Respiratory Disorders Community
Strange Involuntary Breath
About This Community:

This patient support community is for discussions relating to lung and respiratory issues, allergies, asthma, bronchitis, colds/flu, chronic cough, COPD, lung abscess, nasal polyps, pleurisy, pneumonia, sarcoidosis, and tuberculosis.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank
238 Comments Post a Comment
Viewing 201-249 comments:
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
I suffer from depression and anxiety.   I'm not sure when it started but I'm sure it coincided with start of my anxiety



Jason eacups
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
I too believe it's called 'atelectasis' . It can be caused by a variety of conditions -- especially at well age.
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breathing_difficulty#section_2
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
Yes -- I noticed that there are some commonalities -- a pattern: asthma, chronic hypo-thyroid, sleep apnea, GERD (acid reflux), surgical damage -- ESP. Gallbladder, bronchitis, recurrent pneumonia, & cold symptoms: I too believe it's called 'atelectasis'. It can be caused by a variety of conditions -- especially as we age/&/or acquire one or more of the conditions mentioned.
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breathing_difficulty#section_2
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
Get a complete thyroid panel with an ultra sound of your thyroid -- many times the labs report thyroid levels within range, but if ONE to multiple nodules are discovered in an ultrasound (along with a 'normal' thyroid lab) this could mean you've been suffering from chronic hypothyroidism (so this is a possible reason your labs are coming within range -- because your thyroid has been struggling to compensate -- hence the multi-focal point nodules)!
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
Sounds like your thyroid levels may need readjustment, but don't rule out sleep apnea, & that you're not Pseudocholinesterase Deficient as this genetic condition will keep you from breaking down certain common medications leading to chronic fatigue. So get a Sleep Study, complete thyroid panel with an ultra sound of your thyroid -- many times the labs report thyroid levels within range, but if ONE to multiple nodules are discovered in an ultrasound (along with a 'normal' thyroid lab) this could mean you've been suffering from chronic hypothyroidism (so this is a possible reason your labs are coming within range -- because your thyroid has been struggling to compensate -- hence the multi-focal point nodules)!
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
Get pain management via a spinal epidural steroid shots! Then begin exercising to decrease that weight (which may also possibly cure your diabetes), meanwhile, sounds like your thyroid levels may need adjustment, but don't rule out sleep apnea (which usually goes hand-in-hand with being overweight & depression). So get a Sleep Study, complete thyroid panel with an ultra sound of your thyroid -- many times the labs report thyroid levels within range, but if ONE to multiple nodules are discovered in an ultrasound (along with a 'normal' thyroid lab) this could mean you've been suffering from chronic hypothyroidism (so this is a possible reason your labs are coming within range -- because your thyroid has been struggling to compensate -- hence the multi-focal point nodules)!
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
Hello everyone.  I just want to make a comment.  The exact same thing happened to me, very similar to how it happens to most of you.  My "regular" doc didn't think it was a big deal when I told her, but it was very, very annoying.  Now, I'm gonna say this - and HONESTLY it's not to scare anyone, but I can only tell you MY experience.  That big sudden deep breath thing started (for me) right before I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.  I of course got treatments immediately, and after 8 rounds of chemo, it has never happened again.  But trust me, I still wonder why my body did that !!  It was very weird.
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
Just to add this comment, I go back to my cancer Oncologist annually to get an MRI and a full body scan ( called PET ).    Although everything looked good as far as mr remission, the doc did mention that word: Atelectasis...  Of my lungs, and if I remember, when I looked this up, it was like a condition of the lungs....one that may not be able to be repaired....I guess, similar to scarring or scar tissue.  

Anyway, like I said above, it was EXTREMELY annoying, it lasted for about 3-4 months, doctors didn't have a clue, which annoyed me even more !!  But after that 3-4 month period, I got my diagnosis of stage 4 Non-Hodg. Lymph, got into chemo right away, and it hasn't happened since!!  

I am leaning toward believing it had something to do with our lungs....like some of the posts have said....I don't think it's stress related...my "gasps" started BEFORE I knew I had cancer, so I wasn't even stressed.

I would be remiss if I did not add the fact that I am truly surprised (and sort of pleased) that I wasn't the only one who experienced this weird breathing symptom !!  Good luck y'all !!!
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
I have had the same symptoms for a few days now and it's happening every 5 to 7 min and it doesn't seem to go away. I have to take deep breath to make it pass quickly and it's followed by cardiac arithmia . I also had h pillory a few month ago but this just started and its freaking me out big time. I was asmarhic when I was younger(I am now 38). It's good to know I'm not the only one and that I found you guys here and we can update each other on this.
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
I meant to say asthmatic and to add to my post, I am going under lots of stress right now, I was also ill with the flu couple of weeks ago and every time it happens its followed by really fast palpitations. Although it seems to be nothing to worry about I actually do, this is not normal...at all. Please update, anyone, any improvements, findings etc... this posting took me about 5 to 10 min and as im writing, it has happened 6 times already... thanks in advance and wishing everyone lots of good health!!!
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
Hope you went back to pulmonologist about this. I had those kinds of symptoms and had a type of lung infection, with fluid in the lining of my lungs. No phlegm, no cough
Blank
5051918_tn?1362887290
Dear Mapes79,
You state that your 4 year old has nothing to be  stressed about.  Please understand that children experience stress more profoundly than adults.  Just a change in routine can cause this, or going to school away from her home.  Then, please look what you wrote here: Rather than going to her Pediatrician who would have made all this more clear for you and put less stress on your child, you went to an ER, had an ECG and ECHO run (scary!). (They also found nothing to worry about.)   And now you're thinking of "looking into having her tonsils and adenoids (adenoids) out as they are quite large and there is a possibility of sleep apnea"!  You would put the child through surgery?  This is what her Pediatrician is for to avoid parents "stressing out" and putting their children through frightening (for them) procedures just so the parent can feel better.  You, I am truly sorry to say, are the biggest stress in your child's life (sorry because I'm sure you are trying your best) among all the other stresses of growing and experiencing children undergo.  You sound like your stress rules your better judgment.  When your child finally realizes that you worry like this they will rebel and feel you have no confidence in them or they may become as worried as you.  Trust her doctor and if you don't, find one that you do.  Then learn about the worrying side of OCD.
Best wishes.
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
Stop it! I had an endoscopy 3 months ago and h pylori and now i have the involuntary sharp intake of breath. Im 28, but i do have many other health concerns, including lupus, fibromyalgia, blood clots in the leg, and had my first seizure about two weeks ago and kindve this strange almost funny numbness along my right jaw towards the back of my neck. so mine could be nerve related, poor circulation or in my brain. They are going to do a spinal tap and mri of my brain. Hopefully get sonme answers :)
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
I'm actually much younger than all of you, but I'm just as curious. I looked it up since my parents wouldn't answer. Is what you are all talking about the same to mine? I can just be sitting and doing completely nothing, when I suddenly take this really quick and deep breath.

I guess a muscle spasm would make sense but I think it could mean that you didn't have enough oxygen so your body reacted and sucked in some more air. I don't know, I'm just a teenager.
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
Finally! People who know what I am going through!

I am 26, white male (Mediterranean decent if that helps) with a fairly fit body. I have been getting these strange breaths for the past 2 years or so. What is so strange about them is that they happen randomly. It could happen several times a week and I can go a whole month without doing it. I should probably keep a journal of what I have been doing around the times I get them.

Most confuse it with a sigh but I actually inhale loudly but don't exhale loudly like a sign. It sounds like I am gasping or something similar to that.

My friend told me it was me just looking for attention (whatever that means). I thought it was in my head until I read everyone else's response here. The only thing I can link to this is that i smoked for 4 years in college. That was about 5 years ago though. I do exercise regularly though.

I once went to the doctor and mentioned it. She put a stethoscope to my heart/lungs and didn't hear anything abnormal. When the nurse came in and took a breathing test (she told me to blow hard into an instrument for 5 seconds) I couldn't completely it. I tried my hardest to breath into the apparatus but according to the nurse I wasn't doing it hard or long enough. I tried my hardest and I though I was doing a good job but I guess not.The nurse didn't want to get in trouble that I couldn't do it so she told me to tell the doctor that I did it. I stupidly went along. There might be something wrong there. I never went back (this was about 5 months ago). I will go in a few months again when I get insurance again. There could be something connected with my lungs.

I really hope it gets resolved. It's very annoying. I feel sickly when I do it.
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
I forgot to mention I do get depressed from time to time. I definitely was pretty depressed up until a year ago. I also get easily anxious/nervous.

I do feel stressed easily as well.
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
Your issues are caused by damage to the PHRENIC NERVE, which controls the diaphragm.  If I had enough time I would send this same response to everyone who has written in this blog.  I have the same problem and know that in my case it has been caused by a herniated disc in my neck.  Just "Google" Phrenic Nerve and you will find much more information on this issue.
The vagus nerve can also play a role.
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
I have this too. My son keeps asking, "Why are you sighing?" I can't help it. My body takes a shuddering deep breath probably once every 5 minutes or so. And, it feels awesome, like tons of seratonin are flooding into my system.

My deep involuntary breaths started after a near death experience due to a bad car accident. My entire body was slammed in an high speed head-on collision. I had full cat scans and xrays of my entire body and all of my internal issues have been dealt with.

I assumed that this was a post-trauma event. I have had these air sigh episodes after extensive exercise in the past. I figured this was my body's attempt to make me feel more calm as the PTSD from my accident was intense.

I am not worried about it at all, just curious as to if it has a name or purpose. Sounds like medical science still has a lot to learn about our bodies. They are an amazing piece of biological technology.
Blank
5621588_tn?1371089806
I recently suffered a brain stem stroke a couple weeks ago and am experiencing this also..I'm going to ask my PCP tomorrow when I visit.
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
I think its related to a constricting airway.  One of the main reasons for this is silent but serious symptom...GERD.  many dont realize they have acid reflux when they sleep at night.  This acidic bacteria can cause scaring, hardening and permanent constricting of the air tubes, laryngitis, pneumonia, bronchitis, horrid bacterial sinus infections, an increase in throat cancer, and much more.
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
thanks a lot Largomet !!! I was really worried why i have this involuntary intake of breaths for about a week and was really worried but now i feel relieved after knowing that it is caused by Gabpantin  that i have been taking for  Restless Leg Syndrome !!!
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
thanks a lot Largomet !!! I was really worried why i have this involuntary intake of breaths for about a week and was really worried but now i feel relieved after knowing that it is caused by Gabpantin  that i have been taking for  Restless Leg Syndrome !!!
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
Have they tested you for a possible dx of cystic fibrosis? Any trouble with fatty foods? Mucus in your stool?
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
Not sure if you got my reply post. Have they assessed you for cystic fibrosis? Trouble with fatty foods? Mucus in your stool?
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
Thank you for your input.  I have issues with my neck, such as a herniated disk.  Im not sure when I started this annoying breathing problem.  I hope it is what you say.
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
I was randomly gasping for air,very frequently,mostly in the evening,long story short ended up having pulmonary function test done,which resulted in a diagnosis of Asthma, was put on a puffer with great improvement,, recently had sleep study test done,which concludes I don't have sleep apnea, when I mentioned that I still have occasional gasps, the Doctor felt that was an indicator that my Asthma is not yet under control and that my puffer may need to be changed,we'll see.
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
I agree!
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
I also have the same problem. for a few years now and it seems to be getting more frequent. it can happen at any time with no warning whatsoever. It always attracts attention when I am in company and distresses me because it is antisocial and embarrassing. if I am lucky it is just a sharp intake of breath, but that still can attract attention as it can be mistaken as a reaction to someone's discussion.At worse it is a loud snort which sounds horrible. My father used to suffer the same infliction. I am a 43 year old male. I can best describe it as an involuntarily sharp intake of breath, which doesn't feel anything like a hiccup. More a hiccup without the immediate halt of inhalation.
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
im 15 almost 16 im a huge cross country runner i run 6 times a week anywhere from 5 to 9 miles daily and recently i get these strange sharp involuntary gasps/hiccup type things and it hurts sometimes but i dont wanna tell anyone cause i dont want them to have me go to the doctor and it be really bad. it mostly occurs when im really pushing myself like up hills or sprints but it happens after words for awhile and during school randomly or when i get nervous ( because i do have anxiety and minor depression) im very worryied about this it affects my running sometimes but does anyonehavea clue what it could be?
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
I am a 15 year old female, with no health problems, and i am not overweight. I also have this annoying hiccup type thing, it has been happening for about a month now,
Sometimes it occurs every few hours or sometimes its only like 2-3 times a day. I do not know why it happens either, but i am going to do more research on it
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
Yes, I have sleep apnea and also numerous surgies
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
Did a course of action help with this problem.   I have same issues. Incl snorting from time to tiem
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
That's exactly what's happening to me at the moment. I had my gallbladder out 10 days ago. I still feel like  I have stitch in my side and keep getting these involuntary intakes of air.
Do you know if this happens to a lot of people or can it mean something more?
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
I experience one or two of these involuntary breaths each night as I am going to sleep.  It brings me to complete relaxation and oxygenation of my body, followed by deep relaxed sleep.  I wish I could voluntarily replicate the wonderful depth of breath, but I can't if I try. My body does it on its own, apparently as an indication I am reaching a peaceful place. I love it, and see it as a gift my body gives me.

Does anyone else enjoy their deep involuntary breaths?  
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
Something tells me it's not just one reason. The stories vary in that some have had no health issues and others have had strokes or major surgery.

I am curious if anyone else has Mediterranean Anemia. I read that it can 'cause shortness of breath. I have it. I wonder if it contributes at all.

Since some say it has to do with nerve damage...I wonder if a lot of people experience these breaths crack their joints a lot. Maybe cracking one's neck/back/feet can 'cause nerve damage? No idea.

Also, I have restless legs as well. They used to be a lot worse but have calmed down over the past 1-2 years.

I still get the involuntary breaths. They can stop for weeks and sometimes I get them several times a day. I really hope I find the reason why one day.

Blank
Avatar_f_tn
Take Magnesium for Restless leg syndrome it works marvolous!
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
Take Magnesium for Restless leg syndrome it works marvolous!
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
atelectasis is the complete or partial collapse of the lung or lobe or the lung and is actually quite different. We will see it in the hospital if someone after surgery doesn't exercise their lungs well.
I find your other group of diagnoses very interesting though...especially hypothyroidism & gallbladder disease or removal.
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
Thanks for this information about the phrenic nerve problem.  I also take massive gabbapentin for spine issues.
I also experienced a loss of strength in the left hand first 3 fingers several months back.  A neurologist dr asst said it was coming from my neck.
I damaged the occipital nerve in my neck 20+ years ago in a car wreck.  Nothing could be done, just lived with the pain and issues.

I need 4 bones removed from my back for stenosis, degenerated disc, herniated disc. plus fusion.  3 doctors would do different surgeries.

I ended up at a pain clinic and dr said to put it off as long as possible.  I have for 1 year so far.  I also had lumbar laminectomy in 1990.  Horrible experience and 2+1/2 years to not be in pain daily!

So, I suppose I will be back at neurologist for the fingers and breathing issue!  Geez.  Live is not good except in small doses!
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
I also have had hypo-thyroidism 45 years.  I suppose the phrenic nerve may be an issue as well as my spinal conditions.
Blank
Viewing 201-249 comments:
Post a Comment
To
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
Respiratory Disorders Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Control Emotional Eating with this ...
Sep 04 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eating Control: How to St...
Aug 28 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
New Cannabis Article from NORTH Mag...
Jul 20 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
Top Respiratory Disorders Answerers
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
ninammam