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What can make it difficult to take deep breathes and make me have to work to yawn?

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Dr. Gregg Albers
Addiction Medicine

In brief: Hard to yawn

Any process that makes the chest wall stiff or make it hard to move air in and out of the chest.
Pulmonary fibrosis restricts motion, emphsema, chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive lung disease, sarcoidosis, previous lung surgery, can make it hard to take a deep breath. One of the most common is the restricted breathing of obesity, as well as lack of exercise. Smoking makes all of these worse.

In brief: Hard to yawn

Any process that makes the chest wall stiff or make it hard to move air in and out of the chest.
Pulmonary fibrosis restricts motion, emphsema, chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive lung disease, sarcoidosis, previous lung surgery, can make it hard to take a deep breath. One of the most common is the restricted breathing of obesity, as well as lack of exercise. Smoking makes all of these worse.
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