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Air Hunger

Discussion in 'Autonomic, Cardiovascular, and Respiratory' started by dsnrbec, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. alex3619

    alex3619 Senior Member

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    The heart probably has more mitochondria than any other organ, though I do not know how it compares to the brain. It needs the mitochondria working. CoQ10 can help with that, as can carnitine. Magnesium has other purposes, and I am less sure about d-ribose though many have benefited from it.

    Bye, Alex
     
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  2. searcher

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    I just came across a quote from Dr Afrin (a leading MCAS researcher) that described my experience with air hunger. You can see this quote and a bunch of fascinating (to me) mast study disease case studies at http://www.mastocytosis.ca/2011%20MSC%20Medical%20Lecture%20without%20slides.pdf. The pulmonary comment is from slide 54. Slide 55 is about POTS.
    The good news is that he has had some success in treating MCAS, and sometimes symptoms go away rapidly.
     
  3. roxie60

    roxie60 Senior Member

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    can you describe what happens. I have something but not sure it would be called air hunger.
     
  4. dsnrbec

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    The best way I can describe it (at least for me) is feeling like I need to take a deep breath but not being able to. It really is different from being short of breath. I guess it's a type a shallow breathing and when at its worst, I get desperate for a good full breath but struggle to get one. It's awful to have to be so aware of your breathing that it takes over your life at times!
     
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  5. triffid113

    triffid113 Day of the Square Peg

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    If this is so I suggest considering that your gut problems are due to HYPOchlorhydria rather that HYPER. Hypo hurts too because food ferments and irritates the gut and also low HCL allows proliferation of bad gut bacteria and the like. If you have low stomach acid you will have trouble absorbing iron.

    I also have periodic problems feeling short of breath and anemic even though I am past menopause. Since I am already aware of and treating hypochlorhydria (with zinc primarily as zinc and P5P are required to make HCL), I looked into Vitamin A. I have a Vitamin A deficiency (could be absorption problem?) and it causes low ferritijn. You can have regular hemoglobin but low ferritin and it can cause such issues.
     
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    I describe my experience as a quick involuntary diaphragm movement that causes me to suck air in deeply and quickly. It is not a yawn, it is not trying to catch my breathe but litterally at any moment I take a quick inhale of air as my diaphragm appears to be triggered.
     
  7. Rlman

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    my case sounds somewhat like yours dsnrbec. I have to sleep with many pillows to elevate upper body to 45degree angle. Also sleep on right side. When lie with less pillows can't breathe deeply and feel heart tight in chest/chest pressure. Did echocardiogram and ecg all fine though trace valve regurgitation. Thought they would see enlarged heart but they did not. Also feel better when raise legs in bed, I think Cheney said that eases pressure off the heart. I know stress definateyl makes me feel more heart pressure, and the breathing issue got worse after panic attack in hyperbaric oxygen chamber, feels like strained heart muscle. But problem already started at onset cfs. Also have adrenal fatigue, other issues. I think perhaps just being so weak makes my heart too weak to work optimally (I am pretty much bedroom bound).
     

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