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I keep catching my breath. It happens automatically usually

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I keep catching my breath. It happens automatically usually once or twice a day, also I sometimes have to take a deep breath when talking a lot.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 7 years ago.
what is your age ?
are you diagnosed with any medical condition?
are you on any medications?
from how long are these symptoms?
do you smoke,if yes how much in a day?
any history of allergies?
are you overweight?
any chest pain or palpitations?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.

age 69

no medical condition

not on any medications

two seconds approx.

non smoker

no allergies known

one stone overweight

no chest pain etc

Expert:  Dr. B. replied 7 years ago.
Hello

Thanks for answering my questions.

Ans to your question-Now looking at from what you mentioned,age,symptoms,there is a possibility that your symptoms could be due to underline lung pathology so ask your physician to check your pulse oximetry while sitting and after some exercise.If it desaturates then he will have to do a xray of chest and pulmonary function tests to rule out possible causes.

Other possibility could be undiagnosed central sleep apnea as it may also present with similar symptoms like yours,so you might have to ask the physician to do sleep study test to confirm this diagnosis.
Other possibility causing your symptoms could be underline undiagnosed arrhythmia or any heart condition(aortic stenosis) may sometimes presents with intermittent shortness of breath so ask your physician to do EKG to rule this possibility.
Sometimes low thyroid hormone also can lead to carbon-di oxide retention and that may also make a person gasp for breath so ask your physician to do serum TSH to rule this possibility too.
Other possibility could be underline anemia which also can lead to similar symptoms so ask your physician to do complete blood count to rule it out.
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