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Doctor insights on: Chest Vs Stomach Breathing

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I have a problem with my chest and breathing but I have been told it's my stomach and I can't understand why ?

I have a problem with my chest and breathing but I have been told it's my stomach and I can't understand why ?

More info needed: These symptoms are too vague in order to answer your question. Perhaps you should see another physician who will take a thorough history and perform an examination. If felt necessary certain tests can be ordered so that your questions can be answered more to your satisfaction. ...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


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When I get up in the morning it hurts to breathe deeply b/c there is a pulling sensation in my abdomen and sides. Then I start chest breathing ?

When I get up in the morning it hurts to breathe deeply b/c there is a pulling sensation in my abdomen and sides. Then I start chest breathing ?

Muscular: This appears to be muscular discomfort or tension presumably from positions during sleeping if you only note this discomfort upon awakening in the morning but don't experience it during the rest of the day or evening. Do you do any exercising just before bedtime that could cause some muscular strain? ...Read more

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No matter how much i practice chest breathing, it still feels more natural than abdomen breathing?

No matter how much i practice chest breathing, it still feels more natural than abdomen breathing?

Good for you: Life is difficult enough without people telling you that there is a "good" and a "bad" way to breathe. It's subscience. You'll inflate your lungs adequately no matter what muscles you choose to use -- take a few deep breaths. If you are interested in physical yoga, get with somebody who's evidence-based. This might be a great way to get into a fitness-focused lifestyle -- without superstition. ...Read more

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Feel I can't get a full deep breath from just breathing in with my chest but can when I breath with stomach?

Feel I can't get a full deep breath from just breathing in with my chest but can when I breath with stomach?

Short of breath: there are many potential causes for someone to feel like they can't get a full breath. some of the causes are potentially dangerous and if this symptom worsens or does not go away then an emergent evaluation is in order. with all that being said, in a young person without any medical problems this may be anxiety/stress. a common relaxation technique is to breathe with your stomach as described ...Read more

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Due to Anxiety, improper breathing is causing chest discomfort and buzzing pains in chest and stomach. Any medication to ease symptoms n avoid attack?

Due to Anxiety, improper breathing is causing chest discomfort and buzzing pains in chest and stomach. Any medication to ease symptoms n avoid attack?

Lots of meds: address this, but for those you'll need a psychiatrist. The usual ones are SSRI's or SSNRI's, and there's a long list. Have you also considered the CAUSE of your anxiety? Meds will help cope in the short run but won't address the underlying dynamics, other than adding a little confidence with symptom reduction. Here's a reference:

http://www.psychologyproductsandservices.com/page2.html ...Read more

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I m having pain in my upper stomach just below my chest when I m breathing in.. I m getting tired very soon having digestive problems?

I m having pain in my upper stomach just below my chest when I m breathing in.. I m getting tired very soon having digestive problems?

See pcp: Symptoms could be suggestive to ulcer specially if pain related to meals. See your pcp to have blood work and make sure not bleeding ulcer causing anemia and fatigue due to anemia. In meantime avoid NSAIDs or aspirin ...Read more

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I have pain in my back chest and stomach when breathing coughing yawning and sometimes when talking worse when laying down what can this be thanks?

I have pain in my back chest and stomach when breathing coughing yawning and sometimes when talking worse when laying down what can this be thanks?

Muscular: It's possibly pain coming from the muscles that support your rib cage. This is common and the pain can worsen with deep breaths, coughing, or turning over in bed. Heat, massage, gentle stretching and advil (ibuprofen) are a few things that can help. ...Read more

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Urgent I am lying on my stomach and my heart rate is 80 and somewhat of breathing shallowly with mild chest pain?

Urgent I am lying on my stomach and my heart rate is 80 and somewhat of breathing shallowly with mild chest pain?

Time to see doctor: A person with "urgent" and "mild chest pain" in the same sentence should see the doctor. If her own doctor is not immediately available for help, the wisest thing to do is to be seen at the er. The paramedics have oxygen, medications, and can do an ekg. The er doctor can evaluate for a possible heart problem. Even if not a serious heart problem, the er usually can provide diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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6 mnth old just got X-ray cause of chest cough. What could the black dot be? Breathing from stomach just started now should we go back to hospital?

6 mnth old just got X-ray cause of chest cough. What could the black dot be? Breathing from stomach just started now should we go back to hospital?

Mgt: I would advise seeing the ED, from your description the baby is breathing fast and using muscles not usually used in normal breathing patterns. The baby may need to have antibiotics, lab testing and another oxygen saturation test. Assessment will be made at that time for bronchiolitis, pneumonia and sepsis.
We can follow up once you have been in the ED. ...Read more

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My mouth tests salty and burning feeling on my left side of my stomach. Also at night i feel pain on my chest and difficulty breathing, I am worried.

My mouth tests salty and burning feeling on my left side of my stomach. Also at night i feel pain on my chest and difficulty  breathing, I am worried.

See a doctor: Health care has always, and will always be best delivered in the doctor's office. Advice can come online, but healthcare comes face to face. This could be anything from reflux, to heart disease to something wierd, but at your age, reflux sounds the most likely. See a doctor, please. ...Read more

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I wake up most mornings with stomach pain that seems to radiate across my stomach when breathing in and sometimes into my chest. What could it be?

I wake up most mornings with stomach pain that seems to radiate across my stomach when breathing in and sometimes into my chest. What could it be?

See ur Dr and get: Checked for gastritis/ stomach wall irritation, gallbladder problem, hiatal hernia etc. Take care! http://www.M.Webmd.Com/pain-management/guide/abdominal-pain-causes-treatments. ...Read more

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I have been coughing up yellow green chunky phlegm for over a week. My chest is heaving and hurts. Also my stomach and back hurt when breathing deep?

I have been coughing up yellow green chunky  phlegm for over a week. My chest is heaving and hurts. Also my stomach and back hurt when breathing deep?

Doctor can evaluate: A cough that's not getting better should be evaluated by a primary care doctor, to see if there is an infection (viral, bacterial, mycoplasma, etc...), an allergy problem (various medications are helpful), an asthma problem (can consider trying asthma medicines such as inhalers), stomach reflux, a heart problem, some other lung disorder, etc... ...Read more

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Why is my 3yr old gasping in her sleep? She seems nasally congested every night and coughs every night but doesn't have a cold. Her breathing is very labored her stomach and chest are going in and out but the breath is not going in or coming out. She does

Why is my 3yr old gasping in her sleep? She seems nasally congested every night and coughs every night but doesn't have a cold. Her breathing is very labored her stomach and chest are going in and out but the breath is not going in or coming out. She does

It : It sounds as though she may be suffering from sleep apnea - not an uncommon problem for children her age. Unlike adults, sleep apnea in healthy children is most often caused by enlarged tonsils or adenoids, though there can be other causes, too. The enlarged tissue can be from an underlying infection, allergies, or just age-related. You should give her doctor a call and let them know what is going on with her. They may refer her to an ear, nose and throat doctor for a more thorough evaluation and treatment of the problem.

If sleep apnea goes untreated in kids, it can cause them to have difficulty sleeping which in turn can cause behavioral problems, difficulty learning, headaches and fatigue. Give her doc a call. Good luck! ...Read more

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Last night had sharp pain in right side of abdomen and chest, steady but worse when breathing deep. Now have fever, nerve pain in hip and leg. Ideas?

Last night had sharp pain in right side of abdomen and chest, steady but worse when breathing deep. Now have fever, nerve pain in hip and leg. Ideas?

Fever with pain is: never a good sign. After reading that important piece of info, it's time to see your PCP doctor as soon as possible, so that you are not dealing with an internal organ inflammation that could lead to an infectious process. In any case you have globally too many issues dealing with pain upon breathing, right side abdomen, chest, and now hip and leg. You need a complete physical exam done. Good luck ...Read more

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Im having chest pain, and stomach pain. And im having trouble breathing, and I have a headache. Im a healthy person. ?

Im having chest pain, and stomach pain. And im having trouble breathing, and I have a headache. Im a healthy person. ?

Flu?: Seems like you are coming down with some infection ( viral or bacterial). If symptoms don't subside or worsen in next couple of days, contact your pcp. ...Read more

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Have left sided gas pain in lower abdomen but sometimes i feel it up in chest and left shoulder. Is this possible? Only hurts if breathing in

Have left sided gas pain in lower abdomen but sometimes i feel it up in chest and left shoulder. Is this possible? Only hurts if breathing in

Yes but..: are you gassy? avoid gassy foods, stay unconstipated which makes gas, less bubbly drinks. be sure not the heart , if chest pressure , get ekg at least ,if on birth control can be pulmonary emboli , get cxray , d dimer labs . ...Read more

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cal. Forming in stomach! Woke 2 days ago pain in right chest,arm,side. Woke today pain top at chest and hurt when breathing in! Not on meds 4 heart!?

Chest pain: Could be reflux and may benefit from ranitidine and or prevecid and elevation of head of bed at night. or gallbladder But a 46 could also be heart even in female or clot. Would follow up with ER today get EKG may needs studies for clot like V/Q scan or CT of chest or ultrasound to check gallbladder. F/U ER today ...Read more

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I feel like I have trouble breathing like my chest is being sat on all the time and my stomach aches a lot also when I urinate it stings sometimes?

I feel like I have trouble breathing like my chest is being sat on all the time and my stomach aches a lot also when I urinate it stings sometimes?

Lots of issues: There are a lot of issues that you bring up that should be evaluated by a physician. Trouble breathing can go with asthma or possibly something cardiac. Multiple reasons why your belly might hurt, the painful urination can go with a UTI. Get evaluated. ...Read more

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Could I have got a hiatal hernia from the stomach flu? Threw up harder than ever then a week after ended up in ER with breathing trouble+chest pains..

Could I have got a hiatal hernia from the stomach flu? Threw up harder than ever then a week after ended up in ER with breathing trouble+chest pains..

Hiatal hernia: That is a possibility. It is also possible that you already had a small hiatal hernia and that the vomiting has increased the size of the hernia and/or caused your stomach to slide up into your chest. It would be best to get evaluated by a gastroenterologist for an egd and ugi. ...Read more

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I just had ultrasound&came normal.is this gerd,usually feel full of gas in my stomach upto my chest,diffulty breathing i have to burp to feel relieve?

I just had ultrasound&came normal.is this gerd,usually feel full of gas in my stomach upto my chest,diffulty breathing i have to burp to feel relieve?

Probably.: Hi, Sure it may likely be gerd given the symptoms your are discribing. There're several OTC medications that works for acid reflux, however you should see a gastroenterologist to check for other underlining conditions such as bacteria over growth, ulcer, H. Pylorie infection, and celiac disease. ...Read more

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31 m - dads brother died of lukemia at 21. Chance I have it? Been sick these past 6 months did CBC blood smear and all kinds of tests normal. Ruled out stomach and lung. having constant chest pain breathing and headaches for 5 months. Test do I need?

31 m - dads brother died of lukemia at 21. Chance I have it? Been sick these past 6 months did CBC blood smear and all kinds of tests normal. Ruled out stomach and lung. having constant chest pain breathing and headaches for 5 months. Test do I need?

Heme Onc: Sorry you are under so much stress. Depending on the type of leukemia and lymphoma there is not usually an inherited component but some risk factors can be inherited. I recommend a Hematology Consult for a careful physical exam and some imaging. Good luck to you. Read:https://www.cancer.org/cancer/acute-lymphocytic-leukemia/causes-risks-prevention/risk-factors.html ...Read more

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I have pain in my left abdomen and headaces sometimes also my chest feels tight, heavy breathing, fatigues, sweating at night lost wait what is wrong

I have pain in my left abdomen and headaces sometimes also my chest feels tight, heavy breathing, fatigues, sweating at night lost wait what  is wrong

Need exam: The symptoms you describe can be caused by many common things, or by rarer, more serious conditions. Regardless, you do need to be seen by a health provider for an exam sooner than later. The combination of breathing problems, night sweats and losing weight (unintentionally?) could range from not well controlled asthma to pneumonia to even cancer. ...Read more

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Mallory-weiss tear from vomiting. Doc said ok but 4 days later have stomach/chest pain trouble breathing. Have panic disorder too, anxiety symptoms?

Mallory Weiss: Most mw tears are indeed minor and self limited. They will heal without any help as long as you can keep from vomiting. Continued or worsening pain might prompt a relook. Anxiety could certainly make your symptoms more noticeable. ...Read more

Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more