Breathing problems with belching and yawning

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   Posted 11/13/2010 7:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello, Im 27 and have been having problems with my breathing for around 2 years now. It first appeared after a bad reaction to amitriptyline which I was taking to try and eliminate chronic headaches.
I now suffer around 90% of the time with feeling short of breath, it feels as if my lungs aren't filling enough as though there is something in my chest stopping my lungs inflate. I also feel like i'm not breathing quick enough sometimes.
I am always burping and I really struggle to sleep at night as when Im lay down I feel a lot worse, I have to keep sitting up to burp and then I feel a slight release.
Have seen the doctor so many times and just keep being given new tablets to try, am currently taking ompeprazole (for the 2nd try) and mintec (as I have also been suffering with symptoms of ibs). Have had blood tests and a couple of ECG's but no further tests. Dr thought it could be hernia or h.pylori but the blood tests have ruled out the latter,
Have also been told that it is probably anxiety which is causing the symptoms - i have no doubt im anxious and stressed but who wouldn't be when they feel like they can't breathe and are completely exhausted from the lack of sleep. I feel like im going mad sometimes with them not finding anything so I keep trailing the internet looking for answers myself which probablt makes we worry more and makes everything worse.
If anyone has similar problems and has found any answers then please let me know, this is all ruining my life (I am writing this at nearly 3am after having to get out of bed as I felt so uncomfortable).
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   Posted 11/13/2010 8:01 PM (GMT -7)   
You may have asthma. The heavy breathing is pumping air into your stomach causing burps.
Gerd can cause acid to flow into your lungs causing breathing problems.
You need more extensive tests to find out if this is the cause.
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   Posted 11/14/2010 12:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I have the same problem with the breathing ,im still trying to figure out whats goingon with myself but I do hope you find some relief soon:)

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   Posted 6/14/2011 5:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had a similar breathing problem for years -- feeling like a little short of breath like I can't fill up, so I do some bigs sighs or yawns, also have a tightness in the side, and I get big spurts of belching now and again. The shortness of breath also flares up with stress and anxiety. (I also realized that hot yoga is a definite "no no."

My Chinese doctor indicated a certain type of heart condition (based on pulse diagnosis) that was characterized by constriction or coldness ("winter in my fire" is what he said). So when he starts talking about my heart having a problem, I start taking the inconvenience a bit more seriously. I end up at a cardiologist who does some tests and says I have mitral valve prolapse -- that basically means one of my heart valves is slightly elongated (perhaps due to an elongation of the heart due to my relatively thin chest cavity), and that causes a certain tension which could result in the shortness of breath. It's not a serious condition -- he said have it checked again in 30 years or something.

So is my belching coming from overbreathing/yawning which comes from a respiratory problem which really comes from a slightly stretched heart valve (that I can do nothing about)? F$%k if I know ...

Feeling your pain
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   Posted 8/15/2012 12:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Fedup1983, I am new to this forum and have not been feeling well myself for the last several years. I am a 54yr old male who has been diagnosed with Anxiety, GERDS, and recently Gastroparesis. Approximately a month ago I began feeling full all of the time and had a feeling of discomfort just under the diaphram and I was having a very difficult time breathing. I agree it can be a bit stressful. My personal belief is that the ailments I have probabably aggrivate one another. I am taking Ranitidine for the GERDS and it seems to help. I have done quite a bit of research on the Gastroparesis problem in the last four days and have come up with what I think are a couple of good web sites but unfortunately I have them at home. I have since learned controlling my symptoms is dependant upon what and how much I eat. I found about the Gastroparesis after having a test called a stomach emptying test done. It was a simple test that takes about four hours. You eat some eggs or oatmeal that has a radioactive material in it and they take photo's of your digestive system for an hour and then return a couple of hours later and the take another photo. It was determined that my food was not digesting properly and was sitting in my stomach to long which caused a bacteria build up and was probably the cause my other symptoms. The contineous full feeling the pressure under my diaphram and I believe because of the probable destension of the stomach it was putting  pressure on the dyaphram causing the difficulty breeathing. As previously stated I have done some research and learned that this can be controlled by either diet, meds, and there are some surgical options if necessary. I have since changed my diet and primarily am on a liquid diet at the time. I do eat solids occasionally. I have an appointment with my primary physican tomorrow to discuss the situation to see what if anything else needs to be done and to see if any of my meds need to be changed as a result of this new development. Just changing my diet has given me a great deal of relief for the most part. I hope this helps and recommend discussing this situation with your physician.

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   Posted 8/15/2012 2:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your reply, I have since been diagnosed with gerd but still suffering. I tried many tablets since posting on here including omeprazole, tablets for emptying the stomach quicker, anti sickness tablets & many more but nothing helped. I eventually got referred back to the gastroentologist & was sent for a manometry pull through test where they insert a thin tube with nodules on through your nose and down the throat into the stomach & then they slowly pull it out whilst getting you to sip water to test swallow functions,this test showed no problems with swallowing. I then had to have 24hour ph monitoring which was another tube up the nose & into the stomach that I had to keep in for full day & night (one of the worst experiences of my life) & this tube was attached to a box with different buttons to be pressed if I ate, drank or had any feelings of uncomfortableness. Anyways the results fom that showed I had acid come up nearly 200 times whist wearing the monitor & my lower oesophageal muscles too weak....back on the omeprazole. Finally got told to try 300mg of ranitidine along with gaviscon & see if that helped & if not to go back, tried ranitidine for several months, asked the dr to refer me back & he wouldn't, wanted me to go back on omeprazole but 80mg a day..... :( after that I discovered I was pregnant (now 7 months) & got put back on ranitidine which is where I'm up to now. Am suffering more now then ever but obviously pregnancy making it worse, my plan is to ask about surgery after the baby born as no tablets have given me relief, have tested for hpylori & coeliac which were both negative so cannot think of anything else to try. Hopefully one day will be pain/acid free & breathe freely... I hope you manage to find relief eyes

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   Posted 8/16/2012 12:46 AM (GMT -7)   
i got told i had anxiety when i didnt - just had a sensation of breathlessness because of acid reflux. could be a whole array of different causes - gett a GERD related consultant . GPs are generalists and in my experience useless for my past GERD issues

Feeling your pain
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   Posted 8/17/2012 6:57 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been on Ranitidine as well for over a year now and it has seemed to help. I continue to experience the problem with the difficulty breathing at times although it is better. I am tired at times and wonder if its due to malnutrition. I have scheduled an appointment with a nutritionist next week and hope things will improve once I get on a eating plan that provides the proper nutrition. I also discussed with my physician about getting on vitiams and he suggested a chewable vitiam or perhaps a vitiam called Elementals. I am also drinking Shakeology due to the products contained in it. Its a bit expensive but I think it may be providing some of the nutrients that I need. My research has indicated this is a process and that I have to learn to manage this condition. My hope as I am sure it is the hope of us all that we can learn to manage these symptoms and get on with our lives. I wish all of you the best that God has to offer and hope that you feel better and your symptoms improve.

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   Posted 9/1/2012 2:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I have very similar symptoms. My doctor prescribed me Zantac 150 mg. It really helps - the breathing difficulties were very soon gone. However, I still don't know what exactly my problem is - I am still trying to find out. The good part is that I am getting this only occasionally and in this situations Zantac helped me.

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   Posted 9/8/2012 6:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi fedup ... it sounds to me like it could be a medical problem, but years ago every time I had a very stressful event in my life, I would get that awful feeling that I couldn't get enough air and I was constantly trying to yawn in order to get that deep breath feeling - it was a horrible feeling of not being able to breath like suffocating .  It's happened to me probably 3 - 4 times in my life once when I was in an turbulent relationship, another time when I was going through a divorce, and a couple of other times.  The only thing that gve me any relief was taking a transquilizer when it would happen and eventually it stopped altogether.  I'm older now (65) and I'm not working and my life is pretty stable and quiet so I haven't had much of any stress in my life so I haven't had that anxiety & resulting breathing difficulty for many years.  So, I guess the only way to know for sure if yours is caused by something medical or if its anxiety causing it would be to ask your doctor for a small prescription (I used valium as it's very quick acting and you will know almost immediately if it helps or not).  That way you would be able to tell your doctor you're sure it's a medical problem (which because of the burping symptoms I suspect it is.)
I hope you find out the cause and get it corrected as I know how upsetting that feeling is.

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   Posted 2/5/2013 8:24 AM (GMT -7)   
This message is to fedup1983, I have similar symptoms as you except with maybe a few more issues, but your story sounds so much like mine and I don't know how to email you. my email is if you would like to chat about our problems.

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   Posted 2/9/2013 12:04 AM (GMT -7)   
this has been the most helpful forum i have come across so far. don't know what to add right now, but just wanted to say thank you to everyone and wish you all the best!

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   Posted 3/26/2014 11:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I feel for you. I go through this all the time. I know exactly how you feel. whenever you go to the doctor they always say it's anxiety or stress related. I started meditation and I listen to total relaxation tapes when I cant sleep gonna try erecise and a few more things because it was sujested by everybody I know on facebook. lol anythings worth a try. I feel so bad for you and everyone else on here. It's a horrible feeling. I think maybe accupuncture is next for me anything is worth a try. gonna try the zantac also that one of you sugested. thanks. good luck

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   Posted 5/6/2014 7:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I had this 5 years ago and it went away after 6 months. I tried everything and at the time it went away I was on imipramine. I never thought it helped but in hindsight I now wonder.

This condition came back in December. I made the same round of doctors and treatments only to be told I am healthy. I asked for Xanax even though I was in my 4th week of viibryd. I am convinced Xanax is helping me.

I never thought it was stress related but it seems I was wrong. Good luck to all of you.

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   Posted 5/19/2014 11:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I recently had this.. it is NOT Asthma. I've had asthma since I was 3.
If it is hard to breathe out it is Asthma, if it is hard to breath in it is Functioning Dyspepsia in which your oxygen levels are normal or high but you feel as if you cannot get a full breath. This is basically hyperventilation caused by certain nerves in the throat area being irritated by reflux. Inhalers do not work for it, and in fact Albuterol increases the heart rate and anxiety levels, which makes it worse/

I had never had heartburn or indigestion. After spending 2 days in the hospital, 4 ultrasounds on my heart, ultrasounds on my legs, two CTs, an EKG, bloodwork, stress test, diuretic test, and an ultrasound on my gallbladder, the physician in the cardiac floor finally put it all together. I have Silent GERD.

I'm now on Protonix and still having trouble... I'm waiting to see a GE to see how bad the damage is.

(the week before I went to the ER my GP had given me Qvar as I already had a ProAir, and xanax. The xanax simply put me to sleep, but did't help with the breathing at all. If you can drive yourself around and workout and cook etc etc, you are probably not having a panic attack.)

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   Posted 11/2/2014 11:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I can pass along something that helps me. Force yourself to burp. Sit up in bed and wiggle around a bit and even reverse burp a bit in order to force the burping out action. While burping, strain to push all the air out that you can. Force burp until you feel that no extra air is coming out and your not making any progress from the air you sucked in. I will force burp 30 times sometimes until I start to feel better. Its amazing sometimes how much of a relief this is, temporary unfortunately, but enough to get back to sleep.

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   Posted 12/10/2014 3:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I have the same lung and burping issues. I also get mucus coming up after burping. It is always only on my left lung where my stomach is. Whenever I've had to take prednisone that always helps but of course I can't live on prednisone. I'm going to try a diet change with some herbs. we will see

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   Posted 3/7/2017 7:46 PM (GMT -7)   
hi, hope all goes better for all. I landed on this page because I also got some GERD symptoms :

- hard to take deep breath
- burping

It got pretty bad suddenly on November 2016. I had really hard time to take deep breathes and I was burping. As I believe I am healthy, I took the assumptions it was either a small change in my diet or/and an inconscious increase of stress / anxiety. At that time it was easy for me to detect and observe changes within myself as I was doing every day mindfullness meditation for over a year : yoga posture 15 minutes in the morning - great to fix the bodyaches and detect irritants in the body; and 30-45 minutes in the evening - great to just calm done and wrap-up the day. That helped me a lot to "keep control", even at 4am when having a hard time to just breath deeply.

Where I want to go with this post is that I got to detect where this was coming in my case :
- lactose, from milk products, like milk, yogurt, cheese, butter, milk chocolate, name it. I stopped all.
- coffee and tea
- very oily food, like fried stuff
- alcohol, red wine and beer

Stopping milk based product was the most obvious. Coffee/tea, oily food and red wine/ beer effects seem more subtle. i.e. I feel like coffee effect would act two days after, but that still does not make sense to me. But drinking coffee is one of my tool to test and trigger on / off my breathing difficulties.
As per stress & anxiety, well, I am, for sure, but since I am a kid. And now with the meditation, less and less. So to me this is not what triggers that hard breathing issue. It does not help but not the trigger. Lactose allergy is at 90% responsible in my case, I can tell you. As for every day life and diet, we find food without milk and we adapt. And when I know I eat something that has a chance to trigger (chocolate, cake, beer, etc), I try to drink some perrier or other bubbly water, to help me burp, I observe what's going on, and if I feel hard breathing/burping starts, well, I know it will pass ! I am still alive today ;) !

Post Edited (soleil) : 4/8/2017 8:12:06 PM (GMT-6)

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