Shortness of breath and deep breath addiction

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Hello there. I want to ask what it can be.. I have had 7-8 ECG tests. I had lung picture,asthma test,blood test and everything came out fine. Im 20 years old and im smoking from 15. I find hard to take deep breaths and I try to take them every 2-3 mins. Thats happening every day for 4months maybe. I have strange sound from esophagus when i try to blow out air hard. If I dont get deep breath i start try taking it more often. Having some pressure in upper back near trapezius, and chest. Sometimes when I get deep breath i feel like explosion in my chest what makes me scary, but it happens sometimes only. Like heart comming out from throat. What im thinking it can be maybe not lung but esophagus?? Can esophagus cause any breathing problems? Maybe really im not shortness of breath, maybe i just feel like, but my esophagus feels like its not opened as it should be. I think from when i started taking too often deep breaths i made it worse and worse and now its very addicted and maybe something bad in esophagus. I dont know what to do. My doctor keep telling me its Anxiety and when I try to ask for some tests she saying ohh stop it blabla. I had Citalopram,Xanax. None of them helped with my briething. I stopped fitness for months also because i just start to run after 5min i feel something in my throat,esophagus,chest I dont know where but im not psycho, i have feels and i know that its not anxiety. Anxiety cant cause breathing problems 100% all the time. I go up stairs i feel like im out of breath and i get pain in chest center. But as I said i dont know if this pain is heart or esophagus. Sometimes even fast heart beat cause this pain in center of chest. My doctor said my heart is fine because i had many time tests. Ok maybe you think because im smoking, but I never had it before it cant be from smoking.. I was drinking for 2-3 years almost every day 1-2 liters soda. Is there any chances that im not really shortness of breath, but it just seems like and problem in esophagus? Sometimes when i feel im gonna burp, I cant. It wont come out, its like stucked. I know it may be GERD but sometimes i eat a loooot and feel okay. I saw that when im standing or sitting i find it hard to breath, when im laying its okay and if my back is pressed then i dont have this pain in middle of chest. For example sit down on chair and push in the wall with legs so my back is pushing because its touching chair and i feel better then. I dont even know how to describe. I may sound like idiot, but I dont know where else try to find answer sad 

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    how awful, I can't believe no one can help you, maybe go to a lung Dr thats what I did and he found all kinds of things wrong, including the Alpha one syndrome. Good luck you are very young
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      I dont think so it can be something with lungs. They listened many times my lungs, did xray of my lungs and said everything is fine. Currently im sleeping on big good bed and its soft. I was sleeping on hard bed and i slept bed because i was waking up in night and felt shortness of breath. But on soft bed i dont have this. I dont really know what is wrong.. Im interested in normal people which dont have anything bad, How often do they take deep breath. Because I think I take it too often and that can cause worse and worse. 
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    Maybe there is not a singular problem here, but two.

    Aerophagia is the swallowing of air, and this can cause symptoms such as abdominal bloating, pressure in the chest etc. This can be done in conjunction with anxiety or having a habit.

    Have you asked or suggested to see an internist?  or a gastointestinal specialist?

    Hiatal hernias can sometimes put the feeling of blockage or difficulty in breathing with pressure.  Having drank an excessive amount of caffeine for so long, you could have weakened the valve that is at the top of your stomach. Perhaps this is causing your problem and rather than breathing or lungs being the cause...

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    In addition, smoking also can weaken this valve also.

    Regardless, you have been smoking for five years now.

    Five years too long.

    Quit now, or pay the consequences later...take it from me and others on here, smoking will make you pay a sever price.

    Quit for  your own health. And save money in the process. Save  your teeth and lungs. Reduce your risk of cancers...Save yourself and your family the heartache.

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      Thanks for your reply. I dont drink so much caffeine in my life. No coffee, only sometimes energy drinks, but sometimes. I would like to see more doctors. Im living in Denmark, and our doctors are stupid because they keep saying its anxiety.. They think im young for something serious, but I think i have something really. I have even changed my old doctor to new, its same.. They saying they can send me to other doctor because they 99% sure its anxiety and they dont want to waste someones time and blabla.. I think its really stupid, I must start saying I started fainting everyday so they maybe will send me somewhere. I also see that my breathing is more hard in mornings, when I wake up. I have read also some posts and getting afraid of it could be that my heart dont have enough space in chest..About smoking: I was stopped 1 year ago smoking for 6months, I started again because my pulse was low,I couldnt feel it and always i feel tired. I was really scared of low pulse and that I dont feel it. I was addicted to my heartbeats that i hear them. 
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    If two doctors have given you the same opinion with your symptoms being related to anxiety, then at least try their treatment, if they have offered you any.

    If this is anxiety, then they should refer you to counselling of some sort and perhaps given you medication to help relieve anxiety, even specific exercises and suggestions on how to lower the anxiety.

    Try this direction for several weeks, at least while you seek other help.

    If in fact, it is anxiety related, then you will see improvement with counselling and others techniques to change it.....no harm done.

    But to do nothing while trying to find another cause will leave you more anxious and frustrated. At least doing something to try and help will be favorable compared to nothing.

    I hope you have the best of luck to find out what this trouble is caused from.

    Do not smoke!!  It is the worst anyone can have, regardless of their health.

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      I was going to psychologist, i used my doctors medicine which they gave. It didnt helped. So I dont think so its anxiety.. I really know how anxiety feels.
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    Hey Thomas...even I am having some what similar symptoms like you do...I have seen 2 physicians and a pulmonologist but all say it's asthma...I have been wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, . Seems like I am getting better but the process is really really slow. I am running in my 6th month. I was a smoker too. My xray is fine. Ecg is also fine. I had asthma too as a child. I am 30 yrs old. I Wasn't a heavy smoker. I wish I never smoked. If you find out what's wrong with you please do share with us. If you wish to contact me, you can email me

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    Stop smoking, start meditating and see what happens.   You say it "can't be from smoking" but why risk it?  If it's not harming your body yet, it will eventually.

    I don't mean to offend, but you do seem rather obsessed with your health for a 20 year old and that could certainly cause anxiety.   You do realise that smoking INCREASES anxiety?

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      Yes, but before I wasnt smoking 6 months, it was even worse. I started again and anxiety became less than when i didnt smoke. 
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      Smoking briefly alleviates anxiety but then increases it until you have another smoke and that's why it's addictive.   Smoking does NOTHING positive
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