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    Old 01-20-2021, 02:11 AM   #1
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    Exclamation Difficulty breathing, believed digestive issues - Help Needed!

    Hello, new here. I am not posting to the wrong section (I don't believe, sorry, symptoms kind of cross into multiple categories).

    Lately, I have been having a serious dilemma. Direct symptoms include elevated heart rate, and difficulty breathing. I had noticed it a long while ago, but it only felt like slightly heavy breathing, and did not affect my comfort or daily life. First time it got really bad, I was awake, and it was hard to keep myself calm. Usually, I can sleep and have my heartbeat slow and have my breathing be comfortable throughout the night, but tonight, I woke up with the same symptoms, but felt better standing up. I had some immediate gas, and as of such, I am believing the issue is intestinal or digestive.

    Here is some important information:
    - I do not have covid, I was tested two days ago
    - My blood pressure reported high on my visit (though doctor said this was likely not my baseline, and said even if it were, I should not be experiencing these symptoms)
    - I tested negative for anemia or thyroid issues
    - My heart rate appeared normal and at a healthy rate (around 65), ruling out arrhythmia in my mind
    - My diet for a long time has been pizza every day. It fell into a habit, and my diet has been extremely unhealthy, being constant pizza and soda. I have stopped this recently, and have been attempting to eat healthy. Problems however, existed before this change, likely from this diet.
    - I am not in the habit of exercising at all.
    - I was told that my cause could be anxiety, though anxiety meds do not work, and symptoms are not at all related.

    I cannot for the life of me figure out what is wrong, and neither can my doctors. Though I do think this is definitely the issue. I read that chronic constipation can cause some of the symptoms I was having. I recently took a laxative and feel like my system is pretty clear now. I have been having a lot of gas lately, but I find it hard to believe that the gas alone is strong enough to cause all of these symptoms.

    Considering I'm like many other 18 year old young men who have particularly unhealthy diets, what could be causing me so much trouble? I have yet to get an ECG or cholesterol test. Could blood circulation also be an issue?

    Any help at all is very appreciated. I will answer follow up questions, and I am looking for any help, be it in the form of recommendations, professional or non-professional knowledge, advice, or more.

    (I thought of sending this post to heart issues, however reports appear that my heart is fine. This could potentially fit under sections of reflux and other blood issues.)

    Lastly, I apologize if I am doing anything wrong, such as not being in the right place. I am desperately seeking help as I have never been interrupted from sleep from this, and I'm pretty scared.

     
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    Old 01-20-2021, 01:02 PM   #2
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    Re: Difficulty breathing, believed digestive issues - Help Needed!

    Seems in the right place for posting.

    Firstly, reflux can cause symptoms such as you have. And what you are eating could contribute to digestion and acidity in your stomach.

    What all generally in a day do you eat and when?

    It's good you had some things checked out...and if its your GP you saw, it would be good to also have have a blood test for H. Pylori...or did you?
    Awesome on neg covid.

    Yes, constipation can cause stomach discomfort...the whole digestive system works much slower.

    I'll wait for your answers and continue with suggestions.
    And it's automatic for some of us to react to symptoms with anxiety.

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    Old 01-20-2021, 01:14 PM   #3
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    Re: Difficulty breathing, believed digestive issues - Help Needed!

    Hey, Quincy. Thank you for the reply.

    My diet has been really unhealthy and has been pizza and soda constantly, and that's what I usually eat. It hasn't given me problems for over a year until now it seems. Though lately I have been changing my diet to something healthy because of these issues.

    My GP is doing a blood test for H. Pylori I think, or some kind of bacteria they wanted to check on. They also had me breathe into these two bags, I think has something to do with checking that my organs are functioning, or maybe it checks the bacteria further inside my body?

    As of recently it feels there is an excess of gas in my stomach, particularly in the lower smaller intestines, and the problem is that it physically feels stuck. It does not seem to want to pass, I have tried walking and running, and all of which have had zero effort making anything budge. This is what's causing the most discomfort right now. Let me tell you, I really regret that laxative choice.

    I came to the conclusion I might be having difficulty passing gas because my stomach is empty, and the emptiness is also causing gas which is causing lack of appetite and more gas. Could this be possible? I have not had food in a long time, should I force myself to have some? It's been rough. Haven't been able to sleep in 24 hours as whenever my upper torso is in anything but an upright position, I am in immense discomfort that begins to affect my breathing.

     
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    Old 01-21-2021, 11:28 PM   #4
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    Re: Difficulty breathing, believed digestive issues - Help Needed!

    Sounds like the testing your GP did is a good thing....did you have liver function testing done?

    The breath test is probably for small intestinal bacterial overgtowth and I think H. Pylori as well.

    I do suggest you see a gastroenterologist and have an upper endoscopy and a colonoscopy done.
    I can relate to your symptoms, but I have Ulcerative colitis. Since you do have constipation and excessive gas, it's good to have a visual manually rather than imageing.

    Food choices toward balanced is helpful. Fibre supplements to soften and bulk stool, water, veggies and fruits are helpful for constipation...although many bulking foods can cause gas. Start more slowly. As well, eat enough and maybe start with smaller meals through the day. Probiotics before bedtime helps.

    Let me know the results of your tests.

    Hang tough...the testing and waiting with physical discomfort is difficult.

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    Old 01-22-2021, 07:44 AM   #5
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    Re: Difficulty breathing, believed digestive issues - Help Needed!

    My results on everything was negative, they also tested my liver and a bunch of other organs, but all negative.

    I still have trouble passing gas from either end. They told me to take mira-lax and a heartburn medication, though it had me drink a lot of water, and this caused me to throw up, which I have not done before, but it makes sense, as my hunger is very low and I am unable to eat much or drink that much.

    I will follow your recommendations for contacting a stomach doctor and also getting an endoscopy and colonoscopy done.

    I am unsure of what to do since all of these results have been negative. I have never heard of general food poisoning or sickness that lasts for longer than a week with symptoms quite like this.

    Though my diet has been terrible in the past, I don't think it is the culprit, as I have not been 'regular' for several years. And I do mean many. So if I never had problems with that before and could go to the bathroom, I'm torn about what could be causing all of this now.

     
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    Old 01-23-2021, 01:00 AM   #6
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    Re: Difficulty breathing, believed digestive issues - Help Needed!

    A gastroenterologist deals with the entire digestive tract.
    Are you having any cramping and / or pains?

    You don't have the bacterial tests results yet...but it probably won't take long. If positive, you would be put on antibiotic treatment for either, and if SIBO, a diet protocol will probably also be given.

    Do you have breakfast and or supper...2 meals a day at the very least?
    Do you like to cook? Or is it that you don't know what to eat?

    It is possible that you have a motility issue or maybe even a hernia that is causing some discomfort and functioning of the digestive tract. There are many possibilities....but if you can eat more regularly with foods that have some action in the digestive tract to enhance motility, it could help a lot.

    If you can eat at least 2x daily and maybe a good snack between, adding fibre supplements with meals can enhance that process. Fibre foods....encompass a wide range of action...will generally help exercise the digestive tract, mainly the colon.

    The colon isn't always the most motivated organ, and it tends to get lazy if it doesn't have a lot to do.
    The reason I suggest fibre supplements (I use capsules) is that if taken with food it works like food.

    Sooo...what kind of foods can you eat...do you like eggs? Chicken, etc? Grain bread, any fruits, what veggies...salads?

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    Old 01-25-2021, 10:29 AM   #7
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    Re: Difficulty breathing, believed digestive issues - Help Needed!

    Yes, I have two to three meals a day, though at different sort of times. I do like to cook, I don't quite know what to make though, and have a very small budget of 25-40$ each week.

    I will consider the fiber supplements, that's really helpful! Thanks for the advice! I've been eating oranges and apricots lately, but before, not much fruit at all to be honest! I am trying to also eat soft things like soups and stuff like that.

    Took up your recommendation and made appointments for both endo and colonoscopy, as even if I feel comfortable at the time of writing this, my digestive system is still irregular so it would be good to see what's up. Also, out of curiosity, how do they prep you for a colonoscopy? With my lazy colon I'm worried it won't be ready for them etc?? I'm sorry haha, I just haven't thought about how any of that works!

    Thank you again for all of the replies, I wasn't sure if I was going to get any. This website is really wonderful.

     
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    Re: Difficulty breathing, believed digestive issues - Help Needed!

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    ... Direct symptoms include elevated heart rate, and difficulty breathing.
    Have you been tested for Asthma?
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    Re: Difficulty breathing, believed digestive issues - Help Needed!

    Yes. Oxygen saturation is 98%, I do not believe it is respiratory.

     
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    I've spent over 50 years learning how to keep my asthma beast asleep and at peace! It is a very complicated disease! It's a good thing if you don't have asthma!

    Best of luck and health!

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    Re: Difficulty breathing, believed digestive issues - Help Needed!

    Hi...good you like yo cook, and it is difficult to cook for one. In general i always have a boiled egg and toast and tea or coffee for breakfast. I dont eat lunch because of my sleep schedule and I'm not working, but I do have a snack in the afternoon of hummus with an apple and crackers that contain some sort of fibre.
    For supper I always have a protein of chicken or beef or salmon or tuna.

    Regarding budget...try and shop when there are sales and maybe repackage some foods to freeze as single and double servings for one or two days' supper. Plan suppers for a week so that you know what you're spending and don't have to stress about what to eat.

    Good you've set up appointments for scopes.
    A colonoscopy prep can suck depending on what type of prep the doc requires...but I'm sure one has options. I always use the gallon PEG and start it in the late afternoon the day before the scope. Eating light a few days before helps regarding being cleaned out.
    When you see the specialist, hopefully you will get a few options to choose from. You can ask specific questions for more input from others as well with prep experience.

    Regarding fibre supplements...there are many options to choose from. I use Metamucil capsules. Whatever you choose, start with small amounts, and take it with a meal. Let me know what you get.

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