is hyperventilation a part of FM?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by amy24co, Aug 7, 2005.

  1. amy24co

    amy24co New Member

    I've had a problem with breathing for over a year now. I have had my lungs x-rayed and they came back normal. I just feel the need to take a deep breath constantly......cant seem to get back into the normal breathing mode for a year now. I've learned to live with it but dont like it at all........makes me crazy.......anyone ever heard of this? I do have some allergies.........could that cause this?
    thanks, Amy
  2. dorabella

    dorabella New Member

    I think the two things are connected. I've had a spell for the last couple of days of feeling as if I can't take in a deep enough breath.

    With hyperventilation, the chest and lung muscles become tense through anxiety (do you suffer with anxiety?) leading to the feeling of restriction. When combined with FM which can cause pain and discomfort in the fascia coating the muscles I am not surprised that this leads us into more tension and shallow breathing.

    I spent 2 hours on Friday painting walls and have been suffering from stiff chest, arm and diaphragm muscles as a result. Like you I have felt that I couldn't breathe deeply enough for the last 2 days. When your muscles calm down again the sensation will abate. I think this kind of problem is common to a lot of FMers, along with the constant feeling of anxiety which a lot of us endure.

    Chicken and egg situation?
  3. karinaxx

    karinaxx New Member

    I have cfids and suffer from Allergies and Asthma.
    It sounds to me, that you have Asthma, which is most of the time triggered through a allergic reaction to some substances you inhale. Paint is a strong trigger, as well as dust-mites and pollen.
    check with your doctor for a asthma-test and further allergy tests.
    (Asthma is not seen in x rays, you need to test with a lung specialist)
    Hope you find out what it is, i know how terrible it feels not to be able to breath normal.
    It is also very bad for your whole body, since you have constant a lack of oxygen.
    karinaxx
  4. hunterwillow

    hunterwillow New Member

    I have trouble catching my breath. My whole body at times feels like I'm not getting enough oxygen. I lose circulation and my body parts feel as if they're not mine.
    My doc said that a lot of anxiety can cause this as a delayed reaction. So he gives me sedatives. I don't like sedatives. I already have trouble functioning.
    Years ago, my massage therapist told me about tension in trigger points block the circulation of oxygen. I found there to be some truth to this. After a session of trigger point therapy, my body was always warm with circulation, relaxed, and I could breathe easier. Unfortunately with no insurance, I couldn't continue these treatments.
    She also told me that I forgot how to breathe correctly. She stated that when I took deep breaths, I tensed my neck and shoulders, which made it impossible to fill my diaphram with oxygen. When I try to concentrate on my breathing, though, It makes it worse. Its easier when someone is coaching me.