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Re: best described as air hunger

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Posted by Ken on September 01, 2000 at 00:33:20:

In Reply to: best described as air hunger posted by Dave on August 31, 2000 at 05:26:56:

: 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.


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