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Old 03-28-2013, 09:12 PM   #1
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6 years of shortness and breath and going.. help!!

Hi there, I also have the exact same problem as described in this thread. I'm 25 years old and have had shortness of breath since age 19. It started off as a periodical problem, and now it's constant. I am very healthy and have always been. I exercise regularly 3-4/week, eat well, don't smoke and live a balanced lifestyle. I have had the same tests done and received the same diagnosis *anxiety*. Although, I'm a very laid back person and, as mentioned, even at my happiest times (on a beach on vacation), I still feel this severe shortness of breath. It's like I'm drowning under water and can't get a good deep breath. I guess the issue is, that's my only symptom so it doesn't match up with existing diagnoses. I'm REALLY fed up with the lack of help and support that doctors have provided. Can anyone help???

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Re: 6 years of shortness and breath and going.. help!!

Sorry you are having this problem.

For 10 years three internists and 2 cardiologists could not find the cause of my breathing problem. Finally my dermatologist sent me to a hypertension specialist at a well known medical center and he recognized the problem immediately. I was a HIDDEN HYPER-VENTILATOR. There were no signs of hyperventilating you normally would observe. Yes, other doctors insisted it was anxiety, they still do.

The hypertension specialist told me it was not anxiety, it was "hidden hyper-ventilation". My breathing got off track for unknown reasons allowing too much carbon dioxide to be exhaled. We need a balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in order for the red carpusles (sp) to release oxygen to the vital organs (heart, lungs, brain). The oxygen deprivation causes the body to panic.

I was surprised that my prescription was a paper sack to re-breathe in 5 minutes every hour while awake. After 3 months was able to reduce how often to re-breathe in the sack. It took 3 years total to get breathing back on track and now for the past 10 years I do not need to use the sack.

Research hidden hyperventilation and you will learn a lot, it is on the internet now.

 
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:38 PM   #3
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Re: 6 years of shortness and breath and going.. help!!

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Hi there, I also have the exact same problem as described in this thread. I'm 25 years old and have had shortness of breath since age 19. It started off as a periodical problem, and now it's constant. I am very healthy and have always been. I exercise regularly 3-4/week, eat well, don't smoke and live a balanced lifestyle. I have had the same tests done and received the same diagnosis *anxiety*. Although, I'm a very laid back person and, as mentioned, even at my happiest times (on a beach on vacation), I still feel this severe shortness of breath. It's like I'm drowning under water and can't get a good deep breath. I guess the issue is, that's my only symptom so it doesn't match up with existing diagnoses. I'm REALLY fed up with the lack of help and support that doctors have provided. Can anyone help???
It sounds as if you have done everything right and are still short of breath. It is important that you find a physician who will carefully listen to every single word you say as there may be a clue that every one else has missed. As you probably already know there are many causes of shortness of breath; it is NOT in your head. Try to write everything down as if you were writing about "Disease X" e.g. whatever is causing your shortness of breath and then start searching the internet to see if you come up with a symptom complex that fits yours. In general, physicians are put off if you bring in a printed page from the net as there is a lot of misinformation out there, so once you think you might have some decent info go to an academic search and see if you can find peer reviewed journal articles to back up what you found. Absorb that info and then find a good caring physician to help you.
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Old 04-06-2013, 01:50 PM   #4
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Re: 6 years of shortness and breath and going.. help!!

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Sorry you are having this problem.

For 10 years three internists and 2 cardiologists could not find the cause of my breathing problem. Finally my dermatologist sent me to a hypertension specialist at a well known medical center and he recognized the problem immediately. I was a HIDDEN HYPER-VENTILATOR. There were no signs of hyperventilating you normally would observe. Yes, other doctors insisted it was anxiety, they still do.

The hypertension specialist told me it was not anxiety, it was "hidden hyper-ventilation". My breathing got off track for unknown reasons allowing too much carbon dioxide to be exhaled. We need a balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in order for the red carpusles (sp) to release oxygen to the vital organs (heart, lungs, brain). The oxygen deprivation causes the body to panic.

I was surprised that my prescription was a paper sack to re-breathe in 5 minutes every hour while awake. After 3 months was able to reduce how often to re-breathe in the sack. It took 3 years total to get breathing back on track and now for the past 10 years I do not need to use the sack.

Research hidden hyperventilation and you will learn a lot, it is on the internet now.
Let me share you my experience:

I've been hyperventilating for 4 years, having the usual symptoms of not being able to take a full breath, yawning all day long, dizzinessa and lots of anxiety.
The thing is that it has been 2 years since I've stopped having shortness of breath all day long, but I'm constantly having breathing issues when exercising or walking up stairs. I used to have a pretty good exercise endurance before all of this started.
My question is do you think that I might still hyperventilate? I was checked for heart/lung conditions and blood tests for anemia.

 
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