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    Old 03-23-2015, 02:30 PM   #1
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    Hello all,

    For almost a year now I have been suffering with constant shortness of breath. From the time I wake up, until I fall asleep. Sleep seems to be my only regular relief. I can never seem to get a satisfying breath. I am constantly aware of my breathing difficulties. The best description I have read is that is as if I cannot fill the last 20% of my lungs. I have had many tests done. (PFT, Methacholine Challenge Test, EKG, Stress Echo, Spiro, etc.) All of these tests have come back normal, seems like my lungs and ticker are just fine. I have seen a cardiologist and pulmonary specialist. I did brake my nose 6 years ago or so, an ENT may be my next doctor to cross off the list. Has anyone found that issues like this can be resolved by an issue identified by an ENT? Perhaps a sleep study (although I seem to sleep perfectly fine)?

    Slowing my breathing does not seem to help, allergy medicines do not seem to help, Acid Reflux medications do not seem to help, and even an albuterol inhaler I was prescribed does not help. I cannot identify anything that seems to trigger this problem as it is a constant struggle. Sometimes exercise makes it worse, not always. What could this be? Anxiety? If it is anxiety has anyone found that Benzos (hopefully not they sound terrible) or SSRIs have alleviated these physical symptoms?

    What I find so frustrating is that this suffering is described by so many in forums ranging from anxiety to acid reflux, to sleep disorders, yet no one ever seems to post a diagnosis or resolution. Of course you stumble upon the occasional suggestions like the Buteyko Method, the Linden Method, Benzos, SSRIs, therapy, surgeries, etc. What I am hoping to find is someone who has found a "cure" for this nightmare. This issue has plagued so many, some must have found alleviation somehow. If anyone has, please share!

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    • CONSTANT Shortness of Breath (Except when Sleeping)
    • Chest Tightness
    • Inability to capture a satisfying beath
    • Nose frequently congested
    • Constant fatigue

     
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    Old 03-30-2015, 09:32 AM   #2
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    Re: Cannot Get a Satisfying Breath - Anxiety?

    Hi-That is a sign for me...I can not get a breath deep enough. It also feels like a belt is being tightened around my chest. That's when I know to take my Klonopin asap. Hope this helps.

     
    Old 03-30-2015, 12:11 PM   #3
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    Re: Cannot Get a Satisfying Breath - Anxiety?

    Hello - I appreciate the reply. Unfortunately, Im still trying to narrow down a cause. Anxiety seems to unlikely to me. For one, I have no feelings of anxiousness (other than what this breathing issue causes me). Additionally, as I said this problem is constant with nothing but sleep providing relief.

    Perhaps it is though, and if so, I do not know what to do. How does one who already feels relaxed relax. And if a Benzo did help, am I supposed to be on them constantly? My symptoms are constant so what would I do?

    Oh well, another doctor appointment this week so we will see.

     
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    They work for me as well as cymbalta and Wellbutrin. However everyone's different. Some people can control it with breathing and mediation. Some people I know just deal. It's a personal decision on what steps to take for you. There are herbs out there as well. I know a popular one is lemon balm. Keep us posted!! And good luck!!

     
    Old 03-31-2015, 08:43 AM   #5
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    Re: Cannot Get a Satisfying Breath - Anxiety?

    Rdbomb94 -

    First of all, thank you so much for your time and words. It's beyond helpful to be able to have a discussion with someone who truly understands this mess. Family and friends try, do not get me wrong, but I dont know that they truly know what I describe to them. My mom has MS, so she at least understands the frustraiton that comes with people not understanding (if that makes any sense LOL).

    Secondly, my GP is looking to try a low dose Benzo to "rule out" or "identify" my physical symptoms as anxiety related . Oddly, officially going down this road has already made me feel better than I have in days. Maybe it's some degree of acceptance. In any event, I am glad to hear that the medicaitons help with your physical symptoms as well. I have pushed against the medication route, but I want my life back. I suppose giving it a try cannot hurt. The benzo route just scares me due to the horror stories I read regarding dependence, withdrawal, long term health impacts.

     
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    Old 03-31-2015, 11:29 AM   #6
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    I have this too you are not Alone always hoping for a good deep satisfying breath I have been dealing with this a long time benzos can surely help but I beleive exercise and only nasal breathing can help aswell as learning how to fight the air hunger through breathing retaining I beleive our breathing pattern is out of whack and we need to train ourself to breathe normal

     
    Old 03-31-2015, 12:00 PM   #7
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    I could not agree more. I would hope that if medication is the right route to start out with, that it is a temporary one. Something to get over the hump, and allow for lifestyle changes that current state prevents. I used to exercise so regularly, but have since stopped. It is difficult to motivate yourself to go run when you feel as though you cannot breath. It surely takes patience, a hard thing to come by at times.

     
    Old 03-31-2015, 01:58 PM   #8
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    I will admit I've tried breathing exercises but for me it just gets to that point. I ended up in the hospital er over it. It's very frustrating trying to get in that deep breath over and over and then when I find I finally can,I catch myself checking on my breathing. I'm not sure that's coming out right. Thankfully I don't need the benzos often because my medicine has me pretty balanced. Another issue I have is if I don't stay calm and take my meds, I literally start shaking from head to toe. Just another example that anxiety can come in any form. Again good luck and keep us posted!!

     
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