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Can’t always have a deep breath

By Anonymous October 3, 2017 - 12:24am
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To start off, I am 19, don’t smoke, don’t drink or anything really.
For the last week I've had a constant urge to take deep breaths, and fill my lungs so that they feel stretched. The breath gives minor satisfaction, but then the urge returns.
Sometimes, I feel like I need to yawn, but the yawns are not satisfying like they should be. I DON’T have any other worrying problems breathing, nor do I have any other symptoms, like coughing, raspiness or wheezing, no musus or anything. Just this persistent urge to breathe deeply.

A lot of posts I've seen on related symptoms seem to think this is anxiety, but I really don't think that I have a lot of anxiety right now.
It has happened before, for like, a few days, like 4 months ago but hasn’t happened again until now.
Here’s what I’ve noticed:
1) Seems I can sleep through the night- I do sometimes wake up through the night but go right back to sleep, don’t recall needing to breathe- so it can't be something physically wrong with my lungs or heart right? How would I be able to sleep for like 6 or 7 hours without needing to breathe deep?
2) It does tend to not be as evident when I am concentrating on something - for example, like reading, or really concertrating on my phone - I've gone like an hour realizing I never had to breathe deep, and a few nights ago it was all I could think about so it got worse, I think.
Bottom line is, I am WORRIED!
Again, I DO NOT HAVE ANY OTHER SYMPTOMS of any kind: not to a heart disease, not to a lung disease (knock on wood).
Please, help me. :(

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER.

Considering your age and the fact that you are able to sleep without this constant need to take a deep breath, I doubt you have a cardiac or respiratory condition. It may you are fixating on this problem.

When it occurs, try re focusing on some other activity such as reading or going for a walk.


October 3, 2017 - 8:11am
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Anonymous (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

I am having the same issue, though I, sometimes have a bit of a cough and sometimes a wheeze when I exhale.
I am 18, almost 19.
Also not having any other worrying symptoms or pains of any source, nor do I have a history.
Should I be concerned? I am super nervous.

October 3, 2017 - 2:08pm
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