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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

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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Why do I get daily attacks of shortness of breath when my peak flow, oxygen saturation, pulse, temperature, blood test and EKG results are all normal?

Breath: Many things can cause you to feel short of breath. One of the most common is a panic attack. Are you prone to them? Other medical conditions such as congestive heart failure with volume overload are frequently seen in elderly patients. Other heart conditions and pulmonary conditions can cause this as well. In a young healthy person such as yourself a panic attack seems more likely. See your Dr ...Read more

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Is it true tht U yawn nt bc your bored tired or stress but bc your nt getting enough oxygen bc I feel that way when I'm short of breath ?

Is it true tht U yawn nt bc your bored tired or stress but bc your nt getting enough oxygen bc I feel that way when I'm short of breath ?

Several theories: Yawning (oscitation) most often occurs in adults immediately before and after sleep, during tedious activities and as a result of its contagious quality. Theories involve yawning to get more oxygen to remove a build up of Carbon Dioxide, Boredom, an evolution theory (because our ancestors did it), and a "brain cooling" theory. ...Read more

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

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 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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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 frequently get shortness of breath and it feels like i'm not getting enough oxygen. What could be causing this?

Dyspnea: That sounds alarming. Hard to tell without more information and without physical examination. Possible causes include asthma/pneumonia/pulmonary embolism (cot in the lungs). See a doctor asap. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Oxygen (Definition)

Oxygen is a gas that the cells in your body need to work properly. The air we breathe normally has 21% oxygen. A maximum of 100% oxygen can be given. Babies with heart or lung problems may need ...Read more


Dr. Luis Villaplana
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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