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Re: best described as air hunger

Re: best described as air hunger

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Posted by Jim on September 02, 2000 at 13:13:18:

In Reply to: Re: best described as air hunger posted by Ken on September 01, 2000 at 00:33:20:

: : I'm new to this forum and I don't know if I'm posting to the proper place, but hopefully someone can help. In May, I started having problems breathing. I could best describe it as air hunger. I would try really hard to take a deep breath. Much harder than normal. Also, I've noticed my heart "skipping" a beat every now and then. This has gone on all summer long, and never fully goes away. Tonight, I noticed my heart was beating really hard all day, and now I can't sleep. I'm sure part of it is anxiety about it, but I know something's not right somewhere. I just checked my pulse and it was a little over 80/min. I think that's kind of high,, but again, could be anxiety. Also, I visited a doctor and had an EKG and CT scan on my chest, along with all standard tests (pulse check, blood pressure, etc) and everything turned out fine. But again, I KNOW something is wrong. Any ideas on what I should do or what it could be? Please help. It scares me and I desperately want to breathe normal again. Oh, I'm 25 and overweight, which I'm sure has something to do with it, although I do run around and play a lot.

: It appears you've had adequate tests to clear any serious problems involving your heart and lungs.

: You may have what are termed PVC's (Premature Ventricular Contractions). These are not usually serious, just annoying. They can be triggered by anxiety and stress.

: Your being overweight could contribute to your breathing problem.

: People with PVC's are usually told to try to avoid stress, cut out any caffeine (regular coffee, tea and colas, etc.), and avoid alcohol.

: Exercise is one of the best stress relievers, and I assume you have cleared any exercise routine with your doctor. This, exercise, coupled with a low fat diet, should help you get rid of the extra weight. Aerobic exercise is the best type of exercise.

: If you feel you are having problems coping with anxiety and stress, I suggest you take a stress management course. These courses are offered from time to time, usually at nominal cost, by many hospitals.

: Good luck to you.

: Ken

Dave,
I have dealt with the very same problem for the last ten years. I have had all the tests,that showed nothing. I also have frequent bouts of PAC's which are the skiping heartbeats.
Your AIR HUNGER is more than likely hyperventilation beleive it or not. When you are worried or anxious ie: letting constant worrisome thoughts or "what if" thinking invade your brain,
you will actually start breathing very short and shallow,this is your body's normal response to percieved danger. the problem is when you don't
run you blow off all co2 and throw off your PH balance in your blood.Enough off the chemistry,but thats all it is and is not life threatining. If you take deep slow breaths say five per minute(keep them nice and rythmic and relax with each exhale and think nice thoughts)
You should feel much better.This is something that will epp and flow probably the rest of your life. You will learn to relax yourself though.
Sorry for the long book and good luck.
Jim



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