Oct 05 , 2018

   Michael White

Hello Mr. White, My name is Cathy, I am 46 years old. I have had COPD for 2 1/2 years that I know of. I have been smoke free for 2 years now. I have a question I would like to ask you about some of my breathing. It is hard to explain but here goes. When a baby has cried really hard and they are falling asleep, they sometimes make a motion in their breathing that is like about 3 little gasp in one inhalation. I ask my doctor what this was and she called it a "shudder" I do this several times a day now, it is something that happens all by its self. Do you know anything about these things called "shudders"? I have tried to find some information on the computer several times and have found nothing. I am not on 02. I do get real winded on exertion. My 02 stats are 94 to 96 at rest. Thanks for any help you can offer me. hope you had a good New Year. Thank you, Cathy

Dear Cathy

My advice would be to develop your breathing and not worry about the shudder. It may well go away pretty soon when the breathing improves and if not you have done yourself a great service by making your breathing better.