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Doctor insights on: Lateral Breathing Vs Abdominal Breathing

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What's abdominal breathing?

What's abdominal breathing?

Belly not chest mvt: The general description of belly breathing infers that the chest remains less active while the belly expands & contracts with breathing. This is common in infants who breathe with their diaphragm & each inspiration pushes out the tummy. Chest wall pain or trauma may increase belly breathing or an effort to move more air with exertion. ...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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Must I make a commitment to change my breathing habits to abdominal?

Must I make a commitment to change my breathing habits to abdominal?

Try yoga: Yoga will teach you to be aware of your breathing and then it becomes a subconscious activity. You need to retrain your mind and give your body muscle memory. Commitment is a reminder to pay attention. Start with a basic yoga dvd or beginner class and become aware of using your body and mind together. ...Read more

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When performing abdominal breathing after 5/6 days I pick up a cold why is this?

When performing abdominal breathing after 5/6 days I pick up a cold why is this?

Bad luck coincidence: A person can catch a cold no matter what kind of breathing he is doing. He can catch a cold no matter how many days he is doing or not doing some sort of activity, like breathing exercises. He can also develop any other illness (like the flu, the whooping cough, tuberculosis, etc...) while doing such breathing exercises, because such illnesses are NOT actually caused by the breathing. ...Read more

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What position is best to be in while doing abdominal breathing? I currently do them lead down

What position is best to be in while doing abdominal breathing? I currently do them lead down

See below: Ideally, the upright position is best (sitting or standing) to allow the greatest excursion of the diaphragm. ...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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When doing abdominal breathing daily how long does it roughfully take before you start seeing results?

When doing abdominal breathing daily how long does it roughfully take before you start seeing results?

Reason?: Why are you doing abdominal breathing? What results are you looking for? Please ask again and give more info. There is a 150 character limit, so be brief, but clear. ...Read more

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Why do I always find that I am tense? My abdomen is always pulled in & I always seem to not be breathing. Whether I'm walkin or around my desk @ work.

Anxiety: I see that you have a history of anxiety and are on Propranolol (for anxiety or for irregular heartbeat). In addition, if your hyperthyroidism isn't being treated adequately, then that could also be cause for the feeling you are describing. I recommend you see your doctor to check up and make sure you are adequately treated. If thyroid okay, consider medication specifically to treat anxiety, cbt. ...Read more

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Pain/pressure in upper left abdomen, worse when lying down, along with difficulty breathing?

Pain/pressure in upper left abdomen, worse when lying down, along with difficulty breathing?

Rule out: You should have pericarditis ruled out. This will require an echocardiogram. Often a blood sample for sedimentation rate is done as well. ...Read more

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I have pain in my abdomen & below ribs. When I lie down (especially on my sides) it is worse. Deep breathing (yawning) is extremely painful.

I have pain in my abdomen & below ribs. When I lie down (especially on my sides) it is worse. Deep breathing (yawning) is extremely painful.

Multiple causes: Of these symptoms depending on your age and medical history.. Best too consult your primary Doctor if not improving. ...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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Lower left quadrant pain that hurts (feels like air or something in there) when breathing. I can also feel it on the left lower abdominal quadrant. It feels like there air as well. Symptoms started suddenly.?

Lower left quadrant pain that hurts (feels like air or something in there) when breathing. I can also feel it on the left lower abdominal quadrant. It feels like there air as well. Symptoms started suddenly.?

R/O IBS: IBS is a diagnosis of exclusion. IUC/CROHNS DZ/IBD is inflammation usually DX by BX IBS SX can be managed. You need a full exam and blood work. Especially screen for H pylori. Also stool screen x 3 for occult blood /parasite/ &colonoscopy./EGD While you are getting these items checked out you should stick to a gluten free diet. Ie gutbliss. Com and Wholeapproach. Com TXPROBIOTICS/LEVSIN/BENTYL ...Read more

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Pain in upper left abdomen when breathing (esp deep breath) and moving certain ways. Also feel really full. Emergency?

Pain in upper left abdomen when breathing (esp deep breath) and moving certain ways. Also feel really full. Emergency?

Abdominal pain: Upper left abdomen pain with breathing usually associated with muscle skeletal injury to upper rib cage if your not having shortness of breath you probably get a check with your doc other symptoms that would be cause of concern abominable pain with nause vomitn change in stools also coughing shortness of breath fever so if things are getting worse er check if not see your local doc this week ...Read more

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What happens if your abdominal muscles are weak, how are you able to do diaphragmatic breathing?

What happens if your abdominal muscles are weak, how are you able to do diaphragmatic breathing?

Nervous system: Weak abdominal muscles refers to the muscles of the abdominal wall, which are voluntary skeletal muscles. The diaphragm, in contrast, is a separate organ of skeletal muscle controlled by the nervous system and has both voluntary and involuntary innervation - the involuntary innervation is what keeps you breathing all the time even when you're not thinking about it. ...Read more

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I'm having feeling of bloatednes, upper right abdomen pain sometimes difficulty breathing, or feeling of about to faint?

I'm having feeling of bloatednes, upper right abdomen pain sometimes difficulty breathing, or feeling of about to faint?

Get Checked for: Gallbladder problem, stomach irritation, airway narrowing etc hope u feel better! Mabuhay! ...Read more

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I have experienced lower back pain on left side that breathing deeply hurts thru abdominal area... No other symptoms...?

I have experienced lower back pain on left side that breathing deeply hurts thru abdominal area... No other symptoms...?

Back strain or: constipation or kidney stone or uti, or slipped disc in back, just rest take otc pain meds aleve/tylenol, excedrin all ok generic fine, try biofreeze gel. Good body mechanic, don't twist back, lift close to body with legs, if obese lose weight if smoke stop, ...Read more

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Previously I ate full when abdominal bloating 'till can't breath normally. I did reverse breathing about 2 weeks. Can this practice hurt my diaphragm?

Previously I ate full when abdominal bloating 'till can't breath normally. I did reverse breathing about 2 weeks. Can this practice hurt my diaphragm?

Please tell us...: ...What you mean by "reverse breathing? " also, relative to your bloating, please see the many excellent answers on the subject in healthtap. ...Read more

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For 3 days, I have sharp pain right side abdomen when cough, walk, and sit. Also thepain occurs when breathing and trying to lay. I had fever, chills?

Fever chills??: Check on the fever and chills first could be viral see a doctor need hydration take Tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen. Abdominal pain could be part of the body aches that is usually associated with flue like symptoms if the pain persisted after the chills and fever you might need to be checked for a hernia good luck ...Read more

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When I cough or bend my body I get a mass in ruq of abdomen feel like pushing out and on my ribs. Causes agony and shallow breathing. What can it be?

Mass: A mass in the right upper quadrant could be a hernia which would be a bulging of organs through the abdominal wall. If your abdominal wall is intact then you could be feeling your gallbladder, liver or colon beneath. If the problem persists I would see a local position for a complete history and physical. ...Read more

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I am feeling tightness at my upper abdomen & slight breathing problems from 2 days. Could it be a psychological symptom?

I am feeling tightness at my upper abdomen & slight breathing problems from 2 days. Could it be a psychological symptom?

Anxiety shows itself: In may ways. Once can mentally obsess over things that frighten the person or do behaviors to keep danger away, e.g., ritual behaviors, checking and re-checking. Physically there can be heart palpitations, shortness of breath, sweating, sleeplessness, etc. Please see your doctor and then go to a mental health professional for support if you think you have an anxiety disorder. ...Read more

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I have a 6 mm stone in my right kidney. I have slow pain in abdomen and testicles with breathing. Please suggest me how can I reduce this stone.?

I have a 6 mm stone in my right kidney. I have slow pain in abdomen and testicles with breathing. Please suggest me how can I reduce this stone.?

You can not: This stone is borderline for being able to pass you its own. Filter your urine and if you have not passed it in the next 48 hours go to the emergency room. ...Read more

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Pain along upper abdomen, down to the right. Pressure. Breathing out hurts, walking/moving around makes it worse. No desire to eat. Possible fever?

Pain along upper abdomen, down to the right. Pressure. Breathing out hurts, walking/moving around makes it worse. No desire to eat. Possible fever?

See a doctor today: You need to see a doctor today for evaluation. Pain in the abdomen, particularly on the right can indicate problems with the gallbladder or appendicitis. Both of these conditions can potentially worsen and become surgical emergencies. Please seek medical evaluation as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Sharp pain in lower right abdomen below ribcage, hurts to yawn breathing in deep and quick movements to right side or when getting up. For 4 days now.

Could be a muscle strain: Especially if you're doing anything strenuous. This could also be your gallbladder stones. In order to be more specific you need a physical exam or at least a longer discussion with more details about your symptoms. ...Read more

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Can C3 C4 herniations cause breathing problems and tightness in upper abdomen, particularly while sitting?

Yes: Those nerves along with C5 help control your diaphragm which helps expands lungs at the base of your lungs between lungs and abdomen. ...Read more

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Pain over stomach area/under left ribs/middle of upper abdomen when breathing in deep. Is this just muscular or something serious?

Pain over stomach area/under left ribs/middle of upper abdomen when breathing in deep. Is this just muscular or something serious?

There are: A lot of structures in that area. Need more history too. Your regular doctor will be able to help guide your care. Someone guessing from so far away wastes time as you may be treating something serious, as though it was simple and the opposite. No one can tell you if this isn't serious. No one around here has that ability. ...Read more