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Whenever I try and take a deep breath, it just stops at the top of my lungs and no matter how hard I try, I can't take the breath. If I really push it, my head would feel like it's going to burst. I can't even yawn cos my chest just goes so tight. I don't know what's wrong with me, I want to go to the doctor but don't know how to tell them exactly. This feeling makes me feel like i'm going to die

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replied April 6th, 2010
Lungs and Respiratory Disorders Answer A11110
Hi and welcome to the forum! I am glad that I can help you.

You want to know the cause of the symptoms that you experience.

Usually while breathing the alveoli in the lungs open only in the low or middle sections of the lungs. The alveoli in the upper parts of the lungs usually open when exercising such as running, swimming, riding a bicycle, etc. The position of the spinal column while sitting or standing, (and any additional unusual curves of the spinal column that are considered medical conditions) may cause breathing problems.

Given the data that you described, you may or may not be experiencing any medical condition. Avoid forcing yourself to breathe more than normal when at rest because it may cause pneumothorax. You may want to take vitamins from the B-complex class to prevent anxiety. See your doctor if you experience any additional symptoms.

Please keep in mind that I provide medical information only. I am not able to diagnose medical conditions online. Please contact your doctor for further advice and information about diagnosis and treatment options.

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