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December 28th, 2009
something my doctor had me try is to exhale as long as and much as you can and it does help. me anyways. mine is due to anxiety though as i have hypothroiditis. hope this helps
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replied January 6th, 2010
Grapes, are you still reading these posts. I havent been on in a while, though i am still really worried about geoffry. I wonder how he is doing? Anyways i had been really good breathing wise, then bam i had some sort of attack and i had a seizure. breathing was still good though so they took me off the advair and my mrimary care doctor basically told me that he thinks the pulmonoligist is wrong in the assumption that i developed asthma a 23. I have seen a neuologist for the seizure as it may or may not have been caused by the advair(it is a side effect) most likely he thinks that it was brought on by the advair but not a direct cause from the advair. i dont know, I still have been taking my allergy meds, acid reflux meds, and now i take vitamin B12 and folic acid which has helped my breathing and energy levels even more. I have been having chest tightness today and i am afraid its coming back again(well it never went away, but i have been better, so i guess i meant getting worse again). i would feel better knowing how you and geoffrey are doing, because i think you guys actually were a reason i was doing so well. kinda a support thing. i hope everyone on here finds a resolution to this problem that we all share. ttyl Meg
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replied January 11th, 2010
Costochondritis
I too have been having the breathing problem for about a week now. I am glad I found this thread as it has helped me get a handle on it.

I am VERY sensitive to my body, it's changes, etc. I developed Costochondritis from, I assume, bad posture or what not. Costochondritis is an inflammation of a rib or the cartilage connecting a rib. It is a common cause of chest pain.

Before I knew why my chest hurt I would have severe anxiety attacks because I felt like I was going to die. I developed the breathing problem because of it.

I still have the "not being able to take a full breath" problem but I have convinced myself that it is from stress and/or anxiety. At any given time I can stop what I am doing and relax my shoulders and chest. I am so tense and don't even know it! I do this at random times and it amazes me how tense I am and how much I am able to calm down after relaxing.

I am slowly getting this under control and hope to wake up some day with no signs of the breathing problem.

Good luck to all of you! This really sucks but it will get better!
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replied January 11th, 2010
Dear megan,
It is lovely to hear form you. I have not been reading anything from this forum for many weeks. I have been completely preoccupied with everything else going on with in my life. Today, i thought i would just check to see if you or Geoffrey or gomogo were still there and how you were all doing. I am so sorry to hear that you had a seizure, that must of scared you. Hope your alright now? As for me, i have no more brathing problems. For all the things i went on and on about in my earlier threads, i still feel really strongly about them. I think it's gone because i haven't been thinking about it at all there has been so many other intense things on my mind that it seems to have cured me! I can't explain it, but i just don't think about my breathing at all and i don't feel like taking a deep breath or yawning. i was going to come back on this forum to expalin this but i felt that everyone had their own way of dealing with this horrible problem. I hope you and everyone else with this finds a cure. For me,all along, it's been diversion and that is my only cure. I'll look out for you on here and will respond if you want me to.
take care, hope you keep well.
grapes
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replied February 18th, 2010
Difficulty taking deep breath
hey folks...I have this feeling too. I went to a sports therapist (after a couple of trips to the emergency room - since I thought it was a heart attack). What I do now is roll up a small hand towel into a roll. I lay on this in the middle of my back for about 15 seconds and then slowly move it up a couple of inches at a time and repeat the laying over the towel. This seems to open up my lungs to the deep breath.

I am almost sure it is stress related. You may also want to invoke relaxation by breathing in and out for a 1 count, then 2 count, then 3 count, then 4 count - all the way to 10 if you can make it.

good luck...JC
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replied February 19th, 2010
related to acid reflux and deviated septum?
i have had acid reflux problems and breathing problems on and off for most of my life. at one point i was diagnosed with "exercise-induced asthma" but i don't think the inhalers helped (i was child, so my memory of this is kind of fuzzy). just recently, i had a case of severe, severe heart burn, and ever since that day, i have had this feeling of not being able to take deep breaths, of feeling like there is a weight on my chest preventing my lungs from filling up completely. i have always pretty much felt this way, to a milder extent, but now it feels as if i'm getting less then 50% of my lung capacity filled, it feels like most of it goes to my stomach. i also have a deviated septum in my nose, which i have always thought was related to my breathing problems but no doctor ever really listened to me. once they suggested rhinoplasty but insurance was only going to cover 50% and it was just too expensive. now i don't have health insurance at all, so i can't even see a doctor about this worsening condition, much less get the operation i need. i should become a european or canadian citizen and get free health care because it doesn't look like this country is ever going to escape the grasps of insurance and pharmaceutical company greed.
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replied March 9th, 2010
Breathing Problem
I have been working out in gym for last two months but recently faced the problem in breathing. I increased the weights gradually and for last week I did increased weight. I was very worried as I struggled for even regular breathing for 4-5 days. I thought it would be better to consult with a doctor. i had no history of any heart probs or any thing. So it was very easy for the doctor as he said you don't have anything to worry about. Get the x ray done and show it to me. He finally checked the x ray and said no medication. You need to work on your stamina first before going further with the heavy weights. So I guess its cardio phase in life. for next one month Smile
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replied April 8th, 2010
I have the same problem. I''ve had it ever since I started ballet class in college 10 years ago. It''s periodic--sometimes lasting a day to a week. And then it will go away for a while and come back later. When it happens, I can''t take a full breath--it feels like it just only goes so far into my lungs and then stops. When it first started happening, I was tested for asthma--came up negative. I was given a couple of different asthma inhalers samples just to see--no results. One of my doctors even gave me medicine for panic attacks--no results. (I did have a panic attack around that time, but it was just because I was so frustrated and upset about not being able to breathe that I got myself worked up)

Since that first year, I''ve pretty much given up on conventional medicine. I''ve decided that the problem is just tense muscles around my ribcage that won''t relax enough to let the lungs expand all the way--especially since my ballet class, where they keep telling you to suck in your stomach, is what triggered the problem. So I''ve been spending the last decade treating it like that and it does work. I try to stretch the area often and sometimes use a massager on my ribs to open up the area. I got the most relief when I started doing Bikram Yoga (hot yoga) because the series of poses focus a lot on opening up the chest, and there''s a great breathing exercise at the beginning that helps get you breathing through the whole class. I went regularly for the last 2 years and the breathing problems went completely away. But every time I took a break of a couple weeks it would come right back. And Bikram Yoga is freaking hard! So I''ve switched to some easier yoga for a while, but now the problem is coming back. I don''t think I can keep doing Bikram for the rest of my life to keep treating this issue--like I said, it really kicks your butt and I''m not always up for a good butt-kicking every time I exercise.

There has to be other answers! I''m hoping I''ll come across some kind of natural remedy or something. I don''t want to go back to the doctors who have no idea what''s wrong and have them run a bunch of random tests that are just a shot in the dark and rack up a big bill. I don''t have asthma. I''m a very healthy, fit 28-year-old. I never get sick, I don''t smoke. And, this has been going on for a decade so I think if I had a collapsed lung or a bad heart i would know by now. If anyone has any other remedies besides stretching I''d love to hear it!
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replied May 12th, 2010
cant take a deep breathe
Am I happy to have found this site! I have been having all the symptoms listed here for about 8 months now, including the forcing a yawn to breathe, I even sometimes cause a sharp pain on breathing in the centre of my sternum because im ''over-breathing'' so much and this can be accompanied with dizzyness and a headache as well as paplertations. This can literally last for weeks on end. Just reading some of the posts has made me realise its 90% anxiety and 10% my asthma. The problem for me is I am worrying about the asthma and it is causing the anxiety so its a visious circle really. Mine started when I caught a cold which agrevated my asthma and I never really got over this cold and continued to feel lousy for months. It eventually turned out I had Pneumonia which had been missed by the GP. I think although physically I am fit now, mentally I still panic because as I said, my asthma still causes problems as a result of being aggravated by the pneumonia. Unfortuantly too it really caused me issues and made completing my final year of uni very difficult and my grades have suffered I am sure which makes me panic more. Oh well I''ll get my result in 5 weeks then maybe I will not panic anymore and the breathing problems will pass.
However, I think anxiety can account for many of the people on here problems in catching that allusive deep breath. We all need to take time to work out what is distressing us, once the route is discovered maybe we can go some way to helping it. I hope we all see some improvement soon. L x
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replied June 2nd, 2010
21-year-old non-smoker with trouble breathing
Hey all, This site also has given me great insight on what I too am dealing with. Like most of you, I notice is primarily at night. Although occasionally, it does happen during the day. When I am sitting or in a strange or uncomfortable position is definitely when it is the worst. I will be 22 this month, and have never smoked a cigarette in my life. I am very physically fit, and always have been. So why is this happening to me? My only guess is either the ribcage locking as suggested earlier, or anxiety. Or maybe both? Perhaps they are somehow connected. Sometimes I feel as though I am a freak and am just over thinking my breathing pattern, which possibly causes me to do this. Maybe that is a bit of what is happening, but I believe there is a bigger issue. When I breathe, it feels like some of the air I take in escapes before it reaches my lungs. This sounds stupid, but is exactly how I feel. The only thing that has seemed to help me is closing my eyes, and slowly counting to ten, while taking steady breaths. I hope someone will soon find a definite solution for all of our sanity! One more comment to add: Do any of you every get tingly or numb on your lips, forehead, or finger tips during this? It has recently been happening to me.
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replied June 9th, 2010
breathing problem
like many posts before me, i am relieved somewhat to know that i am not the only one who suffers with this stupid condition. family have no idea what im going thru and just tell me to breathe deeply... like i havent been trying to do that!
my symptoms usually last for a few days up to a week and dont come back for a couple of weeks, but im always concious of it coming back. when i do have it, i can never get that satisfying breath and find myself trying to yawn, sometimes unsucessfully, othertimes i need to take a quick breath and it satisfies for a couple mins until that feeling comes back. at times i feel sick because of it, or i get sore ribs from the effort of trying to get that one good breath. spirometry tests came back normal, and my first doctor put it down to being all in my head, which i now think he meant anxiety. he put me on anti-depressents, but i soon stopped taking them. now i feel dizzy with it, and last night it got so bad that i suffered with a panic attack and eventually threw up. i also suffer with sleep apnoea, which doesnt help, as sleep is the only releif!
i hope that sometime soon, a miracle doctor will come up with the underlying cause for all of us, and we can begin living normal lives! good luck everyone x
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replied June 14th, 2010
alternate method
To everybody - such great help. In fact, through all your posts I was able to bring together the symptoms, the causes, and the effects.

So, generally - we have trouble breathing, more specifically - we have more trouble exhaling. This is due to swelling/ inflammation either in the airway/ windpipe or the esophagus - since flow of air is restricted.

The causes of the swelling could be one of many - and all of you have pretty much covered them. That there is swelling is undeniable.

How to treat swelling... Some methods were mentioned - antihistamine, asthma pump, antacid (since antacids help acid reflux and heartburn, which is a condition where stomach acids travel back up the esophagus - inflaming it, and thereby causing inflammation/ swelling.

The one method I haven't seen mentioned is how we treat pain due to swelling in our muscles, women's uteruses (uteri?), due to headaches, ... Analgesics! - ibuprofen, aspirin, naproxen.

Corticosteroids such as Prednisone are often used to treat swelling in inflammatory diseases such as severe asthma and severe allergies. Although the side effects of this class of anti-inflammatory drugs outweigh the benefits.

I started dealing with this with analgesics, I have been able to get relief - and the frequency is ever-decreasing. I take an Advil, the swelling immediately goes down and stays down - taking with it the breathing/ yawning difficulty. For the duration the advil is effective, I forget about the problem altogether, rather than obsesssing about it and making it worse - this in turn reduces recurrence as well as frequency.

I hope this keeps working!
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replied June 22nd, 2010
SHORTNESS OF BREATH
Everybody try testing your blood for aluminum. the government has admitting to doing geo-engineering using airplane trails... a side effect of aluminum is shortness of breath. have your doctor test the levels of aluminum in your body!
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replied July 26th, 2010
There is a breathing method called the Buteyko Method that may help you ; this method helped me when I used to have asthma problems.
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replied October 14th, 2010
I too have been unable to take that deep breathe. I'm 16 and have a pretty legit hockey career so I've been noticing it happening during our workouts. I was just diagnosed with early stages of asthma and they gave me a puffer. The puffer dosnt help this problem at all. I find I try to force yawns because that's the best way to take in air but it dosnt happen no matter how hard I try.I also have a heart murmur if that means anything. I find there are times where I'm breathing fine then think about it and it becomes difficult again. Any help would be appreciated
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replied November 8th, 2010
Unable to get a deep breath
Check out this site:

http://www.mdausa.org/publications/quest/q 55breathe.html

There is a lot of good info on our problem....maybe it will help diagnsis it.
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replied November 10th, 2010
Hello everybody,
Asthma really is a horrible disease but fortunatly it is not hopeless. An Armenian resercher discovered a quite affordable and effective method of treatment, due to which a number of volunteers from Armenia, France, Israel, Russia and other countries have been cured. This method has been efficiently used for about 25 years. Only registered medicines are used during the treatment course.
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replied November 10th, 2010
All the best
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replied February 15th, 2011
Anyone tired a lot?
I have had it since I was little (around Cool. Although I know mine is not stress, it hits me when I'm most calm like watching a movie or going to bed. I'm 19, run college track, don't drink soda, eat healthy, I live in the country and couldn't be less stressed. I have had my blood tested, it came back normal, oxygen levels checked (would range from 85-95), my lungs were clear, no allergies, and my heart rate normal. I have a dog, sugar glider, and a horse as pets, but I am not allergic to them. For me, I can get a full breath in while running or just excercising in general, but when it comes to relaxing, the problem kicks in. One time it got so bad, I got dizzy and I started getting tunnel vision. I also try to yawn a lot, but can't really do that either. It almost feels like my lungs are too big for my chest? I don't know, I just wish it would leave! I was just wondering if anyone else is tired all the time? My iron levels are normal, and I am not anemic. I get enough sleep everynight but I wake up more tired then I started and I didn't know if it could possibly be related or if that's just another problem entirely for me?
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replied February 19th, 2011
Can't take deep breathes.
I also have this same problem, I have had it for about 15 years. I do have asthma but my inhaler does not always help. I know thus may sound strange but my doctor has narrowed it down to red food coloring. I am allergic to it. If I eat or drink anything that has it I cannot take deep breathes and breathe. Check what you eat before your attack comes on. Hope this helps.
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