Fibro shortness of breath

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by thorntonh, Sep 26, 2006.

  1. thorntonh

    thorntonh New Member

    Does anyone with fibro suffer from a persistent cough, chest tightness and shortness of breath? I was diagnosed with fibro 6 years ago and for the past 2 years, I have been suffering with the cough and breathing difficulties. I was wondering if maybe someone else was suffering with the same symptoms. Please let me know. Thanks.
  2. meowee

    meowee New Member

    I just posted a question similar to this last week. I do have the shortness of breath. PLease do a search under my name and you will find some responses.

    GOd bless
  3. Loveyame

    Loveyame New Member

    When that happens to me I go to the bone cracker and have myself realigned. It is usually from my ribs being out of place.

    I have not experieced a cough though. Have you told your doctor about the cough? some meds will cause you to have a cough.

  4. TaniaF

    TaniaF Member

    was diagnosed with asthma. Have you checked this out?

  5. happycanuk

    happycanuk New Member

    This is how I was diagnosed with FM, actually. The muscles of the Sternum tighten up and breathing becomes a real pain. I have had pain since I was 29, that developed into OA. I seemed to have pain everywhere, but never gave FM a thought. I am currently undergoing tests for this breathing problem. Had Pulmonary tests and the Cardiac Stress Test, as well as a Heart Scan test, just yesterday.

    I hope you can find some answers.
  6. dr32164

    dr32164 New Member

    I did suffer from chest pain and shortness of breath for a couple years. I too have fibro for many years and felt like I was getting much worse. My doctor sent me to an endocrinologist for a large goiter and he knew immediately, based on my history of Lupus, fibro, cfs, etc.. that I probably had Hashimotos disease. He tested me and sure enough, I do have it. He put me on thyroid replacement meds and I feel like a new person. No more shortness of breath and much fewer epsisodes of chest pain. My fibro symptoms have dimished about 65%. Might be worth checking into. My doc said there seems to be a connection with Fibro, other autoimmune disease, and thyroid auto immune disease. Best wishes to you for good health.
  7. 1sweetie

    1sweetie New Member

    I and many others share your problems with SOB. Believe it or not (I didn't at first)all that you described can be a symptom of a type of acid reflux.

    I was surprised because I did not consider these the typical GERD signs. I still have issues with SOB but I had an esophageal strictures, a hiatal(sp?) hernia, and reflux.
    The pulmonary specialist sent me to a gastroenterologist. I had to have an endoscopy. They gave me medication and stretched my throat.

    It did not resolve all of my issues with SOB but it helped and it solved the coughing.
  8. thorntonh

    thorntonh New Member

    I was originally diagnosed with asthma brought on by allergies and provided inhalers. The symptoms persistent, so I went to an actual allergists and it was determined that I was allergic to many things. I did the allergy shots and had no relief.

    I then decided to see a pulmonary specialist and a cardiologist and had a cardiac stress test, breathing function test, vascular scan, lots of blood work, etc. Found out I don't have any signs of asthma and all the other tests turned out to be normal. I visited my immunologist and he ran some blood work and only found the standard inflamation signs of fibro. I went to see a second allergist and have now been informed my allergies do not warrant allergy shots. So I am back at square one.

    I do have a hiatal hernia and originally thought that was causing the breathing problems, but additional medicine has not stopped the cough or solved the breathing issues and the symptoms are not the same as they were when I was first diagnosed with the hiatal hernia.

    I have a feeling it is an allergic reaction to something because the symptoms are worse in certain environments and when doing any type of exercise/exertion. However, I think it might also be related to the fibro since nothing else seems to be the answer.

    I hate the fact that others are suffering with these same symptoms, but at the same time I am grateful I am not losing my mind. It is very difficult to perform daily activities when you are out of breath all the time.

    Thanks to all of you who replied. I am definitely going to look into a couple of the suggestions and keep my fingers crossed that there is a solution out there somewhere.
  9. 1sweetie

    1sweetie New Member

    I have checked out everything too. I also went to a cardiologist. My echo was OK although my EKG's are not. The echo is going to be alright because I am lying down. I have tried a stress test and they have to stop them because it shows problems on the EKG and I get into serious problems with them. Enough that both times they think I am having a heart attack and I ended up with a heart cath. My problem is with exertion also. If I reach over my head, bend over, steps, sometimes while talking, and sometimes the lack of being able to breath wakes me. It also cycles to the degree of problems that I have.

    I went to the pulmonary doctor again a couple of months ago and he said that if you feel out of breath from reaching or bending it is not a problem of your lungs. Go figure! To me if I can't breath it is a lung problem to me.

    The acid reflux medications make my IBS worse. The pulmonary doctor told me if the meds did not work and since I had such a strong history of reflux to go back to the gastro doctor and if I was still having trouble breathing, he would run a full set of test. Per cat scans of my lungs, I have moderate COPD. I was upset when I left his office. I do not feel like going to all of these doctors. I really have to pace myself.

    So like you I have no idea what is really happening. My CFS doctor said it was a very common complaint from people with CFS/FM and basically there is nothing to be done with it. I do know there have been several threads started on the board about this. It does help to know you are not alone but I would like some relief as I know you would also.

    If that problem alone was solved it would certainly improve my quality of life. Best of luck and keep us informed.

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