Hi, I wanted to write a question about breathing, but recently there has been to sorts of these questions asked.. i get breathless, and it feels as if there is something always caught in my throat, but ive seen a throat specialist and he told me it was my imagination (weird imagination i've got since ive had this problem for at least 3 years now). Any way, as to my subject heading, i struggle to blow up a balloon, although i used to be able to blow one up easily, but yeh in the last year, its become a little hard and takes quite a long time for me now..as well as a little uncomfortable. i just wanted to know if i'm not the only one who has this sort of problem? and do you think this would be reason enough to be checked out at the doc, or am i just being silly?
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No, it's not at all silly to get this checked out by a doc. A throat specialist may not be the right person, though, as breathlessness may be to do with what's happening in your lungs, not your throat.
And it is possible that there isn't a physical problem at all - sometimes breathlessness can be a symptom of anxiety problems. But increasing breathlessness over 3 years is very definitely a symptom that needs to be checked out by a doctor.
If your regular doctor is stumped, ask him/her to send you to a respirologist. These specialist deal with things like lung tidal volume, and the likes. They can run all kinds of test to make sure you take in enough oxygen and how forceful you exhale. You should definetely get it checked out.
Posts: 234 | From: Ottawa, Ont, Canada | Registered: Mar 2002
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Do you smoke? are you in smoke-filled environments? Smoking is known to reduce lung capacity.
Have you recently moved to a significantly higher elevation? For example, did you used to live on the beach, but have moved to the mountains? Air pressure is lower up high. Ppl who are not used to the altitude tend to have breathing problems and fatigue till they get used to it.
Any history of asthma, pnemonia or similar respiratory ailments?
Do you exercise regularly? People who don't exercise enough often have lower cardiac outpus and don't breath as well as people who get sufficient activity.
Are your nail bluish? If so, then your breathing problems are *big* problems because your blood is not carrying enough oxygen!
AS far as i know i'm healthy, i dont smoke or do any drugs, i exercise when ive got time but that hasnt been often lately due to it being winter and i having exams and my nails seem to be its normal pink colour. For what i know i also dont have any sorts of respiratory problems.
When i breath out to try to blow up a balloon, my throat makes a raspy sort of sounds.
When I take a deep breath, it seems like my lungs or ribs "crack" kind of like popping your knuckles. Its been happening for about 3-4 years now. I've actually seen a doctor about it and all he said was that it could be sports related because I play alot of sports.. but that was like 2 years ago and it seems like it should be healed by now. I was just wondering if you had any idea of what this could be. THANKS!
Posts: 6 | From: Oregon | Registered: Sep 2003
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Well, your ribs are attached in a way that they can move as your lungs expand and contract. Have you ever woken up in the morning and streched your arms and heard that cracking noise? When you move joints suddenly after they have been inactive for a while, this can happen. When you take a deep breath (after a long period of normal breathing), thats the same thing.
If you are seriously concerned, or if the cracking is as loud as a gunshot, say, go back to your doctor. But honestly, I don't think there is a problem. Some people's joints just tend to crack more than others
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