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Old 07-23-2002, 01:32 AM   #1
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PureMystique HB User
Question Sudden breathing problem

just starting this past year i started having trouble breathing. it started when i had a cold and i felt as if i could never get enough air and even when i tried to take deep breaths i wasnt able to get enough air in. after my cold went away.... the breathing problem went away as well until i caught another cold and after that the breathing problem hasnt gone away! it's been a couple of months now... and i still have to take really really deep breaths once in awhile to catch in all the air. i'm scared to see a dr to find out what this is.... could this be something really threatening? and with the breathing problems... i also seem to have a lot of headaches.....

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Old 07-23-2002, 06:06 PM   #2
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Pure Mystique,
(I like your name)

I have been having the same problem, and I regret that I have been through he** trying to get to the bottom
of it.

It started suddenly one day and I have not been back to normal since.

After seven months, they finally got me to an asthma specialist. I had this problem for 7 months, lots of inconclusive tests..... A granuloma in the lung,
no known cause, CONSTANT air hunger.

The asthma specialist does not think its aleergy related, and even doubts asthma.

Go to your local hospital and get a free echocardiogram done.

EKGs rarely detect heart problems in women, and most doctors do not consider this an option for women because they fail to recognize how many women under the age of fourty have heart attacks.

WHat sort of work do you do?
Are you younger than forty?
How is your diet?
Any other symptoms aside from headaches? (could be from forcing air in... lack of oxygen)

Go to your primary and have your lungs checked, a pulse ox done.... ask for Pulmonary function tests.
Don't let them medicate you until AFTER the PFTs.

Don't let them convince you its mental.

Keep me posted. We seem to be among a growing group of people with this mysterious illness.
Just because they don't know what it is doesn't mean it does not exist, perhaps it is something they haven't named yet.

People I have talked to are not exclusive to any region it seems.

I hope it is not some freeky air pollution terrorist thing.

(I am actually that desperate for an explanation at this point) but do not worry, I am still alive after 7 months of it.

You will be okay. Just don't let anyone run you around. INSIST on things or you will get crapola.

Old 07-23-2002, 08:13 PM   #3
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PureMystique HB User

Thanks a lot for your concern! All that info was very helpful and definitely made me feel a lot better. I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one with this problem. I'm really young, only turned 18 this year. I don't do much besides going to school and hanging out with friends so I don't do much strenuous work. Sometimes I have to deal with a lot of stress which I thought could have been a reason for this problem (my friend sometimes has trouble breathing too and she says its due to lack of sleep and mental problems). I'm thin and hardly gain any weight so I don't really pay attention to what I eat.
Lately, I've been trying to not think about my headaches and breathing as much and try to be more relaxed and happy. I think it has helped but I will go see a doctor soon to just make sure everything is ok.
Thanks again!

Old 07-24-2002, 06:57 AM   #4
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Hi, I am 29 and have been dealing w/ the same problem.I have had normal pulmonary function test and normal chest x-ray I am going to get a methacoline challenge test next week to make sure I don't have astma..I don't think I do because I don't have the classic wheezing or cough and I don't gasp for is more like a constant feeling of not getting a satisfying deep breath and I have to keep trying to take a deep breath or make myself yawn.sometimes the yawn gets stuck and it gets very frustrating..I am afraid I won't wake up you have the same symptoms?

Old 08-23-2007, 08:52 AM   #5
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Re: Sudden breathing problem

Originally Posted by gelit View Post
In June 24 I woke up unable to breath normally.
I have other symptoms like "Full" feeling...I lost 20 pounds in one month because I didn't feel like eating and felt that if I did, I would have too much trouble breathing. I also had Neurological issues and felt disassociated with myself and had "crazy" feelings of lack of thought control.

When I finally was allowed to see a pulmonologist, my blood oxygen was 50%!
He ordered an emergency cat scan. It came back negative. He tried to give me advair. I never took it because I didn’t feel "obstructed" airways...I just couldn’t take full breathes.

Every day since then my breathing AND other symptoms have gotten ever so slightly better that I couldn’t say from day to day that it was getting better, but I could tell from week to week and now month to month....
Still I have NEVER gotten a diagnosis or prognosis, so I am anxious about what caused this so suddenly and what it is.

My personal theories are spontaneous phnemothorax or complications of viral infection.
I am leaning towards viral infection complications because I don't think the spontaneous phnemothorax would cause the other symptoms, but if my body reacted in an anaphylactic way to a virus...I could have my lungs causing the breathing problem...and in my other organs causing the "full" feeling so that I didn't want to eat...and in my brain or menengis causing the nervous disorders and "crazy" feelings.
Also, it seems that my research has indicated that as your body dissipates the Virus the symptoms dissipate.

HOWEVER...not having a diagnosis or prognosis is NOT acceptable to me.
I think you need to know the cause of you illness before you can know how to treat it (hence I NEVER took the advair and only kept the albuterol in case of emergency)

After two visits to the pulmonologist (both in which he tried to scare me into taking the advair) my blood oxygen went up to 64% and then a week later to 82% which I am told is now in normal range. Also, this Dr. never gave me a sputum test or a test for asthma. he indicated that taking adviar would mask the results of an asthma test ….I asked him why he didn’t give me the test but wanted to put me right on an COPD symptom reliever (advair) right way….he said that he just wanted to get me breathing better first….not and acceptable answer…as I said before, how can anyone give a treatment before having a diagnosis!?

Some days a feel a "relapse" of the symptoms and I am very worried about what to expect.

Do these symptoms sound familiar to anyone and can anyone give me advice on what it might be and what to do?

I started having a hard time breathing about two months ago. There was a tightness in my chest, constant coughing whenever I talked for a period of time and sometimes could not finish a sentence until I coughed and gasped for air. Also I have shortness of breathe. They also gave me an inhaler to use that just makes me lightheaded. Last Monday I went to my primary physcian and they said it might be valley fever, asthma or allergies. They gave me an asthma test and determined I did not have asthma. I also had a breathing treatment. They sent me for a chest x-ray and called me yesterday and they found a 1" centimeter nodgle on my upper right lung. I have to have a cat scan as soon as I get authorization from my HMO.


Old 08-28-2007, 11:01 PM   #6
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Re: Sudden breathing problem

Originally Posted by ashpie View Post
it is more like a constant feeling of not getting a satisfying deep breath and I have to keep trying to take a deep breath or make myself yawn.sometimes the yawn gets stuck and it gets very frustrating..I am afraid I won't wake up you have the same symptoms?
thats like exactly how i am! it really sucks and i keep trying to get air but it doesnt work and it feels like im just getting barely enough. My chest starts to hurt and i have to like lift my shoulders and chest get somewhat of a deep breath. Its hard to eat cause im constantly trying to get air while eating

Old 09-21-2007, 12:31 PM   #7
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Re: Sudden breathing problem

My father is going through the same thing since July. He has been to different doctors - heart, pulmonary, psych - with no help. Has anyone had any luck in treating this?

There was never any resolution that I could find from that post to find a treatment. My father is having a difficult time with this as he was very active and now cannot leave the house for fear of not being able to breath. He is 72 and lives at the beach in NC. Quit smoking around 20 years ago.

Any thoughts or help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 10-17-2007, 11:30 PM   #8
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Re: Sudden breathing problem

Does anyone have any new news on this? I have been unable to breath normally for a month now. Feel like I ran a marathon when in reality I've only picked up around the house. Doctors have done all the tests and say "nothing shows up" and yes, "it could be Psychosymatic".... don't you just love that one. My problem is that I can't do anything without getting out of breath and when I take a deep breath I feel as if I have a band around my chest. I'm slightly overweight...but not anything extreme. This just came on one day at work while I was in a meeting and I haven't been back since.

I have Fibromyalgia and have noticed some people on the FM board have complained about the same issue but no answers either.

I would really like to get back to my life if anyone out there has some possible answers....I would truly be grateful!
Keep Hanging On ~ Monique

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