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Old 10-19-2003, 06:58 PM   #1
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I have this frequent need to take a deep breath and to yawn. Often I can't complete the deep breath or the yawning and have to keep trying in order to feel well. I notice that when I drink some alcohol, I won't have the urge as much. This has been going on for years with periods of feeling normal but as I get older, those periods are becoming fewer. I'm very healthy and an active but I would really like to know what causes this. Does anybody else experiences this annoying condition?

 
Old 10-19-2003, 08:32 PM   #2
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Usually this is something that is caused by anxiety - and yes, you can have it without feeling 'anxious'. And the clue would be when you said you don't notice it as much when drinking....that's because you're relaxed. If you go to your doctor and he doesn't find anything else going on - and I'm going to guess he won't - he may suggest giving you anti-anxiety pills such as Zanax, which works very well for either short-term or long-term treatment, but they do work.

 
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Old 10-24-2003, 11:26 PM   #3
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I do experience that same feeling. I felt like an idiot trying to explain it to my Dr, lol. I am glad to know I am not the only one- and neither are you So now what? lol.

I do notice it more when experiencing stress. If I am stressed, the occurance will often last the duration of feeling stress. But sometimes, I feel very peaceful yet need that adequate deep breath/yawn- it occurs frequently and I see no cause coinciding with it. (Kellie mentioned you can be anxious without feeling anxious... I am actually at peace most of the time).

So... I am looking for answers as you are. Sorry I don't have any for you But at least you know you aren't alone in this annoying problem

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Old 11-11-2003, 12:35 AM   #4
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Well finally other people who get it to.... I have been told by a few Doctors that it is anxiety, I also get palpatations from time to time and occasionaly light headed. The only thing the Doctor suggested was tablets but I felt they did not work so when it happens to me I just take deep breaths and relax (which I can be doing when it happens).... apart from that there is nothing I know of and the Doctors don't suggest much... really annoying ah!

Please let me know if you get any cures!!!!.......

 
Old 11-12-2003, 06:28 PM   #5
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Well finally other people who get it to.... I have been told by a few Doctors that it is anxiety, I also get palpatations from time to time and occasionaly light headed. The only thing the Doctor suggested was tablets but I felt they did not work so when it happens to me I just take deep breaths and relax (which I can be doing when it happens).... apart from that there is nothing I know of and the Doctors don't suggest much... really annoying ah!

Please let me know if you get any cures!!!!.......
Welcome to my world.... This started to happen to me recently. I quit smoking using Zyban and about two weeks later I found I couldn't take any deep breaths or yawn. It has happened once before when I was a smoker and I took a few tests to determine if it could have been asthma related (it wasn't) and the doctor attributed it to anxiety.

I quit the Zyban after reading the possible side effects (inability to breathe, anxiety attacks). I was fine for a few days but the breathlessness returned.

Had an hours sleep, went to work and the next day saw a doctor who prescribed Xanax. I have used this twice in the last two days (on a as need basis) and have had the best sleep (anything over an hour a night is great) and the symptoms are fading.

I also believed that I had no issues with anxiety -- I don't use drugs and drink socially. Before the Xanax I was even cntemplated smoking again as this never happened when my lungs were full of smoke.

I'm going to see a psychiatrist (on my GPs advice) to see what could be causing the anxiety.

I don't condone the use of drugs to treat all ailments but this has worked a treat so far. I'll let you know how things progress.

 
Old 12-24-2003, 08:14 PM   #6
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Re: Unable to complete deep breath or yawn

Yep, I'm having the same problem, and it is now three weeks after quitting smoking. I also thought about going back to smoking to see if this would stop, but that would be stupid. I feel much better knowing that this is not just me. I did have a PFT and it showed mild reactive airways, but my performance on the test was normal before the med part, so I just don't think that's the issue.

I also have dealt with panic attacks for years, but this is the first time dealing with this. I'm sitting here right now trying not to yawn, but it would feel so good if I just did it. I tried exercising today and it stopped about 10 minutes into aerobics, and lasted for a good hour or two after I was done. After reading all the posts about this, I tried taking a Klonopin also (which I stopped taking for anxiety a few months ago but was on it for years). It's only been a few minutes, so I can't tell you if it'll work, but I never had this problem when I was taking it daily for anxiety. I do feel the Klonopin kicking in now, and that lump in my throat that screams at me to yawn feels a little smaller.



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Welcome to my world.... This started to happen to me recently. I quit smoking using Zyban and about two weeks later I found I couldn't take any deep breaths or yawn. It has happened once before when I was a smoker and I took a few tests to determine if it could have been asthma related (it wasn't) and the doctor attributed it to anxiety.

I quit the Zyban after reading the possible side effects (inability to breathe, anxiety attacks). I was fine for a few days but the breathlessness returned.

Had an hours sleep, went to work and the next day saw a doctor who prescribed Xanax. I have used this twice in the last two days (on a as need basis) and have had the best sleep (anything over an hour a night is great) and the symptoms are fading.

I also believed that I had no issues with anxiety -- I don't use drugs and drink socially. Before the Xanax I was even cntemplated smoking again as this never happened when my lungs were full of smoke.

I'm going to see a psychiatrist (on my GPs advice) to see what could be causing the anxiety.

I don't condone the use of drugs to treat all ailments but this has worked a treat so far. I'll let you know how things progress.

 
Old 08-21-2004, 07:05 PM   #7
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Re: Unable to complete deep breath or yawn

Hi there...
I too experience the same "problem" you have. It seems that our symptoms are exact. It drives me crazy....!!! It can last for days, then just goes away for awhile. Then one day I might think...hey, I haven't had that for awhile...and the next day I have it. Kinda weird. I have never seen a doctor because I just thought it was nothing...have you ever seen a doctor...? If so, please let me know what he said. I am curioius. Keep me posted on your situation...I would love to talk with you...!!

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Old 08-22-2004, 09:45 AM   #8
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Re: Unable to complete deep breath or yawn

I just learned that my mom has lung problems. She is on constant oxygen and contstanty having chest pains. Without her oxygen, her oxygen level is 86. The doctors cannot seem find the problem with the chest pains. Has anyone heard of this.

 
Old 08-22-2004, 10:20 PM   #9
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Re: Unable to complete deep breath or yawn

Hi Kandy, it has been a while since I posted that message. The symptoms stayed away for at least 4 months and came back in full force just two months ago with some days of very light to no symptoms. I'm so baffled by all this. If someone would be watching me while I am "trying" to yawn I'm sure they would think me rather strange. Most of the time (unless I'm really sleepy) it is quite a prolonged affair.
I have learned to live with it by now and it doesn't scare me any longer. It does affect my feeling of well being though. I'm too pre-occupied with it when I'm suffering from it.
I have given up talking to doctors about it. No explanation has ever been found and I'm still alive and well after experiencing more or less the same symptoms for 35 years. The last specialist I saw "knew" right away that I was suffering from Acid Reflux! I have taken the medication for it but have not noticed any improvement.
B.T.W. I also have an unusual need to burp. Thank God I'm living by myself most of the time and my cats and puppy don't seem to mind!
Have you ever seen a doctor about your symptoms?

 
Old 08-28-2004, 05:23 AM   #10
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Re: Unable to complete deep breath or yawn

!! Wow, I have the EXACT SAME problem with burping.

It's very strange, but my own problem with this condition comes from what I think is an intense anxiety attack...recently it started when I had a small pain in my back, which could be anything...I got so nervous and instantly I pretty much felt my throat tighten and the symptoms of air hunger start. That scares me even more and then it goes into mostly a pure panic attack, where I even get light-headed and it goes on a lot longer than the initial pain that set it off. :\

I know in my head that I'm getting the oxygen I need. If I didn't, I'd be turning blue or would be coughing or, hell, I'd be in a lot of pain. But it's still annoying as hell when it comes around. :\

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Old 09-06-2004, 09:50 PM   #11
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Re: Unable to complete deep breath or yawn

I am also like this, I actually have a constant feeling of heaviness on my chest and cannot complete a deep breath or yawm although every so often I do and it feels sooo good. Went to the Dr's and was told it's most likely stress, no sign of ashama and breathing tests are normal. It drives me batty because for me it never goes away, I feel like this all the time =\ I recently had a chest x-ray and have to go back to the Dr's to find out the results, I hope they can do something because feeling like you are out of breath all the time is not fun

 
Old 10-04-2004, 12:27 AM   #12
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Re: Unable to complete deep breath or yawn

I was wondering if anyone has found out what causes this problem. I am 29 years old and for the last year I have not been able to take a deep breath unless I try really hard and focus entirly on doing so. I thought it was because I put on some weight but I lost the weight and I still have the problem. I can still fill my lungs with air, but I can't get the feeling you get when you take a deep breath? If anyone knows anything...please let me know. Thank you.

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Old 10-11-2004, 03:29 PM   #13
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Re: Unable to complete deep breath or yawn

I have the same problems. Klonopin is a life saver. I take it only when I absolutely need to. I think just having the meds on my person helps me deal with it. Knowing that I have a definite way out of a panic attack helps me deal with it. Read the thread "AIR HUNGER", theres a million posts on the exact topic.

 
Old 10-11-2004, 11:58 PM   #14
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Re: Unable to complete deep breath or yawn

I just found this forum tonight, as I've been having this air hunger problem and finally scheduled an appointment with a doctor. Although after reading this thread, and an older one on the subject, I almost feel like I shouldn't even go. I really don't have much trust in doctors (for as knowledgeable as they are, they almost never seem to know what's wrong- well at least with the people I know) and I really don't want to get on any medication either. But also I'm discouraged because I actually did go to my doctor- his assistant- for this problem earlier this year and it didn't help.

As far as I can remember, my problem - which is feeling like I can't get a deep enough breath - started January 4th. It was a stressful time and I got in a car accident. Nothing major, just a fender bender, and I doubt the very slight whiplash actually did anything too me - I'm pretty sure it was just my anxiety over the situation, and a fight with my husband because he took off without waiting for me and whatever....I was pretty upset and noticed after a couple hours I couldn't get a satisfactory breath. After a couple days of this, I went into the doctor, they ran some tests, x-rays or something, said everything was fine and it was probably just stress.

Well, I need to start keeping a journal! Because I really can't remember how often I've had this since then and now, but lately it's been pretty bad. And I notice the more I notice it, the worse it gets. It doesn't seem like I get it at work, while I'm busy and more pre-occupied. (I'm 24 by the way, average weight but not really exercising or eating right for awhile)

I'm glad you guys mentioned the burping thing though. This is totally new for me. It started two or three weeks ago at a movie theater. I can't remember what I did or ate or whatever earlier that day, but during the movie, I was in total torture. I felt like I really needed to burp and couldn't. The pressure and tightness - in my chest and throat maybe - were so, aggghh! So I finally somehow "taught" myself how to "make myself burp", and I was finally able to feel relief.......except then I couldn't stop!!!! And it's gone on like that, I get in these spells, where it's just burpburpburpburp burp! But it's weird. It's not like a normal burp. Not a food or drink kind of burp. Not anything I've ever had before. Their just...I don't know..air burps, and I'm kinda in control of them but kinda not. But they can be really loud and it's reallllllly grossing my husband out!

A few other things: I have had one or two bad cases of --heartburn? acid reflux? --lately, where my chest has been really tight.
Most people have spoken of yawning as a temporary relief of air hunger. Not with me, maybe it's because I can't make myself yawn so that never helps. Usually the only way I'm able to get a deep breath is if I hunch my shoulders forward, rounding my back, bracing my hands on my thighs and breathing in deeply while kindof straightening up....

I also seem to have some throat issues. I'm a petite person with a small neck - so maybe a smaller throat?- I don't know. And I have a very large chest for my size...this couldn't be related anyhow to the breathing problems?? I probably need to take breathing lessons. I totally avoid running because it burns and swells my throat so bad. I've also begun to wonder if I don't drink or swallow normally. I can't chug anything for the life of me, can't take a shot in one swig, couldn't take pills until I was a teenager - still if I take a pill - even with water, but don't eat anything afterwards, it feels like it's lodged in my throat. Okay, so when I take a drink, it goes on my tongue, I take it to the roof of my mouth and hold it there for awhile, then swallow...is this normal?
Oh, I'm not a smoker either. Grew up with tons of secondhand smoke and now I cannot tolerate to be around it for a minute. Really really bothers me, I can't remember if it aggrevates the breathing thing, but I know it gives me a bad headache. Oh, also with the throat - I also feel like I'm almost always parched and need to be drinking, eating, chewing gum or sucking on something. I drink a lot of water during the day. I almost always go to bed with a glass of water beside me and a cough drop in my mouth or else I can't go to sleep...
speaking of sleep I need to get some...I've heard this breathing thing is worsened by lack of sleep!
Thanks for reading guys, glad-and not glad-that I'm not the only one, and hope everyone gets better!!!

 
Old 10-12-2004, 05:22 PM   #15
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If it is not anxiety in your case, I would definitely pursue the reflux issue. There are three basic tests that can be done to see if you suffer from reflux. an EGD was the first thing I had done. they look to see if there is damage to the esophagus by the acid. they scope all the way into your intestines and take little biopsies along the way. you are awake for the scoping but sedated. really not a bad test. My results were a small hiatal hernia and a H-pylori bacteria infection.

The next test was a 24 hr ph probe. they insert a small tube into your esophagus through your nose and you go about your normal life for the next 24 hrs and a little machine records any incidents of reflux. you have to jot down any occurence of coughing, belching, sneezing, eating, laying down, etc. Mine was normal.

the last test I had done was a motility test. this sees how well the muscles and sphincters in the esophagus contract. once again, this is done through your nose. they get the probe all the way into your stomach and then pull it out centimeter by centimeter. you take a drink and swallow at every increment and the contractions are recorded on a computer. My results were that the sphincter where the esophagus and stomach connect is too tight. I do not have any issues with swallowing.

The reason I had the testing was due to a condition called subglottic stenosis. Acid from your stomach can make it all the way into your trachea and lungs if you suffer from reflux. Along the way it can cause scar tissue formation which can hinder your breathing. My scar tissue was not from reflux, since my testing was normal. Also the scar tissue continued to come back after removing it with lasering. I was on anti-reflux meds during this time just to be cautious.

Since you are having issues with the burping and the trouble swallowing, I would ask to be referred to a gastroenterologist (sp?). they can do all of the necessary testing.

Good luck to you!!

 
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