Chest Pain and Breathing: Inhaling Deeply, Moving, or Lying
Chest pain when breathing relates to low O2 levels in the body. Healthy people, when asked, say that they do not feel their breathing at all. This is because it is very slow and small (see numbers below). In contrast, people with chronic diseases breathe 2-3 times more air than the medical norm. Their breathing is too fast and too deep. (Many people actually try to breathe deeply and get sharp chest pain!)
Overbreathing leads to reduced oxygenation of the brain, heart and other vital organs. As a result, many people develop chest pain when breathing or when breathing in (during deeper inhalations). This chest pain when inhaling deeply can occur during or after exercise or when moving, during sleep (especially supine sleep, but also when lying on the left or right sides), after meals (overeating and large meals intensify breathing), due to stress and deep breathing (which was never a part of classic yoga), and so forth.
We already reviewed a Japanese clinical study, in which doctors asked over 200 patients with coronary artery spasm to voluntarily hyperventilate (to breathe deeply). What was the result? 100% of patients experienced sharp angina pain.
Minute ventilation rates (chronic diseases)
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|Normal breathing||6 L/min||-||Medical textbooks|
|Healthy Subjects||6-7 L/min||>400||Results of 14 studies|
|Heart disease||15 (+-4) L/min||22||Dimopoulou et al, 2001|
|Heart disease||16 (+-2) L/min||11||Johnson et al, 2000|
|Heart disease||12 (+-3) L/min||132||Fanfulla et al, 1998|
|Heart disease||15 (+-4) L/min||55||Clark et al, 1997|
|Heart disease||13 (+-4) L/min||15||Banning et al, 1995|
|Heart disease||15 (+-4) L/min||88||Clark et al, 1995|
|Heart disease||14 (+-2) L/min||30||Buller et al, 1990|
|Heart disease||16 (+-6) L/min||20||Elborn et al, 1990|
|Pulm hypertension||12 (+-2) L/min||11||D'Alonzo et al, 1987|
|Cancer||12 (+-2) L/min||40||Travers et al, 2008|
|Diabetes||12-17 L/min||26||Bottini et al, 2003|
|Diabetes||15 (+-2) L/min||45||Tantucci et al, 2001|
|Diabetes||12 (+-2) L/min||8||Mancini et al, 1999|
|Diabetes||10-20 L/min||28||Tantucci et al, 1997|
|Diabetes||13 (+-2) L/min||20||Tantucci et al, 1996|
|Asthma||13 (+-2) L/min||16||Chalupa et al, 2004|
|Asthma||15 L/min||8||Johnson et al, 1995|
|Asthma||14 (+-6) L/min||39||Bowler et al, 1998|
|Asthma||13 (+-4) L/min||17||Kassabian et al, 1982|
|Asthma||12 L/min||101||McFadden, Lyons, 1968|
|COPD||14 (+-2) L/min||12||Palange et al, 2001|
|COPD||12 (+-2) L/min||10||Sinderby et al, 2001|
|COPD||14 L/min||3||Stulbarg et al, 2001|
|Sleep apnea||15 (+-3) L/min||20||Radwan et al, 2001|
|Liver cirrhosis||11-18 L/min||24||Epstein et al, 1998|
|Hyperthyroidism||15 (+-1) L/min||42||Kahaly, 1998|
|Cystic fibrosis||15 L/min||15||Fauroux et al, 2006|
|Cystic fibrosis||10 L/min||11||Browning et al, 1990|
|Cystic fibrosis*||10 L/min||10||Ward et al, 1999|
|CF and diabetes*||10 L/min||7||Ward et al, 1999|
|Cystic fibrosis||16 L/min||7||Dodd et al, 2006|
|Cystic fibrosis||18 L/min||9||McKone et al, 2005|
|Cystic fibrosis*||13 (+-2) L/min||10||Bell et al, 1996|
|Cystic fibrosis||11-14 L/min||6||Tepper et al, 1983|
|Epilepsy||13 L/min||12||Esquivel et al, 1991|
|CHV||13 (+-2) L/min||134||Han et al, 1997|
|Panic disorder||12 (+-5) L/min||12||Pain et al, 1991|
|Bipolar disorder||11 (+-2) L/min||16||MacKinnon et al, 2007|
|Dystrophia myotonica||16 (+-4) L/min||12||Clague et al, 1994|
Note that advanced stages of asthma can lead to lung destruction, ventilation-perfusion mismatch,
and arterial hypercapnia causing further reduction in body oxygen levels.
It is true that sometimes, chest pain while breathing in deep can be caused by a pinched nerve? The source of this trouble can be located in the spine.
However, in over 80% of cases people can immediately reduce their chest pain using a simple breathing exercise. It is the same exercise as for angina pain or heart attacks. This exercise moves more O2 to the heart and other tissues.
This YouTube video (on the right side) provides details for this breathing exercise: How to stop angina pain.
How to get rid of a chest pain
If you have persistent chest pain when inhaling (deeply), you need to slow down your breathing permanently and naturally so as to increase your body oxygenation up to about 25 seconds. This means you need to have slower and lighter breathing 24/7 (during sleep as well). This is a proven treatment and cure for chest pain,. With over 25 s for body O2, you will be free from chest pain during sleep, after meals, during exercise and in other situations. (Only breathing deeply again may cause chest pain.)
You also need to learn abdominal breathing, since those people who experience chest pain are also chest breathers. The links below provide more info about chest breathing, its treatment, the body-O2 test, and CO2-related effects.
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