Different symptoms, no wheezing, no coughing, constant daily not being able to take a deep breath

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   Posted 1/19/2010 9:38 PM (GMT -6)   

funny & great last line. The same here, I can also exercise. I can tell, you it seems to mean, good news to the dr. as I sit there saying BUT why then.

I am signing off. talk with you soon, sure, we can exchange emails.

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   Posted 1/20/2010 5:42 PM (GMT -6)   
My asthma was caused by GERD. Acid was overflowing into my lungs causing a constant asthmatic cough. I couldn't do anything without coughing.
This past December I had acid reflux surgery and my cough is gone!
I had none of the typical GERD symptoms, only the cough.


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   Posted 1/30/2010 8:51 PM (GMT -6)   
hi puddycat,
you had said something about it becoming a habit, if you care to explain that a bit, I would appreciate it. I think you said that and it has been crossing my mind.

I hope you are doing well, have you started the advair?


Post Edited (sunnyside3) : 1/30/2010 6:56:03 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/30/2010 10:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Sunnyside.... No I have not started the Advair. I am doing some breathing exercises which I am hoping will help. My pulmonologist suggested it could just become a habit. So since I don't really know how to break this habit I decided to try to just improve my breathing and not concentrate on my problem hoping it will ultimately help. I would be happy to share some of this with you. Why don't you email me at kkbabb@juno.com.

My breathing has been reasonably(?) good the past few days but my back is killing me which makes me think it is tension. I have handled tension all my life so I don't understand why it would suddenly decide to make my life miserable!!

Hope you are doing well. We are in TN right now and got 3 in. of snow yesterday. We don't usually get snow so it was really nice to watch.


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   Posted 8/27/2013 4:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Puddycat / sunnyside3, Have you had a CT Scan of your lungs to confirm no serious issue? (CT Scan radiation is another concern, but is not expected to be high if just done once in a while).

By the way, feel your pain. Have same breathing issue but with joint pains too.

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   Posted 8/28/2013 1:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Strange, im at mayo with the samr problem. Breathing in stinks, also i failed the methacoline challenge. I came here for reflux and had a lot of spasms in my throat during the ph exam... its hard though to get everyone thinking reflux, even though im sure thats whata causing it.

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   Posted 8/28/2013 1:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Im scheduled for a ct scan, throat scope, blood work, no2 scan. My dr suspects something in my throat causing everything to be difficult when breathing in... like the vocal cords or possible narrowing. Anywats, look into reflux. I have had problems with that in the past and it seems we are having very similar issues.

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   Posted 1/26/2014 3:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Any updates on this thread? I am hoping that no news is good news.

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   Posted 2/18/2014 1:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm looking for updates on those who were talking in 2010. Did any of you figure out what it was that was causing this? I have it and I would love to be able to breath properly again!

Joan M
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   Posted 2/21/2014 9:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I had been on the site but stopped coming because my arthritis seemed to be overwhelming me. This winter in upstate NY has been a dozzie. I have been sick for quite a while on predizone for 11 days. I AM A VERY ALLERGIC PERSON. I am also allergic to medicines which can be very serious. I have all airborne allergies and none of the food allergies. I did have a bout of eczema which was everywhere itchies and one patch of strange skin area. I really do not know what to say.

Have you tried belly breathing...like a baby...pushing your stomach in and out. This as you breath in and out. My understanding is with asthma we can not breath out as well.

Another thought ... spend as much time as possible with your mouth closed. This will force you to breath through your nose.

All I can say is that this is very difficult. Wishing all much success.

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   Posted 8/6/2014 6:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Am curious if you ever found what was causing your difficulty taking a deep breath. I have had the same problems for the past 10 mos. I am taking biocidin for h-pylori, eat a grain free diet, am taking lipase to help break down fats, I don't have a gallbladder. It ebbs n' flows but I always have high up gas, often if I burp, I can then take a deep breath. Frustrated as to how to heal from this. Am working w/a naturepath Dr.

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   Posted 8/21/2015 10:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for this thread - this is the first time I've ever heard this "not able to get a satisfying breath" described and it's right on. My doctor says it's asthma, even though I don't have any of the other symptoms. No real wheezing, my peak flow meter is showing a good number, and the albuterol does not change this. He just put me on Advair a few days ago but that is a very strong drug and the side effects are so frightening. I've taken it twice day for several days now while also using the albuterol rescue inhaler several times a day and nothing has changed. I've been hyper and sort of anxious, but the 'not able to get a deep satisfying breath' happens all the time.

I try to jog and have to stop over and over to bend over and wait for that deep breath. Even if I'm sitting on the couch watching tv it happens though. It's not exercise induced.

Very frustrating. I'd like to see if other post here. I really hope somebody has an answer.

I don't have GERD or acid reflux, take no other medications for anything. I live in Colorado.

Anyone have any news on theirs getting better/ going away?

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   Posted 10/14/2015 9:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I too have this breathing issue. I believe mine began from using an electronic cigarette. I can't get any answers from the dr's. I was diagnosed in March with lung cancer. I am currently being treated with chemo and having success with that. I was hoping to see that someone had some success with the breathing issue. It seems that pain medication, like hydrocodone makes the breathing issue worse. This could be a problem for me as my disease progresses later on. Anyone with some info that they could share would be greatly appreciated.


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   Posted 12/29/2015 8:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone

I found this forum today and I know some of the posts are from 5 years ago but just want to check if any of of you guys has found a solution to your breathing problem. I have got the exact same problem as most of you described.

I just feel I can't get satisfied with the amount of oxygen and need to stretch and yawn every 15 mins!! it feels like something stops it in the middle of the way to get a complete breath all the time. I sometimes wheeze but not very often. I had a big argument with my doctor today as he wouldn't believe me saying I can't breath!!

All started from a bad flu on December 2013. it was the worst one I have ever had in my life. I was coughing for almost 2 months and developed chest infection. I was not able to sleep at night. My doctor gave me a course of 5 days antibiotics,and the infection was removed after that.
On January 2014, I could feel my breathing was not same as before. It got really bad on May and I had to see my Dr again and he sent me through many different tests to diagnose the problem. I had twice X-ray, CT scan on my chest, Spirometry, blood test and heart echocardiogram and all came back normal. My Thyroid, liver and kidney tests and oxygen level were also normal.

I tried all sorts of inhalers, singular, herbal drugs.

I have a pretty relaxing life, I exercise 3 times a week and I am about to finish my PhD and in general I am a happy person. That is why I could not accept it caused by anxiety. I also tried Xanax for 10 days which did not change my breathing.

I don't know what to do please help me.


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   Posted 9/15/2016 11:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm having similar issues to everyone here and am trying to solve it. The breathing issues have just come on more recently but have had bad health issues for a while now (5+) years. Basically, I have gerd, ibs at times, PVCs and allergies. I'm working on tracking my throat clearing and burping with my inability to breathe at times. I exercise daily and have some issues during excersise from time to time but what fathoms me is the fact the worst feelings of not being able to breathe come on when at rest. I'm thinking it might have something to do with GERD and H2 blockers. I've been told by other doctors that H2 Blockers such as zantac and pepcid AC act in a similar fashion within your body as antihistamines. The H2 blocker is essentially a histamine blocker and for me this makes my nose stuffy and can cause other breathing issues. I'm trying to test out using PPIs instead to see if that successfully combats the breathing difficulties. I've had mixed success so far. Sometimes ativan can help release stress and make me worry less about the breathing because as we all know on here, it shouldn't be life threatening. Don't get me wrong, the feeling sucks and ruins our quality of life, but because all of our tests are coming back negative we've got to believe it's a non-life threatening issue, right? I looks at doctors as being good at saying what your issue is NOT, not telling you what your issue is and how to solve it.

Let's keep this conversation alive and share our findings.

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   Posted 4/7/2017 2:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,
I am experiencing the same symptoms. I don't have any cough or wheezing, no GERD, or acid refluxes whatsoever. I have seen someone for this but I'm afraid they didn't do a great job of trying to help or figure out what is wrong with me. I had labs done and everything came back normal. But obviously that won't help much with going in and figuring it out. I did not get sick before this, I remember when I was younger, I had shortness of breath sometimes but it wasn't as bad as recently. I barely started with this in December. It is not exercise induced, I can sleep, there are times where I feel it before going to bed. I have been nervous with a bunch of tests I've had in college, I'm not sure if that is what triggered it. When at work it comes and goes, some days will be bad and others I won't have the issue. I try not to think about it too much but whenever I get it, it bothers me not knowing. This MD told me it might be that I'm starting to get asthma, but I don't have any coughs or wheezing so I'm not sure. I also don't smoke. Was anyone able to figure out what was going on or get good treatment? If so what was it? This is worrying me.

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   Posted 6/19/2017 3:06 PM (GMT -6)   

I too have the breathing issue, for past 3 months. The uniqueness of many on this thread is that there are no other GERD or LPR symptoms, but only breathlessness.
Did anyone get a diagnosis of GERD/LPR with having only breating symptoms.?

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   Posted 11/6/2017 2:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Same issues here, started a few weeks ago. If any one has some suggestions that would be great! Especially if they found a way to cure themselves or remission? Please help.

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   Posted 7/8/2018 1:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Puddycat, Arash & Arami7,

I have been reading all your comments and personal experiences on shortness of breath, the reason we all are here is due to shortness of breath drilled into hapy life.

Im suffering from same issue, I sleep well without any problem in my life, after I get up the shortness of breath starts bothering me every now and then...I have no chest pain or wheezing . I got this problem around 3 months back and i visited couple of specialists and went thru all tests of lungs, cardiac & CT...all normal and therefore as per doctors im fine...I used inhalers but it did not work.

Im still suffering from this issue as of today 8 Jul 2018 , if anyone of you have identified the root cause please let me know on my number, whatsapp or email. (Please)


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Post Edited By Moderator (straydog) : 7/8/2018 2:30:14 PM (GMT-6)

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