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I just found this forum tonight, as I've been having this air hunger problem and finally scheduled an appointment with a doctor. Although after reading this thread, and an older one on the subject, I almost feel like I shouldn't even go. I really don't have much trust in doctors (for as knowledgeable as they are, they almost never seem to know what's wrong- well at least with the people I know) and I really don't want to get on any medication either. But also I'm discouraged because I actually did go to my doctor- his assistant- for this problem earlier this year and it didn't help.

As far as I can remember, my problem - which is feeling like I can't get a deep enough breath - started January 4th. It was a stressful time and I got in a car accident. Nothing major, just a fender bender, and I doubt the very slight whiplash actually did anything too me - I'm pretty sure it was just my anxiety over the situation, and a fight with my husband because he took off without waiting for me and whatever....I was pretty upset and noticed after a couple hours I couldn't get a satisfactory breath. After a couple days of this, I went into the doctor, they ran some tests, x-rays or something, said everything was fine and it was probably just stress.

Well, I need to start keeping a journal! Because I really can't remember how often I've had this since then and now, but lately it's been pretty bad. And I notice the more I notice it, the worse it gets. It doesn't seem like I get it at work, while I'm busy and more pre-occupied. (I'm 24 by the way, average weight but not really exercising or eating right for awhile)

I'm glad you guys mentioned the burping thing though. This is totally new for me. It started two or three weeks ago at a movie theater. I can't remember what I did or ate or whatever earlier that day, but during the movie, I was in total torture. I felt like I really needed to burp and couldn't. The pressure and tightness - in my chest and throat maybe - were so, aggghh! So I finally somehow "taught" myself how to "make myself burp", and I was finally able to feel relief.......except then I couldn't stop!!!! And it's gone on like that, I get in these spells, where it's just burpburpburpburp burp! But it's weird. It's not like a normal burp. Not a food or drink kind of burp. Not anything I've ever had before. Their just...I don't know..air burps, and I'm kinda in control of them but kinda not. But they can be really loud and it's reallllllly grossing my husband out!

A few other things: I have had one or two bad cases of --heartburn? acid reflux? --lately, where my chest has been really tight.
Most people have spoken of yawning as a temporary relief of air hunger. Not with me, maybe it's because I can't make myself yawn so that never helps. Usually the only way I'm able to get a deep breath is if I hunch my shoulders forward, rounding my back, bracing my hands on my thighs and breathing in deeply while kindof straightening up....

I also seem to have some throat issues. I'm a petite person with a small neck - so maybe a smaller throat?- I don't know. And I have a very large chest for my size...this couldn't be related anyhow to the breathing problems?? I probably need to take breathing lessons. I totally avoid running because it burns and swells my throat so bad. I've also begun to wonder if I don't drink or swallow normally. I can't chug anything for the life of me, can't take a shot in one swig, couldn't take pills until I was a teenager - still if I take a pill - even with water, but don't eat anything afterwards, it feels like it's lodged in my throat. Okay, so when I take a drink, it goes on my tongue, I take it to the roof of my mouth and hold it there for awhile, then this normal?
Oh, I'm not a smoker either. Grew up with tons of secondhand smoke and now I cannot tolerate to be around it for a minute. Really really bothers me, I can't remember if it aggrevates the breathing thing, but I know it gives me a bad headache. Oh, also with the throat - I also feel like I'm almost always parched and need to be drinking, eating, chewing gum or sucking on something. I drink a lot of water during the day. I almost always go to bed with a glass of water beside me and a cough drop in my mouth or else I can't go to sleep...
speaking of sleep I need to get some...I've heard this breathing thing is worsened by lack of sleep!
Thanks for reading guys, glad-and not glad-that I'm not the only one, and hope everyone gets better!!!

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