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Doctor insights on: Neurological Breathing Patterns

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Is my shallow breathing pattern due to anxiety?

Is my shallow breathing pattern due to anxiety?

Could be: If you are able to take big deep breaths at other times the answer is very likely yes. ...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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Are there any benign causes of low oxygen? Maybe different breathing patterns?

Are there any benign causes of low oxygen? Maybe different breathing patterns?

Low oxygen?: You mean Oxygen saturation measured at the tip of the finger? . The normal is > 95 %, at the sea level. Less to about 93-94 ia acceptable. < than 90 is abnormal, . The only benign cause for low O2 sat. Is at high altitude, such as in mountain climbers, they carry compressed O2. Indians from the Altiplano in Bolivia have an Hb of 18-19 %, while at the sea level is 14-13%.
Several factors are needed to continuously supply the cells and tissues in your body with oxygen:
There must be enough oxygen in the air you are breathing
Your lungs must be able to inhale the oxygen-containing air — and exhale carbon dioxide
Your bloodstream must be able to circulate blood to your lungs, take up the oxygen and carry it throughout your body
A problem with any of these factors — for example, high altitude, asthma or heart disease — might result in hypoxemia, particularly under more extreme conditions, such as exercise or illness. When your blood oxygen falls below a certain level, you might experience shortness of breath, headache, and confusion or restlessness.
Common causes of hypoxemia include:
Anemia
ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome)
Asthma
Congenital heart defects in children
COPD Chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases
Emphysema
Interstitial lung disease
Medications, such as certain narcotics and anesthetics, that depress breathing
Pneumonia
Pneumothorax (collapsed lung)
Pulmonary edema
Pulmonary embolism (blood clot in an artery in the lung)
Pulmonary fibrosis
Sleep apnea ...Read more

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How hard is it to reverse chronic hyperventilation syndome? Years of over breathing from anxiety have altered my breathing pattern and I'm suffering.

How hard is it to reverse chronic hyperventilation syndome? Years of over breathing from anxiety have altered my breathing pattern and I'm suffering.

Hard but achievable!: Although chronic hvs is difficult to correctly diagnose and treat, stress reduction therapy, administration of beta blockers, ssris, benzodizepines and breathing retraining have all proved effective in reducing the intensity and the frequency of episodes of hyperventilation. Acupuncture and yoga have also been shown to reduce stress and thus the frequency of hvs. ...Read more

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Does stress alter our breathing patterns?

Does stress alter our breathing patterns?

Yes: Stress will often trigger anxiety and/or panic symptoms where breathing pattern can be shallow rapid and labored. ...Read more

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How can I change my breathing pattern so people can hear me less?

How can I change my breathing pattern so people can hear me less?

Yes, depending on...: Are you saying people complain that they don't like to be around you b/c they are bothered by the/a noise they hear when you are simply at rest breathing while awake? There r a number of conditions that could cause this:excess mucous production, a deviated septum, nasal polyps. You need to see your dr and have a thorough exam to see if there is something serious causing sounds w/normal breathing. ...Read more

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Is there a link between breathing patterns and metabolism? Ex: faster, deeper breathing=faster metsbolisn. Thank you

Is there a link between breathing patterns and metabolism? Ex: faster, deeper breathing=faster metsbolisn. Thank you

Changes in breathing: Good question. There are definite changes in breathing with metabolism. The most significant is when you have an acidosis, like with diabetes or after ingesting certain poisons. This makes you breath real fast to try to get the acid out through your lungs. Other metabolic changes lead to reduced breathing--sedatives, tranquilizers, pain killers. If overdosed, these can lead to respiratory arrest. ...Read more

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Does illness in pregnancy affect my breathing pattern?

Does illness in pregnancy affect my breathing pattern?

It can.: Any pregnancy complicated by illness can lead to even more frequent respiration which is typically more shallow in pregnancy as a result of the elevation of the diaphragm from the enlarging uterus and the effects of progesterone. ...Read more

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When retraining breathing patterns, is it normal to experience symptoms such as gasping, nausea and anxiety?

Breath is: Our most important nutrient. Please see your doctor to make sure you do not have any medical conditions that contraindicate breathing exercises. If OK, remember that yawning and gasping is the way we take in extra air. Anxiety is understandable when deal w/a process as critical as breathing. Make changes under medical guidance. Peace and good health. Sounds like you might be doing some yoga. ...Read more

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Have CRT-D & med. Controlled DCM/HF. Often I have uncontrolled changes in breathing pattern w/ a sudden long inhalation. I can't force exhale? Scarey.

Have CRT-D & med. Controlled DCM/HF. Often I have uncontrolled changes in breathing pattern w/ a sudden long inhalation. I can't force exhale? Scarey.

Dyspnea: Have your physician examine you to see if you have wheezing. Also, BNP blood test may help physician adjust your medications. If this occurs with sleep then sleep study may be helpful. Weigh yourself daily and let your doctor know if you gain 6 pounds in three days as this could be from fluid accumulation. Last, limit your sodium intake by not adding salt and looking at sodium content in foods. ...Read more

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Something either pneumonia 4 months ago, anxiety, stress, I don't know... Threw my breathing pattern off and I can't fix it. Causing horrible symptoms?

Something either pneumonia 4 months ago, anxiety, stress, I don't know... Threw my breathing pattern off and I can't fix it. Causing horrible symptoms?

Seen a doc?: Sometimes, after the body has been ill, we stop trusting it, waiting for more symptoms. This increases the anxiety level, adds stress, lowers the autoimmune function, which can cause all kinds of symptoms, especially those that initially triggered the anxiety. Yoga can often help, lowering anxiety, regulating breathing and focusing on positive control of body functions. Avoid the word "can't". ...Read more

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My sp02 at night while about to fall asleep stays at 96, 95. my breathing I feel it not normal. The pattern of my breathing bother me. Should I c a dr?

My sp02 at night while about to fall asleep stays at 96, 95. my breathing I feel it not normal. The pattern of my breathing bother me. Should I c a dr?

Good SPO2 numbers: Those number show that you're getting enough oxygen, so they are fine. If you are still feeling like there is a problem, you should see your doctor. They can do testing on your lungs to see if they can find any other problems. It might also be caused by anxiety, which your doctor can help. Whatever is going on, you ARE getting enough oxygen, but you should see a doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Weird breathing pattern, cheyne stokes, is it nothing or a problem?

Weird breathing pattern, cheyne stokes, is it nothing or a problem?

Cheyne Stokes: It can be caused by damage to respiratory centers, strokes, traumatic brain injuries, carbon monoxide poisoning, morphine, chronic heart failure, in newborns with immature respiratory systems, & in high altitudes. ...Read more

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What percentage of older americans exhibit restricted breathing patterns?

Moderate: I am not sure that there is any published data on the incidence of restrictive lung disease. With rising obesity rates in the us there has been an increase in the prevalence of airflow restriction. Obesity limits the ability of the diaphragm to contract and keeps the total lung capacity low. ...Read more

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Is there optimal pattern of breathing with obstructive airway disease?

Is there optimal pattern of breathing with obstructive airway disease?

Hmm: There are different characteristics that make one persons sleep apnea better than another's, but there is no optimal pattern. Apneas are already abnormal breathing patterns. ...Read more

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Is there an optimal pattern of breathing when you have obstructive airway disease?

Is there an optimal pattern of breathing when you have obstructive airway disease?

Pursed lip breathing: Pts with COPD who practice pursed lip breathing keep their airways open a little longer allowing more air into the lung. Most COPD pts learn this technique early on in their disease course. ...Read more

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How do I concentrate less on my breathing pattern? I had to start on advair for asthma at age 27. I can't stop concentrating on my breathing. Stress..

How do I concentrate less on my breathing pattern? I had to start on advair for asthma at age 27. I can't stop concentrating on my breathing. Stress..

Peak flow meter: If you are breathing well without wheezing you will be able to concentrate less on your breathing. Your asthma should be under good control. You may benefit from a peak flow meter which can be used at home to determine how well you are breathing. If you score well on the meter then you can rest assured that you are in good shape and you can then concentrate on other matters. ...Read more

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Lately, I have been having very bad anxiety at work because I am required to do ongoing presentations in front of large crowds. Public speaking is a fear of mine. Because of it, the anxiety seems have really messed me up. My breathing pattern has been off

Public speaking: For phobias I most recommend finding a Psychologist expert in Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR). This treatment can really produce faster, long-term positive change. EMDR is often used in performance enhancement with pro-athletes even, and I have found it to be more effective for phobias than CBT alone or prolonged exposure. ...Read more

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Please help! What is the optimal pattern of breathing for patient with obstructive airway disease?

Please help! What is the optimal pattern of breathing for patient with obstructive airway disease?

Any: There is no optimal patters. Breath normally & at times hold breath X few seconds & blow out through your moth partially close as in blowing a balloon. It will help ypur respiratory muscles. By keeping a slow pattern will oxygenated without causing acid-base problems ...Read more

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Cause of my anxiety I am constantly checking my breathing and heart rate, how can I stop this pattern?

Cause of my anxiety I am constantly checking my breathing and heart rate, how can I stop this pattern?

Constant checking: Of breath, heart, or anything else is a symptom, not the cause. After your doc has ruled out medical conditions please see a mental health professional. You MAY have an anxiety disorder focusing on health or some OCD. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I have occasional irregular breathing for a week now. When I inhale my body inhales more air than the normal pattern. This happens 1 in 90 inhales.

Sigh: This sounds like a sigh. Sighs are extra big breaths as you describe. They occur naturally in some adults at sleep. They are associated during wakefulness with anxiety and hyperventilation syndromes. They may also occur with sleepiness or after a meal. ...Read more

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10 years of panic attacks has finally caught up to me physically. My breathing pattern is so screwed up that I've developed hyperventilation syndrome.

10 years of panic attacks has finally caught up to me physically. My breathing pattern is so screwed up that I've developed hyperventilation syndrome.

SSRi: See psychiatrist you will benefit ssri also might need short term benzo as needed. Deep breathing exercise see professional also consider yoga, exercise regularly cut caffeine. ...Read more

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My 3 days baby has irregular breathing pattern she experienced single episode of bluish lips for 10 min then disappear is this normal?

My 3 days baby has irregular breathing pattern she experienced single episode of bluish lips for 10 min then disappear is this normal?

Certainly: Also known periodic breathing of infancy... Very physiologic... Goes away on it own as the respiratory centers of the brain become synchronized and matures. Just needs some tincture of time and lots of hugs! ...Read more

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Can chronic anxiety and stress change your breathing pattern and lungs? I only have anxiety because I can't breathe correctly and its a vicious cycle.

Can chronic anxiety and stress change your breathing pattern and lungs? I only have anxiety because I can't breathe correctly and its a vicious cycle.

Breathing & anxiety: Are closely linked. Breathing is a core component of our stress response & anxiety & has numerous physiological affects. Biofeedback of respiratory movement, heart rate variability, & exhaled co2 are very effective for training healthy, functional breathing. Find a biofeedback professional who treats breathing problems (www. Bcia. Org and www. Aapb. Org). ...Read more

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Do any doctors work with patients having disruptive sleep patterns not related to breathing obstructions? I am having a shortage of deep sleep, and non-standard sequencing between Deep and REM stages.

Do any doctors work with patients having disruptive sleep patterns not related to breathing obstructions? I am having a shortage of deep sleep, and non-standard sequencing between Deep and REM stages.

I'm confused!: Based on your knowledge of your abnormal sleep pattern, it sounds like you may already have a doctor (sleep specialist) who works with patients with disruptive sleep. If your doctor feels your problem is "above his/her pay grade", s'he can refer you to someone with more experience and qualifications. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I jogged on the spot for 1 minute and began breathing in a strange pattern and made a wheezing I have no known asthma I was tested 6 mnths ago causes?

I jogged on the spot for 1 minute and began breathing in a strange pattern and made a wheezing I have no known asthma I was tested 6 mnths ago causes?

Multiple symptoms: Cardiology-- Seeing a cardiologist might be of benefit since you have other symptoms. Wheezing can be caused by either cardiac (heart) or respiratory (lungs). Other symptoms of blood pressure, exercise intolerance can suggest benefit from a further workup from a heart doctor. ...Read more

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Can you have dysfunction breathing patterns without asthma/COPD etc? Would pursed lip breathing help retrain your body out of DSPs?

Can you have dysfunction breathing patterns without asthma/COPD etc? Would pursed lip breathing help retrain your body out of DSPs?

DSPs??: Sorry I don't know what you mean by DSPs. Pursed lip breathing is sometimes seen with copd as an involuntary means of maintaining positive pressure in the airways to avoid collapse of the tiny air sacs during expiration. In the absence of lung or neuromuscular disease anxiety may be the reason for irregular breathing patterns. ...Read more