I’m laid in bed and I’m on my tablet checking the news, twitter and so on when my wife says “are you breathing?”, I looked at her confused because it was a strange questions, of course I’m breathing!
A few minutes later “you’re not breathing, you’re holding your breath!”, I was puzzled why she would say this but of course I was now very aware of the rhythm of my breathing and so I couldn’t tell. It was a little while later that I then noticed that I was indeed holding my breath for a prolonged period and then taking a deep breath.

Why would I be doing that?

So of course I did what any other person would do!

I trawled through many different posts, some were clearly bonkers but I found one that seemed to make sense, it said that when we talk we hold our breath to form the words and so because I was reading at the time, my subconscious was causing me to hold my breath as I formed the words in my mind. Eureka that’s it, problem solved!

Until I realised I was doing it whilst sat on the loo having a wee, yes sat on the loo. Pain has even taken away my masculine upright peeing technique that took a lot of practice, I was even a good shot and put the loo seat back down when I was done!

So back to Dr Google, this time I used a different search term, after all we all know that our search success is down to what we put in that search box, sometimes I need to know something but have no idea how to approach asking the question, its a skill.
Anyway this time I came across apnea caused by opiates, of course opiates, why didn’t I think of that? I’m in flare up and have been for a couple of days and I have been taking quite a few doses of Oramorph (oral morphine) and opiates not only make our breathing shallower but as one very long article said (right near the end), it can cause this holding of the breath. Of course I did find this on the good old world wide web and so it might not be right, however it sounds extremely plausible to me!

Another thing to add to the list.

Until next time!

By Zechariah Richardson

Over 50, disabled, husband, father and gramps who reviews products and writes blog posts about his life, beekeeping, gardening and whatever pops into his brain!

3 thought on “Deep breath please!!!”
  1. I hold my breath without realizing it too. I do it all the time. I never notice until I am out of air. I don’t take opiates and I always forget to mention it to the doctor. It just seems so far down the list of issues but I should probably bring it to her attention because I already have low blood oxygen. Glad to know I’m not alone though!

    1. Yep, it does have a hint of nasty lurking in the background. I have already had a thought of all those nasties where breathing is a problem.

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