

  • Anonymous
    Fush7
    Nov. 04, 2009

    I just turned 41 and since August, I started having a problem with getting a deep breath.  I realized when it started that I had changed my diet, pure cane sugar for coffee, drinking 3 cups of it, drinking diet cokes, drinking milk w/ DHA and taking multi-vitamins with DHA.  I was so bloated and gassey, I cut all these out of my diet, I'm down to...

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    I just turned 41 and since August, I started having a problem with getting a deep breath.  I realized when it started that I had changed my diet, pure cane sugar for coffee, drinking 3 cups of it, drinking diet cokes, drinking milk w/ DHA and taking multi-vitamins with DHA.  I was so bloated and gassey, I cut all these out of my diet, I'm down to one cup of coffee.  I visited a GP and he put me on Nasonex and over the counter Clairtin, didn't work.  Another GP put me on Pepcid 40 MG didn't work for two weeks.  Another GP put me on Omeprozale for 6 weeks I'm in my 5 week and it's back.  I just went to a GI Doctor first thing he said was it was stress but he still will run tests. Upper Abdomen Ultrasound, Blood work and Endiscopy.  I'm going on vacation for 4 days though let's see if I can unstress and if my breathing gets back to normal.  It's heartbreaking to see that others are suffering the same and have been for awhile with no cure.   This is crazy!!  At least I can see that others live with it, then I guess so can I. 

  • Anonymous
    Elandruss
    Sep. 29, 2009
    I have to say, I feel TONS better having read some of this! I started having this constricted feeling in my upper chest, like I get this need to take a full breath, but when I try it gets stuck right at the top of my rib cage. I have learned to relish those elusive full breaths haha. I was initially concerned because I have asthma, I use my inhaler and a nebuilzer...
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    I have to say, I feel TONS better having read some of this! I started having this constricted feeling in my upper chest, like I get this need to take a full breath, but when I try it gets stuck right at the top of my rib cage. I have learned to relish those elusive full breaths haha. I was initially concerned because I have asthma, I use my inhaler and a nebuilzer with albuteral, but it didn't do anything to alleviate the symptoms. The constriction is accompanying a few other symptoms, so I really thought it was just an infection or something. Now, a course of Azithromycin, a pack of Methylprednisone steriods, and half a course of ciprofloxacin later, I'm starting to understand why it hasn't gone away! I am in my sophomore year in college, and I just began taking Adderall for my diagnosed ADD, which has been causing a bit of sleeplessness, as well as all the other wonderful things that go with amphetamines, which makes sense that my body and mind would be more tense and stressed. I just got a chest x-ray done last friday, haha now I'm just waiting to get the call to say it looked normal ^_^
  • Anonymous
    SaraKennedy
    Apr. 16, 2009

    I too have been suffering this misterious condition for about 15 years now. I'm 33 yrs. old and it's comes and goes throughout the year. I never know when it will happen. I thought is was allergies, so I went to an allergist and got tested, I was positive for many allergies but have been getting shots and the breathing issue is still there. No changes whatsoever....

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    I too have been suffering this misterious condition for about 15 years now. I'm 33 yrs. old and it's comes and goes throughout the year. I never know when it will happen. I thought is was allergies, so I went to an allergist and got tested, I was positive for many allergies but have been getting shots and the breathing issue is still there. No changes whatsoever. So, that obviously wasn't it. I have a cardiologist friend that wanted to take me "through all of the ropes" to eliminate any heart issues. Nothing there. Now, after another breathing spell (it's been about 6 months since my last one) I called my allergist (because the breathing issue DRIVES ME CRAZY) and said, get me in and try something else. Wat else could it be? So, I did the Methacholine Challenge test. My lung function is fabulous! Above what is normal even. Darn. Now what? So, I got home after my appointment with him and tried to Google the "negative with asthma but can't get a deep breath) and here you were. Actually, there are millions of people with the same thing!!! I am so relieved!!! Ahhh.... finally, I can say to my doctor, "see, I'm not creating this issue on my own and I'm not the only one with this. I can't attribute it to stress or anxiety or anything else that I've read about so far. Have you found any other way to treat it or any additional information about this? I'm just diving into it now so I am interested in what I might find. Thank you so much for writing about this! I feel so much better that I'm not alone in this.

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Jun. 30, 2009

       

      I'm so glad to have found this now aswell. I've been facing the same thing since I was 12-13yrs old, and now I'm nearly 21. I have no allergies, no problems, my health is fine but I face problems with deep breaths about twice a year similar to you.

       

      I'm not a big fan of the Doctors, as I know alot of people who they've made mistakes with so I'm...

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      I'm so glad to have found this now aswell. I've been facing the same thing since I was 12-13yrs old, and now I'm nearly 21. I have no allergies, no problems, my health is fine but I face problems with deep breaths about twice a year similar to you.

       

      I'm not a big fan of the Doctors, as I know alot of people who they've made mistakes with so I'm cautious to go. I only go when I feel I really need to. I remember when I was about 14-15yrs old, I was with a friend, and she stopped to inhale and had the same thing we are speaking of now. We spoke about it, and realised we had the same thing, infact I know alot of people who have it. I don't think it's a serious thing, perhaps we are just people who sometimes don't take in enough oxygen lol I don't know what else to say. but hey, just like you IM REALLY GLAD TO HAVE FOUND THIS :)

       

       

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Oct. 09, 2009

      It's nice to know I am not the only one that feels this way.  I had this happen when I was a young teenager.  I went to the doctor then and was told everything was fine.  I am now 40 and it happens alot, but then it goes away.  I've had various tests and everything turns out fine.  I feel fine when I exercise.  sometimes I feel...

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      It's nice to know I am not the only one that feels this way.  I had this happen when I was a young teenager.  I went to the doctor then and was told everything was fine.  I am now 40 and it happens alot, but then it goes away.  I've had various tests and everything turns out fine.  I feel fine when I exercise.  sometimes I feel like I have a tight turtle neck on.  this is a little different than not getting that fulfilling breath, but I think it is all related.

    • Anonymous
      Skyler
      Oct. 22, 2010

      I have had this for about the same time as you have. I was 11 when I first started to have pain when I take a deep breath. I am a 13yr old girl and it will go on and off for awhilee and then come back. Sence most of the people on this site are Alot older then me and dont really know when they first go it, I felt i could relate to you more cause you're younger...

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      I have had this for about the same time as you have. I was 11 when I first started to have pain when I take a deep breath. I am a 13yr old girl and it will go on and off for awhilee and then come back. Sence most of the people on this site are Alot older then me and dont really know when they first go it, I felt i could relate to you more cause you're younger and got it around the same age. Also when I laydown in a certain possion it hurts or just when i need a deep breath out of no where I can't. Somtimes it doesn't hurt, I just can't breath when I need to yawn. I will b able to yawn succsefully on my fourth or fifth try. I am soo worried that I will have this pain even when I am as old as some of this people. But it's good to know theres other who have the same thing.

    • M21
      M21
      May. 15, 2010

      Somtimes I too have trouble taking a deep satisfying breath. This works for me and I hope it will work for you. Breathe in as deep as you can filling your lungs with air and hold it as long as you can. Release the air slowly. Repeat this several times. After a few time you should be able to take that deep satisfying breath you need. :)

    • jtharp
      May. 28, 2010

      i also have the same problem breathing and have been taking allergy meds and inhalers and nothing works at all ive took anxiety meds i mean none of this stuff works i would just like an answer of what it might be i mean i do spend a lot of time in the recliner and drink quite a bit is this maybe why?

    • Anonymous
      Skyler
      Dec. 06, 2010

      I don't think it could be because of your drinking. I'm a 13year old girl. Never smoked, drank, just went to the doctors got all my shots and I am very healthy. I experince this breathing difficulty also. I've had it for about 2 almost 3years. People say you should seek medical attention right away for you this may be fetal, but if that was true, you'd think...

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      I don't think it could be because of your drinking. I'm a 13year old girl. Never smoked, drank, just went to the doctors got all my shots and I am very healthy. I experince this breathing difficulty also. I've had it for about 2 almost 3years. People say you should seek medical attention right away for you this may be fetal, but if that was true, you'd think I'd be dead with this going on for so long...

    • Dusty
      Jan. 12, 2011

      Good for you!  I've never drank or smoked either.  At least we can rule that out.  Im 37 and have always been in good health.  Not always in great fighting shape but always trying to stay healthy and exercise.  Just about 2-3 months ago i started having this same breathing issue.  Doc gave me inhaler but it did nothing.  The...

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      Good for you!  I've never drank or smoked either.  At least we can rule that out.  Im 37 and have always been in good health.  Not always in great fighting shape but always trying to stay healthy and exercise.  Just about 2-3 months ago i started having this same breathing issue.  Doc gave me inhaler but it did nothing.  The only thing that I can think of is that I had gone in to the doctor for an infection on my arm and put me on Biaxin (an antibiotic).  While I was taking it I went to the gym for an intense short workout to really get my heart rate, and breathing, up.  Ever since then I have had this breathing issue.  It's wierd.  Other than trying to get a deep breath all the time, I feel great.  I'm a worrier but not that bad.  So I don't think it's stress.  I figure just keep living healthy and looking for remedies and being thankful for the health that I DO have.

    • Meggiebeeb
      Jan. 18, 2011

      My 10 year old recently started having the same symptoms a month ago. She had chest x-rays and full evaluation and the doctors offered no answers.

      I am a scientist and started keeping a journal of when the symptoms started and they seemed to occur every night after she ate a large meal. I typed in some key words and found the following: postprandial hypotension...

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      My 10 year old recently started having the same symptoms a month ago. She had chest x-rays and full evaluation and the doctors offered no answers.

      I am a scientist and started keeping a journal of when the symptoms started and they seemed to occur every night after she ate a large meal. I typed in some key words and found the following: postprandial hypotension low blood pressure that occurs after a large meal when a large amount of blood is routed to the gut for digestion. I started taking her blood pressure before eating and 40 minutes after eating and her pressure dropped significantly after she ate. Took this information to the pediatrician and they ran some blood work and found nothing. They recommended more small low carb meals and have her lie down and elevate her feel after a large meal to help the blood get to the brain easier. This seems to have worked. I think young girls that get their period lose blood volume and this can happen as their body isn't regulated to compensate for the blood loss.

      Looking back I suffered with this problem for years as a young girl  but thought it was anxiety. Hope this helps someone.

    • Anonymous
      Dr. P
      Jan. 22, 2011

      It's time for me to respond to all these postings.  I am a lung specialist and I often see what you are all talking about.  It is psychogenic hyperventilation.  There is no organic disease, but rather, you have all developed a "behavior" that is maladaptive.  Often the initiation is that of stress, but typically the stress is now gone, and...

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      It's time for me to respond to all these postings.  I am a lung specialist and I often see what you are all talking about.  It is psychogenic hyperventilation.  There is no organic disease, but rather, you have all developed a "behavior" that is maladaptive.  Often the initiation is that of stress, but typically the stress is now gone, and something that was once automatic and unconcious ( breathing) has become a concious act for you. When you are sitting still and doing nothing, the body needs very little "ventilation' from the lungs.  The "need" to take a deep breath is a habit that you've develped.  the treatment?  not drugs.  It's a series of breathing relaxation exercises.  when you hyperventilate you are using the muscles of your shoulders, neck, chest and these are all tense. Instead of breathing with your diaphragm that allows the chest cage to expand, create negative pressure and draw in more air; you are elevating your shoulders and pulling your diaphragm up, which only makes the sensation worse.  three times a day you have to take around ten minutes of time, sit alone sit up straight in a chair and take all the tension out of your neck, shoulders and chest.  now, allow the air to flow into your lungs, relax....when you feel that need to yawn and stretch your lungs, just let your self drift further into a relaxed state.  get all the tension out.  if you do this correctly, you should feel your abdomen slightly protrude as the diaphragm drops and displaces the abdominal contents.  do this exercise three times a day.  learn to take a nice relaxed breath-  no one should be able to see your chest move.  the chest doesn't move in quiet breathing.  When you find yourself needing to take that deep breath, quickly switch to this new way of breathing I just taught you.  you'll quickly learn to use it as a method to "extinguish" the maladaptive habit that you unexplainably have develped ( I don't know why this happens, but it's not as simple as just "stress".  in time the maladaptive breathing will disappear!

    • Dusty
      Jan. 28, 2011

      Thank you! I believe you are correct.  I recently have had a desire to learn how to meditate which focuses on breathing.  I am horrible at it but it has really helped my breathing issue.  I have been almost free of the problem for about a week.  Im back to wrestling without much of a problem too.

    • Bob
      Bob
      Apr. 08, 2011

      Thanks for all your help.  Just wondering if this could impact daily routines, sports, etc.  My son is turning 13 and over the past 4-5 months has developed breathing from his upper chest and mouth.  He complains that he can't get air and it get's worse when he plays hockey or bikes etc.  Will this help him if he changes his breathing habits?...

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      Thanks for all your help.  Just wondering if this could impact daily routines, sports, etc.  My son is turning 13 and over the past 4-5 months has developed breathing from his upper chest and mouth.  He complains that he can't get air and it get's worse when he plays hockey or bikes etc.  Will this help him if he changes his breathing habits?

    • Anonymous
      PurpleLady
      Nov. 13, 2011

      OH thank you so much I used to have thos problem only when swimming, and it went away when I stopped eating wheat. BUt just this week it is back again, I have had cancer (synovial sarcoma on the top apex of my right lung and was in remission until July this year when I started having difficulty breathing, Oh I should add that in 2008 during my RT I lost my...

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      OH thank you so much I used to have thos problem only when swimming, and it went away when I stopped eating wheat. BUt just this week it is back again, I have had cancer (synovial sarcoma on the top apex of my right lung and was in remission until July this year when I started having difficulty breathing, Oh I should add that in 2008 during my RT I lost my voice and it has been like that ever since. I can sometimes whisper loud enough for people to hear me BUT other times and I know when it is when I am stressed, ( a camera investigation was carried out and the vocal chords were shown to be bunched and not flat as they should be.) I lose my voice completely.

      Then at my last clinic appointment after a chest Xray showed nothing they carried out a CT scan and they found a small secondary tumour in my lung, Which left me in shock. for a week I could not sleep or eat or have much energy. but I came to terms with it and knowing that the treatments are now available was ready to face surgery( I had avoided that with the first tumour as it was wrapped round the brachial nerve and blood supply. )  Then a friend died suddenly last week and I think that the stress of that on top of everything else might be causing this problem. Thank goodness you replied on here as now I have a way to deal with it.  It may not do anything for my general breathing problem , talking leaves me breathless, as does climbing the stairs or other activites. A lung function test showed no sign of asthma or COPD, my oncologist did not think it was psychosomatic due to when it was happening and was before I knew anything about the small secondary tumour.

      I do already manage diaphragmatic breathing so was surprised when this problem of not being able to take that deep breath manifested itself again.

      Do you think the problems are related?

      I don;t know how to manage it now. BUT will try the breathing exercise you mentioned. It was especially difficult today as I was driving my car on the free way when it happened and it became slightly distracting.

       

       

    • Anonymous
      PurpleLady
      Nov. 13, 2011

      OH thank you so much I used to have thos problem only when swimming, and it went away when I stopped eating wheat. BUt just this week it is back again, I have had cancer (synovial sarcoma on the top apex of my right lung and was in remission until July this year when I started having difficulty breathing, Oh I should add that in 2008 during my RT I lost my...

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      OH thank you so much I used to have thos problem only when swimming, and it went away when I stopped eating wheat. BUt just this week it is back again, I have had cancer (synovial sarcoma on the top apex of my right lung and was in remission until July this year when I started having difficulty breathing, Oh I should add that in 2008 during my RT I lost my voice and it has been like that ever since. I can sometimes whisper loud enough for people to hear me BUT other times and I know when it is when I am stressed, ( a camera investigation was carried out and the vocal chords were shown to be bunched and not flat as they should be.) I lose my voice completely.

      Then at my last clinic appointment after a chest Xray showed nothing they carried out a CT scan and they found a small secondary tumour in my lung, Which left me in shock. for a week I could not sleep or eat or have much energy. but I came to terms with it and knowing that the treatments are now available was ready to face surgery( I had avoided that with the first tumour as it was wrapped round the brachial nerve and blood supply. )  Then a friend died suddenly last week and I think that the stress of that on top of everything else might be causing this problem. Thank goodness you replied on here as now I have a way to deal with it.  It may not do anything for my general breathing problem , talking leaves me breathless, as does climbing the stairs or other activites. A lung function test showed no sign of asthma or COPD, my oncologist did not think it was psychosomatic due to when it was happening and was before I knew anything about the small secondary tumour.

      I do already manage diaphragmatic breathing so was surprised when this problem of not being able to take that deep breath manifested itself again.

      Do you think the problems are related?

      I don;t know how to manage it now. BUT will try the breathing exercise you mentioned. It was especially difficult today as I was driving my car on the free way when it happened and it became slightly distracting.

       

       

    • Anonymous
      sllo6893
      Nov. 23, 2011

      This was awesome...it's been bugging me for a couple weeks now and it's frustrating. I did grow up with asthma but this doesn't feel like that. However, a couple months ago I was leaning over a cooler in walmart---where the keep the hams---and i felt and heard a rib pop. I think that was what started it. I couldn't get a deep breath because that rib was out...

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      This was awesome...it's been bugging me for a couple weeks now and it's frustrating. I did grow up with asthma but this doesn't feel like that. However, a couple months ago I was leaning over a cooler in walmart---where the keep the hams---and i felt and heard a rib pop. I think that was what started it. I couldn't get a deep breath because that rib was out of place. I keep having to push it back in and tho it doesn't hurt anymore, I think it's become "habit". I've started practicing your exercises already...thank you!

    • Anonymous
      Donna
      Feb. 15, 2012

      You are my savior.  Ive been struggling to take a full satisfying breath for 3 weeks and guess what, it sent me into an array of symptoms similar to an anxiety attack several times.  I started researching my problem and came across this site and your reply.  I have been practicing your technique, which is helping me with my problem of not being...

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      You are my savior.  Ive been struggling to take a full satisfying breath for 3 weeks and guess what, it sent me into an array of symptoms similar to an anxiety attack several times.  I started researching my problem and came across this site and your reply.  I have been practicing your technique, which is helping me with my problem of not being able to take a full satifying breath and therefore have stopped my anxiety attacks.  I went to the ER twice and nobody there could tell me this.  Unbelieveable!  all they did was tell me I was healthy and was having an anxiety attack and it was all in my head.  Thank you so much! 

    • Tina
      Mar. 28, 2012

      Thank for this posting.  I feel this IS my issue and I will concentrate on breathing.  So often in today's society we turn to drugs to mask our issues and I don't want to be one of those people. 

    • Anonymous
      Mr O
      Apr. 22, 2012

      Thanks so much Dr P. Your advice is brilliant and has taken a large burden off my chest (literally and figuratively). And the fact that this isn't just a rare issue is also comforting.

    • 34 yr old, healthy
      Jul. 16, 2012

      Dr. P, Thank you.  For my situation, this makes sense. I'm 34, thin, take all my vitamins, etc.  I have no stress, anxiety, etc.  I sleep 7-8hrs.  I rode my bicycle harder than usual last week (30 min.)and was surprised as I carried my bike up 15 stairs that I couldn't take a deep breath, my chest (right side) felt stressed with every breath...

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      Dr. P, Thank you.  For my situation, this makes sense. I'm 34, thin, take all my vitamins, etc.  I have no stress, anxiety, etc.  I sleep 7-8hrs.  I rode my bicycle harder than usual last week (30 min.)and was surprised as I carried my bike up 15 stairs that I couldn't take a deep breath, my chest (right side) felt stressed with every breath in, I felt like vomiting.  I tried raising hands over head while taking deep breaths and walkng it out but nothing was helping, this lasted about a minute half.  Scary.  For 3 days straigt I wasn't able to take full breaths on the 4th day I did upper body weights (5lbs.) and that night my chest felt stressed again (same symptom, same area) as I layed down on my back.  Lying on my stomoch eliviated the pain/stress then also lying on back with arms placed over head.  I fell asleep in that position and today (5th day) I can take deep breaths with no discomfort... I will see a doctor tomorrow.  

    • breatless inkansas
      Dec. 04, 2012

      tnank you very much.the exersize you talk about seems to make me more breathless any suggestions

    • Anonymous
      gigid
      Dec. 10, 2012

      I've been having the same problem on and off for years and find that what really helps is having a good cry. I first realised this when my mother died, I felt like I was not having enough air for days, fighting the panic, unable to take a satisfying deep breath until I was finally able to cry. What a relief it was! I've tested it over...

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      I've been having the same problem on and off for years and find that what really helps is having a good cry. I first realised this when my mother died, I felt like I was not having enough air for days, fighting the panic, unable to take a satisfying deep breath until I was finally able to cry. What a relief it was! I've tested it over the years and it helps me every single time. Now, when I can't stand this feeling of not having enough air anymore, I watch a really sad movie (sounds crazy but it works for me) and have a good long cry - "The bridges of Madison County" works great ! ;)

    • myownprison
      Jan. 08, 2013

      Hi...I'm glad i found your post.I've tried everything and i'm still having these episodes since 1991.But for some odd reason...when i am on an anti-psychotic...the feeling goes away but not completely.I mean it's still a little there but i'm not noticing it as much.What's wrong with me?

    • Anonymous
      Simon
      Jan. 18, 2013
      Has anybody tried Dr P's method for dealing with the condition? I am very intrigued and want to give it a go! Dr P... Do you have any diagrams? Or even a video? Like most, I'm left clutching at straws... Fad diets and breathing techniques!
    • Anonymous
      Tradian
      Apr. 27, 2013

      Thank you so much for your response. That is exactly what I have experienced and I am going to use your suggestions.  

      I believe that this started when I started to  meditate concentrating on my breathing. I am going to continue to meditate and use other methods of getting into a meditative state. I will respond to this thread in the future and let...

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      Thank you so much for your response. That is exactly what I have experienced and I am going to use your suggestions.  

      I believe that this started when I started to  meditate concentrating on my breathing. I am going to continue to meditate and use other methods of getting into a meditative state. I will respond to this thread in the future and let you know how it works out.

    • Anonymous
      Dork
      Feb. 13, 2011

      You seem to have eliminated any possible cause for your problem yet you are seeking suggestions. The only things left are A-Z diseases that could affect your breathing. How about that just by reading your comment I can tell you're a perfectionist, know it all type, and it truly is anxiety causing your problem. Anxiety problems don't always happen from the obvious,...

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      You seem to have eliminated any possible cause for your problem yet you are seeking suggestions. The only things left are A-Z diseases that could affect your breathing. How about that just by reading your comment I can tell you're a perfectionist, know it all type, and it truly is anxiety causing your problem. Anxiety problems don't always happen from the obvious, and can be MUCH worse than ppl who never had a REAL panic attack would think. I would see a psychiatrist.

    • tim frank
      Jul. 19, 2013

      I am having same problem from when I was 10 years old and now I am 24 and I am still having this problem sometimes it goes and sometimes it comes back all the day I am trying for yawning and for deep breath sometime yawning happens naturally and sometime I need concentrate 4 or 5 time for yawning or deep breath then it happen so please is there anyone who can...

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      I am having same problem from when I was 10 years old and now I am 24 and I am still having this problem sometimes it goes and sometimes it comes back all the day I am trying for yawning and for deep breath sometime yawning happens naturally and sometime I need concentrate 4 or 5 time for yawning or deep breath then it happen so please is there anyone who can help me out from this hell please 

    • Anonymous
      GiantPndLvr
      Jul. 23, 2013
      I've been having this problem since i was five or six and im ten now.I told my mom about it a little while after it started and i explained to her like this;Mommy sometimes when i try to take deep breathes it doesnt feel like i do so then she said it happened to her not too long ago and that she kept on trying to take deep breathes and not too long after it...
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      I've been having this problem since i was five or six and im ten now.I told my mom about it a little while after it started and i explained to her like this;Mommy sometimes when i try to take deep breathes it doesnt feel like i do so then she said it happened to her not too long ago and that she kept on trying to take deep breathes and not too long after it got back to normal. So then im not sure if the problem went away or if i just ignored it because of what my mom said or if it was because i was sooo young at the time. So then in the third grade it just hit me again i dont know if it was anxiety or pressure or what i realized i felt the same thing that happened a couple of years ago. I mean i dont get i come from a really nice family and is well raised fed etc so its gotta be school or something. So then i explain to my mom what the problem was basically like a revised version of what i said when i was six but she didnt understand what i was saying. So then i got into a GATE class in fourth grade then i told my mom over and over again then it was time to have my physical done so while my mom and oi were there she told the docter about my problem and the docter and she asked what does it feel like when it happens then i said sometimes when i take a deep breath i know for a fact that im breathing but it doesnt always feel like it the docter didnt understand me either but the docter shouldve looked into it more but she didnt now we get to the present fifth grade going into sixth soon and sometimes when i try too hard to get that refreshing breath it feels like i cant breathe at all but i know i am and sometimes it makes me think im having a heart attack and it makes me cry a lot. When i lye down and i try to take a deep breath its much harder to do than when im sitting up. So if youre feeling this you should definitly go see a a docter as soon as possible it may not be a super serious right now but it could be in the near future or you could have an early stage of serious cancer or illness. Peace out
  • Anonymous
    Leslie
    Nov. 13, 2008

    I know exactly how you feel, I have been experiencing this for about a month now and my doctors have no solid evidence as to what is wrong.  I have even been to a chiropractor thinking my ribs were out.  My doctor took chest x-rays and did blood work.  He put me on Singulair, an Albuterol inhaler and under-active thyroid medication.  After...

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    I know exactly how you feel, I have been experiencing this for about a month now and my doctors have no solid evidence as to what is wrong.  I have even been to a chiropractor thinking my ribs were out.  My doctor took chest x-rays and did blood work.  He put me on Singulair, an Albuterol inhaler and under-active thyroid medication.  After two weeks I still wasn't any better so I called and a different doctor put me on Prilosec and some anxiety/panic disorder medication, so far it's not working, but I've only been on it for three days.  The only problem with the anxiety meds is that they turn me into a zombie and make me so tired I can't even fuction.  If I'm not feeling better by the 21st, I will be taking another trip to the doctor because I'm starting to feel like a guinea pig and I can't afford it!!

    • Anonymous
      christian lady
      Jun. 13, 2010

      I have been having the same issues. I was hospitalized twice for it thinking I was having heart issues. I wasn't . I had no potassium. This in turn was a spin off from the underlying condition of hypothyroidism. I am now on 100 mg. of generic Synthroid and a potassium supplement each day. It takes a month for your body to adjust to the different levels of thyroid...

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      I have been having the same issues. I was hospitalized twice for it thinking I was having heart issues. I wasn't . I had no potassium. This in turn was a spin off from the underlying condition of hypothyroidism. I am now on 100 mg. of generic Synthroid and a potassium supplement each day. It takes a month for your body to adjust to the different levels of thyroid meds so be patient. In the meantime, get you some potassium supplements from the store and take 4-5 daily. They are 99Mg each and our bodies need 3500 to 4000 mgs a day. Also, if you like v-8, it is full of potassium!! This helps me. I am almost fixed I think. My problem now is that I smother first thing in the morning. Have to try to yawn to get my lungs to fill up...soooo aggravating!!!!! Hope this helps.

  • D.Newton
    Oct. 27, 2008

    First do you have a medical condition causing this?  If it is asthma, you must get it under control in order to breath easier.  Next, you have to lay down, look at your stomach, and try to fill up it with as much air as you can.   That is the way baby's breath.  As we get older, we forget how to deep breath the natural way.  You...

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    First do you have a medical condition causing this?  If it is asthma, you must get it under control in order to breath easier.  Next, you have to lay down, look at your stomach, and try to fill up it with as much air as you can.   That is the way baby's breath.  As we get older, we forget how to deep breath the natural way.  You have to practice it all the time until you are doing it on your own.  If it is a anxiety problem, muscle relaxers may help, but it still is a temporary fix, you still need to pactice deep breathing.  Use deep breathing tapes to practice.  Good luck!  Deb

  • Anonymous
    Liz
    Sep. 25, 2008

    Go see your doctor right away. My brother-in-law had this symptom and was found to have stage 4 lung cancer. That's not to say YOU have lung cancer, it might just be anxiety as another writer suggested. But your anxiety level will be lessened when you know for sure what you do or don't have.

    • Anonymous
      Sungold
      Sep. 27, 2008

      I have had this feeling when I have had bronchitis or the flu, and had a lot of chest congestion.  I do advise you to get checked out right away as the others have suggested...it could be anxiety, but you do want to find out why you are so congested.  It may just be that you need an antibiotic, but if it is congestive heart failure you'll want to...

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      I have had this feeling when I have had bronchitis or the flu, and had a lot of chest congestion.  I do advise you to get checked out right away as the others have suggested...it could be anxiety, but you do want to find out why you are so congested.  It may just be that you need an antibiotic, but if it is congestive heart failure you'll want to start treatment right away.  Hope you are feeling better.

  • Anonymous
    M J C
    Sep. 23, 2008

    I remember experiencing this condition when I was in my twenties, which my doctor put down to anxiety. This made sense to me as the symptoms did occur while I was having personal problems. When one of my very young granddaughters experienced similar symptoms, I was able to reassure her by explaining it away while distracting her till she relaxed...

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    I remember experiencing this condition when I was in my twenties, which my doctor put down to anxiety. This made sense to me as the symptoms did occur while I was having personal problems. When one of my very young granddaughters experienced similar symptoms, I was able to reassure her by explaining it away while distracting her till she relaxed and breathed easier. In no time at all she was fine. This particular child is a bit more 'highly strung' than her siblings!   

    • Anonymous
      Charlie
      May. 13, 2010

      Back in 2001, I had a 6-way bypass.  No problems since.  About a month ago, I "almost" caught a cold.  I walked away with nothing but a lingering deep cough.  As the cough seemed to subside, I noticed I was out of breath at night when I tried to sleep.  This has only been going on now for about 2 weeks.

       

      I can a-l-m-o-s-t get...

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      Back in 2001, I had a 6-way bypass.  No problems since.  About a month ago, I "almost" caught a cold.  I walked away with nothing but a lingering deep cough.  As the cough seemed to subside, I noticed I was out of breath at night when I tried to sleep.  This has only been going on now for about 2 weeks.

       

      I can a-l-m-o-s-t get to the point of a deep breath but a majority of the time, it elludes me.  And when I hit the point, it's not as satisfying as it should be.  And I'm back to panting again.  It doesn't seem to be as bad when I'm vertical.  It's when I'm horizontal that it's at it's worse.

       

      I'll give it one more week to straighten itself out and then we'll see what the medical community says.

       

      I turn 65 in 5 days.  I'm also an Agent Orange/PTSD vet from Nam.

  • Sue
    Sue
    Sep. 16, 2008

    Hello and thanks for posting to our site.  There could be many reasons why you feel you are having trouble taking a deep breath.  It is very important that you seek medical advice as soon as you can.  Reaching out to your own doctor if one way for you to get started in determining what might be happening.  If you at all feel like you need...

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    Hello and thanks for posting to our site.  There could be many reasons why you feel you are having trouble taking a deep breath.  It is very important that you seek medical advice as soon as you can.  Reaching out to your own doctor if one way for you to get started in determining what might be happening.  If you at all feel like you need emergency help - call 911 or get yourself to an ER.

     

    I hope htis helps.  All the best, sue (moderator)

     

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    • Anonymous
      Jan
      Nov. 29, 2009

      I am a very highly strung person and I have experienced this off and on for years.  It seems that if I begin to get upset about it, it gets worse.  I am 57, so as I have had tests through the years, and found that I do have asthma, and when this bothers me and I know that it is most likely stress and not asthma or an illness, I know that I am causing...

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      I am a very highly strung person and I have experienced this off and on for years.  It seems that if I begin to get upset about it, it gets worse.  I am 57, so as I have had tests through the years, and found that I do have asthma, and when this bothers me and I know that it is most likely stress and not asthma or an illness, I know that I am causing it.  I am hyperventilating.  So, I will cup my hands over my mouth and nose and breathe that way for a minute or two, then remove them and take a deep breath.  That will usually allow me to get that breath that seems to be alluding me and making me anxious.  If I am in bed, I sometimes will cut the covers over my head for the same effect.  I just am reducing the amount of oxygen for a period so that when I do take that deep breath, I get the satisfaction that I am not getting and is causing me to become upset and feeling like I am smothering. 

       

      This may help you, and it costs nothing and will not hurt you to try.  It is the same theory as breathing in a bag.  You are just reducing oxygen. 

       

      Good luck, I totally understand that feeling of impending death, fear, anxiety.  It is terrifying.

       

    • Anonymous
      Skyler
      Oct. 22, 2010

      Im 13 girl and I have the same thing. I can't take a deep breath or it hurts alot. Sometimes if I lay in a certain possion it hurts also. It will happen for a few weeks in a row and then stop. I don't know how long this has been going on for, but it's been happening for awhile. Also when I try to yawn I sometimes just can't. I have to keep trying to yawn...

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      Im 13 girl and I have the same thing. I can't take a deep breath or it hurts alot. Sometimes if I lay in a certain possion it hurts also. It will happen for a few weeks in a row and then stop. I don't know how long this has been going on for, but it's been happening for awhile. Also when I try to yawn I sometimes just can't. I have to keep trying to yawn but I can't take a full yawn till my fifth or fourth try. Some say It's a tumor in your lungs, but I'm only 13,  so I don't really know.

    • Anonymous
      mischa
      Mar. 04, 2011

      I have exactly the same thing. I have been getting this on and off since I was little but it seems to be getting worse- to the point that when I think about it or talk about it, it comes back. I went to a dr and was told its most likely anxiety,stress or athsma. However if ur an older person ( not in your early 20s and pretty much healthy) it could be something...

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      I have exactly the same thing. I have been getting this on and off since I was little but it seems to be getting worse- to the point that when I think about it or talk about it, it comes back. I went to a dr and was told its most likely anxiety,stress or athsma. However if ur an older person ( not in your early 20s and pretty much healthy) it could be something else and then it would be even more important to see someone

    • Anonymous
      todye417
      Aug. 13, 2011

      my daughter was doing this to. just found out she has asthma and is doing great with meds. i also was diagnosed young that i have panic attacks. that is why the dr put me on celexa. really helps me keep breathing normally. make sure you do go to dr and get this taken care of. good luck

       

    • Anonymous
      Jeffrey.
      Jan. 07, 2013

      I have searched for the last 2 years for what may be causing me to lose that deep breath, and YOU have helped me the most. I Thank God that I read your response.

    • Anonymous
      Inspire
      Nov. 12, 2013
      For me it seems like I have to cough over and over to get this breathe. I've had asthma rated issues before but I'm not sure this is just stress. It seems to come only at night and keeps me up for hours at a time. It makes me feel like my throat is closing.
    • Nicole
      Aug. 01, 2010

      Yeah, although I have the same issue, and have gone to doctors at Mayo Clinic even and they have no idea. It feels like the muscles are tight. And won't allow you to get that relief you usually want all the time. Like the other person said it sometimes comes naturally but the second you attempt for another it won't allow you to at all.

    • Nicole
      Aug. 01, 2010

      Yeah, although I have the same issue, and have gone to doctors at Mayo Clinic even and they have no idea. It feels like the muscles are tight. And won't allow you to get that relief you usually want all the time. Like the other person said it sometimes comes naturally but the second you attempt for another it won't allow you to at all.

    • rebecca
      Apr. 14, 2012

      i suufer with this to having the feeling to yawn i have been like this for approx 5 years now this has resulted in docter trips alot but for each time i am told i have asthma even though i take my inhalers i still suffer with this i have a constent cough but never sufferd an asthma attack can any body help me maybe some advice for what i could do next thanks....

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      i suufer with this to having the feeling to yawn i have been like this for approx 5 years now this has resulted in docter trips alot but for each time i am told i have asthma even though i take my inhalers i still suffer with this i have a constent cough but never sufferd an asthma attack can any body help me maybe some advice for what i could do next thanks.

    • Anonymous
      Tahir93
      Jun. 25, 2013

      I've been having this problem for about two months now. I also have asthma and my allergies triggered my asthma but my asthma is very mild and I rarely have to use a rescue inhale. The specialist I've been seeing obviously doesn't care enough about his patient. Who else randomly give you samples of Advair when you have mild asthma? Luckily I did my research...

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      I've been having this problem for about two months now. I also have asthma and my allergies triggered my asthma but my asthma is very mild and I rarely have to use a rescue inhale. The specialist I've been seeing obviously doesn't care enough about his patient. Who else randomly give you samples of Advair when you have mild asthma? Luckily I did my research and stopped taking Advair. So now, i don't have Asthma but I still feel I can't get a deep breath a lot of times and I'll have to lean forward and slouch my shoulders a bit.

      My brother, who like me is a pre-med student, but actually ahead of me, took a look at me and noticed something unusual. He observed and put pressure on my Diaphram (near stomache area) and compared to my healthy little brother. I was shocked. His Diaphragm is very strong and even when I squeezed on it, he still managed to get a full breath and was fine. When I did the same thing on me, I couldn't get a full breath and started to feel some dull pain in around my chest area. Apparently, the Diaphragm is a muscle that control your lungs and stuff.

       

      When Lying down, I find it usually easier to breath and what do you know, when I was lying down, my diahphragm was a little bit stronger. Not as strong as my healthier younger brother, but still, I felt more pressure. My follow up appointment with the Lung Doctor is in less than a week, I will discuss this with him.

       

      Point is. I used to have terrible shoulder and upper back pain when I was younger... the doctors COULD NOT figure out what was wrong with me. I even waisted money and time going to a threapist. For 6 months I suffered but it became less worse. When I weighed 306 lbs, I felt that it was coming back. I lost a bunch of weight (185 lbs now) and no pain whatsoever. I see people complaining about pain like this all the time. YOU need to realize it's your muscles.

       

      I might have go through breathing therapy or however else they can fix my diaphragm to work like it should but I am positive that is the problem. People don't seem to realize how important muscles are and all the muscles in your body need to be taken care. How you take care of them is to use them properly!

      If any of you have that problem where you have a dull pain taking a deep breath or you're just not satisfied. It could be anxiety or it can't. Do your research and be prepared to ask doctors the questions. Doctors know their stuff but they will cut corners if you don't tell them the whole story. Unless you know your doctor personally, you're just another patient. Good luck! :) I will keep you guys posted on what happens to my condition. I am 20 years old, 5'10 and 185 lbs with 16% BMI, slightly overweight, in case you wanted to know!

    • Anonymous
      are you stupid
      Feb. 14, 2013

      No that doesn't help...any idiot would see a dr if the problem were more than occasional.

       

      Sheesh...trying to get info on the Inet is impossible with all the idiocy...

       

    • Christy
      Aug. 11, 2013

      That's was so uncalled for. Aint no one dumb, stupid, exc. Of course ppl are saying go see your doctor or 10 different ones tell they find out the true meaing to this mystery "QUESTION"! People on this site is only giving advice not telling you, you have to go see a doctor. So shut the hell up unless you truly know the awesome to all our questions!!! Can we...

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      That's was so uncalled for. Aint no one dumb, stupid, exc. Of course ppl are saying go see your doctor or 10 different ones tell they find out the true meaing to this mystery "QUESTION"! People on this site is only giving advice not telling you, you have to go see a doctor. So shut the hell up unless you truly know the awesome to all our questions!!! Can we say "RUDE MUCH"??. Anyways, I'm dealing with the same issue as well of shorting breath, I'm 32 and I hate doctor office's. Not the doctors just the wait is all! So I try to diagnose my own illness and figure out what's the best route I can take. . Good luck with all, and if anyone that "truly cares" please update me with any ideas yall was giving & causes... ♥ Thanks yall so very much,

                                      

                                        Christy! ;)Laughing

    • Anonymous
      Plips
      Nov. 01, 2013
      Folks like you shouldn't be allowed on the internet. Your comments are not helpful and show a complete lack of compassion.
    • Anonymous
      Kiran
      Oct. 18, 2013
      Hi,I have same problem from one month. I have seen doctor and he suggest me blood tests. I got normal blood test report.still don't know what is my problem.if u have any solution plz let me know.thanx
    • Anonymous
      hipEmom
      Oct. 23, 2013

      This will sound ridiculous but after having suffered with this for years, I was willing to try anything. Get some OTC Prilosec. You have silent reflux.

       

      I searched hundreds of forums after nearly having a complete breakdown over, paniking about 'not being able to breathe'. I saw mention on some form or another that it could be silent reflux so I took...

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      This will sound ridiculous but after having suffered with this for years, I was willing to try anything. Get some OTC Prilosec. You have silent reflux.

       

      I searched hundreds of forums after nearly having a complete breakdown over, paniking about 'not being able to breathe'. I saw mention on some form or another that it could be silent reflux so I took a shot. 24 hours later and it was. Years later and a change in diet and I don't have to suffer anymore.

       

      Spend the $15, get the reflux meds. Feel better.

    • Anonymous
      RMC
      Dec. 05, 2013

      I had the same thing but in my case it turned out to be myocarditis.  I urge all of you to be sure that this is not the case for you.  My only symptom was my inability to get a deep breath.  If not for a friend of mine (a nurse) urging me to go get this checked I would not have known.  The only way they could tell for sure was a cardiac...

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      I had the same thing but in my case it turned out to be myocarditis.  I urge all of you to be sure that this is not the case for you.  My only symptom was my inability to get a deep breath.  If not for a friend of mine (a nurse) urging me to go get this checked I would not have known.  The only way they could tell for sure was a cardiac MRI.

    • kuntry
      Jan. 28, 2014

      im 38 and 80% of time i cant get air in when i yawn sonetimes same thing when taking deep breaths but mostly yawning is this a major concern? i do have sleep apnea but i dont think that would affect my yawning 

    • Bill Snyder
      Apr. 13, 2014

      I read all of the post and I have had the same thing with my breathlng for several years.  I have finally found that I was not drinking enough water.  I am 78 now and had a lot of time to experment with this problem.  For me I have found that

      when I wake up I drink 2 (two) glasses of warm water and during the day I drink at least 70 ounces of...

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      I read all of the post and I have had the same thing with my breathlng for several years.  I have finally found that I was not drinking enough water.  I am 78 now and had a lot of time to experment with this problem.  For me I have found that

      when I wake up I drink 2 (two) glasses of warm water and during the day I drink at least 70 ounces of water.  Warm water is better for you that cold or ice water