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Yawning (Definition)

Yawning is opening the mouth semi-voluntarily while taking a long, deep breath of air. It is a type of reflex action controlled by the brain (a person cannot yawn on command). Yawning is normal, and usually due to drowsiness or tiredness. However, excessive yawning that happens much more often than normal may be caused by vagus nerve signals, due ...Read more


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Recently I noticed I have been yawning excessively. I am a runner but haven't been pushing myself too hard. I also seem to be a little short of breath but it hasn't affected my running yet. What might this be?

Recently I noticed I have been yawning excessively. I am a runner but haven't been pushing myself too hard. I also seem to be a little short of breath but it hasn't affected my running yet. What might this be?

See your doctor.: Make sure that you're getting enough sleep but that seems rather obvious for the yawning. Anything that causes you to be short of breath especially with exertion needs a thorough workup with your physician. Contact your physician for evaluation of shortness of breath. ...Read more

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If I am experiencing uncontrollable yawning and shortness of breath what could it be?

Concerning...: If you are having new onset or worsening shortness of breath you should call your doctor right away or go to the emergency room. Yawning may be your body's response to try and breathe deeper. Yawning alone is not a concern but shortness of breath is. ...Read more

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What could cause shortness of breath and frequent yawning?

What could cause shortness of breath and frequent yawning?

Yawn, sob: I'm not sure you can get a definitive answer from anybody at this time. Read the piece on yawning and note that some think it may tie to shortness of breath......or not.

http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/Yawn ...Read more

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Med student with shortness of breath and yawning. Could I test myself for low o2?

Med student with shortness of breath and yawning. Could I test myself for low o2?

Yes: A simple pulse oxymeter will be able to check your oxygen saturation instantly. I would also make sure that as a medical student your are getting enough sleep (if that is possible that is!) and that you are not anemic. ...Read more

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I'm burping almost all the time. Uncontrol yawning and feeling shortness of breath. Why?

I'm burping almost all the time. Uncontrol yawning and feeling shortness of breath. Why?

Unusual: Might be anxiety and air swallowing, or something else. Get checked by your doctor to be sure what is happening. ...Read more

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Having shortness of breath & Yawning somewhat have diabetes type 2 what can I do?

Having shortness of breath & Yawning somewhat have diabetes type 2 what can I do?

Go to the ER now.: If you are short of breath. It might turn out to be something like anemia or poor sleep but shortness of breath and yawning in a diabetic on Actos (pioglitazone) w/ HTN is coronary artery disease or heart failure until proven otherwise. You could also have a metabolic problem or infection, but it's best to be safe. Diabetic, with HTN, over 65 + breathlessness on Actos (pioglitazone) = CHF= emergency room now. Consider 911. ...Read more

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Breathing problems shortness of breath and yawning. Is it strange to have these symptoms?

Could be: Yawning is one way your body is able to increase the oxygen in the blood (when you yawn you take a deep strong breath). If you are having breathing problems including shortness of breath you should see your doctor right away. ...Read more

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What causes me to get shallow breathing/shortness of breath and yawn a lot after a work out at the gym?

What causes me to get shallow breathing/shortness of breath and yawn a lot after a work out at the gym?

Lack of oxygen: Either your just starting out and poorly conditioned, or if its a new set of symptoms and you noticed a decreased exercise tolerance, then a full work up is needed. A stress echo, an oxygen consumption stress test, a pulmonary function test may be utilized. Cxr, labs, holters also may be helpful. ...Read more

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I had shortness of breath with urge to yawn constantly for about 4 days now that has gone and my upper back is sore?

I had shortness of breath with urge to yawn constantly for about 4 days now that has gone and my upper back is sore?

Short of breath: Typically a sensation akin to a need to take in one or two long enough or deep enough breaths is a manifestation of anxiety, the yawning is similar;the back pain though merits physical evaluation, worry about it may be causing appropriate anxiety ...Read more

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Hello! I have 2 question. 1. I have severe shortness of breath when climbing stairs 2 I often yawn, though well enough sleep. What is the reason?

Hello! I have 2 question. 1. I have severe shortness of breath when climbing stairs 2 I often yawn, though well enough sleep. What is the reason?

See doc.: Severe SOB with climbing stairs is not normal in your age group and needs a good explanation. This may be related to heart / lungs or blood system. ...Read more

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I'm having shortness of breath but only when I think about it, and I have to yawn a lot. No other symptoms but I do have a heart murmur. Related?

Unlikely: Symptoms of shortness of breath when you think about it, and need for yawning is unlikely to be a significant problem. I would focus upon good rest and exercise and reassess.
Heart murmurs are wide and varied, and if related to shortness of breath is usually activity related. If you do have activity related shortness of breath, then you should have this reviewed with a cardiologist. ...Read more

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Dizzy, light, headedness, fatigue, shortness of breath, yawning.

Dizzy, light, headedness, fatigue, shortness of breath, yawning.

This constellation: Of symptoms requires further evaluation with your physician. ...Read more

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I've been experiencing shortness of breath and craving for a good deep breath while yawning. My heart also beats faster with lightheaded/dizziness. Tnx?

Breathe slow: This sounds like you may be experiencing respiratory alkalosis, where you are breathing to fast and too shallow; you need to be cognizant of breathing very slow and deeply;. ...Read more

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Yawning to catch my breath- shortness of breath. Albuterol inhaler doesn't help. At night wake up gasping for air. What kind of doctor should I see?

Yawning to catch my breath- shortness of breath. Albuterol inhaler doesn't help. At night wake up gasping for air. What kind of doctor should I see?

Prego -short breath: If you are pregnant and on several medications, you first must be sure you are healthy for the pregnancy and be sure to have your OB doctor okay any medication. If your health is okay then some of your symptoms may be anxiety based and you should talk to your family doctor about this, to diagnose and give you assistance. ...Read more

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Iam having chest pains with shortness of breath and also my body becomes exessive sweat.

Go to the ER: Chest pain in conjunction with sweatig and shortness of breath is a very concerning symptom combination. While your age and medical problems may put you in a lower risk category, and the tests that you had can exclude some things, you should still be evaluated immediately. ...Read more

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Excessive Cough with mucus, heaviness in the chest, shortness of breath with pain in chest?

Excessive Cough with mucus, heaviness in the chest, shortness of breath with pain in chest?

See a doctor: Without a chest x-ray it is difficult to tell. Your symptoms sound like you could have pneumonia or bronchitis. I would see a doctor today especially if your shortness of breath is worsening. You can also try taking your albuterol inhaler every 4-6 hours, stop smoking, and try Mucinex (guaifenesin) that is over the counter to help get up the mucous. Ibuprofen may also help with the pain from the cough. ...Read more

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Can you have shortness of breath and dizziness from excessive coughing due to allergies w/ diagosis of costochondritis?

Can you have shortness of breath and dizziness from excessive coughing due to allergies w/ diagosis of costochondritis?

Possible: That is possible. Should symptoms persist see your doctor for a more complete history and exam. ...Read more

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Pain on left rib cage shortness of breath and excessive sweating?

See your doctor: These complaints could be due to any number of problems - some of them serious. You need to see your doctor or go to an emergency room to have the symptoms evaluated. ...Read more

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Past few weeks difficulty swallowing, today shortness of breath, excessive saliva. Tingling all over body should I be concerned. Is this an emergency?

Past few weeks difficulty swallowing, today shortness of breath, excessive saliva. Tingling all over body should I be concerned. Is this an emergency?

Treat it like one..: Acute shortness of breath should be presumed a medical emergency. The preceding symptoms only heighten my alarm. A prudent person would go to the emergency room straightaway. ...Read more

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Went in for Dtap the other day. Have had confusion, diarrhea, stinging pain in small spots, excessive saliva and shortness of breath since. Normal?

Went in for Dtap the other day. Have had confusion, diarrhea, stinging pain in small spots, excessive saliva and shortness of breath since. Normal?

Tdap or Dtap?: These symptoms are not usual with the indicated vaccine but rather may suggest symptoms seen with excessive exposure to cholinergic compounds. Please seek an urgent consult for clarification. Take care. ...Read more

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I have excess mucus in lungs/throat-barely comes up when I cough-Shortness of breath and I have to cough frequently. No Bronchitis. Maybe asthma?

Cough/Sputum: If you have had a recent upper respiratory infection (past 3 months) and the cough/mucous started afterwards, this could be "post-infectious cough" that resembles cough-variant asthma. The latter is possible too. Further history taking is necessary to help direct you- I will be happy to see you in an online appointment or you could see your PCP as well. ...Read more

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Shortness Of Breath (Definition)

Breathlessness is the sensation of not being able to catch one's breath. It may be seen in asthma, heart failure, ...Read more