Attention! Fibros need to breathe deeper!

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Jeannie143
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   Posted 9/25/2008 5:05 PM (GMT -7)   
As a group fibromites are notorious for shallow breathing. Don't know why this is but it has been observed over the years and I find it to be true in myself. Shallow breathing leads to poor oxygenation of the cells, decreased carbon dioxide/oxygen exchange, fatigue and elevated pain levels. There is a simple treatment, it's self taught and it's FREE! turn

It's called diaphragmatic breathing, otherwise known as tummy breathing or baby breathing. If you watch a baby sleeping on its back you will see a perfect example of this type of breathing. Their little tummy goes up and down but the rest of the body stays the same. If you are sitting down you can do it by inhaling through your nose and making your tummy go in and out but NOT LETTING YOUR SHOULDERS RISE! Inhale a large breath that makes your tummy stick wayyy out and hold it for a second or two, then exhale slowly through pursed lips. Three or four of these should do it.

Using this deep breathing technique while waiting at red lights, in the grocery store, while waiting for a page to load... etc. will lead to higher levels of oxygen in your bloodstream, help fight fog, lower your blood pressure and help you lessen your fatigue levels. Lower fatigue leads to less pain. Like I said, it's FREE so it's worth a try!
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
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   Posted 9/25/2008 6:22 PM (GMT -7)   
That is really cool Jeannie, and so true. I do a lot of abdominal breathing when I meditate.

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Statgeek
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   Posted 9/25/2008 9:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for reminding us, Jeannie. That is a really good idea.
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SleepyWillow
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   Posted 9/26/2008 6:20 AM (GMT -7)   
That IS funny because both my Ex husband and my current husband have told me that I'm a shallow breather and that I breathe faster than others?! My ex used to say I breathed like a cat when I was sleeping?! I'm going to try this.
Allie


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   Posted 9/26/2008 6:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I know I'm guilty of this and have been for a long time. Wonder why we do this???
 
I'll have to put notes all over the house to remind myself to breath.
 
Thanks for reminding us Jeannie.
 
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Jeannie143
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   Posted 9/26/2008 9:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Marlee! Don't put up those notes! If someone comes over and sees them they will have you hauled away! LOL!
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


SleepyWillow
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   Posted 9/26/2008 10:12 AM (GMT -7)   
There must be a physiological reason why this occurs..me thinks I will google and see if I can find a particular reason!
Allie


Marlee2
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   Posted 9/26/2008 10:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Sadly Jeannie, everyone that comes into my house knows how my brain funtions these days so they wouldn't even question it. shakehead Between Ken and I we go through a pad of sticky notes a week. I had to use a piece of paper the other day to put a note on his office door that said stop hiding the sticky notes from me.
 
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chuzzle
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   Posted 9/26/2008 11:45 AM (GMT -7)   
ah Marlee...you made me laugh! I too breathe shallow. hmmmmmm I'm going to try it too. Hey I'm all for something to do while you are waiting for something to do. chuckle, chortle, ha ha, he he. Ever notice how hard it is to laugh on line?
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evaskid
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   Posted 9/26/2008 12:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello, Jeannie.

I am new here [just arrived today]. Thank you for the reminder about shallow
breathing. I've noticed that I was indeed a shallow breather for a long while now, but
did not connect it to my fibro.

Will make a note to get into regular diaphramic breathing daily sessions.

:)

Hello, to ALL.

Hope your weekend is not too pain ridden.

Sherrine
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   Posted 9/26/2008 2:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Jeannie, thanks for the reminder.  I'm lucky if I know my own name these days.  I'm sitting here breathing deeply.  I wish it would become a habit for me.  Thanks, again. 
 
Hi, Evaskid, and welcome!  I'm glad you joined in!  You have found a great group of people that have many good ideas to help you control your pain and enjoy your life. 
 
Check out the Fibro 101 thread, if you haven't already.  There are links there to good info about fibromyalgia.  Read back posts and ask questions.  We are here to help you.  I hope to hear more from you soon!
 
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   Posted 9/26/2008 5:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Jeannie, for the information.  I tried it while I was sitting here reading post and it did make me feel better.  I will start trying this more often.
 
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mamanan
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   Posted 9/26/2008 6:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the reminder! I saw this somewhere else too, or maybe it was on my pilates tape? Anyway, I do feel good when I do it during my exercise. I'll try to keep in mind to do it during my day too :)
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   Posted 9/27/2008 12:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Look what I found about this by accident! I was looking for information on Unakite, a new stone I am collecting. Here it is:

We often think of the emotions as originating and residing in the heart, but another place where they live, often imprisoned, is in the solar plexus. As young children, discouraged away from the full expression of our emotions, we learn that shallow breathing helps us not to feel as much. Thus, the repression of feeling can become automatic, and life, while perhaps less painful, also has less joy.
 


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   Posted 9/27/2008 10:46 PM (GMT -7)   
<raising hand> I too am a shallow breather. Have been as far back as I can remember. Will try hard to remember to breath deeeeppply...lol

Evaskid....welcome!! Glad you've joined our little piece of heaven called our Fibro Family. For many of us, having a place to come and talk, where people know and understand you from the first post, and to know you are not crazy or at least if you are there are lots of other fibros out there with you...lol

Hope you stay around and join in the friendship.
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leemadd
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   Posted 9/28/2008 9:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been practicing breathing deeper at night before I go to bed and it helps me relax. I think I sleep better when I can remember to breathe deeper.Also have been doing this in the car when I feel stressed at those crazy rude drivers..I read an article about 2 months ago about deep breathing and it does seem to help.
Lee

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   Posted 9/28/2008 11:00 AM (GMT -7)   

This would have come in handy this morning when the fog was so bad I swear I couldn't remember my own name!

I am terribly bad at not breathing deeply. For me it hurts to take a deep breath. I feel like my ribs might break! I will work on it though.


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Jeannie143
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   Posted 9/29/2008 9:04 AM (GMT -7)   

Kythe
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   Posted 9/29/2008 12:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Hmm I thought I just did this due to asthma. I know that sometimes I have a hard time doing deep breathing, but for some reason the exhale is harder for me than the inhale.
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