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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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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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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 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 = 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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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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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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