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November 6th, 2009
This is EXACTLY what is happening to me. I feel like I can't take a deep breath and it's only relieved when I force a yawn (which is successful about 1/15 tries). When it works, its an amazing feeling, and its gone within 15 seconds. This started happening to me a few days ago. I have NEVER had this problem. I'm 25 years old. Not a smoker, not on birth control, work/stress a lot (but nothing in particular has been stressful over the last few days). Not over weight, though I don't exercise as much as I should/used to (because of work). I'm female. HELP!!!!!! I went to a walk-in clinic last night and she put me up to a respiration machine (I guess the same as asthma medicine). I felt ok last night, but not completely. Not allergic to anything. Been freaking out since I've been researching this - it sounds like there is no cure?????? Just had a successful yawn, so amazing.
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replied November 28th, 2011
Ugh Can't breath and stop yawning!!!
I feel that same way i have been yawning and stuff to get a deep breath and finally when i do it is the best feeling ever. I don't know what to do. I have been taking my inhailer and realized that what it is isn't asthma.I don't know what to do. I am scared to do anything extensixe as I might pass out or something. Please help me if you can!! Smile
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replied January 12th, 2012
funny heart
that is wierd i feel exactly the same ,my heart is racing get some pounding in my head and fell the blood rushing to my head and yawning does help sometimes ,dr. said anexity and blah blah..but im pretty sure is not that some days are ok but is really annoyng.im 29 male do a lot of exercise and never had this before..started 2 months ago and is true the more i think about it the more my heart beats ...i cant explain this and it does my head in.....
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replied April 20th, 2012
if youre still going through this you may have what i have - read this article it will change you!! and offer a cure. Hyperventilation syndrome isn't what it sounds - but it the symptom you describe.

Read all posts by Maynard.

Good luck, Love Laura xx
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replied November 7th, 2009
I have this problem too and I think I know what the answer is. I think it is either OCD or a Tic disorder. I have OCD and maybe a tic disorder so I do a lot of wierd compulsive things due to obsession and this is one of them. I sometimes feel the "obsession" of not getting enough air or getting a full breath and so I result to the "compulsion" of trying to take these deep breaths but I dont realize I am breathing fine and these deep breaths are just too deep and that is why I can never get them therefore I dont feel satisfied but I was never suffocating or anything in the first place. This compulsion to catch your breath repeats a lot for a few days while your stuck in this loop but then your brain forgets about it and your ok. I think it has to be this because the urge I get to get a satisfying breath is very similar to the urges I get to wash my hands and such it just is consuming causing me to revert to my compulsion. Do any of you have OCD or have other obsessions because I am convinced that is the reason since everyone who has this problem says doctors cant attribute any other physical problem to this.
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replied December 7th, 2009
I too have this problem, and I too have anxiety and obsessions. I found that making a conscious effort to breath steadily (long and slow breaths) has helped tremendously! Good luck to you all... it sounds like a mental issue more than anything else.
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replied December 7th, 2009
AIR HUNGER = high levels of adrenaline = triggers panic

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_hunger
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replied January 4th, 2010
Deep Breath and sniffing
Wow..... never thought i would find anyone else.... i do feel anxious and I tend to be sniffing when my nose is not blocked like im trying to clear pressure (I had an operation 2 years back from a deviagted septum as they thought it was taht but its back)... the sniffing causes me to breathe wierdly and then i really want that deep breath and end up trying to get that like everyone else... i find it comes and goes (worse the more i think about it)... i have noticed if i do it too long its as if i get too much oxygen and start to get pins and needles and light headed.. have to force myself to stop.....

man.. wish it would go away.....
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replied January 14th, 2010
i also had this problem when i was pregnant and it went away. i also have had it when i was sitting down. and every now and then i would get it occasionaly for short periods of time. but now i have had it since thanksgiving and the only relief i get is when i sleep. when i wake up i notice that i am breathing normally and then i start doing it again. I havent been to the doctor but i am beginning to think it is all in my head. i do not have ocds but i do have anxiety i take cymbalta
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replied January 17th, 2010
Same symtoms for me...but only happens like once every 5 years...So guess its been 5 yrs, cause i cant take a deep breath!! #1 Anyone with backpain, pain radiating down arm, fingers, jaw, chest...GO TO THE DOCTOR!! Thats heart symptoms (sorry to scare you)!! When i was a kid i went to the doctor twice. First time they said stress and 2nd time said Pleurisy. He also said sleeping more upright at night helps breathing. As i got older i tried to eliminate/figure out when it happened and the only thing I noticed was when i did a deep house cleaning using bleach or bathroom or stove cleaners i'd get a shortness of breath within a day or so. But it also had happened other times too, so i dunno. Last but not least, i havent exercised in over a month, but agreed with the treadmill comment. It REALLY helps get your lungs open. Feels great...but is a kinda short term solution. Welp, good luck everyone.
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replied January 25th, 2010
My wife (29 - not pregnant) had this for about a week a few months ago and was told it was Walking Pneumonia, for which she took antibiotics and it went away. However, it has come back and has lasted for 6 weeks, though 2 courses of antibiotics, asthma meds and then a steriod the doctor put her on (3 days still left). She has pain in her upper back from struggling to get a good deep breath. Currently the doc thinks it may be pleurisy but this is coming from a PA, not an ENT. She is an avid runner and still seems to be able to run just fine (exercise seems to help). I happen to be a therapist and don't think anxiety has anything to do with it in her case. Everything I read about VCD sounds like it fits, but we will see. I think the next step will be to get into the ENT and look at different treatment options.

Thanks for your posts! We were starting to freak out! I would like to hear from more people who got over it.?
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replied February 6th, 2010
inable to take deep breaths or yawn
wow, i thought i was alone. i'm only 15 and its really getting to me, my parents think i'm being dramatic and pathetic taking deep breaths all the time and it upsets me. sometimes i get so stressed out trying to take a deep breath and not being able to, and then trying to yawn and not being able to, i cry over it. UGHHHH ): since i'm 15, i'm taking my GCSE exams, and i get upset in the exam hall and all stressed. i have athsma but inhalers don't work, i am pretty stressed though atm. my parents think i'm being stupid and wont let me get a doctors appointment. some one helppp Sad
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replied October 14th, 2012
It might be acid reflux - please check it out
Your parents are jerks. Seriously who would make fun of their own child when they're having breathing issues?

Anyway - I had the same issue and mine started at 16. It turned out the main culprit was actually Acid Reflux. There are many OTC drugs you can take (Prilosec worked wonders for me - you can get it cheaper online through Amazon and eBay). Also just a bit of dietary changes.

Yes I know how you feel - it is honestly the most frustrating thing I've ever dealt with. Once I started taking reflux medicine and Advair together, it got better but never really "cured". For 5 years I dealt with it but it was extremely minor - would only come back when I was off my medicine really. Then I started taking the Advair less soften on a whim (usually if I'd miss a day, symptoms would come back). I took it twice a day for a wile and one day just decided to do once a day. Did that for a few months. Then every other day. Then one day I just stopped and I was ok (but still took the reflux medicine as I suffer from that chronically).

It's been three years since I had no symptoms and all of the sudden it's back, but I really suspect acid reflux is the reason because suddenly my pills started being less effective. I'm currently experimenting with dietary changes to help curb it. Just know you are not alone - I know sometimes that's the worst part of it.


Something that also helped me greatly and one of the reasons I felt confident enough to stop Advair in the first place was meditation. Once or twice a day, morning and night, for 15 minutes minimum. Everyday, no exceptions.
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replied February 8th, 2010
I feel the pain..
Oh my goodness!! I am so happy that I have found that I am not the only one that this is happening to & that I am not going crazy!

Let me first off by saying that I am 22 years young, do not do much activities, very bad eating habits, lots of soda, not enough water at all, weigh 225 gained the weight from 170 in about 2 years. I have no family history of heart problems, or any other disease except for Breast Cancer. I am a smoker since I was 18, I smoke about 10 cigarettes a day.

I know, I know. With all of my background I just gave you ya'll are probably thinking well there you go there's your reason. I get that & I understand that. I know that it is not to late to stop all my bad habits & get it all under control to start reducing my risk for negative health. With all of that in mind, this came out of no where.

Thursday I was just sitting around & my eyes got blurry & I had the urge to just get up & go, so I ran outside to get some air, then all of a sudden I could feel my heart beating fast thru my chest, felt like I couldn't breathe, was feeling uneasy, felt like I couldn't swallow, I got chills, and I started shaking/trembling very hard. I thought I was having a Heart Attack!!!!! I started getting very scared!! So I was taken to the ER,& was put on the EKG machine ( that came back fine), my heart rate & oxygen level was taking ( that was fine ), took my blood pressure ( that was fine ). All they said was I need to drink more water and quit smoking cigarettes, that I had a anxiety attack/panic attack. I was confused!!!!

I had just been sitting @ home, and all of a sudden all of this started happening, how could I been anxious?? I didn't get it. I went home, was feeling better, got on the internet and checked out the symptoms I had, and the difference between a heart attack. All the symptoms I had was by an anxiety attack! Then it became a panic attack because I started to panic and worry about my breathing. Now since then I feel like I am anxious, but I am really not. Could that be my subconscious??

Now since Friday, I have been yawning & yawning & yawning and extra tired from all the yawning. I have been having a sensation that I need to take a deep full breath in. The ONLY way for me to do this is by YAWNING!!! I breathe normally and then every few seconds maybe even a minute or so I have the sensation again to yawn and get that air, and when I go to take that yawn sometimes I can't actually complete it, so I can't get that breath in. I have to relax and then try for it again. It is very very very VERY frustrating.

Sometimes I can take a big sigh to get that air that I need. I also occasionally in the past felt like I was having muscle twitches in my left side of chest was my breast is. Nothing extreme or serious feeling though. Now with this happening I feel chest tightness, like I am internally holding my muscles but I am really not, the middle of my back is starting to hurt and the back of my neck. I feel like I am just falling apart! Everytime I go to the doctors the don't tell me that anything is wrong with me so what in the heck can cause all of this out of no where??? While this is happening not to be graphic but I did get on my menstrual and I do have a very heavy flow. Could I be losing to much blood that is causing lack of oxygen??

I am just sooo confused!! How can all them tests comes back ok, I am not thinking about anything stressful except for THIS, and this is happening to me!!! I am a trying to relax but the fact that I have to take a deep breath every few mins and yawn as well makes me just want to cry!!!!!!I heard something about it could be air hunger??!! What can you do to help it, and what causes it. Please anyone who can help, I appreciate it!! Hope everybody else up here finds a solution and gets better!! =)

Thanks S.Marie

P.S. SORRY SUCH A LONG POST!!
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replied February 8th, 2010
I am starting to get pain in my back and neck, as well as my shoulders. i feel very tense but my mind is at ease. i do smoke marijuana do to my chronic pain from my menstrual. can that make it worse or be the cause? someone please help. i just lost my health insurance so going to the doctors is something i am hoping i don't have to do. i do wan to get better but people keep telling me it's all in your mind! well what if i am not feeling anxious but my suppressed stressed is now showing symptoms?? i don't know i know i need to breathe though, and this is consuming my life, and it's only been 3 days!!!!!

thanks, s.marie
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replied February 8th, 2010
Btw, i find it more hard to breathe, and need the urge to take a deep breath when i am eating. making it more difficult to eat! also i have been trying these abdominal breathing exercises, but the thing is i can't seem to breath with my stomach only my chest or so it feels like it..why is that??

thanks, s.marie
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replied February 28th, 2010
stressfull
I experience the exact same symptoms every now and then and mine is directly related to stress. I find after a drink or two it temporarily goes away until the alcohol wears off. Symptoms persist until i stop doing whatever it is that is currently stressing me out. Sometimes the cause of the stress is unclear so a small vacation may be in order Smile
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replied March 6th, 2010
For the Last Year.
This happens to me every single day, it started about a year ago. I'm beginning to think it's stress related but I'm not sure exactly because I've tried doing deep breathing exercises and it never helps. My Dr. thought it was asthma but the inhaler does nothing. I've been to the ER several times for this but you know how ER Doctors are, they do one test and boot you out to get to other patients (sort of like a restaurant). Like I said, this has been happening to me everyday for the past year, it's really annoying. It's the worst when I try to sleep or am very tired (which makes me think it's stress). It also seems to get worse after drinking caffeine.

I am going to the Doctor on Monday because I am pregnant currently and cannot handle the stress of thinking my baby may not be getting enough oxygen..

Edit: I also yawn excessively and sometimes cannot complete a yawn.
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replied March 8th, 2010
I have this problem almost daily. Mine is caused by anxiety. My mother has done it as long as I can remember and she is 81 years old. She calls it nerves (anxiety). She takes Tranzene, I take .5 mg Xanax. Continuously trying to get a deep breath removes carbon dioxide from the body and causes muscle pain and weakness, especially in the chest, shoulders and arms. The more you try the worse the side effects. Breathing in and out of a paper bag will replace the carbon dioxide and the pain will cease. I have been dealing with this problem since 1998. I have found that when I am busy or otherwise preoccupied it is not nearly as bad. However, most days I end up taking a Xanax. Within an hour or so I am breathing normal. Again, this has been going on since 1998. I have never taken more than one Xanax in a 24 hour period. But rest assured trying to overcome this without that one would be hell. I know because I went through it for about 2 years before the MD prescribed them. I accept the fact that I need help and am not concerned about dependency.
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replied March 26th, 2010
Can't take a deep breath
I honestly believe that it's anxiety. I often have trouble taking a really good deep breath--find myself yawning a lot too. In reading about asthma it sounds like the problem there would be the inability to get the air out. That's not my problem. I can't seem to get enough air in. Another reason that I think it's anxiety is that it goes away when I'm busy or distracted. Gets worse when I'm thinking too much or worried.
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replied March 27th, 2010
Needing to take a deep breath all the time
I have also suffered from this feeling if air hunger for nearly two years. I am more worried than ever as I am pregnant with my second child and am seriously worried that I will die. It is restricting my life so much I feel like I am just surviving each day rather than living. I often cry myself to sleep at night as I feel like I am a faliure to my little boy as I sometimes can't even face taking him out some days. Have been to the doctors about 100 times and have been told it could be anxiety, air hunger and that it is just in my head. I just don't understand this and it is making me feel so low. I get constant pain in my ribs, which I'm not sure if it is a result of taking this deep sigh constantly.
I just wondered I suffer from quite low blood pressure and just wondered if this could be connected. Please any help x
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replied April 10th, 2010
Thankyou everyone! I''m not alone. Seems everyone says that on here... What you all describe is exactly how I feel, so I won''t reiterate my symptoms.

I''m a fit and healthy vegetarian 20 year old woman, who has never had asthma before. This is the first time I''ve ever had breathing problems. However, I''ve just moved interstate with my husband of a few months and am living with my parents, sister and bratty child brothers (which I haven''t done in a few years). Am also having no luck finding work. So my belief is that my breathing problems are stress related.

A few years ago I had stress symptoms (deep blushing for hours and the shakes) and I''ve always had trouble sleeping well, which I''ve always been told is stress. I never felt stressed, but my circumstances during those periods were stressful.

I don''t believe I am particularly stressed by anything, but I recognise some big things are happening in my life. So I think I may be stressing subconsciously, and this is simply how my body is choosing to express it.

Therefore I''m confident this is stress related. Everyone on here sounds like me - they don''t feel stressed, but are in a stressful period of their life (ie pregnant, looking for work, runners- which is stressful on the body, and known anxiety sufferers.) If we can just a find a way to cope with our stress, perhaps we''ll breath better!
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replied April 11th, 2010
Stress will get the best of you
As everyone else here has stated, I am not alone. I have gone through these very same symptoms every so often for years, and from reading the other posts, I never realized that everytime this occurred I was in a stressful situation. I do have anxiety attacks and I have a hard time sleeping. As the years have gone by I have almost become a master at putting those anxiety attacks to rest, so looks like I am going to have to do the same with this breathing situation....Thanks Everyone, I just truly realized that this is a stressful situation...I just lost my mom a month ago and have not had a good night sleep or a good deep breath since.
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replied April 19th, 2010
Another one that can''t yawn
S. Marie you hit it straight on, panic attacks are the most scariest thing! I have had them since I was 15 and I am 28 now. Every so often I lose control of the attack by forgetting that it is an attack and completly freak out. If you do research about the panic attacks you may be more capable of handling them. First off as soon as you start to feel uneasy get up and do somthing. Though it probaly won''t stop a panic attack it will help to show you that you are not dying. There is really nothing else you can do about it beside mentally telling yourself over and over again that you are ok. As for the deep breath thing, this is new to me just started about a month ago, it is more of a problem when I eat also I feel the néed to take in a deep breath mid chew. Though I have not asked my doctor about it yet I do think it has a lot to do with high stress and insecurity. It happens almost every day to point that I am feeling like I can''t leave my house. Though mentally I am fighting myself that I am ok and I can. I think what others have said is good info.... See your doctor, talk to a therapist, if you can''t or don''t have access try some yoga. Excellent for relaxation and breathing. I hope we all can find a fix for this sooner than later it is a very uncomfortable way to live
good luck
M.K.
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