shortness of breath, hard to take deep breath

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so ive been experiencing anxiety/stess for the past 5 months or so.  I have experienced a multitude of symptoms including panice attacks.  I have been to the ER at least 5 times since Feb of this year.  I have seen my primary DR and three others for second opininons, I even went to an out of network ER because they didnt have my medical history just to get a second opinion.  I have had multiple EKGs, Holter Monitoring 24hour, Stress Test, chest xrays, MRI of my head, neck xrays and every blood test possible.  All came back normal.  I am currently experiencing difficulties taking a deep breath, i get the sensation that im not getting enough air and I don't feel my breath if that makes any sense.  When i breath deep, i don't feel my chest expand, it's like numb i guess.  I had blood work to check my CO2 intake and it came back at 99%, which is great.  So at this point i dont know what is wrong with me.  Dr keeps telling me is Anxiety.  Im not taking any meds other than my Thyroid, i have Hypo.  I am doing Yoga which has helped a lot, I am seeing a therapist, and i am doing Accupuncture.  I am much better than i was 2 or 3 months ago.  I am learning to live with this breathing issue, I have had it for at least 3 weeks.  My uncle who is a dr in Mexico told me its a virus and it will go away.  So we will see. 

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    I read all your post with interest and the last sentence made the most difference, has anyone mentioned costochondritis to you? It's an infammation of the muscles around the rib cage after a virus and cause physical difficulties breathing. I got an inhaler for mine. Go back and ask if it is. Good luck.

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      Hey sam,

      It sure feels like that but im feeling a lot better this week, still not 100% but am breathing better. Dr said nothing was wrong with me other than anxiety! Thanks for the heads up though.

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    I had the exact same thing a few years back and still comes back from time to time

    The doctor stated it's common in pregnant women (I'm a man and I'm not pregnant)

    The body has enough oxygen in it and so when we breath in it doesn't need any more oxygen than it has in it already and so it doesn't take in the air, so we're left gasping when in fact the body is in a way rejecting the air at that time

    Sounds crazy I know but it is the case and once I got my head round it, it's not been an issue

    All the best with it all

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      Yup, thats what it feels like, sometimes it felt like i couldn't fit any air in my lungs, i slowly started finding ways to get around it. Raising my hands above my head sometimes helped. Lately just really slowing down the breathing helps. The feeling is just do weird though, it felt like numbness and i just could not feel my breath, i actually also started to feel the same sensation when i peed. I could not feel my urine when it was coming out and did not get that satisfaction when you empty the bladder. Dr took a urine test and said all was clear. These are the weirdest symptoms i have ever experienced !

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