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March 3rd, 2011
Could be IBS
I had this problem starting a few weeks ago. Right before I ate dinner I had this need to yawn and take deep breaths. After dinner it got worse like i could breathe but it seemed short breaths. I kept trying to yawn but nothing would happen I called my husband in a panic cause i was starting to freak out I am a mother of 2 yr old twins and one of my biggest fears is something happening and its only us 3 and no other adult. My husband calmed me down on the phone asking me what i feel and i told him it feels like someone is holding me around my ribs and i can't get a goo breath! He thought it could be gas and most of it was i kept burping and burping and walked around the house a bit trying to release some of the pressure. But then it happened the next day and the day after that and finally it was almost an all day thing! I went to the doc and she tested me for H pylori and did a chest xray. my lungs were great my heart was great and i tested negative for the h pylori so now we are leaning towards Irritable Bowel Syndrom hope this helps IBS is a chronic condition yay the joys of turing 26!
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replied March 7th, 2011
This is a relief
Hmmm. This is a very interesting read. For the most part, I think most of your experiences combined describe mine. I am an 18 year old male, and I work out at high volumes 1-2 times a day. I have exercise/ cold induced asthma, but I don't really think that there's a correlation between the two symptoms (in my expert opinion...Very Happy). In any case, your responses have given me much to think about as well as some relief. I'm glad I'm not the only one getting concerned about this. It is a VERY frustrating condition and its never been as bad as it has been lately, going on and off hourly for about a month now. I decided to look it up tonight after I realized that I had physically grabbed my throat out of frustration...probably not a good solution. Fingers crossed that somebody works this out someday...
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replied March 14th, 2011
====================POSSIBLE SOLUTION======================
I have only read through the first 4/5 pages so I am not sure if someone has already posted this, but I too have found myself unable to get full breaths of air. Reading various Internet resources I have come with something that helps. The reason why we FEEL we cannot make complete breaths is because we are not FULLY EXHALING.

Try this, before you make a fruitless gasp to fill up your lungs, focus on getting your tank completely empty. (It is as if 25% of our tanks (lungs) are always full (old air), so we are operating on only 75%) This may take practice, blow out and squeeze the rib cage down, continue blowing and contract your abs inward to help squeeze out every last whisper you have til nothing comes out anymore.. make it hurt. Then before inhaling, try to relax the abdomen and take a slightly slower than usual breath in and hopefully you will find a more satisfying cycle. It may take a couple of trys to get it right.
Another important thing is to remember to use your belly to take in air and also out. Helped me.

Hopefully this will work for some of you. Please post your results.
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replied May 8th, 2011
You might be right.
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replied March 18th, 2011
gulps of air
I have had the exact problem that you all are describing since I was a teenager. I never really worried about it, just got really well practiced at taking big gulps of air, though I still have a hard time sometimes getting the satisfying air that I need. It goes on and off, and I guess it could be related to anxiety, since it's been happening more frequently now and I'm trying to plan a wedding. But it is so good to know that I am not insane! It is annoying when I am sitting with my fiance and all of a sudden I have to sit up straight or lay down to get the breath I need.
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replied March 29th, 2011
Wow Letting all the air out does help a little bit...I'm still going to check with my doctor
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replied April 6th, 2011
Im a 16yo male and really just started this problem. I have a bit of an anxiety problem but i dont fell that way right now. I have very scary thoughts of having lung cancer or some other serious condition, which i think may feed the condition. Im scared to ask my parent to go to the doctor bc they have already been paying a lot of money for the psychologist that i have been seeing...I think im just gonna try to wait it out for a month or so.... Oh and my symptoms or like a pulling sensation on my chest and not able to take a deep breathe. I also run cross country and ever since the season ended i havent been doing much so the change in exercise could be a contributing factor...And one more thing i live in a very rural area so if u have any feed back please share!
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replied April 17th, 2011
i have been having a similar problem recently. it began the night my brother got arrested, so I am attributing it to stress levels. I feel like I can not get a full breath, and try to yawn, but it doesn't work. At first I thought it was problems with my asthma, but even after taking my inhaler, it hasn't helped. This has been going on for more than two weeks now, and is very annoying. I am also feeling very tired and thirsty, but I'm not sure if that's part of the same reason. It gets worse the more I think about it, so I try to distract myself. I meditate pretty often, but even this is not helping. At first I thought I was sick with mono, but now am not sure. I am glad that I'm not the only person experiencing this though. I'm going to the doctor soon to see what it could be, but i'm most likely contributing it to stress or anxiety disorder
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replied May 14th, 2011
I have been having this problem for almost 3 weeks now. I feel like I can't take a deep breath. Yawning seems to help. when I'm actually able to yawn. Sometimes my yawn just won't come. Its almost as if I feel like my lungs will not expand out enough to take all of the air in, that they need. I went to the E R when this started. They told me I was having heart palpitations ( which I didn't even know). So.. I see my dr. he puts me on meds for GERD, a steroid inhaler, & an anti anxiety pill, that I actually asked for. Well, I had a bad allergic reaction to the anxiety pill & as for the other meds, they don't seem to help. I went to a cardiologist, just yesterday. no palpitations showing on my ekg in his office. I think the palpitations were brought on the night I went to the emergency room because I was so stressed out because I couldn't breath! So now, this cardiologist is looking at me like Im crazy. He says, you're young, so I'm going "fishing". I'm 37. So no he wants to do an ultrasound of my heart & a sleep apnea test. I am getting the feeling that this has more to do with stress, than anything else. Even though I wasn't feeling stressed when this started. I would love to talk to people with similar problems. All comments & advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks, K
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replied May 25th, 2011
Hi all,

Found this forum after doing a quick search on can't take a deep breath. I've had this for years and has been on/off like others. I finally went to the Dr's about 3 months back and he gave me an asthma test which didn't show that I have reduced lung capacity so he gave me pills thinking itâspam�s to do with too much acid in my stomach. However they have proved useless.

I'm more or less certain the root of the cause is stress/anxiety. Recently this has came back with a vengeance probably due to being sub-consciously worried about my final uni exam results and where this will take me in life, getting a graduate job and some sex problems. Since Sunday of this week it has been almost nonstop whereas before it would start after lunch.

At the moment I feel so constricted with my breathing and will make another appointment with the Dr tomorrow if the problem does not subside.

I also think exercising may help, certainly when i was going to the gym three times a week it was never this prevalent.
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replied May 27th, 2011
Can't take deep Breath!!
I have been going throw this for about a week now and I have heard the same thing, my lungs look great and 99% O2 level. This was my worst fear that I was breathing like this and nothing would be wrong now I'm gonna have to live like this the rest of my life! I will be 30 ina month and I just don't think this is right. There has to be someone out there that knows what this is and what to do with it. Everyone that has posted that its Anxiety/Panic, has anyone gotten any relief from Anxiety Meds??
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replied May 27th, 2011
Hi everyone. Well... my breathing has slightly improved. But it is definitely not 100%. I have had this for about a month straight. Just the last 2 weeks, I have noticed some improvement. I still get the urge to take a deep breath quite often. Sometimes I am able to and others, I'm not. But overall it is getting better. I was using a steroid inhaler, it didn't make a difference at all. My dr says my lungs sound great. So, as I posted a few weeks ago, I had an appointment with a cardiologist. Well, I finally just today went in for the ECG... which is the ultrasound of the heart. Next week I am going for a sleep apnea test. I have no idea what sleep apnea has to do with this. The problem is while I'm awake. Now I'm getting heart palpitations all the time. My pulse is running super fast. The weird thing is... this didn't start until I wasn't able to breath. I'm praying that my ultrasound of the heart comes back normal. So, back to the question of is this stress related? I didn't feel stressed when all of this started!I think I am beginning to drive myself and my husband crazy. I continue to wonder what is wrong with me? I did ask my dr for ativan, I saw someone on an earlier post said they took it and got relief. Well... ativan didn't do a thing for me. Ativan is supposed to help with panic attacks etc. So when I was having trouble taking deep breaths, I took this pill. I didn't feel any different. Another waste of money. I'm still searching for answers. Thanks you to everyone else who has posted about this. And please continue to post. I'm praying for myself and for all the rest of you here, that we may get relief from this and begin to feel normal again.
Thanks, K
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replied June 6th, 2011
Breathing issues
I have the same issue as well, where I can't get a satisfying breath. I try so many times that my chest hurts. I have general anxiety so I wonder if it stress. It doesn't feel like an anxiety attack but my xanex pills DO seem to help. I just hate having to take them, especially since I don't know for a fact that my breathing issue is due to anxiety. I have had thus problem for a month and a half now on and off every couple days. I start to wonder if I have a pulmonary problem or if I should be worried.
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replied June 7th, 2011
Layla,
Even though I have not officially been diagnosed with anxiety problems, I believe that I do have some. My dr had no problem giving me ativan when I asked, so maybe he thinks I have anxiety issues too. Although, the ativan doesn't help with my breathing problems. I have been to a cardiologist, and I'm still waiting for some test results. I just found out today that I have sleep apnea. If all checks out well with my heart, I'm assuming a pulmonary specialist will be the next dr that I see. This started for me the last week in April, so I also am working on a month & a half. Some days are better than others, but this has never fully gone away. I think I have read every single other post on this board & it seems that a majority of the people with this breathing problem have had many tests done, and basically they found out nothing. So when the drs cant find anything wrong with you, they blame it on stress. Please keep me posted, and I will do the same. Its almost a relief to know I am not the only person that has this problem.
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replied June 7th, 2011
Are we crazy?
I'm in the same boat as you guys, I had this happen when I was 9 or 10 for a few months. I was diagnosed with asthma and used an inhaler for a while but the problem went away on its own after a few months (without any help from the inhaler). Now I am 21 and it's back in full force. It's been constant for the last 5 days and it's all I can concentrate on if I'm not doing anything. It also feels like I have to manually breathe rather then let my brain do it for me. I'm going to a walk in clinic tommorow but I'm sure they won't be able to fix it for me. I'm just hoping it goes away by itself like it did when I was 10, I'm going houseboating next week and can't afford to be thinking about this BS the entire time! By the way, breathing out fully (and I mean fully) and then breathing normal seems to help a whole lot. I hate sounding like a crazy dude at work taking huge breaths all the time. Best of luck guys
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replied June 8th, 2011
Dave, mine has never went completely away and its been a month & a half. But I did notice that I had some people over for a cook out on Memorial Day, and after they went home, I was like.. wow I could breath just fine, not once did I have to try & take a breath. As soon as I said that, there it was! When that happened it definitely has brought me to believe that a lot of this is stress related, even though I didn't feel stressed when this all started. Oh I am definitely stressed now & thats because I cant take a deep breath! I am continuing to go thru this mountain of tests, with hopes & prayers everything comes out fine, so that I may finally accept that this is stress related & move on with my life. I have noticed that keeping busy definitely makes a huge difference. Keep us posted!
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replied June 10th, 2011
Can't Get Satisfying Breathe
Check out the Buteyko method of breathing....made shed some light on these problems. Solved mine. No more advair.!
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replied June 29th, 2011
Help!!!
its 2:07 am and i dont have asthma imonly eleveen and im having TERRIBLY breathing problems right now every couples second i really *cant* breath my body is not letting me i tried drinking a little water exhale little sip of water again then exhale and repeat it helped but while im typing this i cant breathe right and i need a way to help me this page really kind of freaks me out though because what if i do have asthma (i dont think i do)but really think about im scared and its making it worse i can not slep at all
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replied June 29th, 2011
Extremely eHealthy
here is something for u to do; use google and look up ; The Buteyko (Shallow Breathing) Method
it can help u understand how breathing actually works
best to u
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replied July 2nd, 2011
Some answers
Hi everyone... well I'm back again. I have a few answers. My breathing still isn't 100%. I still have this problem with being able to take a deep breath. Some days are worse than others. I have been on this crazy track of going to dr's. My family dr didn't have a clue, other than saying I had asthma/allergies. I had asthma when I was kid & bronchial asthma as an adult, and let me tell you this is no asthma or allergy attack. This has been ongoing now for 2 months. Yes stress definitely makes it worse, but in my case it isn't all just stress. I went to a cardiologist, he did an ekg in office, which was fine. So he ordered a sleep apnea test & an echo (ultrasound of the heart). Ok, so my test results are in...now for some answers. I have sleep apnea. My oxygen level was normal, while I was awake. But I went for the sleep study & sure enough, while I'm sleeping, my oxygen level was dropping to around 79 for almost 5% of this certain sleep stage. Ok next, my ecg (ultrasound of the heart) shows everything normal except, the pressure in my lungs is high. Ok now I start to freak out. The cardiologist says its a little high, it was 33. Normal should be 25. He tells me that because my oxygen is dropping during the night, its causing my lungs to have to work harder, therefore the pressure in my lungs is going up, which causes the shortness of breath. So they gave me a CPAP machine that I am to use every night. By using it, it should help me to keep my airways open at night so that my oxygen will hopefully increase, therefore the lung pressure correct itself. So then he says see you in 6 months. So.. now Ive been using this machine for a few weeks now. Well, my problem is still there. He didn't really explain to me how soon I would see improvement. And he didn't explain much about the high pressure in my lungs, other than it most likely was elevated due to the low oxygen at night. Well, me being me, isn't satisfied. I google high pressure in the lungs. OMG! Never shouldve done that. Ever hear of pulmonary hypertension? Me neither. So now, Ive read that & have convinced myself that I have this horrible disease of the lungs. My dr did say that sometimes the pressure will correct itself but he didnt give me any meds or even suggest seeing a lung dr! So..... I took it upon myself to find a pulmonary specialist. I'm going Friday, July 8th to this specialist. Hoping he can give me a better understanding of if this will improve with the CPAP machine etc. And Im praying to God that I do not get diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension. I can honestly say that my need to take a deep breath has gotten worse, ever since I googled that! Stress may not be the main cause, but it certainly makes it worse. I will keep everyone in my prayers & keep you allposted on whats going on. Thanks for listening (reading). Please pray for me too. I'm only 37, I don't want to die.
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replied August 7th, 2011
This has been happining to me for the last week, it started out of nowere and i was convinced it was anxiety but the meds worked slightly, however after reading through alllll of these posts noone says anything about how much they weigh. I THINK it is caused by bieng over weight, that the diagrahm is not able to expand due to the stomach. i think this because i have gained wieght and ever since this has started happening
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replied August 10th, 2011
Re: Taking a Deep Breath
Richard Friedel wrote:
The following trick may help. Insert a finger into your mouth between your lips so that in points into the mouth. Leave a small gap between the finger and your lips. Now inhale through the gap so your cheeks are pulled in a bit. This should give your diaphragm a kick and get it going to get a deep inhale. Hope this helps, richard friedel


I Was Googling around because I found it distressing not to be able to deep breathe, and this simple trick worked like a charm, thank you sooooo much!
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replied August 26th, 2011
Hi everyone, I Am SOOOO thankful I found this forum, I really hope someone is around to respond!! It looks like I am having a lot of the troubles you all are having. I have this feeling where I just can't get a deep breath in. I force myself to yawn, I sigh, i inhale so hard sometimes my chest hurts and i start to cry from pain. I had this condition when I was 3-4 years old but it went away on its own. I'm 20 now and it's completely ruining my life. The only time it ever goes away is when I run, but I can't be running 24/7! It seems to get worse at night ans started only when I came home from college for the summer. I've been diagnosed with anxiety, came back negative for asthma, but I have very svere allergies and am being treated for those. It's not helping. My GP and a pulminologist have diagnosed me with Vocal Chord Dysfunction, has anybody else gottent his diagnosis? the more i look up on it the less I seem likely to have it, as it is most commonly exercise induced and occurs int he throat, where mine occurs in the chest. the pain is right in the middle of my breasts and the breath seems to just hover above my lungs but never go in it. I am so happy to know someone else out ther eis suffering like this.
I have tried yoga and it actually makes it worse, i can't breathe properly doing inversions and many backbend positions. even downward dog is hard.
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replied September 4th, 2011
Can't Take a Full, Deep Breath of Air
Hi guys, a thirty six year old healthy male here suffering from the same symptoms noted in this forum. My inability to take a full, deep breath of air started two weeks ago at two o'clock in the morning. My throat closed up and my nose seemed swollen to the point that I was having a hard time swallowing and breathing through my nostrils. Very scary. I ended up going to the ER.

Two ER visits later, I'm now taking Zyrtec D which has helped with the closing of the throat and swollen sinuses. But I'm still not able to take a full, deep, satisfying breath of air sometimes. And it happens for no apparent reason. It could be at night or in the morning, but mostly at night.

I'm confused, annoyed and a bit concerned, to be honest. Never experienced anything like this. Seeing the second allergist this coming week.

Hope everyone of us finds some form of reprieve and is able to regain our health.
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