Shortness of Breath - Lyme or Asthma?

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Max Preston
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   Posted 11/24/2008 6:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I saw my PCP today because of my shortness of breath. She didn't say anything about the sauna and she knows nothing about herxes, so that part was useless.

She did say my lungs were clear, but said she thinks I may have Asthma. I described my shortness of breath to her as a feeling of not being able to catch my breath or get enough air. I don't really feel it in my chest, I feel it in the back of my throat, and even my nose sometimes.

It is so frustrating not knowing if what I have is Lyme, Babesia/Bartonella?, or something else.

Does anyone else feel like this?

woodswalker
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   Posted 11/24/2008 7:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't have asthma nor any other lung problems. Since I acquired Lyme, babesia/bartonella
I can't walk up one flight of stairs without gasping for breath.
9/28/08 - 11/8/08 100mg Doxy b.i.d. 42 days
11/5/08 - 11/20/08 Salt/C, grapefruit seed extract, COQ10, anti-inflammatory herbs with cat's claw & omega 3.
11/20/08 -> reduced Salt/C, omega 3, Acidolphilus and Saccharomyces(friendly yeast),low carb, no wheat, no alcohol, no yeast, no caffeine, no sugar.
Ceftin 500mg, 2x per day; Plaquenil 200mg, 2x per day; Mepron 750mg, 2x per day; Zithromax 500mg, 1x per day.


ticker
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   Posted 11/24/2008 7:34 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Max.  Shortness of breath is one of the hallmark symptoms of Babesiosis.  What other symptoms do you have? 

Are you currently being treated?


*Bella*
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   Posted 11/24/2008 7:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Max,

Thanks for the email. Yes, I am having the same symptoms as you, except I was using an infrared sauna and not a regular one. I'm not sure what the difference is. It's interesting that you mentioned asthma, because I spoke to one of my doc's on the phone today that mentioned the same thing, along with that it might be a symptom of the pulmonary hypertension, which I may or may not have.

I responded to your email in a little more detail. I hope we can figure this out soon. Feel better!

Max Preston
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   Posted 11/24/2008 7:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Ticker,

I have breathing problems as well as joint/muscle pain, migraine headaches, difficult swallowing sometimes. I am self treating with Cat's Claw right now while I wait to find a dr. I'm looking to see dr. R in Manhattan since I am close to the city.


Robin,

Thanks for your email :-) Maybe we have the same problem. I use my sauna at my gym every day and my wife said maybe it's that but I haven't been there since the can't catch my breath feeling started. I haven't seen a pulmenologist yet. When do you see yours?

Smiffy51
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   Posted 11/25/2008 10:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I had this problem & my GP said it was lack of exercise! It turned out to be cryptostrongylus pulmoni, microscopic lung worms that were living symbiotically with the borrelia. Ivermectin treated them.
housebound in the UK with 'severe M.E./CFs & fibromyalgia' for 21 years - have just found out I actually have had Lyme, micro-cocci & crytostrongylus pulmoni all these years


judy3
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   Posted 11/25/2008 12:49 PM (GMT -6)   
For me I think air hunger was caused by surges in blood pressure, 2 blood pressure meds and I am feeling pretty good

Max Preston
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   Posted 11/25/2008 1:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Smiffy,

I'm interested in how you found out about the lung worms? Is there a test?


Judy,

Does air hunger only come with high bp? I don't believe I have high bp.

judy3
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   Posted 11/25/2008 1:46 PM (GMT -6)   
For me treating my High Blood Pressure worked, I used to get palpatations and pressure would go very high and swing for a few hours, it was very scary, I think the air hunger symtom you are having is very scarry, I found it was releived when I lied down

Max Preston
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   Posted 11/25/2008 3:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Judy,

Yes it's very scary. It is relieved somewhat when I lie down. It also produces a feeling in my throat that is almost like I am getting sick, but I am not.

Smiffy51
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   Posted 11/26/2008 7:16 AM (GMT -6)   
My lung worms were found by live blood microscopy (I'm in the UK).
housebound in the UK with 'severe M.E./CFs & fibromyalgia' for 21 years - have just found out I actually have had Lyme, micro-cocci & crytostrongylus pulmoni all these years


NURSE GARY
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   Posted 11/27/2008 7:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Please take a look at this video of myself that I posted on youtube of me and my shortness of breath attacks I get daily. Please forgive me when I speak in the video that this is a panic attack because thats what I was told it was at the time, but I now no different. I am waiting on bloodwork for confirmation, but everything points to Lymes. Please let me know if you experience similar.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dk9M9wVgD1k[/youtube]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dk9M9wVgD1k

Gary
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