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Lady-T
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   Posted 9/11/2008 4:26 PM (GMT -7)   
 
 Hey everybody,
    It's been awhile since I've written because I started my last year of nursing school and have been very busy. But I wanted to get some feedback on some issues I have been having.  For the past 2 months  I have been having constant tingling/pins and needles in my arms and legs. I have noticed that  it is worse on the left side and that I also have dull/aching pain that originates around my left hip area, headaches and episodes of feeling light headed. I saw a neurologist today and he told me that I breathe at a rate of 22 breaths per minute which is faster than the average and that at times he noticed that I take deep sighs. He said that my rapid breathing is causing me to burn more carbon dioxide which could be causing the tingling etc. My problem is that  he could not give me a reason for  why I am breathing fast. All he told me was to try exercising more and to go to stress management class. I guess I am not convinced that what is going on is that simple.   I haven't had this problem my whole life or even this whole year, this is new(past couple months).   He made it seem like the rapid breathing is something that develops overtime due to stress and that people get use to breathing fast and they don't even realize they are doing it. My life has not been that stressful. I do believe that it is respiratory related because he made me hyperventilate myself for 30 seconds and that made my symptoms worse.  Has anybody experienced anything like this? 
 
Thanks
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dx- MCTD, iron deficiency anemia, leukocytosis,raynauds

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AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 9/12/2008 6:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lady-T,

Do you have the iron deficiency under control? That might be the root of the breathing and the tingling.

Low iron means less oxygen which means you need more breaths to compensate. Maybe you got used to taking more breaths per minutes while your iron was/is low ?????

If the hyper-vent increases the symptoms . . . than it sounds like the doc nailed it.

I discovered that I was sighing all the time . . . and also that sighing increases GI reflux issues . . . *sigh* So I just made a conscious effort to cut down on the sighing . . . except when I'm posting here . . . * sighhhhh *. LOL

I hope you are able to correct the rapid breathing.

Keep us posted.

Blessings!

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Lady-T
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   Posted 9/12/2008 7:35 PM (GMT -7)   

 

I  actually asked him if he thought that it was related to my low Hemoglobin and hematocrit and he said that he didn't think the two were related. He made it seem like  my increased  breathing was due to stress.  I  knew that he was going to suggest that when he started asking me about my family life etc. I think that it is some how related to my anemia. I'm suppose to have my levels checked again in about a week so I'll just have to wait and see. Thanks for you response. smilewinkgrin


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AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 9/12/2008 8:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Welllll . . .

Stress really does some major damage. I work really hard to manage my stress levels. Like . . . how I chose to receive information. I can really let things bother me . . . or I can let it roll off. I've found that stress is a major contributor to my early flares.

Well worth finding a way to keep stress levels at a minimum. Please share any techniques that you learn. We could all use help in this department!!

Blessings!

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firebabe
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   Posted 9/12/2008 10:05 PM (GMT -7)   
This might be a far cry from what's going on, but have you tried chiropractic care? I often have pain on 1 side of my body or 1 area and chiropractic care seems to help. I started going due to many migraines. It's amazing how much your spine has to do with your body healing and making sure your joints are aligned correctly. I even broke a bone in my hand this last spring and the orthopedic doctor did nothing for me, but with ultra sound therapy and having my wrist adjusted the healing process was sped up very quickly. Doctors don't often tell you to see a chiropractor either. They'd just assume prescibe you more meds-and if you are like me you are probably on a handful and would like to reduce that.

Like I said-this might be a shot in the dark, but it also might be a good healing and wellness thing to try out. Good luck-hope this clears up for you soon:) hugs
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AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 9/13/2008 3:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Good thought Firebabe. I do know a couple of people who have had really good results using a chiropractor. I'd like to find a good one locally.

Blessings!

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Lady-T
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   Posted 9/13/2008 1:09 PM (GMT -7)   

It's  funny that you mentioned spinal alignment because I actually have scoliosis also. I was diagnosed when I was in the 4th grade and wore a brace for 3 years but when I got to highschool I stopped growing so my spine didn't get completely straight.  I also asked my neuro doctor about that but he  kind of just brushed it off.  Anyway  thanks for the reply.

  smilewinkgrin Lady-T


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Serina
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   Posted 9/23/2008 9:59 AM (GMT -7)   
AlwaysRosie said...
Welllll . . .

Stress really does some major damage. I work really hard to manage my stress levels. Like . . . how I chose to receive information. I can really let things bother me . . . or I can let it roll off. I've found that stress is a major contributor to my early flares.

Well worth finding a way to keep stress levels at a minimum. Please share any techniques that you learn. We could all use help in this department!!

Blessings!

this is really good advice Rosie.  and worth a look myself at the information given to me about family.  Choose how I accept the information.  Even information that is Lupus related, I can still choose how I recieve it and respond to it.  The numbing of limbs could be a symptom of something else.  But it is just information til I talk to my rheumy about it.  And even then, if it is bad news, I can still choose how I respond to it.  Really really good advice.
 
I really did not think of stress being able to cause so many different kinds of symptoms.
 
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