Doctor insights on:
Involuntary Gasps Of Breath
I have periodic sudden involuntary gasps of breath. I'm not asthmatic. I have no pain. I have been told I have sleep apnea. What might this be?
Why do I have involuntary gasp for breath? 2 years ago I has cardiac arrest & has cpr & shock 99% blocked. Blockage & has 2 stents.
A reflex: All people sigh daily to redistribute surfactant throughout the lung and keep it expanded. Damaged lungs perform the process more frequently. Sighing is a large gasping breath. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with emphasema several yrs. Ago. Lately i'v noticed that my lungs involuntarily gasp for breath as if air is being forced in.
Go see your doctor: There are new meds to try for copd/emphasema. The first is daliresp, (roflumilast) a pill that will help increase your vital capacity of your lungs with increasing camp in the lungs. The second one is tudorza. It is a spiriva like medication that has a better delivery system. Both meds will help you. Go see your doc for free samples of them. ...Read more
Sudden, involuntary gasp/breath. Its only one gasp. It happens on occasion, but at least once a day. I haven't had this my entire life. No asthma.
This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes.
Once accurately assessed a treatment plan can be developed. ...Read more
Sometimes when I cry I involuntary hold my breath for a couple of seconds. I always go white with red blotches. I'm 25. What does this mean?
Can I get opiates prescribed for severe anxiety and depression? I have been suffering from severe anxiety since I was 17. My chest is usually so tight that my breathing becomes no longer involuntary. In order for me to breath I must remember and physicall
Agree with all: Opiates are contraindicated for anxiety and depression. It may complicate an already troublesome situation and have adverse effects upon respiration, not to mention clear headed thinking. A psychiatric evaluation would be the most logical course to take; they are trained in the medicinal and behavioral aspects that you are suffering from. Good luck! ...Read more
Lungs takes involuntary sudden breath why? I'm asthmatic and possibly vascular diease problems. Is all associated together?
I have been diagnosed with complex ptsd and bi polar, I have unvoluntary tightening around my diaphragm constantly and loss of breath sometimes?
Medical eval: Would help to determine cause. If you have panic associated with the PTSD that might cause loss of breath. Don't know what medications you are taking - but would want to check to see if these are potential side effects. Take care. ...Read more
Stop smoking: Smoking irritates your bronchial passages. It can cause spasm in the lungs making it difficult to breathe. It also increases mucus production clogging up the tiny bronchioles. Stop smoking to stop damaging your lungs further. See your doctor. ...Read more
I am suffocating!!:
This is very common and scary. But, it is usually a sign of stress or anxiety and is known as a panic attack.
Your school nurse may be able to help. If you can tell your parents they may be able to get you to your family doctor or the pediatrics clinic close to home. ...Read more
Obesity: Calculate your body mass index bmi which is your weight adjusted for height. If bmi is over 30, you are obese which can restrict your lung expansion. If bmi is over 40, you are morbidly obese & at risk for heart disease. Check with your doctor & start a weight loss program. Good luck. ...Read more
See your dentist: See your dentist. Have the dentist rule out decay and periodontal disease. Have enhanced hygiene-- brushing at a forty five degree angle between the tooth and the gingiva, flossing correctly, using a tongue scraper and possibly a prescribed rinse. If the etiology is not determined to be dental, a MD consult may be needed. ...Read more
Oral hygiene: Most bad breath is due to crud on the mouth, between the teeth or on the tongue. A good dental flossing with running it over the back of the tongue cures most of these. If it does not, and you are not eating anything like onions or garlic, look for a problem in the upper aerodigestive system. ...Read more
Check blood sugar: You first need to verify that the "fruitiness" isn't due to the accumulation of ketones which are the breakdown products of fat. This is usually a sign of either starvation or diabetes which has been called starvation amidst plenty because of the body's inability to process sugar in the blood. Insulin is used to break down and absorb the sugar. If you don't make enough insulin, that's diabetes. ...Read more
Good oral hygiene: First step is to make sure you are brushing and flossing on a regular basis. Next, if you have not seen a dentist for a while, make an appoiintment for him check for any gum problems. Gums problems, gum disease cancause bad breath. This is the first step. There can be other causes of bad breath, but I would start here first. ...Read more
Med causes: Dr sandler provided an excellent response. Problems with bad breath (hallatosis) can be related to oral hygiene (i.e., caries, periodontal disease, insufficient saliva) or due to general medical problems such as sinusitis, gastric reflux, diabetes etc.. Recommend starting with a dental evaluation. If that doesn’t turn up the cause – then recommend evaluation by your physician. Take care. ...Read more
Many things..: But you first need to determine the cause. Is it dental, diet, gastrointestinal, sinus in nature? You need to first have a dentist examine your teeth and gums for any cavities and periodontal disease. After those items are addressed, you can see a gastroenterologist in regards to acid reflux and your diet. Hope this info helps get your social life back on track... ...Read more
Rib dislocation: Could be a rib dislocation or possibly costochondritis (inflammation of where the ribs and cartilage meet). I would recommend seeing a osteopathic physician to see if they can correct the rib issue. Many times they can place the rib back in proper alignment. Make sure you see a do that does manipulation as their main practice, they are the best. ...Read more
Could be many things: There are a lot of muscles that attach on the collar bone- these can become tense and strained, causing similar symptoms. If you have had a fall recently, it's possible you fractured it. It could be related to one of the rotator cuff muscles as a tendonitis. Could be bursitis. Although you are relatively young, it could still also be osteoarthritis.You need to have your doc examine you for diagnosis ...Read more
Determine the cause: Halitosis can be caused by so many different factors, including but not limited to gum disease, cavities, acid reflux, sinus infection, diet, and tonsil stones. Once the cause is determined, a corrective course of treatment can be recommended. See your PCP and dentist. ...Read more