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Old 11-26-2007, 03:48 PM   #1
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Calling all the people that have trouble geting a full breath (aka needing to yawn)

Hey everyone, i have been searching the forums for the past week or so now trying to figure out what my problem is with the whole having to yawn to get a full breath thing, i noticed im not the only one and there are many many others who have this same problem. I thought since no body really knows whats wrong with us we could start a thread and everybody who has the problem can post what they have learned and noticed about their problem like stuff you think trigger the problem. I think maybe if we all do this we can figure out maybe whats wrong. For example ill go first.

What ive noticed:

1. When im indoors i have a much harder time with geting a nice full yawn.
2. I noticed it only happens when winter comes along
3. My nose ends up being clogged up which in my opinion kinda triggers my breathing problem.
4. I gets worse as the day goes on (my day starts off fine but ends alot worse)

Those are some of the things i noticed if anybody has noticed anytihng about their problem please post, maybe this way we can see what might be wrong. Also if you have gotten any information from a doctor let us know. This problem really makes my life alot harder, i think it also triggers me having to make unneeded arm/neck movements that make people think im werid or something (such as when i feel my whole body just uncomfortable i end up having to tighten up my neck so everybody notices that and has to give a stupid comment about it)


Also if the moderators on the forums dont think this post is needed feel free to delete or close the thread.

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Old 11-26-2007, 06:42 PM   #2
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Re: Calling all the people that have trouble geting a full breath (aka needing to yaw

It is possible that you and some of the others are "hidden hyper-ventilators". This means that you are not aware of hyperventilating and others do not notice it either. There is no fighting for your breath, etc.

Sometimes breathing gets off track for unknown reasons. Took 10 years to find a doctor who recognized my problem. I saw 3 internists, and 2 cardiologists before going to a hypertension specialist at a medical school.

When you are asleep your body breathes normal. When you wake up your body starts hyperventilating for unknown reasons and it gets worse as the day goes by.

The body needs a balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in order to function properly. When we hyper-ventilate, we blow off too much carbon dioxide. The red carpusles need a balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in order to release oxygen to the vital organs (heart, lungs, etc.).

This oxygen deprivation can cause major problems over time. I ended up with an enlarged heart and bloodpressure in the stroke territory.

Anxiety is not the cause, however, you may have some anxiety caused by the oxygen deprivation. When the body is starved for oxygen it will cause the body to panic.

In my case the hypertension specialist had me to re-breathe in a paper lunch sack 5 minutes every hour during the day for 3 months. At that time the number of times per day were reduced to several times per day. (Most paper lunch sacks are not closed on the bottom very well. I used tape to close the hole)

Breathing can be re-trained but does take a long time, like 3 years. I finally got my breathing controlled in general, but, off and on still need to re-breathe in paper sack when I feel the need. I have sacks all over the house, in purse, car, etc. I use 4" plastic tubes (M&M candy tubes) with paper sack taped to the tube. To use, hold tube with both hands and press nostrils closed and breathe in and out of the sack. DO NOT USE A PLASTIC BAG FOR THIS PURPOSE, YOU WILL SUFFOCATE.

I am not a medical professional, speaking from personal experience.

 
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Re: Calling all the people that have trouble geting a full breath (aka needing to yaw

so your saying its definately life threatning? and we should get it checked out asap? also would u say that u are almost 100% healed? or is this something that just cant be fixed for 100%

 
Old 11-27-2007, 01:11 PM   #4
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Re: Calling all the people that have trouble geting a full breath (aka needing to yaw

It can be life threatening depending on how it affects your body. In my case it affected the bloodpressure, spiking to stroke territory. Fortunately I did not have a stroke. Even so, it caused my heart to enlarge and that is not good. My heart did not go back to normal size. A recent cat-scan showed it was still enlarged.

Yes, you should find a doctor who is able to properly diagnose and not toss out the possible cause of being a "hidden hyperventilator".

I do not know if there is a total cure or not. I have had pneumonia twice this year and part of my problem could be from that.

I was diagnosed in 2000 and the last few years did not have to use the sack very many times. Thought I was completely over the problem but the past few months I have had to use the sack a few times. Think my problem now is due to having pneumonia 6-8 weeks ago.


I have no idea whether it can be cured 100% or not since they do not know what causes breathing to get off track. It can happen again and again as far as I know. It is a matter of learning to recognize your problem, use the sack, and continue living a full life.

There are no meds for this problem. It is up to the person to re-breathe in a paper sack to restore a balance of carbon dioxide, no one else can do that for us.

You could experiment with re-breathing in a paper sack and see if it helps you.

Again, I am not a medical professional, speaking from personal experience.

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Re: Calling all the people that have trouble geting a full breath (aka needing to yaw

Ah thank you for the information honestly the more i read about it the more i feel depressed :-\ its kinda worring me and it really bothers me that i have this problem and cant live the same way everybody else does its really really stressfull.

 
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Re: Calling all the people that have trouble geting a full breath (aka needing to yaw

No need to be depressed, many things can happen to our bodies that we do not understand.

It would be a good idea to be checked by a doctor to rule out other things that could be minor and then your life would be much easier.

Remember, breathing is "involuntary", our body just does it. However, we can try to regulate our breathing and mess things up. Better to let our breathing be natural. Thinking too much about our breathing causes us to tense up and think we are not getting a good breath. When we are asleep the body does normal breathing because our mind is at rest and not meddling in the breathing function!

There is something you need to be aware of. When breathing make sure your chest/stomach goes "out" and "in" and not your shoulders going "up" and "down". This is a habit that can be fixed by just remembering to breathe with tummy going in and out.

When we breathe with shoulders going up an down our breath will be shallow, less oxygen taken in.

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Old 11-29-2007, 10:47 PM   #7
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Re: Calling all the people that have trouble geting a full breath (aka needing to yaw

yeh ive been trying to breath differently lately with my stomach. but today wow its been so bad like i feel so exhausted like i cant get any good breaths in and when i take a deep breath my chest kinda hurts now im geting even more worried

 
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Re: Calling all the people that have trouble geting a full breath (aka needing to yaw

I have been having this problem for years. Today I have it so bad its making me dizzy. I think not getting a good night sleep will trigger it and excitment.

 
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Re: Calling all the people that have trouble geting a full breath (aka needing to yaw

Hey guys im actually gonna make an appointment with a doctor to get it checked out if i get a good answer from him i will let you guys know.....

 
Old 12-02-2007, 12:09 AM   #10
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Re: Calling all the people that have trouble geting a full breath (aka needing to yaw

what our of curiousity what are your other symptoms? i want to see if i can relate to them... Also another thing i was thinking could be the cause, what if when i was younger when i ran into the wall and realy badly hurt my nose i mean i was bleeding into the sink like no tommorow, maybe when this happens its messed up my nose and thats why i cant get enough air in through my nose causing me to have to breathe with my mouth and yawning. what do you guys think about that thought?

thank you

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Re: Calling all the people that have trouble geting a full breath (aka needing to yaw

Hey guys sorry for the late response but im back and i just got checked up my a doctor who speicalizes in breathing and all its needed organs and what not. He came up to 2 conclusions for my problem. number 1, he said it could could be an alergy of some sort since it gets really bad in the winter times. number 2, and the main reason he thinks its happening is because he says i have some sort of a asthma typeof problem not really asthma but something like it where my airways are much much more narrow than they are supose to be resulting in me not getting enough air into my lungs. He came to this conclusion by having me breathe in and out of some machine that monitors the amount of air going in and out. So he gave me an inhaler medication that widens up the airpassages and also another one to keep it at the regular diamter. I will be taking these for awhile and see if it works out if not then i guess its back to the doctor...

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