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   Posted 9/11/2010 4:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone, i feel like i've been posting so often and im sorry to keep bugging everyone!! but everything seems to be going wrong at the moment or i have os much to say! haha :)

i know this isn't really to do with chronic pain but it might be like a reflex to pain or something?? or just any advice/ideas would be good!!...

yesterday throughout the day i felt really dizzy and like i couldn't get enough oxygen in and starting feeling tingly in my arms and legs.. i went home and went to bed because i was exhausted (chronic pain not from breathing problem) i slept for about an hour but woke up feeling sick and just uncomfortable, my arms felt really weird and my chest felt weird but i can't describe it.. not painful or tight just really uncomfortable.. i felt like i wasn't getting enough oxygen in and when i tried to take deep breaths my lung capacity didn't feel right.. normally i can get so much air in but this time i could hardly get any in before it stopped.. i just had to keep focusing on my breathing but then when i went to bed last night i kept waking up and realising i could breath properly/had just stopped breathing. i felt reeeally uncomfortable then and sick and just not getting enough oxygen and couldn't and my chest was feeling tight.. i told my mum but she said there was nothing we could do and it was probably just coz my lymph nodes are really swollen.. but this feels like its in my lungs more.. its still happening and making me feel sick and it just doesnt feel right.. and unless im thinking about it i forget to breath.. like its not a normal reflex. even while typing this i am holding my breath without noticing because i think because its hard to breath i just stop unless i'm telling myself to..

does anyone know what this could be? i don't think its anxiety because i really am a pretty laid back person and dont feel stressed or anxious about anything at the moment.. and the fact that its not coz im worried about something making it tight but that even in my sleep i stop and i just stop when im watching a movie or typing etc..

Its making me feel pretty rank and tired so wouldn't mind any suggestions :)

Thanks heaps

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   Posted 9/11/2010 5:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Breathing problems is nothing to mess around with, and quite frankly there are too many possibilities for anyone to take a guess at. You need to get yourself to the emergency room right now and get this checked out.

I went through something like you described for about a week or two before getting it checked out. By that time I had one of the worst cases of pneumonia that the doctors had ever seen and spent about a month in the hospital. If I hadn't been so stubborn about going and had it caught earlier I would have been fine with getting some at home treatments.
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   Posted 9/11/2010 6:28 AM (GMT -7)   
  Hey Buttercup don't fool around with this , it doesn't sound good , so please go get it checked out right away . Go to the Emergency Room if you have to and tell them your symptoms' s , Pleasee its no joke , you could pass out !! Please don't waste a mimuite , be on the safe side , good luck and keep us posted . P.S. You post as much as you need to , thats why we are here !! Mikel
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   Posted 9/11/2010 9:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Buttercup, as the others have said, please get checked out by your doctor, or at ER as soon as you can. Breathing issues are not to be taken lightly. It could be a reaction to a medication, or inflammation in your lungs, or so many other things...none of them good.

Better safe than sorry, and please...if the doctors can't find a reason, and simply chalk it up to stress or anxiety, don't worry about it. Stress can manifest itself in many many ways...the main thing is to make sure you're alright

So...off you go please, and report back when you're home so WE can stop holding our breath!

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   Posted 9/11/2010 11:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Buttercup, how are you doing? As you can see we are all worried about you, did you go get checked out? You are in my thoughts and prayers honey. Let us know when you can how you are doing.
Gentle Hugs,

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   Posted 9/11/2010 5:00 PM (GMT -7)   

As others suggested, I would urge you to go to the ER, if you haven't already. Breathing problems are really scary and can be very serious.

I hope you've already sought treatment and are doing better. As always, you're in my thoughts & prayers.


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   Posted 9/11/2010 5:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Buttercup, are you OK? Did you go to the ER??

I really hope that you went in to be seen....as others have said, this is nothing to mess around with!

I just wanted to let you know that I've gone through similar things with feeling like I can't get enough air, and also the "forgetting" to breathe thing. For me, I used to feel like I had to deliberately "remember" to breathe when I was on the fentanyl patch for pain. Now I'm on Dilaudid, and I rarely feel that way.

I still have trouble with what I would describe as "air hunger". That is a common symptom of Babesiosis, which I do have (it's a so-called "co-infection" of Lyme disease that is related to malaria). But you probably don't have Babesiosis, unless you've been bitten by a tick?

I hope that you've been seen by a doctor and that you're feeling better now!

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