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i am a 23 year old male who is in great shape and doesnt smoke...

about 6 months ago i started getting the feeling of "air hunger"; that i wasnt getting enough air...and eventually i would have to yawn or take a huge breath to satisfy my "need" for air.

finally it got to the point where it was driving me crazy...i couldnt take it anymore and i decided to go online and see what exactly it was...i found alot of people with the same symptoms as mine and most of them said it was either "hyperventilation syndrome" or "anxiety"...

my question is: will this ever go away on its own?

i have learned that if i am occupied with something or i dont think about it, the urge to take that deep breath does not pronounce itself as often...but it is still there just the same...

i tried some breathing techniques but with no success.

does anybody have any suggestions for me at this point, i can learn to live with this but i would rather it possible that if i just quit taking that deep breath no matter how much i feel the need for air, after some time the urges will go away?

sorry for the all the repetitious questions...but i am at wits end...

thanks everyone,

p.s. the urge for this deep breath is much worse when i am exercising.
Hi! This message is in response to Jpdst29. I am a 23 year old female, in good shape, do not smoke, and do not have asthma. I recently began having the same "air hunger" problem about two months ago upon moving to Florida. I constantly have to yawn or take a deep breath every few minutes in order to get a satisfying breath, and at first it was really scary, and I was sure something was wrong with me. After having every test under the sun, only to have everything come back negative, I finally allowed myself to believe that these symptoms are in fact caused by mass amounts of stress and anxiety. Like you, I find that if I'm occupied, I'm less likely to think about it, but otherwise it's always there.

However, I am definitely better than I was 2 months ago. That gives me hope that in two more months I'll be even better, and eventually at some point, symptom free!! :bouncing: So here are some tips that I have found to be helpful:

1. If you are truy concerned, get some bloodwork done and some x-rays to rule out anything serious, so you can have complete peace of mind. (are you positive this "air hunger" couldn't be related to allergies, asthma, thyroid, heart/lung problems?)

2. Buteyko breathing.....I was skeptical at first, but it really does help. I used information I received off of a website, and did it myself. They highly recommend that you get an instructor, but I didn't have access to one. [COLOR=Red]{REMOVED}[/COLOR]Let me know if you have any can be overwhelming at first...I don't even know if I'm doing it exactly right, :confused:, but whatever!!

3. Talk to your doctor about an anti-depressant or beta blocker. I was prescribed Lexapro, Metoprolol, and Xanax for the really bad days (which has inevitably been every day since this thing started)

4. Stay occupied....Now that I'm convinced that I'm just overbreathing, it is easier for me not to give in to that deep breath. Sometimes, I have to but it's definitely better when I'm not constantly thinking about it. But, try the Buteyko...cause it will really help you learn to restore your breathing back to it's natural pattern.

5. Eat right, Keep your sleep pattern pattern consistent, and continue to exercise (I know...easier said than done...right???) :rolleyes: Actually, you said yours is worse when you exercise...are you sure it's not asthma that is induced by strenuous activities?

6. Stay committed to keeping your mind strong. We have to fight this battle with our minds, so if nothing else re-train your brain to think only positive, healthy thoughts. Keep reminding yourself that you are a young, healthy, energetic 23 year old full of life. I have had to change my thinking patterns drastically. Whatever, you do.......Just think Positive!! :)

Well, that's all I can think of for now. I'm sure through your research, you've learned the basics: breathe only through your nose, take shallow breaths, breathe from the abdomen not the chest, and attempt to reduce your breaths to 12 breaths per minute. (none of this basic junk helped me, but I guess it's good to know!)

Anyways, if you have any questions or need support, I'm here and feeling your pain!! I know it seems debilitating at times, but stay focused and remain positive. We're both 23 and have our whole lives ahead of us!! Well take care, and bye for now! :wave:
in response to "tooanxious":

i don't believe it would be asthma...i have a couple friends who have asthma and i talked with them about the "air hunger" condition and they said that when they get that is very severe and they basically cannot do anything and they usually need to use their inhaler to stabilize themselves...

i seriously do believe that this is caused by anxiety and that the more we think about it...the worse it becomes...i was pretty occupied today with a big project and i didnt get the urge once to take that deep breath...then i went and rode my bike for 10 miles and still didnt feel the urge...but as soon as i came home and sat in front of the t.v., there came that urge to take a deep breath...this is going to be very confusing to deal with...
I hope this isn't too off-topic, but I've also had the "air hunger" breathing problems ever since I was a little girl. As far as I know, I'm a healthy 24 year old, reasonably sane, I exercise without feeling faint, I can run, I was on the crew team, for crying out loud! But behind that facade, I've always had a breathing problem.

I basically feel as if I'm not getting enough air. I am aware that I'm breathing and I know I'm getting the proper amount of oxygen, but no matter what, I feel that I'm breathing under water. My breaths aren't shallow, they seem normal, but the air I'm taking in doesn't seem to be enough for me. As a result, I take a slow deep breath, which I usually take with caution, making sure that my entire respiratory system is engaged. I sometimes have to strain my trachea to make sure I can feel my lungs expand, and this breath is usually taken through a yawn. Sometimes that breath seems enough, but sometimes I go back to feeling helpless. It's not like this all the time, and over the years, I've learned to ignore it, even while exercising, which can be exruciatingly difficult and distracting. I even had my crew coach yell at me for "yawning" once, then telling me that I was't working hard enough if I can take the time to take a deep breath like that...I couldn't say anything, I was embarrassed.

My breathing problem is sometimes accompanied by heart palptations. I must have been having one in my sleep about a month ago, because I woke up with my heart pounding thinking that I was going to die. Needless to say, this problem is enhanced when I'm aware of my body working, my heart beating my lungs expanding. I get scared that my autonomous system may stop if I can't control it by concentrating on these natural processes.

I've been tested for asthma numerous times, I've had EKGs come out normal, I've had normal chest x-rays. I do have a mild heart murmur, but my doctors have checked it out and said that it's so faint and benign, that I don't even need antibiotics when I'm getting a cavity filled. I recently had a holter monitor on me for 24 hours, so I'm awaiting the results, but I suspect that it'll come back normal. I'm pretty sure it's some sort of an anxiety or mental disorder, but I've had it since I can remember--what kind of a happy-go-lucky five year old has anxiety and inadequacy issues!? Needless to say, the doctors are completely perplexed, and have tossed my problem into the general and oftentimes vague "anxiety disorder" category. I'm not satisfied with their conclusion, and I hope there is a more exact diagosis for this problem.

This is my first thread ever on a medical site, hence the detail and length of this message. If anyone has tried any homeopathic remedies that have worked, or even know the exact name of my condition please let me know! I'm reluctant about taking medication out of fear of dependency. I want to regain control of my body without any magic pills. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

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