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air hunger, no other symptoms

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  • Posted By: green_giftie
  • June 9, 2007
  • 05:02 AM

I am a fifteen year old female having trouble breathing whether I am active or at rest. I feel as if I am unable to get a FULL breath of air.

I would say that I get an acceptable breath only about 25% of the time but in order to do so, I have to really exert myself and make a large effort to get it. I also seem to be able to catch my breath sometimes through the abnormally huge amount of yawning.

this problem has been occurring for quite some time, and my lungs are starting to get sore from breathing deeply constantly

I saw my doctor about it a couple of months ago, but she seems to be dismissing it as asthma, which I had as a small child, but it hasn't re-surfaced in 6 years. She gave me a puffer to take, but it hasn't helped.

apart from the air hunger I haven't really been getting any other symptoms other than the dizziness from breathing deeply so often

Even if whatever is causing this isn't serious, it is a huge personal problem for me as it is making it almost impossible to work and go to school, not to mention my personal life. And the pure discomfort it is causing it really starting to get to me. My life is basically on hold right now.

please help,

thank you

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  • i am having the same problem as i speak it is HARD TO BREATH and i do not know what to do i havn't seen my doctor at all about this and its been happening for like 3 days now its not comfy im in like pure pain. its hard to sleep i almost feel like i can breath and i get chills and dizzy :-( i know how you feel though im 16 still though!hope urs gets better im going in tomarrow
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  • me too, it sounds exactly the same...im 16 female and have no other symptoms but it feels like i'm breathing through a straw and i cant get enough air! its so uncomfortable. let me know if you guys figure anything out
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 20, 2007
    • 01:36 AM
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  • I have the exact same problem! I'm 23 and have had this problem on and off for about 4 years. The symptoms are exactly the same and last for days. Right now i'm at day 15 with no relief in sight. I went to the doc's on two occasions and all they say is that its due to stress and anxiety and that they can treat it with drugs. The only thing is, I'm not stressed out or anxious! I suggest seeing a doctor and if you really aren't stressed out or anxious over anything, request x-rays. All my doc said was to relax. Even though i think he's full of crap, i'm taking stress plex vitamins and about to start yoga so i can "relax" a little and see if that helps. Doubt it though...Good luck!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 5, 2008
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  • Well, interesting issue. I am 42 and have the same issue. I just posted a reply to Nickkunc. I can appreciate the term "Air Hunger". Very appropriate. Sorry to hear you all have the same issue. I have noticed that I wake up in the morning without this issue. That at least makes me feel better that it is not continual such as a tumor or something else may cause. I must really exert alot during the day forcefully lifting my rib cage, yawning to get a breath. Laying down helps alot, so does cold air, like on a cold night. I have been to many doctors to no avail(see reply to Nickkunc). Whoever said they felt like their life was on hold put it very well. Sometimes I need to put my hands on my knees while standing(bent over) to assist my muscles in opening up my chest cavity(lungs). Thank you to all of you for posting as I don't feel like I am going to kick the bucket over this as I did not know of any other people suffering the same fate. I am looking forward to hearing of anything that helps.DoubleBlack
    DoubleBlack 2 Replies
    • February 10, 2008
    • 07:40 AM
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  • Hey,I have this problem and have had it for years. Recently I've realised what it is.I've been thinking it was a kind of neurological problem because that dizziness we experience is actually blood shooting to the head, and I thought I was causing this on its own - when it fact, it was just a rush of oxygen into the blood from a VERY short and sharp panicked breath (a shock, more or less). What a relief it was to find it's respiratory!I've looked into my posture, which compresses the organs and changes breathing patterns and style, and frequent stress, anxiety and panic attacks will also do this (works on the subsconscious. apparently), and simply sitting up straight and focusing has worked wonders after years of it bothering me! It looks as though we just have to let our subconscious know it's alright, by relaxing, taking pressure of the lungs, and allowing our natural breathing style and pattern to restore itself.I have the tightness in my test when I relax as well, as well as the feeling that my lungs have been "overstretched" - this is transient.1This is what I read (I highly recommend reading all of it!):http://www.panic-anxiety.com/anxiety/tips/Good luck!
    burgatory 4 Replies
    • February 22, 2008
    • 01:00 PM
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  • Hey,I have this problem and have had it for years. Recently I've realised what it is.I've been thinking it was a kind of neurological problem because that dizziness we experience is actually blood shooting to the head, and I thought I was causing this on its own - when it fact, it was just a rush of oxygen into the blood from a VERY short and sharp panicked breath (a shock, more or less). What a relief it was to find it's respiratory!I've looked into my posture, which compresses the organs and changes breathing patterns and style, and frequent stress, anxiety and panic attacks will also do this (works on the subsconscious. apparently), and simply sitting up straight and focusing has worked wonders after years of it bothering me! It looks as though we just have to let our subconscious know it's alright, by relaxing, taking pressure of the lungs, and allowing our natural breathing style and pattern to restore itself.I have the tightness in my test when I relax as well, as well as the feeling that my lungs have been "overstretched" - some of this is transient I think - the tightness seems to have decreased. I believe - on a bit of a whim and from reading into alternative therapy - that a lot of the tightness might be from repressed emotions/memories/energies. This is what I read (I highly recommend reading all of it!):http://www.panic-anxiety.com/anxiety/tips/Good luck!
    burgatory 4 Replies
    • February 22, 2008
    • 01:06 PM
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  • I have experienced the same thing (although in a much milder form) occasionally in the past. However, it has been becoming more and more frequent in the past few months. It started last night, and it's been fairly constant all day today. It's driving me crazy. I try taking deeper breaths, relaxing, etc., but it doesn't help. I can occasionally distract myself, but it's difficult when all I can think about is the fact that I feel like I can't get air all the way into my lungs. Originally I thought it might just be because I'm tired, but I try to sleep and it doesn't help. I haven't mentioned anything to my doctor yet, but if it doesn't let up soon I will. I am 18, well, 19 next week, female. Let me know if anyone comes up with anything that helps....
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  • Hi all, I've been suffering from air hunger for about 2 years now and have gone through the same experiences and frustrations as many of you, including a doctor who thinks it's 'all in my head'. I've scrutinised my posture, diet, exercise, breathing techniques, possible allergens ... you name it! My symptoms came on suddenly and have not gone away completely, but since I've made some changes they have got a lot better, so much so that I can lead an almost normal life, and I have plenty of days where I'm not really aware of the problem except for the odd moment. I don't (yet) have a magic solution, but it has made me look at all aspects of my life, and in one way that's a good thing. That's not to say I don't want to rid myself of air hunger completely, but I'm starting to take more of a structured approach to narrow down what the cause(s) may be, (I have some suspicions!). Part of this is to set up a website SPECIFICALLY for people who suffer from air hunger.So, yesterday I registered http://www.airhunger.co.uk/ and I've pretty much got it up and running, with a blog and forum. I still have a bit of work to do, but if you want to come along and help get the place going, I would love to see you there!! The idea is that if we have a dedicated place, we can exchange ideas. For example, I can report back on whether yoga works for me, another person can report back on whether cutting out dairy works for them, and together we may be able to narrow down the causes, as well as offer comfort and support for other sufferers.I'm happy to see you on the forums, and even happier to have dedicated bloggers to help me out, so please feel free to get in touch :)warmest regards,Neil
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  • Hi all, I've been suffering from air hunger for about 2 years now and have gone through the same experiences and frustrations as many of you, including a doctor who thinks it's 'all in my head'. I've scrutinised my posture, diet, exercise, breathing techniques, possible allergens ... you name it. My symptoms came on suddenly and have not gone away completely, but since I've made some changes they have got a lot better. I'm starting to take more of a structured approach to narrow down what the cause(s) may be, and part of this is to set up a website specifically for people who suffer from air hunger.So, yesterday I registered the name:http://www.airhunger.co.uk/ and I've pretty much got it up and running, with a blog and forum. I still have a bit of work to do, but if you want to come along and help get the place going, I would love to see you there! The idea is that if we have a dedicated place, we can exchange ideas. For example, I can report back on whether yoga works for me, another person can report back on whether cutting out dairy works for them, and together we may be able to narrow down the causes, as well as offer comfort and support for other sufferers.I'm happy to see you on the forums, and even happier to have dedicated bloggers to help me out, so please feel free to get in touch :)warmest regards,Neil
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  • Until late last night I had no idea there was a name for what I have. Being very conscious of trying to get a full lungful of air, mostly having to force my self to yawn or take a deep sigh. Until I get a full lungful of air I feel like I have been holding my breath until this point. In the end my chest is sore and physically feels as if its been over stretched.It started out when I was seven and only used to affect me before going to sleep, I never told my mum or anything incase they found something was badly wrong with me. A few years later it started to affect me during the day so badly that I decided to tell my mum, to my shock she knew exactly what I was telling her since she suffered from it her self since her mid-thirties. She thinks it may be down to some sub-conscious anxiety since when she gets it, she says she must be worried about something but can not quite pinpoint what. I'm still not sure what it is but obviously it has crossed my mind that this condition may be genetic? Anybody else heard this?Kindest regards,Laura.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 12, 2008
    • 01:56 PM
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  • have you ever had a roof leak, water damage, or flooding in the basment? Pretty much have you ever had visible mold where you live or even a roofleak that you know of Did it first start happening in the winter months when the windows are shut? Does your symptoms get somewhat better when your outside then worsen when you get back home?
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  • Have you looked into Pulmonary Hypertension? It is rare, but more people are being diagnosed. Symptoms include, shortness of breath, fatigue, blue lips, fainting, edema, chest pains, palpitations or pounding of heart. If left untreated it can be fatal, so diagnosis is critical. For more information go to: www.phassociation.org
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 4, 2008
    • 00:09 AM
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  • I know exactly what you mean! I am 16, and since school started, I have been feeling like no matter how deep the breaths I take are, I cannot get enough air. I am fairly active (I play softball and soccer... Not well, but I play them:p), and I have never had any breathing problems before. I am in school, but I don't really have to work hard to get good grades (shame on me!), so I'm almost never stressed.
    CharmedOneTAR 4 Replies
    • January 8, 2009
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  • Hey i had the same issue as you for a week. it seemed like it wouldnt go away, but it did and now i havent had this urge for about a week. When i had it i had no idea how to get rid of it and it was very distressing, however it all came to an end when i was on a flight to las vegas. I had difficult time breathing at first in the airplane. but i managed to get through the first 2 hours (i had connecting flights). I then tried to find a new strategy to deal with it and this ended up stopping the problem. I RESISTED the temptation to breath deep for the rest of the day. This was very hard but by the time i went to sleep that day, i no longer had an urge to breath deep. I am very confident that if you have no other health problems that this should work. Remember stop thinking about it ( go play xbox or engage your mind) AND, CONSIOUSLY RESIST THE TEMPTATION!!!!!!Try this and let me know if it helps. best of luck
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 21, 2009
    • 10:19 PM
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  • I too have had these symptoms for 7 years. First came on after taking a generic medication. I stopped taking it, I was fine. Second time, same thing, it went away. Third time worse, did not go away...my theory is that I had an allergic reaction from a filler or dye. Allergies can become worse with more exposure. I had full PFTs, fine, chest xrays, fine. Some wheezing, inhalers and breathing treaments don't help. Since xanax helped (a little) i was labeled with panic anxiety. Probably also since they can't figure it out. A diagnosis I totally disagree with. I went to a chiro that practiced NAET an allergy elimination technique. Got better but not 100%. But was able to live with it....recently I took a new pain med, within a couple of days my symptoms became worse! I realized the pill was orange! I stopped the medication, but my symptoms have not subsided....a trip to the ER was more frustrating than I thought, they did nothing! Again labeled "panic/anxiety". Tomorrow I will be going to have blood work done, thyroid, blood gas....I am beyond frustrated. The constant yawning, trying to get a deep breath, feels SO GOOD when I do! Tired, irritable, pain in chest, lungs, sore diaphgram, missing work, worse when full or busy. Distraction helps. Tried breathing excersices....have done lots of research years ago, gave up. I have better insurance now and a doc that LISTENS to me, so will be more insistant on a diagnosis.So nice to know that I'm not alone! Anyone else's symptoms come on after taking a new med or a generic med?????
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  • I had this "air hunger" happen to me for the first time many years ago when I was in my late 30's. I was seeing an allergist at the time for food allergies, but nothing related was found. Finally, a Naturopath/chiropractor told me my diaphragm was "out of allignment" and physically preventing me from filling my lungs with air. He did an adjustment on me and it seemed to help. It has happened many more times since then, usually after some strenuous activity such as pulling weeds or dog training or something like that, where I'm "twisting" myself. I find it won't bother me for months or even years, then it comes and goes, sometimes for weeks or longer. It's very distressing, since it will bother me even sitting still, trying to talk on the phone, etc. I don't have asthma so it's not that. I might try to get back to my same doctor but he's a 3 hour drive from where I live now.If anyone has any luck with a chiropractor, I'd like to know if it helped you.
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  • TO EVERYONE WITH AIR HUNGER OR CAN"T CATCH BREATH PROBLEMS, Help to find out exactly what the problem is, if it is this, then it is "manageable" right away, I know. As I read All these posts (18), I was reminded of myself. There are many conditions like asthma, emphysema, c.o.p.d., panic attacks and stress, as well as the pulmonary hypertension, (high blood pressure in lungs when position of body changes as in laying down or sitting and standing quickly), that you all mentioned in your posts that mimics this condition. I know for a fact, as one post mentioned, allergy from exposure...This comes in many forms, it just depends on what you are allergic to, mites from dust or skin, dander from animals, grasses, trees, peanuts, milk, and are you allergic to things like that...or does it come in the form of a what I prefer to call a " CHEMICAL INJURY RE-EXPOSURE "... If your original injury was caused by molds, toxic chemicals, manufacture of petrol, glues, inks, paints, plastics, lawn spraying, pest control, and the like of chemical related industries, then perfumes, deodorants, soaps, cleaning supplies, candles (3 reasons here, wax is a petroleum product, the wick puts carbon in the air as it burns along with the added scents that are usually chemical based), you re-activate symptoms, and when it is REALLY BAD even hand sanitizers, charcoal or wood burning smoke, new cars, ANY STORE that you buy anything and everything in, except grocery, (unless someone inside took a shower and used cologne) or you walk down the detergent isle, etc,.. It Makes your symptoms not only more severe but then things from the technically non toxic list above, become more symptomatic for you as well...............You grow into allergy to everything(ALMOST) NOW.... This part becomes somewhat complicated so please read carefully. If you had some kind of work related, going to school related, living down wind from a plant, land fill, crematory, a toxic house, mouth has or had fillings, short term or long term mist of chemicals or a chemical smell that caused you to taste it, and you became short of breath or any of the other numerous reactions that happens, (it depends on the chemical, exposure time and your body), ANYWAY....EXPOSURE HAPPENED!!!! HOWEVER, you might not even know or suspect a thing, but once an exposure injury has happened and progresses in the body, you start to notice things, progressing more, over time, and as well, these unusual physical things are not only happening more but are also, ever changing, just slightly, here and there and very numerous at times, you know, (the domino effect)......to which I WILL JUST ADD, THE DRS THINK "YOU ARE NUTS, IT'S IN YOUR HEAD", NO! NO!! NO!! NO!! I, WE, ARE NOT!!! I WANT TO SAY, DOCTORS JUST HAPPEN TO BE ON THE CUTTING EDGE OF A DISCOVERY. I was diagnosed with asthma, emphysema and c.o.p.d. 12 years ago after coughing up a little blood, going to e.r., being admitted with pneumonia, and later that night was put on life support,( I did not know it), 6 days later I woke up and thought it was the next day. I was put on inhalers and steroids and sent home. I tried to get used to using the medicine and just cope.......now in aug 09, 13 years later, (I have been trying to prove that an unusual situation caused my illnesses because, since the life support thing...I have been sick all the time with one thing on top of another and what I suspect caused all this, this has never been heard of before, but the illnesses have been life and death things, with more than just lung involvement), The list of drs I've seen due to illnesses and lesions at this point is approx 200 in 3 states. This year in jan, I was finally sent to Hershey medical center in which I have now seen 5 drs, the last appointment I had was on mon. Since I get my records from each dr, I had read the last report and noticed that the drs wrote that he thought he heard the wheezing was coming from my throat...I NEVER NOTICED...I JUST WHEEZED AND COULD NOT BREATHE AND THE MEDS AND EVEN OXYGEN DOES NOT WORK................One night after reading that, while going to sleep I heard the wheezing......I focused.....It was from my throat!!! Right before I left for the mon appt....I googled throat problems, Found this one, read it...It was me, almost.....Hit print, Went to appt, told dr of my findings, he looked disbelieving and I think was just going to try to prove me wrong....He went and got another dr....Long story short...I go in 1 month to have special test done, however I know that this is the cause of most of the breathing problems, I do not have the unusual voice, I think mine goes into the spasms due to the chemical injury, which depending on the chemicals that I had been exposed to, corrosive properties are ingredients in some of those substances, and as well the chemical properties has also caused a form of chemical pneumonia instead of bacterial or viral for the last almost 13 years. But just imagine, after all this STUFF, I have just been BLESSED. I know this because... the new dr in the room had me do several things, testy things with my voice, the 5th or so thing made me lose my breath right away, when I could not breath, she told me to make the sound a snake makes, and then to breathe in through my nose nose, like this... ssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss, breathe in through nose........IMMEDIATELY.......I could breathe better........she said smells, coughing, and in my case combing hair(arms over head), bending over, walking 6-10 steps, among other things, like brushing teeth would cause this to happen, sometimes just sitting there, suddenly couldn't breath........Just imagine, 12 years and all the meds and e.r. trips............ I NOW COULD NOT ONLY CATCH MY BREATH BETTER BUT THE BREATH WAS ALSO MORE SATISFYING....LOOK UP ...........ventricular dysphonia http://www.ent-consult.com/throat.htmlI will pray for the best outcome for you. You have a wonderful blessed day, I know my life changed greatly on 7/13/09 and as well I am much closer to proving my initial injury. I have a website dedicated to helping others who have unusual illnesses that they think was caused by what I suspect,.....I had a 3 1/2 year- periodic - pre burned - natural gas leak in my home. My web site address is....PS...I SELL NOTHING!!!!!!! And even if you contact me through that media, I will never just happen to DISTRIBUTE or be a DISTRIBUTOR of "ANY PRODUCT" as has happened to me before. You go somewhere for ligit info and they just happen to be or know someone who has a product that you must have and as well several have came to my site, contacted me through the contact page and proceeded to tell me that they were simular in the health dept and just happen to become distributor of ...whatever...YEA!! YEA!!! NOT HERE!!!! www.help4you.iwarp.com GODBLESS!! Mary....still alive :)
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  • Hey,I have this problem and have had it for years. Recently I've realised what it is.I've been thinking it was a kind of neurological problem because that dizziness we experience is actually blood shooting to the head, and I thought I was causing this on its own - when it fact, it was just a rush of oxygen into the blood from a VERY short and sharp panicked breath (a shock, more or less). What a relief it was to find it's respiratory!I've looked into my posture, which compresses the organs and changes breathing patterns and style, and frequent stress, anxiety and panic attacks will also do this (works on the subsconscious. apparently), and simply sitting up straight and focusing has worked wonders after years of it bothering me! It looks as though we just have to let our subconscious know it's alright, by relaxing, taking pressure of the lungs, and allowing our natural breathing style and pattern to restore itself.I have the tightness in my test when I relax as well, as well as the feeling that my lungs have been "overstretched" - this is transient.1This is what I read (I highly recommend reading all of it!):http://www.panic-anxiety.com/anxiety/tips/Good luck!So this has been bothering me for years this inability to have a deep breath and I too thought it was a lung or muscle problem, as soon as you said that it was a posture problem I thought "that couldn't possibly be it" but just to test I readjusted my chair so that instead of allowing me to lay at a weird angle i have to sit up. Almost instantly I was able to breath deeply again and I no longer feel the constant need to yawn! I cannot possibly tell you how much your post has helped me! I hope something amazingly great happens to you tomorrow!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 2, 2009
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  • Air hunger is a very common symptom of hypothyroidism and/or sluggish adrenal glands. Even if your TSH levels are within the "normal" range you can still be hypo. Endos disagree on what the optimal range is.Check out sttm.com or Stop The Thyroid Maddness for more information. The web site is the best one online for information on hypothyroidism and how to treat it. It really helped me.Also, if you Google DR Lowe his website has a lot of information on airhumger causes and how to treat them too.Good luck
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 12, 2009
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  • Thanks for everyone who has posted because I have been experiencing this same issue for over 2 years now. One day while at work I suddenly started to recognize the sensation that my breaths weren't full or satisfying, so I would have to continue take deep breaths before I got a 'full' one. I have no other problems/symptoms whatsoever. I thought initially it was because I moved into a new building (new carpet fumes/toxins) but I no longer work there, and the problem is still with me. It can go away for days or weeks at a time, but will crop up out of nowhere. The only connection I can say I've noticed is that it's worse if I'm tired. I tried yoga, but that day I happened to be having a worse than normal day of air hunger, so it just was a very bad experience overall, and didn't help whatsoever.It's incredibly frustrating, and like most others my doctor wasn't able to help. She gave me an inhaler, but I'm not asthmatic. If I use the inhaler, and if I hold my breath long enough, a little more will suddenly sneak in (the satisfying portion.) But I can do the same thing without using an inhaler! :) Anyway, I have no solution, but am happy to hear that I'm not alone. I'll keep checking back to see if anyone has found a cure!
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    • December 18, 2009
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