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October 3rd, 2011
I have the "must yawn to breath" problem right now. I also had in my thirties, which is a long time ago. The symptoms fit like a glove. It is annoying, isn't it?

I'm 99% positive that this is caused by anxiety. I never went to a doctor with this since I was sure I will just get blank stares. After all, there isn't such an illness, is it?

Since this symptom is so disconcerting, it is also self-perpetuating. The more it scares me, the worse it gets. Knowing that it is most likely anxiety helps, since there is no real danger. It will pass, as all anxiety-related problems. So, dear co-suferrers, sleep without fear.

This said, some of the other symptoms, such a throat closing, may result from allergic reaction and are better seen by a doctor. Still, allergy medications do not help, so the problems may be unrelated. Who knows? Doctors certainly don't.
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replied October 3rd, 2011
I have the "must yawn to breath" problem right now. I also had in my thirties, which is a long time ago. The symptoms fit like a glove. It is annoying, isn't it?

I'm 99% positive that this is caused by anxiety. I never went to a doctor with this since I was sure I will just get blank stares. After all, there isn't such an illness, is it?

Since this symptom is so disconcerting, it is also self-perpetuating. The more it scares me, the worse it gets. Knowing that it is most likely anxiety helps, since there is no real danger. It will pass, as all anxiety-related problems. So, dear co-suferrers, sleep without fear.

This said, some of the other symptoms, such a throat closing, may result from allergic reaction and are better seen by a doctor. Still, allergy medications do not help, so the problems may be unrelated. Who knows? Doctors certainly don't.
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replied December 20th, 2011
Dealing with general anxiety on a day-to-day basis can make life very unpleasant indeed. Anxiety attacks can happen to anyone. If you have an anxiety attack, it is important to get it under control. You can do so by practicing breathing exercises or taking medications.
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replied December 26th, 2011
I'm having a lot of the same trouble taking a deep breath. At first it really scared me because I had never had these sort of breathing issues before and it happened so suddenly. It has lasted about two, almost three years now and although I've felt like there has been a slight improvement, it is still somewhat difficult for me to take a good deep refreshing breath. I haven't seen a doctor about it yet, but I remember that the last time I had a checkup which has been about a year and and a half ago, they hadn't said anything about my breathing or anything about my heart. It's just sort of relieving to be able to see that others too have the same problems. I just hope there isn't anything terribly wrong with me :/.
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replied January 29th, 2012
I've had this only a couple times in my life, and just recently for the past five days. I've had the inability to get a satisfying breath and feel the need to keep yawning, which only one out of many times gives that good satisfying breath. It does cause anxiety as it is a horrible feeling. I believe the answer lies with seeing a chiropractor and getting an adjustment. I've read only one post on several sites that said they got relief from this. It worked for me. I think nerves get impinged on the spine. The spine regulates all body processes. I've been to a chiropractor several times before, but not for many years. I've noticed my back was feeling very stiff and sore by the spine. After a spinal adjustment I gradually felt the inability to get a good breath leave. The anxious feeling was gone as it improved. There are hundreds of posts with this same problem, with many so despondent and not finding an answer. It is a horrible feeling. I believe it is more than anxiety, anxiety is a natural symptom for this which I feel is due to vertebra out of alignment and affecting one's breathing.
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replied February 13th, 2012
Sports might indeed help(non asthma cases)
I'm from Uzbekistan, Tashkent.
And have the same problem. Can't take deep breath. I have seen the doctor - and all came good, EKG,X-ray etc everything was just fine. Guess what doctor prescribed me: Swimming, massage, Yoga, Sport, Spa treatment,and most important to take a vocation for 2-3 weeks Smile
My job is really really stressing and too much responsibility. I have 2 kids and I worry about them every time when they even play outside in the garden.
I have read every quotes here and I do really feel sorry for you all. But, keep on trying and we will be able to find the cure from this strange and very uncomfortable feeling.
Good luck to you all.
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replied March 12th, 2012
Surprising breath
On my bed, almost asleep, i dvell for a sec and suddenly it's like my lungs are airbaloons. idk what happened, but i can breath like.. a LOT of air without any resistance. Feels like the tube from mouth to lungs are hollow now, in stead of filled up by LOADS of slime on the edges, like everything's been wiped clean.
I can feel the air going into my mouth, streaming down through my upperbody and then filling my lungs. Normally the air in a breath SOMETIMES feels a bit cooled when inhaling, but that's it then, no more feelings involved in breathing.. But Now.. omg i can feel every breath into my lungs..
Anyone knows what could've have caused it, any guess is as good as any other, plz reply;
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replied May 15th, 2012
inability to take deep breath
Hey guys, I'm a 23 y/o male college athlete who is in great physical shape and just recently have had this terrible inability to take a deep breath. I do not smoke, but I have had asthma for 15 years and have had in under control for 10 years. I thought maybe my asthma had just gotten worse all of a sudden and my albuterol didnt help, I needed to get back on advair or another medication, so after going to a doctor and being prescribed advair and being on it for 3 days and seeing no improvement I went back to the doctor and told him I still can't catch my breath and I can't take a full deep breath. The Doctor then prescribed me Methylprednisolone (a short course of steroids for my lungs) I started taking the steroids Friday, by Saturday my breathing was still not improving and I went to the ER, after chest X-rays and blood tests, they didn't find anything wrong with me except the that my lungs looked *Hyperinflated* they fed me some steroids and put me on a nebulizer and even after that I still couldn't take a deep breathe. The doctor prescribed me an acid reducer thinking that my asthma has been made worse by acid reflux. It is now Monday and has been a full week with this and I have had a constant lack of breath and I havent been able to sleep much, I'm almost done with my course of steroids and I'm not breathing better.

I go back to the doctor tomorrow for a follow up and I'm almost out of money and out of hope.

Could I be suffering from

Allergic reaction?- I did clean and dust my room a day or so before the symptoms. Could a random food allergy be causing a constant breathing problem
Hiatal Hernia? -I did throw up 3 days before my symptoms,
vocal cord dysfunction?- would it show up out of nowhere?
A spinal problem?- since I have been dealing with this i have had random sharp pain in my back
A thyroid problem?- my mother has a thyroid problem, I have had a little weight loss this last week but only because I dont want to eat when I can't breathe.
Asthma- My asthma treatment has not worked so far
Anxiety- school just ended I have a relaxing life, no reason for anxiety


Are their any other possibilities that could be causing my breathing problems?
I dont have a blood clot, my heart is relatively healthy.
Any advice or ideas would be great.
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replied May 15th, 2012
Urge to breathe
I am 35 and I have experienced several un nerving "tics" for a while. This urge for breathing has been one of them. I have had restless leg syndrome since I was a kid and the breathing thing for about that long. I am clausterphobic and when I am in a place that feels too confined I start the never ending yawning and urge to take a deep breath without results. But what I have noticed that triggers these things is high stress levels. I have a demanding job, 3 kids and a husband in the Army so my stress fluctuates a lot. The past 2 weeks has been really bad for me and it has caused many sleepless nights which makes it worse. Then I start getting anxious which doesnt help. I have started some breathing exercises that seem to be helping and of course I need to learn to relax so I am not so stressed. Im usually really good at cutting back on what stresses me out but sometimes its hard. There is no medical answer because its psychological. Years ago I saw a therapist that offered good advice and techniques and if applied correctly you can usually get good results. I am trying to do that now but if your looking for a medical diagnosis, you wont get one. I spent many years trying and it really is our persona and our lifestyle that triggers these things. We just have to find what it is.
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replied May 16th, 2012
Help please!
ok so i almost have the same thing.
im 14 and this has been going on for 2 days. first it began with a burning headache when i was about to go to sleep. the next morning at the school i had to take a headache pill to stay in school. the next day i started coughing really bad, like every ten or five minutes. i also couldnt breathe deep or run. so after the school i felt like sh*t becuase coughing so much made me have a headache again. now i feel physically bad. can someone give me some tips?
also, i have asthma since i was four years old when i lived in Serbia, then me and my mother moved to Sweden because i really was sick every day (almost)
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replied June 6th, 2012
My name is Anton Hook and I live in wales. On Sept 12th 2011 at approx 11.55am I suffered a fatal asmtha attack and lucky 4 me the paramedic was coming through the front door as I died. I was asystole 4 2 mins but luckily brought back by adrenalin. I used 2 4get 2 take my preventative and suffered the consequences. the moral of my story is 2 make sure you take your meds right cause your not always guaranteed a second chance of life. Happy breathing folks.
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replied June 11th, 2013
Im 11 i kno im to young to hav this kind of account but i hav the same thing almost, I've had asthma since i was 4 and its been getting worse and worse over time and now its not goin away. I haven't been able a take a deep normal breath AT ALL FOR THE PAST COUPLE MONTHS, i went to the ER tons of times but they say my breathing is normal and they giv me a nebulizer treatment, and it helps a little but only for like 5min then it comes back. And now i cant even run a quarter of a mile on the track at school without getting really bad asthma and i went to an amusement park last week and now when I swim i can hardly breath (ppl say swimming is good for asthma). And I went to the nurse so many times in school for asthma she said i was faking it. I think i hav asthma cuz my mom smokes and she smoked wen she was pregnant but my moms friend smoked wen she was pregnant and her kid had asthma but grew out of it, but i didnt. Sad It's nice to kno im not the only one with this problem i thought i was the only one with this problem. Is there a way to get rid of asthma or at least keep it under control???
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replied June 11th, 2013
Im 11 i kno im to young to hav this kind of account but i hav the same thing almost, I've had asthma since i was 4 and its been getting worse and worse over time and now its not goin away. I haven't been able a take a deep normal breath AT ALL FOR THE PAST COUPLE MONTHS, i went to the ER tons of times but they say my breathing is normal and they giv me a nebulizer treatment, and it helps a little but only for like 5min then it comes back. And now i cant even run a quarter of a mile on the track at school without getting really bad asthma and i went to an amusement park last week and now when I swim i can hardly breath (ppl say swimming is good for asthma). And I went to the nurse so many times in school for asthma she said i was faking it. I think i hav asthma cuz my mom smokes and she smoked wen she was pregnant but my moms friend smoked wen she was pregnant and her kid had asthma but grew out of it, but i didnt. Sad It's nice to kno im not the only one with this problem i thought i was the only one with this problem. Is there a way to get rid of asthma or at least keep it under control???
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replied June 11th, 2013
Im 11 i kno im to young to hav this kind of account but i hav the same thing almost, I've had asthma since i was 4 and its been getting worse and worse over time and now its not goin away. I haven't been able a take a deep normal breath AT ALL FOR THE PAST COUPLE MONTHS, i went to the ER tons of times but they say my breathing is normal and they giv me a nebulizer treatment, and it helps a little but only for like 5min then it comes back. And now i cant even run a quarter of a mile on the track at school without getting really bad asthma and i went to an amusement park last week and now when I swim i can hardly breath (ppl say swimming is good for asthma). And I went to the nurse so many times in school for asthma she said i was faking it. I think i hav asthma cuz my mom smokes and she smoked wen she was pregnant but my moms friend smoked wen she was pregnant and her kid had asthma but grew out of it, but i didnt. Sad It's nice to kno im not the only one with this problem i thought i was the only one with this problem. Is there a way to get rid of asthma or at least keep it under control???
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replied November 13th, 2015
If you have a mouthful of mercury-dental fillings, it could be the root of your problem.
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