Shortness of breath

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For the past 2 months I've experienced this new symptom which is dyspnea shortness of breath. I had numerous tests. Xray of the heart and lungs and came out normal. And then I has numerous blood tests & EKG. All normal. I've also seen a cardiologist and he performed a stress test & Echocardiogram. They came out normal. Healthy heart. And last test I had was a Pulmonary Function Test which my doctor says it came out normal. Now I'm running out of answers. I've been having this shortness of breath a little over 2 months its really frustrating and scary. Feeling always the need to take deep breathing and yet I don't feel like my lungs are getting enough oxygen . I could really use some advice here. Doctors think its GAD but I think they may be missing something

I'm 25 years old no asthma problems or anemic.

Meds are

Propranolol 20mg

Celexa 40mg

Albuterol inhaler

Montalukast 10mg

Any advice is greatly appreciated . Thanks!

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  • Posted

    Not heart - not lung Congratulations.

    Test results coming back normal, that is a good sign.  So if physical test results are coming back normal perhaps investigate the psychological reasons, discussion with your doctor for addressing this health issues may help.  


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      Thank you for your reply I am going throughm group therapy sessions and they do seem to help with coping skills calming my breathing down also I've learned that black coffee helps me breathe a lot better.

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    Why are they prescribing propanalol?

    As Vee said, you've got good results. I say, go celebrate & work on halting/changing the thought patterns which jeep you focused on the idea of this issue.

    Good luck

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      Hello there thank you for the reply I'm currently taking Propranolol because I had a major panic attack in January and I've been prescribed Propranolol to slow down the heart rhythm but I don't think I need it as much since my heart is okay.

      It does worry me that propranolol can cause breathing issues though...

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      It is fabulous that you are doing your group therapy/breathing sessions. Coffee can help with breathing & with opening the sinuses, but it also can make our heart rate go up. Many inhalers have the exact same effects on many of us.

      I happen to have a congenital effect which causes SVTs (not afib). Very rarely my heart gets stuck at a high rate. I have 2 exercises I do when that happens, the Cabal Maneuver & Nine Turns or 9 Slow Turns. The 1st was taught me by my electrophysiologist and the 2nd comes from Healing Qigong. Ask your heart doctor if either or both of these exercises might help you. If doc says okay to try VM but nixes Qigong, doc is just prejudiced against Eastern medicine. If one is okay for you personally, they both are IMHO. If doc says okay to try, PM me if you need instructions.

      Which brings me also to acupuncture, which can be effective against racing heart/palpitations and, I think, anxiety. If you've never tried it and want to know what to expect, PM me.

      You are on a good path taking control of your overall health, so keep up that good work.

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    Hi have you had a CT scan?  Or even an MRI?  If you have and they are normal then there can't be anything physically wrong as they would definitely show it. 

    I hope you find some answers and wish you the best.

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      Hi there thank you so much for the reply I've had numerous tests except and MRI or CT scan. But I did have a stress test echocardiogram and pulmonary function test including x-ray of the heart and x-ray of the lungs and everything came out very good do you think I should suggest to CT scan or MRI to my family doctor?

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