hyperventilation question

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   Posted 12/16/2009 12:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I recently had a dizzy , confused, very weak feeling, attack.  I went to the hospital emergency.
They though I was hyperventilating.  The worst of it was over in a few hours.   Severe tired lasted a couple days.
At no time did I have an anxiety attach or did I feel ancious, my breathing was normal throughout.  I felt very calm and very scard.
Now weeks later I'm still quite dizzy and somewhat tired pretty well steady 24 hours a day.  Vision, sleeping, eating, all normal.
I have carried on my normal exercise (backed off a little ) lane swimming, running (a couple kilometers)  this does not seem to have any effect.
So my question, can I be hyperventilated continuously?
I have had an extremely stressful last 6 months.

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   Posted 12/16/2009 2:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Anotherrunner!

Welcome to HW and our Anxiety-Panic Forum. Hyperventilation comes along with anxiety issues, and I think it would be in your best interest to arrange to have a physical with your doctor, then please express your concerns with him/her at that time. You also expressed that you have been having a stressful time the past six months, so maybe that is triggering some of these issues right now.

Take care and please keep us posted with some updates and do share with us anything that is stressing you out so we can all give each other some good peer support!

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   Posted 12/17/2009 10:15 AM (GMT -6)   


Thanks for the reply.  Sound like the right advice.

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   Posted 12/18/2009 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Can you describe your breathing problems?  I've had a lot of trouble with shortness of breath and finally got a diagnosis after 10 months.
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   Posted 12/19/2009 7:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for responding.
Actually the doctors thought i was hyperventilating. They may well be right but I am not aware that I'm breathing any different.
So from my perspective I have not noticed any breathing problems. But since I have been thinking about it I breath through my nose a lot. I have also tried breathing into a bag for a few minutes but did not notice any effect.
Best of the season to all. turn

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   Posted 12/19/2009 11:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning,

Hyperventilation is breathing that is deeper and more rapid than normal. It causes a decrease in the amount of a gas in the blood (called carbon dioxide, or CO2). This decrease may make you feel lightheaded, have a rapid heartbeat, and be short of breath. It also can lead to numbness or tingling in your hands or feet, anxiety, fainting, and sore chest muscles.

Some causes of sudden hyperventilation include anxiety, fever, some medicines, intense exercise, or emotional stress. Hyperventilation also can occur because of problems caused by asthma, emphysema, or after a head injury. But it occurs most often in people who are nervous or tense, breathe shallowly, and have other medical conditions, such as lung diseases or panic.

I agree with Sam re making an appointment for a medical screening exam to make sure you do not have an underlying medical condition going on.

Take care and remember to slow your breathing down, nice and easy.

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