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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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What causes fatigue, shortness of breathe and sighing, all of which are chronic. The two breathing symptoms started around the same time.

What causes fatigue, shortness of breathe and sighing, all of which are chronic.  The two breathing symptoms started around the same time.

Fatigue: You mention having nasal congestion, this is often reported as causing difficulty with breathing. Cough or cold symptoms or chronic sinus symptoms can be associated with fatigue. ...Read more

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My 9 month old was napping & while she was dreaming she let out big sigh and held her breath for 2-3 seconds before breathing again. Why?

My 9 month old was napping & while she was dreaming she let out big sigh and held her breath for 2-3 seconds before breathing again. Why?

Normal: Infants and even older babies and toddlers hold their breath for long periods, even some have breath holding spells. If she is otherwise healthy, nothing to worry about ...Read more

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19yo, and not a smoker, and sigh and cough at the same time,ihave acidity in the stomach, and I dont have the stomach germ,difficult breathing help me?

19yo, and not a smoker, and sigh and cough at the same time,ihave acidity in the stomach, and I dont have the stomach germ,difficult breathing help me?

Need rx for reflux &: You have acid reflux and shortness of breath.you need to be evaluated by your doctor and need to be treated appropriately for your acid reflux.with lifestyle modifications like loose weight if obese,eat dinner at least 3 hours before bed,elevate head of the bed while sleeping and may need acid suppression therapy with H2 blockers orPPIs. If still short of breath needs further evaluation for asthma ...Read more

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Been losing sleep for a week, mass feeling in throat, constant awareness of breathing, and continuous waking. Could this be sigh syndrome?

Been losing sleep for a week, mass feeling in throat, constant awareness of breathing, and continuous waking. Could this be sigh syndrome?

Reflux: This could be acid reflux, obstructive sleep apnea, or a mass in the throat but somewhat less likely given your age. I would try otc Tums (calcium carbonate) or Prilosec and see if it helps your symptoms. If not see an otolaryngologist to perform a laryngoscopy. ...Read more

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What happens with breathing with sleep? Are rhythmic popping sounds (like 1-2 raindrops) normal in 92 yo? What about sighs and labored breaths/gasps?

What happens with breathing with sleep? Are rhythmic popping sounds (like 1-2 raindrops) normal in 92 yo? What about sighs and labored breaths/gasps?

92 yo sleep issues.: My guess is that 'raindrops' maybe from postnatal drip or oropharyngeal secretions. The gaspin and sighs are likely due to sleep apnea, from a central and obstructive cause. This is all that i can say without more info on this 92 yo! might have silent aspiration as well. ...Read more

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Is deep sighing and deep breathing signs of chronic fatigue syndrome...Or perhaps boredom?

Is deep sighing and deep breathing signs of chronic fatigue syndrome...Or perhaps boredom?

Chronic fatigue: Are you depressed? What other symptoms do you have? Sounds like you might want to chat with a clinical psychologist. These are not usually associated with cfs. ...Read more

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Back pain towards the bottom of ribs when sighing or yawning. No asthma. Previously stopped breathing for a few seconds, did not gasp for air.

Back pain towards the bottom of ribs when sighing or yawning. No asthma. Previously stopped breathing for a few seconds, did not gasp for air.

Back pain/rib pain: Afraid you need a good exam and likely a couple tests such as chest x-ray, pulse oximetry and pulmonary function tests. Lung examination; inflammation from pneumonia, pleurisy, pneumothorax, bronchitis can be involved. Trauma? Fever? The musculoskeletal system needs a good look; is there tenderness at a point. Not to mention the "stopped breathing" detail. Please seek urgent medical assistance. ...Read more

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I have difficulty breathing comes suddenly last for 1-2 hours, sometimes disappear for a period and come back make me sigh a loty my ecg excellent.

I have difficulty breathing comes suddenly last for 1-2 hours,  sometimes disappear for a period and come back make me sigh a loty my ecg excellent.

Normal heart: Without examining you, it's impossible to say what is going on in your case. However, a normal ecg does make it more likely that the symptoms are caused by anxiety or stress. However, blood clots to the lung are also able to cause such symptoms. If you smoke, take birth control pills, or have had long periods of immobility (or airplane travel), see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have difficulty breathing comes suddenly last for 1-2 hours, and sometimes disappear for a period and come back and make me sigh a lot my ECG normal?

I have difficulty breathing comes suddenly last for 1-2 hours, and sometimes disappear for a period and come back and make me sigh a lot my ECG normal?

Need more info: When the difficulty with breathing occurs are you at rest or are you active? Does it occur when you are lying down or sitting or standing? Does it occur when you are upset? Are you depressed? Do you have palpitqtions or chest pain swith the difficulty breathing? What is your age. Have you had heart ot lung problems? Do you smoke? ...Read more