Shortness of breath

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   Posted 3/2/2012 3:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Just seen my GP and had the kite test to test my breathing after I told her about my shortness of breath. Not sure what the technical name for the test is but I passed with no issues. But, since then I feel it's gotten worse, I have had every heart test minus the thing ran up my leg and they all came back fine. I have really bad reflux, but it just seems like now just getting up and walking and I feel short of breath, dizzy and nauseous. When I'm sleeping or sitting no issues. My blood pressure is really good and I was running two miles about 3 days a week a few weeks ago. Not sure if all this is anxiety or more serious. Anyone else?

Post Edited (cheeterky) : 3/2/2012 4:20:06 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 3/3/2012 7:54 AM (GMT -7)   
H Cheeterty,

If you have had all of the cardio related tests, and the breathing test, then I would have to guess that it is all anxiety related...what did your doctor say, did he/she schedule anything else?

You mentioned refux. Is it possible asthma due to GERD? Perhaps posting in that forum with your question might be a good idea.

In the meantime, what results have you gotten from breathing exercises? Have you tried any, and are they working at all?

I am sorry that you are experiencing this, it is miserable and scary to feel out of breath for no apparent reason. I used to have trouble with this due to anxiety. If you would like my favorite breathing exercise (if I haven't already posted it for you) just let me really worked for me.

Take care,


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   Posted 3/3/2012 8:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Morning Cheeterky,
Could  your problem be anxiety - yes but SC made a good point for GERD as a possible cause for your symptoms.  Many of our members in GERD experience breathing problems - may I suggest you post in the GERD forum as the members there know this disorder extremely well. 
Here is the link to our GERD/Heartburn forum:
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   Posted 3/4/2012 7:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Cheet, I would say a combination of gerd and anxiety will definately cause your breathing problems, I have them both and some mild asthma, and this problem has been sending me to the E.R constantly, i'm actually getting embaressed, but it is a scary feeling so i guess it's just natural to get all panicky and start freaking out, but I have also been trying to practice deep breathing excercises, but i guess i can't quite get the hang of how to do it good yet, i try to take a slow breath through my nose for about 2 seconds and let out a long slow breath for about 4 seconds, while just trying to keep my belly raising up and not my chest ( they say this is a more natural way to breathe ) There are many deep breathing exercises i watch on youtube, Take care and hope everything turns out great for you.
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   Posted 3/7/2012 4:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had this same thing before, and had every heart test done as well, nobody could give me a straight answer to the cause, I found my own cure for it, I got off all msg, soy and artificial sweeteners and that helped, took a week or so to get the full results but NOW I do NOT have any breathing problems or shortness of breath feeling anymore what so ever, and now I've also decided to do a gluten free diet to see how I felt with that, I'm not as sleepy and don't have as much brain fog, overall feel like myself again, and any stress level that I did have has vanished, I feel great!

I had been a bit worried about my health, always worrying that I have some new disease or rare disease, cancer etc. but, I hope this info helps you and maybe you can try a new diet to help you feel better and be symptom free.
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