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Shortness of breath

For the past year + I have been very short of breath and find myself battling to fill my lungs with air. I sometimes have to breathe deeply 3-4 times before I feel I have enough oxygen in my lungs. I was a smoker but gave up 7 years ago.  There is no accompanying cough or other symptoms.  In 03/04 I had chemo due to a brain tumour and used to have regular lung function tests to check that my lungs weren't being scarred from the chemo.  I have seen two GP's but haven't found any answer...are you able to help? (I've heard that there is a very rare condition that occurs in young women that causes shortage of breathe, lung collapse and eventual death.)

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180749 tn?1443595232
To get extra oxygen into the lungs, do this pranayam twice a day and you will notice the benefit in weeks.Expelling of old air is important. Let me know how you feel after 9 days and 28 days of pranayam practice.Continue the pranayam once a day, after you are better, to maintain healthy lung function.
Build up your timing gradually.If you feel tired or dizzy, stop and resume after one minute.
Kapalbhati pranayam -(Do it before eating) Push air forcefully out through the nose about once per second. Stomach will itself go in(contract in). The breathing in(through the nose) will happen automatically. Establish a rhythm and do for 20 to 30 minutes twice a day. Children under 15 years – do 5 to 10 minutes twice a day.
Not for pregnant women. Seriously ill people do it gently.
Anulom Vilom pranayam –
Close your right nostril with thumb and deep breath-in through left nostril  
then – close left nostril with two fingers and breath-out through right nostril  
then -keeping the left nostril closed  deep breath-in through right nostril
then - close your right nostril with thumb and breath-out through left nostril.
This is one cycle of anulom vilom.
Repeat this cycle for 15 to 30  minutes twice a day.
Children under 15 years – do 5 to 10 minutes twice a day.
You can do this before breakfast/lunch/dinner or before bedtime or in bed.Remember to take deep long breaths into the lungs.You can do this while sitting on floor or chair or lying in bed.
February 10, 2011
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757137 tn?1347196453
See a doctor who specializes in lung disorders. Is it possible that scarring occurred after you were last tested for it? Also, could you have developed asthma?
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