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    Old 05-28-2008, 08:48 PM   #1
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    Shortness of breath from...coffee?

    I don't know if this is just a coincidence, but I have noticed recently that when I drink coffee, I feel short of breath afterwards. I drank a big mug of coffee not too long ago, for example, and I am currently huffing and puffing and overall feeling very short of breath. Before the coffee, I felt okay. I've noticed this over the last couple of weeks.

    For the record, I have no idea what makes it hard for me to breathe, but I am leaning toward the cause being anxiety. I have heard that caffeine aggravates anxiety - is that true? I have to assume it's either that or that I have some sort of allergy to something in the coffee (possibly the non-dairy cream? I know I don't have a milk allergy). It's very odd, and I have never found anything that specifically stated coffee can cause breathing problems.

    Does this sound possible? Or could it be it has been a coincidence all the times I've lost my breath after coffee?

     
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    Honestly maybe it`s time to switch to tea or try decaff..just to trest and see if it makes a difference and see if it is the cafine ..breathing isn`t something you should play around with ...When I have an asthma attack I can have ahot cup of coffe and it helps me breath slightly better . But I do have aclose friend that is allergic to coffe and it does stipp her from breathing if she even touches it , she developed this in her later 20s ..........good luck I hoep this helps !

     
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    Re: Shortness of breath from...coffee?

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    I don't know if this is just a coincidence, but I have noticed recently that when I drink coffee, I feel short of breath afterwards. I drank a big mug of coffee not too long ago, for example, and I am currently huffing and puffing and overall feeling very short of breath. Before the coffee, I felt okay. I've noticed this over the last couple of weeks.

    For the record, I have no idea what makes it hard for me to breathe, but I am leaning toward the cause being anxiety. I have heard that caffeine aggravates anxiety - is that true? I have to assume it's either that or that I have some sort of allergy to something in the coffee (possibly the non-dairy cream? I know I don't have a milk allergy). It's very odd, and I have never found anything that specifically stated coffee can cause breathing problems.

    Does this sound possible? Or could it be it has been a coincidence all the times I've lost my breath after coffee?

    Anxiety does cause shortness of breath, I know this because I have had anxiety attacks for years.

     
    Old 06-22-2008, 07:51 PM   #4
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    Re: Shortness of breath from...coffee?

    strange as it may sounds - check out GERD symptoms. Caffeine and especially caramel colored drinks (coffee / decaf or not) can irritate this condition). I have had these symptoms before and if you have ever had feelings of heaviness or shortness of breath like this , you should check out the symptoms of esophageal reflux.

    Some ways to alleviate the symptoms are to take prilosec (over the counter), don't eat after 6 pm, lower your intake of caffeine and caramel colored drinks like colas. chocolate is a culprit as well.

    Good luck and I hope this helps. When I was dealing with it, shortness of breath was one of the worst symptoms I had. Prilosec helps me a lot.

     
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    Re: Shortness of breath from...coffee?

    Please try to omit anything with soy and see if that makes a difference. I realized I was allergic to soy (which is what they make non dairy creamer from) when I had SOB and felt my pulse racing.

    Oh better yet if you can get allergy tested because you can have mild symptoms and still be allergic to something.

     
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    Soy is one of the foods people are most allergic to.

     
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