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Getting breathless when sitting.

I have noticed for a couple of months that I have been getting out of breath whilst sitting down. For example when watching the television I am constantly gasping for air. “Air hunger” as I call it. It feels like i constantly have to yawn just for a satisfying breath if that makes any sense.

Could someone help me find out what it could be? Thank you

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I would get a check-up..I get more breathless lying down so I sleep propped up.

Is it at the same time of day when you relax? Early evening? Time for your inhalers maybe?

Maybe a med review would be useful xx

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Is your blood pressure OK? If you don't know go get it checked. Strain on the heart can result in some wheezing lying down.

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I will check it today thank you!

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It’s low..heart check-up ok thanks

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Not too low I hope.

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135 over 78? Is that normal? Thanks

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It depends on your age, fitness and activity at the time. Pop in to your chemist once a week for a few weeks at the same time of day, then take results to GP if chemist is not knowledgeable.

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135 over 78

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Yes it’s every day where I’m constantly yawning to get a “proper breath” if you know what I mean. Thank you I will book an appointment with my asthma nurse. Thank you!

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Great! Hope you feel better soon. X

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Hi

You definitely need to visit a doctor, but I wanted to let you know that I had exactly the same thing as you. I got referred to a respiratory physiotherapist. She was brilliant. You get given breathing techniques to practice, but the main thing that I gained from it was getting to understand the difference between breathing difficulties caused by my asthma and other sorts of breathing difficulties, eg stress or general overbreathing. Good luck

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