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Can shortness of breath- dizziness be caused by Chronic HVS?
« on: September 02, 2014, 03:50:43 AM »
Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to share some information, that might be useful for you and your doctor to consider if these symptoms sound familiar.

I hear many of us complaining about shortness or breath, dizziness, chest pains. 

I had this issue for the first few years when I had panic attacks, I just did some research for a friend who is also battling this very same issue, - after researching it over the weekend - I came across a condition for this called:  Chronic Hyperventilation Syndrome


As I was reading about this, reading various articles - that reminded me exactly some of the same things I problems with before getting the correct medication....

This might explain - that the consistent panic attacks and anxiety attacks had caused my breathing pattern to subconsciously change - "without me noticing it... " It is now officially called -" Chronic Hyperventilation Syndrome"

After more research, I was lucky to stumble on a post in another forum on how many doctors are not aware of this condition.

Here is the post I found - the author of this post did a pretty job of explaining it  :yes:, I thought I would share it:

Here is a posting I found from a fellow Panic Anxiety Disorder victim on another forum:

Chronic Hyperventilation Syndrome

"dizziness accompanied by a lot of other seemingly unrelated symptoms, which might include any of the following:

•   shortness of breath for no apparent reason
•   frequent sighing or yawning
•   chest pains
•   heart palpitations
•   sweating
•   syncope (fainting)
•   dizziness
•   trembling
•   slurred speech
•   cold, tingling, or numb lips or extremities
•   nausea or irritable bowel syndrome
•   aching muscles or joints, or tremors
•   tiredness, unsteadiness, or diffuse weakness
•   restless sleep, insomnia, or nightmares
•   sexual problems
•   anxiety or phobias
•   fear that perhaps you're a hypochondriac
•   dry mouth
•   pressure in throat or difficulty swallowing
•   bloating, belching, flatulence, or abdominal pain
•   impaired memory or concentration
•   confusion / disorientation
•   tinnitis (ringing in ears)
•   headaches
•   blurred vision, tunnel vision, double vision, or flashing lights
•   tachycardia (rapid pulse)
•   depression
•   erratic blood pressure

If several of these symptoms sound familiar, ask your doctor about Chronic Hyperventilation Syndrome. If she's never heard of it, ask her to find out about it. If she seems reluctant, research online (I've listed some useful links below) and inform her.


Why So Many Weird Symptoms?
My understanding of this syndrome is far from perfect, as I am not a doctor. I am only a sufferer of this disorder who has done some research, but I'll do my best to share with you what I think I've learned. I highly recommend that you consult the links below, and talk to your own personal physician, to get more reliable information.

As it was explained to me, Chronic Hyperventilation Syndrome constantly and slowly depletes your blood of carbon dioxide. With too little carbon dioxide in the blood, receptors that should be bonding with CO2 end up bonding with oxygen instead. Ironically, your blood ends up having too little free oxygen available to your body's systems and organs.

As a result, all of your body's systems receive too little oxygen. That means your brain, your stomach, your muscles ... they're all getting slightly deprived of oxygen. As a result, you start having seemily unrelated symptoms in all these different areas of the body. Your doctor might send you to a gazillion specialists, trying to figure out what's wrong with your ears, or your stomach, or your brain. I, myself, was sent -- over the course of 7 months or so of doctoral confusion -- to an ear doctor, an allergist, and a neurologist before they finally figured out what was going on. Some people with HVS go through a lot more intrusive and expensive tests than I did.

What the doctors are missing in these cases is the BIG PICTURE: the fact that the patient has several systems going slightly haywire ... probably from one source. And that source in this case is the oxygen-depleted blood.


So What Do You Do About It?
Opinions on treatment for Chronic Hyperventilation Syndrome vary, because opinions on the causes vary widely, as well. Some doctors believe HVS is caused by anxiety. Others believe anxiety is understandably caused by your body's constant yet unconscious fear of impending suffocation. I personally think they're probably both right, and that some sort of vicious cycle gets started, in which the HVS and anxiety feed off each other.

So, anyway, some of the recommended treatments I've seen discussed include:


•   Anti-anxiety medications
•   Psychotherapy
•   Relaxation techniques such as meditation
•   Biofeedback
•   Breathing exercises

This isn't a complete list, but it's what I remember off the top of my head. My own personal opinion is that the ideal treatment might be different for each person who suffers from HVS, and most would probably benefit best from some coordinated combination of the above treatments.





Resources for Chronic Hyperventilation Syndrome
I'm just a random person who suffered from HVS, so the info I've given here is no substitute for listening to the experts. Of course, the main thing I recommend, again, is that you go to talk to your personal physician. But I've listed below some of the other resources I found useful.

http://www.dynamicchiropractic.com/mpacms/dc/article.php?id=41073

http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/807277-medication    "
 



This appears to be a very logical answer - to all the various problems brought about the Initial Panic Attacks.

I noticed the last link http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/807277-medication

Showed that treatment was quickly achieved by BDZ - as the first line of medication for treatment - " Chronic Hyperventilation Syndrome"

"Benzodiazepines are useful in the treatment of hyperventilation resulting from anxiety and panic attacks. By binding to specific receptor sites, these agents appear to potentiate the effects of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and to facilitate inhibitory GABA neurotransmission and the actions of other inhibitory transmitters."

Also, it show that AD and SSRI maybe also helpful, but as most of know it takes (4-12 weeks)  at a therapeutic dosage before the AD/SSRI will start to work.  ::)

Again, This appears to be a very logical answer - to all the various problems I had after months or years of Initial Panic/Anxiety Attacks.
This appears to very promising - and makes complete sense to me...as I recall, when I had my first few years of Panic Attacks....



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Re: Can shortness of breath- dizziness be caused by Chronic HVS?
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2014, 12:58:36 PM »
AWESOME POST !! Never thought of this and I read the symptoms I have all most all of them myself!
Thank you for sharing I will do more research on this and try some of the ways to beat it !

I hope a lot of people read your post it is just amazing!! :yes:

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Re: Can shortness of breath- dizziness be caused by Chronic HVS?
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2014, 08:42:39 PM »
Interesting post...

Alot of those symptoms I can relate to and alot of them have only cropped up since my anxiety shot up a notch a few months back and panic attacks became frequent. Even more interesting is that when my anxiety was at a lower level (last week for example) alot of these symptoms disappeared.

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•   frequent sighing or yawning
•   chest pains
•   dry mouth
•   pressure in throat or difficulty swallowing
•   bloating, belching, flatulence, or abdominal pain

These in particular were not present much at all last week but were there every other week including this week where I am strung out again with anxiety.

Really good post, I must look into this more.
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