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Breathing difficulty... but not.

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  • Posted By: Procellifer
  • January 14, 2009
  • 01:33 AM

I'm 19, female, don't smoke, have asthma, but that's not the issue. Since the 3rd of November I've been yawning. Pretty much once a minute, every day, for over two months now. Some days it's less, some days it's more, but there hasn't been an hour when I've not yawned.

I went to my doctor about it, and she picked up on the asthma, listened to my chest, said I wasn't hypoxic (sp?) and I was basically fine. This was a while ago, and getting an appointment since has been like prospecting for gold.

How it started: basically I had an asthma attack due to exercise, got home, took my inhaler, sat down and waited for it to subside. I felt a gurgling sort of sensation in my chest and started yawning. It hasn't stopped since. It's difficult to describe, but it feels like I'm having an asthma attack, only it's stepped up a notch. Now instead of asthmatic breathing, it's normal breathing, and instead of those wonderful deep breaths you take when you're having an asthma attack, it's yawns. If I hold it down, it's irritating, like when you hold in a normal yawn- it just builds until it comes out anyway.

Basically, it's causing other problems. My shoulders are starting to hurt with the constant yawning, as are my ribs and my back. And I can't get to sleep (oh the irony!) because I keep having to yawn every time I'm about to drop off.

I searched the symptom checker, and there's nothing there that can help me. As I say, I've had this for two months, so it's nothing immediate. Until I hit gold with finding an appointment time, can anyone help?

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  • Yawning can be caused by a spasm. Your diaphragm is a muscle. It is possible that you strained it like a pulled hamstring or something. A yawn is the reaction of too much CO2 and not enough Oxygen, so your body sucks down more air to compensate. If you are continuously not getting enough air, then you may have an underlying problem so as the spasm, or muscle strain, scar tissue from an infection or an on-going infection, like bronchitis or pneaumonia.Talk to your doctor about medications that you are using including over the counter as they may have an effect on your ability to absorb oxygen. Anti-depressants can sometimes do this in some people.
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    • January 14, 2009
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