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

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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I have shortness of breath and frequent yawning, what to do?

Your your PCP: I am not sure about yawning but you definitely need to see your doctor for evaluation of shortness of breath. ...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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Breathlessness (Definition)

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


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