I have been having some pretty moderate breathing issues for about a 2-3 weeks now. I feel like I can't take a deep breath in. There's no pain, but I feel "hungry" for oxygen if that makes sense. I feel like I need to CONSTANTLY yawn really hard to get in a deep, full breath but sometimes that doesn't even work and I just end up light-headed and I feel dizzy from lack of air. I actually hurt my throat one day from yawning too hard! I can't get in a satisfying breath. I've been burping A LOT from trying to constantly breath in so much air.
Some details I'd like to add is I'm female, age 27, 125 lbs. I was diagnosed with high blood pressure about 2 years ago and I was on Lisinopril for quite awhile but recently lost health insurance this past year so I haven't been able to get back to my regular doctor. I recently stopped smoking cigarettes after smoking for 10 years (I had gotten down to smoking maybe only 3-4 a day before finally quitting last 2 weeks ago and I've switched over to an electronic cigarette with 5% nicotine) Though the breathing issues actually started right before I quit smoking cigarettes. I also stopped eating red meat and drinking alcohol. My blood pressure has gone down some but it's still not in the "normal" range.
I've also noticed the problem is worse while sitting or laying down, and I don't notice it as much when I'm standing up or walking around. I don't think this is technically a medical emergency because even though I am experiencing dizziness and disorientation, I am not in any pain and my oxygen levels have measured normal.
I'm so discouraged because it's like AS SOON as I decide to make some changes and become healthier, I suddenly can't freaking breath and I'm having horrible anxiety over all of this now.