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Will rhythmic breathing exercises everyday for 15-20 minutes help me with increasing my lungs capacity/size? To further assist me with my daily running?

Will rhythmic breathing exercises everyday for 15-20 minutes help me with increasing my lungs capacity/size? To further assist me with my daily running?

No science here: Lung capacity / size increases some in marathon runners because of the extra extreme exertion changing the chest wall shape. There's no magic in rhythmic breathing -- I've seen only pseudoscience here. Unless you have asthma, it's your heart and not your lungs that limits your running capacity. Did you ever hear of real olympic or pro-team coaches incorporating this stuff? ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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Are deep breathing exercises beneficial to increase lung capacity?

Are deep breathing exercises beneficial to increase lung capacity?

Lung capacity: To some degree, yes. But this is limited to the physical capacity of the lungs. Cardiopulmary function may improve as well. ...Read more

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How should I breathe on advair? Should I attempt to do deep breathing exercises or train my lungs and body to breathe better? Tension won't release...

How should I breathe on advair? Should I attempt to do deep breathing exercises or train my lungs and body to breathe better? Tension won't release...

Normally: If you are using advair and feel that you are still having obstruction you have a few options. First - do you feel so bad that you are having trouble breathing? In that case, go to the er now. Second, are you just feeling poorly enough that you are a bit below standard? Then, call your asthma doc (allergist or pulmonologist), and get in. Thir, if you are slowly feeling better but still not. ...Read more

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Need chest expansion of 5cm while inhalation. Currently just 2-3cm. Is it possible by deep breathing exercises using lung exerciser in 1-2 months?

Need chest expansion of 5cm while inhalation. Currently just 2-3cm. Is it possible by deep breathing exercises using lung exerciser in 1-2 months?

Possible: It's possible to further expand your chest expansion by continuing to deep breathe and increase diaphragmatic excursions. ...Read more

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Is Chest expnasion of 5cm (currently 3cm while inhalation) while inhalation possible by deep breathing exercises using lung exerciser in 1-2 months?

Is Chest expnasion of 5cm (currently 3cm while inhalation) while inhalation possible by deep breathing exercises using lung exerciser in 1-2 months?

Chest expansion: Hello ~ your question as written is difficult to understand but if I do, you are asking if your lungs vital capacity will improve with deep breathing and lung exerciser. Yes it will but to a max predetermined by your body size When the chest gets bigger for body builders that is muscle on the outside and not much increase in lung volumes. If that does not answer resubmit question thx ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are some breathing exercises for increasing lung capacity/learning proper breathing?

Belly breathing: Breathing from the abdominal cavity is very helpful because even though it does not increase actual lung size, it gives lungs room to open up. One tip is laying flat on your back with hand on belly and take breaths in through nose and out mouth making your belly rise as much as possible and fall back to baseline. ...Read more

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Started doing deep breathing exercises to try help ease anxiety and stress. Chest (or lungs) hurt for a little while after. Is this normal?

Started doing deep breathing exercises to try help ease anxiety and stress. Chest (or lungs) hurt for a little while after. Is this normal?

Don't overbreathe: Normal breathing is relaxed and not too fast. Overbreathing or hyperventilation syndrome may cause chest pains or tenderness, shortness of breath, or wheezing. Meditative breathing (e.g., herbert benson's "relaxation response") is helpful. ...Read more

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Would things like blowing out through straws or kid blow toys help expand lungs and increase lung breathing capacity? Other suggestive techniques?

Possibly helpful: Some evidence exists for using positive pressure or incentive spirometry to enhance lung capacity. Any deep breathing exercise or activity such as swimming or playing wind instruments may be helpful as well. JDF1⅝ ...Read more

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What are the best breathing exercises for chronic hyperventilation syndrome? I need to restore normal co2 and o2 levels in my lungs. It's very hard.

What are the best breathing exercises for chronic hyperventilation syndrome? I need to restore normal co2 and o2 levels in my lungs. It's very hard.

Earlier answer: Treat the anxiety problem to decrease hyperventilation and do frequent rebreathing in a paper bag like a lunch bag to increase co2. The only other way would be to increase the precursor of co2 which is bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) by taking calcium carbonate (tums) or acetate. ...Read more

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Anything proactive I can do for a 4mm lung module grown from 2mm 11 months ago? Does anything help? Steam? Homeopathic? Exercise? Breathing deeper?

Anything proactive I can do for a 4mm lung module grown from 2mm 11 months ago? Does anything help? Steam? Homeopathic? Exercise? Breathing deeper?

GUANABANA: As I can't or won't endorse any over-the-counter product guanabana aka. Soursop in the us apparently has some amazing remedies check it out. Ask your family doctor first before using it. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is there an alternative medication to open up the lungs and assist with breathing besides puffers and prednisone?

Is there an alternative medication to open up the lungs and assist with breathing besides puffers and prednisone?

DOC: Check with your doc.

There are many medications for opening up the lungs, such as ipra, atro, inhaled steroids, daliresp, (roflumilast) laba and so on. ...Read more

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Ever since this morning after I ate I've felt like there is a lot of pressure on my right lung I've tried breathing exercises and it didnt?

Ever since this morning after I ate I've felt like there is a lot of pressure on my right lung I've tried breathing exercises and it didnt?

Gallbladder attack: Pressure discomfort along the right rib margin and/or beneath the shoulder blade especially after eating is consistent with a gallbladder problem. It can cut your breath off, and be associated with nausea/vomiting. Should it persist, check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Aside from steam bath and deep breathing exercises, how can I optimize my lung function?

Aside from steam bath and deep breathing exercises, how can I optimize my lung function?

Exercise: Deep breathing exercises and well as aerobic exercise will help you feel better and tune up your lung function. Avoid smoking anything and if allergies are a problem, see an allergist. ...Read more

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Breathing during even slight exercise gets all out of whack. As in I can't catch my breath. Then anxiety. Heart/lungs not the reason. What is it?

Breathing during even slight exercise gets all out of whack. As in I can't catch my breath. Then anxiety. Heart/lungs not the reason. What is it?

Need eval....: It sounds like you may have exercise-induced bronchospasm. I'm not sure why you say "heart lungs not the reason." exercise-induced bronchospasm is easily treated by using a bronchodilator before exercise. You should see a lung doctor so you can be evaluated for this problem. It can be diagnosed by doing pulmonary function testing before and during exercise, when symptoms develop. ...Read more

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Where can I find a doctor in scranton, pa that teaches breathing retraining exercises? Asthma, stress, & anxiety has caused problems for my lungs.

Pittsburgh: The nearest center with expertise in treatment of respiratory disorders would be pittsburgh, pa. You can see any of the lung specialists at upmc. Another alternative would be to find a local speech and language pathologist who can teach you those exercises. Detailed evaluation by a lung specialist might be more useful in the long run. ...Read more

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Where is best to exercise when breathing very heavily to avoid the risk of lung cancer and what would be harmful to breathe in inside and outside?

Where is best to exercise when breathing very heavily to avoid the risk of lung cancer and what would be harmful to breathe in inside and outside?

Depends: It is good that you are exercising vigorously. Indoors or outdoors may not matter much. If one site has more polluted air, it would be better to avoid that site. Not knowing about the ambient air pollution and indoor air quality where you live, it is not feasible to make a recommendation.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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18 female, chest popping occasionally, lightheaded, feels like lungs won't expand, trouble breathing, chest pain, back pain. Happens once a week.?

18 female, chest popping occasionally, lightheaded, feels like lungs won't expand, trouble breathing, chest pain, back pain. Happens once a week.?

Internist or an ER: You need lungs evaluated. In an ER your Oxygen saturation and vital signs can be eval. On Physical exam should be able to detect how well lungs fill with air. You will also get an XRAY of your chest. An ER is expensive. Internist (or Urgent care) will also have a saturation meter and should be able to detect how well lungs fill. If chest XRAY needed they can send you for one. Do this right away. ...Read more

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How to make breathing better in chf patient with flash lungs eddma? Sleep on elevated bed but sometimes gasp for air 90 spo2. Can't open windows for air in cold weather, home remedies to get more oxygen? Is the underlying cause renin/kidney issue?

How to make breathing better in chf patient with flash lungs eddma? Sleep on elevated bed but sometimes gasp for air 90 spo2. Can't open windows for air in cold weather, home remedies to get more oxygen? Is the underlying cause renin/kidney issue?

Ask your doctor for: You should be under the care of a Cardiologist so that your medications for CHF can be adjusted to keep your body free from any fluid retention. You may also benefit from bringing home an Oxygen cylinder which your doctor can order and his nurse or social worker can organize its home delivery. There is no other source of getting oxygen at home if and when you needed it urgently. ...Read more

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Feel as if I'm shallow breathing. Wat can cause it. What is normal breathing like. How far with normal breathing does chest expand.

Go to the Doctor: This question is so vague and unusual that I would wish you a visit with your family physician. If you are having difficulty breathing this could be something very serious. ...Read more

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Why do I feel chest pain and have difficulty breathing after exercise now?

Why do I feel chest pain and have difficulty breathing after exercise now?

Concerning.: Without knowing you better, it's difficult to say precisely but you should absolutely have yourself check out by your doctor. The symptoms you describe could be heart related. ...Read more

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Got chest pain today, currently hurts around the left side when breathing in. I did also exercise hard early today, I ran till it hurt. Serious?

Yes - serious: Please have someone take you to the nearest Emergency facility. When that is controlled you should see a nurse about long term control of your symptoms. ...Read more

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Chest pain during moving or deep breathing It started yesterday I played the day before yesterday chest exercises at gym No other symptoms?

Chest pain during moving or deep breathing It started yesterday I played the day before yesterday chest exercises at gym No other symptoms?

Probably: Musculoskeletal but if it lasts more than 48 hours you should see health care provider for evaluation. Try a non steroidal anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen to see if it helps. ...Read more

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Chest pain in right side and middle. Its paining more while pressing. Paining while moving, breathing, head down, morning exercise and yoga.?

Chest pain in right side and middle. Its paining more while pressing. Paining while moving, breathing, head down, morning exercise and yoga.?

Costochondritis?: Rib bones don't come all the way to breast bone. Last few inches are more elastic cartilage so your chest can rise w/ breath & twist when you do. Where cartilage meets rib or breast bone, is a joint that gets inflamed & painful under right circumstances, like too much coughing, twisting, heavy lifting, etc. Can last up to 8 weeks, responds to ibuprofen. See md if worsening or persisting. ...Read more

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My posture is restricting my breathing severely. I never realized it until I tried belly breathing through my diaphragm. How do I open up the chest?

Practice: Yoga, pilates, alexander technique. Be mindful of your breath and breathing. Physical therapy might help as well. Think you are 2 inches taller than you really are- you will naturally straighten up and open up your chest. ...Read more

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Pain in left chest when laughing hard, & sometimes breathing in. Is this bad/serious? Idid some diff exercise 2day & yesterday. Could it b related? Ok?

Pain in left chest when laughing hard, & sometimes breathing in. Is this bad/serious? Idid some diff exercise 2day & yesterday. Could it b related? Ok?

Strain muscles: Nothing serious at all. When you exercise (certain types)you are using the same type of muscles that you use when laughing, if they are strain from exercising they will hurt when laughing. Pain should go awway in a couple of days. ...Read more

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I have high anxiety I have at least one attack a week and chest cramps I have been to a doctor and just told to do breathing exercise is that all I ca?

I have high anxiety I have at least one attack a week and chest cramps I have been to a doctor and just told to do breathing exercise is that all I ca?

Panic: It sounds like you are having panic attacks for which there is effective medication treatments. I would avoid tranquilizers which can be addictive like Valium and xanax (alprazolam). In my practice, many of my patients benefit from either low dose citalopram or nortriptyline. You need a prescription and possibly an appt with a psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Noticed when I rotate torso for exercises a weird sound comes from mouth or chest area. Sound like losing breath but breathing is fine. No pain/trauma?

Noticed when I rotate torso for exercises a weird sound comes from mouth or chest area. Sound like losing breath but breathing is fine. No pain/trauma?

Mini-burp: You're probably squeezing some air out of your stomach or esophagus, sort of a mini-burp. It's completely harmless. ...Read more

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I do exercise chest stretching. Two days I have chest pain. Breathing difficulty. Small Panic attack occurs & numbness tingling on face...help indeed!!

I do exercise chest stretching. Two days I have chest pain. Breathing difficulty. Small Panic attack occurs & numbness tingling on face...help indeed!!

Likely from exercise: Of course of your chest pain occurs after the exercises, then it is mot likely related to the exercises. And on exams, the pain will most likely be reproduced. Breathing difficulty needs to be examined by a doctor to see if you oxygen level and other vitals are also abnormal or not.
it is only after careful exams can we decide what is going on with you. ...Read more

Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more