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Keep having to take deep breaths.....

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DrNortherner Tue 26-Aug-08 23:00:06

anyone else get this?

Every few minutes I keep having to take a deep breath, or yawn. Feels like I am running out of air.

Nothing serious. But just feels odd. Only do it when I think about it, not when occupied. Is it in my head? Am I a weirdy?

Or could it be asthma or something?

emma1977 Tue 26-Aug-08 23:02:39

No, just you being conscious of your own body and its workings, instead of being on autopilot.

Its more common when you get anxious or stressed.


.....or maybe you're a weirdy!

DrNortherner Tue 26-Aug-08 23:03:46

Really? Oh, that's interesting. Thanks smile

thornrose Tue 26-Aug-08 23:06:08

You need to breath in through your nose and out through your month, breath right into your stomach.
It is a bit like when you think about swallowing then feel you can't do it! Is it possible you are maybe a bit anxious about something subconsciously!
I get it sometimes, it's not pleasant.

thornrose Tue 26-Aug-08 23:07:06

your mouth, for gods sake

charliecat Tue 26-Aug-08 23:07:34

Hmm I felt lke this when I had pluerisy(sp?)
Are you otherwise ok?
Can however relate to doing it when feeling stressed.

giraffescantdancethetango Tue 26-Aug-08 23:28:07

I was like that when my granny died, felt like I wasnt quite getting enough air all the time, lasted a few months. (I was only 14 at the time though and didnt really understand why it was happeneing)

So could be stress related?

onebatmother Tue 26-Aug-08 23:35:04

It sounds rather like hyperventilation, DrN, which is a common response to anxiety or stress. It feels as though one isn't breathing enough, but in fact one is breathing too much - which means that one can only breathe rapidly and shallowly.

The thing to do is to slow down one's breathing, but is a bit of a vicious circle, because becoming aware of one's own breathing tends to make one more anxious.

Something I read recently said that the best solution was not, in fact, to concentrate on breathing slowly, but to do somehting which took one's mind off breathing - absorbing task, book, exercise, singing.

I've found that laughing always helps (really).

I;ll see if I kept the link to that website, hold on.

onebatmother Tue 26-Aug-08 23:59:32

damn, can't find it, sorry - didn't bookmark it. I'll keep looking and link if I find it tomorrow.

aliasdictus Wed 27-Aug-08 01:06:48

I can assure you that it is absolutely nothing to worry about, incidentally, not pregnant are you?

DrNortherner Wed 27-Aug-08 09:22:02

Thanks for the comments guys, seems to make sense.

But no I am not preggars!

loopylou6 Wed 27-Aug-08 11:06:39

yeah i get this when stressed, it feels like i need to take a deep breath all the time, but i can never get to the really satisfying part of the deep breath IYGWIM

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