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I have recently started having trouble breathing, i tried doing the whole breathe in through your nose and out your mouth, it helped somewhat but not alot. It was a scary feeling and has been happening alot lately...just wondering if anyone has any tips or experiences this too!

Thanks,

Mary

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Hello,

I too am trying to work through this issue. I am seeing a pulmonary specialist. I have to have a couple of tests this month to see if I have asthma, then another one to see how my breathing is when I exercise. They scheduled that one at the hospital due to my propensity to faint under exertion. :rolleyes:

So far I can't find anything to make it better or worse, it just is what it is, when it is. Sometimes I'm fine, sometimes I'm not, no rhyme or reason to it.

Do you know if you might be hyperventilating? I do that sometimes. Usually if I am upset about something, or way too busy. When that starts, I breathe in, hold it for 10 secs, then breathe out and hold for 10 secs for as many times as I can and usually that will calm down my hyperventilating.

I hope you get some good answers, sorry I can't be more helpful. If my pulmonary doc finds anything useful I will certainly let you know.

Angela

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Mary can you describe your breathing problems for us? Things to think about so you can tell you doctor would be when it happens (when active, when sitting quietly, when lying down / asleep, after eating...) if there is anything specific that seems to trigger an episode?.....How do you get it to go away?....How long it lasts for?....Do you cough / bring up sputum?....Does it hurt to breathe / cough?...Do you make whistling / wheezing sounds?

There are lots of other questions that a doctor might want to ask but having a think about those might help or point you in the way of possible causes.

For exapmle coughing and wheezing after exercise or laughing and at night can be pointers towards asthma. Cough with sputum could be an infection. Sudden fast breathing with feeling dizzy and pins and needles in the fingers and lips could be hyperventilation or a panic attack. Lots of others too. I hope you PCP get a diagnosis soon so that you can know how to deal with the breathing issues.

Flop

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I get short of breath very easily as well. I think we've talked about that a bit with eachother. I did a full pulmonary work up my first Mayo trip - everything was normal, so signs of asmatha or anything. I think my blood test today had something to do with investigating it further, but so far I have no explination. My feeling is just like I'm short of breath, with a weight on my chest - Unforntley I don't have any good coping mechanisms to suggest . Just breathing deep. Everyonce in a while, I might use an inhaler even though I don't have asmatha because opening my lungs an extra amount seems to help temporarily.

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Thanks for the replies!

A more in depth way of describing mine would be that i feel like im not getting enough air to my lungs and then i get dizzy and lightheaded from that, it doesnt seem like it would be hypervenalating since it happens at random times when im not overly emotional about anything.

That usually happens just when i am sitting down, or standing sometiems, but i havent noticed that excersising makes a difference with that kind, i mean i get tired when i excersise and get the normal "out of breath" feeling but other than that no.

There is one more kind i experience, its like i wake up and i cant breath or im not breathing, and i cant talk and im really out of it, this has happened like 3 times i think, and its very scary.

I dont know what could be causing those things but i will deffinetly tell them to my pots doctor when i see him next month, if you guys have any ideas feel free to share!

Thanks!

Mary

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I get short of breath very easily as well. I think we've talked about that a bit with eachother. I did a full pulmonary work up my first Mayo trip - everything was normal, so signs of asmatha or anything. I think my blood test today had something to do with investigating it further, but so far I have no explination. My feeling is just like I'm short of breath, with a weight on my chest - Unforntley I don't have any good coping mechanisms to suggest . Just breathing deep. Everyonce in a while, I might use an inhaler even though I don't have asmatha because opening my lungs an extra amount seems to help temporarily.

Hi Danni

Your way describing your symptoms is very similar to my own symptoms.

Have you noticed if you feel worse has been someone has been smoking close to you? Or with fumes and/or Cleaning products? I hope you do not smoke... :rolleyes:

Does this happen when you are sitting, lying, walking or can it happen all the time?

Furthermore, have you tried increasing your fluids, drinking plenty of fluids seems to relieve my chest discomfort and when my chest hurts less, my breath is better too.

Take care,

Love,

Tessa

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