Have been having breathing problems for several years now, but has gotten extremely bad since November. My dad has the same symptoms but much less severe. Breathing is causing changes in quality of life - I'm exhausted by the end of the day from using so much energy to breathe. No history of pulmonary or heart problems but a partial right bundle branch block. Doctors are stumped.
Symptoms: Feeling of suffocation requiring deep breaths ever 1-2 minutes. Frequent yawning to catch breath. No increased difficulty with exercise. Only relief: bracing tripod position and on back knee-chest position. Cannot sleep on side, difficulty falling asleep. Jaw and chest pain because of continuous deep breathing.
Tests performed: ABGs (7.48 pH, everything else normal), Chest Xray normal, ECGs normal, PFTs normal, normal peak exp flow, stress test and echo normal, no hypertension, high cholesterol, etc. No tachycardia, no chest pain (other than soreness from continuous breathing). Pulse ox 97-100% even when feeling like I'm suffocating.
I'm not under stress of any kind and don't feel any kind of anxiety.
Doctors are stumped because why are my lung function and heart tests normal but I still feel like I can't breath.