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I have suffered the same symptoms for about 40 years now. It scared me when I was in my teens and was turned inside out without getting a diagnosis. It seems to be getting worse as I get older and more frequent. I was diagnosed with GERD a few years ago and was prescribed Nexium. It hasn't helped and I just struggle on. Lots of yawning (with difficulty) and the need to take deep breaths that not always are satisfactory. And yes I find it strange too that there are so many people with the same symptoms and no clear diagnosis.
I read all the previous post about having a hard time breathing and having to yawn to try and get a breath. I have the same problem. I am desparate to figure out what is wrong because it is so uncomfortable of a feeling. I am so tired when I have these bouts because I can't sleep. It is not a constant problem, though. I've had this problem off-n-on for almost a year but I can not figure out why it comes back and then why it leaves. It is like you are in remission for awhile and something triggers it to come back. It is miserable. I have allergies so, at first, I thought it was asthma. But, there is no whizzing. The allergist tested me, did breathing test, etc... all normal. He suggested GERDs and suggested I try prosilac (sp?) Then I saw my GP and he put me on a med used for ulcers, which I recently stopped taking because it wasn't working. Then my allergist said it could be spasms with my vocal chords and suggested I have endoscopy to check. In the meantime I was put on inhaler with steroids. That only made me hoarse and no better. So, I stopped that. I know it is something - there is a trigger that is causing it - that is what I am interested to know so I can figure out a way to stop it. I was told it could be anxiety, too, but seeing all the posts I don't think so. My life is no more stressful today than it was last month. I am going to read-up on the other disorders that people have posted and go to my DR and ask for XRay and see if I can get scan. I have a lot of family history that could point to some of the disorders or diseases that others mention. I just want to know what it is and how I can make it go away. I do know when I am very intense in something (like a project for work), I don't think about it as much and so it doesn't seem to be as bad. Exercising doesn't change my situation one way or the other, either. I am relieved to know that I am not the only one struggling to get a breath by yawning but can't.
Ok...My dad has a saying..(or he stole it from someone)
"Those who have thierself for a doctor, has a fool for a patient." But like I told him, I have been to sooo many doctors and I am sick of that!! So, for the last several months I have been keeping a food diary and doing ALOT of research on the computer. And this is what I have found out.....

1. Just about everytime I drink a soda, ESP one out of the can, I will have trouble taking a breath for a few days. Including difficultly yawning and sometimes with rapid heart beats. **So no more soda for me EVER!!**

2. EVERYTIME I would drink coffee I get the same symptoms. No more coffee for me!!

3. Certain medicines like Nyquil liquid OR gel caps will give me the same symptoms.

4. Sometimes too much chocolate or wintergreen gum.

5. This is something I have just figured out last month when I made homemade chex mix. "Season Salt" I now use Tony Chachere seasoning instead.

Also, sometimes I would notice a constant burn in my stomach when I would have these breathing episodes. Ketchup makes this symptom along with the breathing worse. So I dont eat ketchup but ever so often.

I also have been taking Prilosec for the last 8 months. First 3 months I took a pill in the morning and one at night. Now I just take one at night.


I have taken gas pills to get the air out of my stomach and that will help some. It seems like if my stomach is bloated it will put pressure up in my chest. ( I know that sounds crazy, kindof hard to explain).

But avoiding these things have made a HUGE improvement. The last several months, I have only had like 3 or 4 "attacks" that last only a couple of days.

As I come across other things I will post them.

Sorry this is so long, but this "breathing problem" had about consumed my life. It makes me moody, irritable, cant exercise and makes me feel tired all the time and the constant need to yawn drives me crazy. But like I said avoiding certain foods, drinking nothing but water (every now and then I will drink tea) and taking my Prilosec, my life has improved soo much!!

Hope this information helps someone!!:)





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