Depression causes shortness of breath

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Avatar f tn I there an easy way to rule out a more ominous condition for muscle twitching and shortness of breath? Could I buy an asthma breathing measure to check my lung function--would that rule out the more ominous?
Avatar m tn shortness of breath, exactly as you describe, with no apparent cause. I have a mitral valve prolapse (floppy heart valve) which usually causes no problems, but I am wondering if there is a link. Heart & lung monitoring at the weekend showed no abnormality. That sensation of having to take a deep breath just to get enough air is pretty scary. Am seeing my GP this week, but am trying to prepare for him saying that it's all in my head (not likely)!
Avatar m tn I have had since cutting down my pills a constant pain in my chest and the constant feeling of shortness of breath is horrible. I know its psychological but that doesnt help whilst in the throes of one of these attacks and if an attack really takes hold of me I get tongue rolling and twitching which can go on for days. Breathing into a paper bag does nothing for me. What a relief to find this forum.
Avatar f tn My guess is that you probably had some underlying anxiety about the move, and as it started presenting itself in the form of shortness of breath, your anxiety quickly worsened. I think you should seek out some therapy, and start working toward learning how to try to dismiss those "what if" thoughts. Also, distraction is HUGELY helpful in the management of anxiety.
Avatar n tn My Endo doc belives I am now hypo (I used to have hyperactive thyroid) and that is causing my loss of voice along with heart palpitations and shortness of breath. She has increased dosage of my medication but I still don't feel the difference, It's been almost 2 weeks that I've been on the higher dosage. What has been your experience? Are you better now? Any info is greatly appreciated!
Avatar n tn I am 37 years old and I went to the ER one year ago in December for shortness of breath and of course was told it was anxiety. I have had anxiety most of my adult life and knew that was not what it was. I had a CT scan of my lungs, chest xray, EKG, nuclear stress test, PFT, labs and all said I was as healthy as a horse, couldn't find anything wrong other than being a little overweight. I have also attended sleep clinic because my Dr.
Avatar f tn Welcome to our little happy, anxious home! I'm glad you found your way here. What you are going thru is certainly awful, but the great you've been given the "thumbs up" medically, which is good. While no one really wants to have anxiety....we SURELY do not want the answer to be..."Why, yes, you have something physically wrong which is causing your symptoms." ACK! Shortness of breath is one of the more common symptoms of anxiety. It's up there on the list.
Avatar n tn Just like the others I did the rounds of all the doctors and all possible tests trying to figure out what causes the shortness of breath and came up with no answers. I figured it out myself that they start around 1 week before my period, then go away, and then return for about 3 - 5 days after my period. The discomfort is so actue that I am unable to speak with colleagues, participate in meetings or attend to important things at work.
Avatar n tn Three weeks later I'm still having headache, nausea, and my chest hurts. Any activity causes heavy sweating and shortness of breath, and the chest pains have me worried to death. My head hurts behind my right eye and feels like a pounding in the top of my head. It's not typical of migraines I've had before. I'm tired of meds and refused pain shots due to the fact that I believe they might mask any real symptoms of something else.
Avatar n tn He basically said that anxiety doesn't cause persistent shortness of breath. It causes attacks. (Is he right? I've read that anxiety can be chronic.) They want me to take another chest x-ray but I am terrified that they might find something incurable. The specialist noticed how nervous I was and decided to hold off on further tests. He thinks that I should be treated for the depression first. The not knowing exactly what's causing my shortness of breath makes me feel worse.
Avatar f tn There's also the upper airway resistant syndrome, seen with many FMS sufferers, which causes shortness of breath when active. We cannot overlook the fact also that in the majority of FMS cases, blood volume is 5-50% less than normal levels. Yawning is related to shallow breathing and again is common with FMS. Nevertheless, these symptoms are definitely NOT criteria for diagnosis. See my previous posts regarding Fibro dx.
Avatar f tn You have described me to a "T" with your description of shortness of breath during my menstrual cycle. My will normally last about 2 wks. I have ask my family MD and my OB/GYN doctor and the only answer I have been given is "must be your hormones." My shortness of breath has been going on for several years, I'm now 46 yrs. old. If a doctor ever explains it to me, or determines the cause I will certainly let you know, and please do the same for me.
Avatar n tn She did the EKG in the morning and that evening i had another one, cardiac enzyme, chest x ray, bloodwork for other stuff and all were normal. I went to see a cardiologist who did a shortness of breath panel and checking my lipids (I have high cholesterol) and an echocardiogram. So far everything is normal. He wants a ct angio but i can't afford it (no health insurance and these other bills are up to 3500 bucks already!
Avatar m tn Lately been having episodes of shortness of breath, and now chronic chest pain that doesn't go away... at all. First episode triggered a panic attack and this was March of last year, was around the time we moved into our new apt. I went to the ER thinking I was having a heart attack, they ran an EKG and did things like checked my lungs, blood pressure, and blood oxygen levels. They found nothing. Second time it was horrible, same symptoms slightly worse and different hospital.
Avatar f tn fever (90-95%) abdominal pain chest pain shortness of breath blood in urine hair falling out (27%) fatigue (90%) muscle pain and weakness (90%) dizziness poor memory headaches poor circulation in fingers and toes tingling in extremities diarrhea bloating nausea weight loss blurred vision depression palpitations raynauds (where fingers turn white when cold) intollerance to cold sore throat lymph node swelling (50%) ...
Avatar f tn Minor aches Fatigue Weakness Heart palpitations Increased pulse Loss of energy Loss of libido Confusion Irritability Shortness of breath So it appears to me that she needs to go back to the 90 mg of Armour and even increase from there. And she needs to supplement as needed to get her ferritin up to about 70 minimum. Also need to test for Vitamin d and supplement as needed to get it up to about 55-60.
Avatar n tn As my ID indicates, I am at wits end with researching my wife's condition. I pray that a fresh pair of eyes sees this post and can offer us some insight. Background: My wife, caucasian, 27, was admitted to the hospital in March 2003 after fainting while sitting with me on the couch (watching TV). Her BP was a bit high for her. She had many tests: EP study, EKG, chest MRI, Stress Echo. Everything "normal". She failed the tilt-table. Diagnosis: Neuro cardiogenic syncope.
Avatar n tn PVC's are mostly benign arrhythmia's that are usually asymtomatic(no accompanying symptoms like low BP or pain or shortness of breath). Sustained runs of v-tach, like you have described, are obviously very serious. Caffeine, stress, smoking and diet can all be contributors to cardiac arrhythmias. Amiodarone is a good drug to help with the control of these arrhythmias as well as having the AICD. Since your VT is desciribed as idiopathic and easil induced, I too would ponder the cause!
604197 tn?1292308636 Hello, I'm 17 years of age and recently (2 months ago) had an accident that has resulted in the loss of my sense of smell and taste. I was at a lake, swinging on a rope into the water but lost my grip and wnet head first down a cliff of rocks and roots. I landed in the water but had hit the back of my head (near the crown, at the top) splitting my head open and fracturing my skull (3-4 inches).
Avatar f tn I have been on 100mg of Topamax since the end of April. I immediately experienced the loss of appetite. I seaked the advice of a naturopath to use it to my advantage because I had about 80 pounds to lose. I see him every Friday and since then, I have lost 43 pounds...:-) It has not been difficult. It seems like he weight is coming off on its own now. I don't crave anything. I'm hoping to reach my goal by January.
Avatar n tn Running on the treadmill is a bit more of a challenge due to deconditioning, but this type of shortness of breath was different from the kick-me-in-the-gut type of shortness of breath I was experiencing before. I really hope you have the same good fortune! At this point, I guess it's safer/better to rule out the heart stuff first, and then take it from there. Wishing you well!
Avatar n tn I am a 50 year old woman with a history of PTSD/Depression. Mine started as a single sharp intake of breath with a long breath out. Quite often my daughter thought I was huffing because I was annoyed. Recently though it has changed pattern. It is now three or four sharp intakes (a kind of spasmodic stuttery motion) followed by a fairly normal breath out. It is very disconcerting.
Avatar f tn - Extreme fatigue - Headache - Brain fog - Dizziness - Nausea - Short of breath - Vision problems - Heart palpitations - Shakiness - Vertigo - Anxiety - Pain behind eyes I'm going to the doctor tomorrow and I will ask about Candida and Lyme disease. I'm really scared that this will keep going on for months. I really can't live like this. I'm afraid i'll have to drop out of school. I can't go on like this for the rest of my life. I really don't want to have to end my own life over this.
675316 tn?1234218695 It is so FRUSTRATING. I went through a terrible 2 year period of seemingly perpetual anxiety. Shortness of breath, tingling in my extremities, light headed.....and terribly depressed. Went through CAT Scan, MRI, blood work, etc. To no avail. Had a neurologist tell me it was conversion disorder....which told me nothing and didnt fix anything. Just something I had to fight and work through. And am still, to some extent today. You can get through this.
Avatar f tn Right before my period I usually get really dizzy having panic attacks the basic hard heart beat shortness of breath tighting of the throat etc.... As I could go on and on with the symptoms but thankfully to GOD I didnt have the symptoms this month but all I did was refocus my thinking and thought very positive voluntarily meaning I didnt just sit n say ik Im going to think positive but it has been a long struggle for me these last 3 years still thankful to GOD I have come this far!!!
Avatar n tn This feels wrong, so you try harder to breathe, believing you should be (and it's true, breathing really is important -- but when we become unwittingly aware of our breathing it throws the whole process into confusion). This is a long way of saying your sense of shortness of breath is probably an illusion created by an anxious personality. Learning to be fully aware of this and trying to manage it consciously, sometimes can make things get back to normal.
Avatar f tn Hi everyone! This is my first post. About 32 days since I quit Norco cold. I had been prescribed it for pain due to arthritis and then post-surgically because I cannot take NSAIDS and Tramadol makes me sick. I took 2-3 pills a day of 7.50/325 for about 5 yes, then one day I just did not want to be a fat dumb and happy (?) nonproductive person anymore so I quit. Thus was had because my husband did not quit and is still taking about the same amount as I was taking.
Avatar m tn Over the past 10 months I have been having symptoms of extreme fatigue, dizziness, head rushes, and shortness of breath. Additionally my heart always feels like it beats very heavy and I occasionally get heart palpitations. Anytime I drink caffeine I get very jittery and feel as if all of the remaining energy I had has been completely drained.