About a week ago, I started getting these random needs to gasp for air. It'd probably happen once, twice a day and it could happen anytime - while I'm walking, lying in bed, resting, etc. The sensation is that of needing to gasp for air after holding your breath for a long time but a short sudden gasp instead of a long one. I didn't pay much attention to it, thinking perhaps it has to do with air in my lungs that day.
Now it's been over a week and happens at least once to maybe 5, 6 times a day. Does anyone hear of anything like this or experience something similar to it? I figure I'll ask and see if everything's ok.
What you describe is not a symptom of serious lung disease. Like hyperventilation and excessive yawning, this phenomenon is a functional disorder of respiratory drive, of the type most often associated with anxiety. Given time, this problem should spontaneously resolve.
I'm no doctor, but I would ask a doctor about this as it happened to me early last year and it turned out to be a number of things.
Of course, every person is different but I would ask for a CT scan and Xray of the lungs, as well as a pulmonary function test (PFT).
Best to you.
Copyright 1994-2016 MedHelp International. All rights reserved.
MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.