Is there any specific test that can be done for this shortness of breath? I am mainly interested in a test that can show there is something wrong with the lungs or with breathing...
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I've had pulmonary function tests where they check lung capacity to take in air by volume; cardio pulmonary tests, where they use a stationary bike to stress both lungs and heart to check for any issues; even a diaphragm sound test, where they stuck a long needle with a microphone in my side to listen to that muscle work. All came out great, but I still have air hunger.
When you tell the doctors about 'shortness of breath' their first question is 'do you smoke'? then they look for asthma and bronchial constriction. ME/CFS has none of that, so make sure they don't just dismiss your gasping for air as one of those.
My illness is weird and responds well to supplements. Manganese used to get rid of my air hunger. Now I am in a different phase and when I take malic acid it makes me exceptionally breathless and like I might pass out (weird) my assumption was it was driving krebs and making me run out of free iron. (Glutathione and iron are cofactors between isocitrare and alpha ketoglutarate - or somewhere round there I think). I think liver and iron helped me with that.
All the best
Now I am in a different phase and when I take malic acid it makes me exceptionally breathless
I have the same reaction with succinate acid and apple cider vinegar
Wheezing, on the other hand, what is it related to?
Potassium used to help my shortness of breath and air hunger.
Now it's calcium.
- a. Symptoms include paresthesias of the lips and extremities, muscle cramps, and in severe cases, tetany, laryngospasm with wheezing, or life-threatening stridor.
As for calcium, I personally have always had an increase in heart rate ... since it also acts on glutamate it could be a cause or an excess ... or it does not enter the cells and accumulates by imitating an excess.
Here is another possible perspective. I have to avoid apple cider vinegar and malic acid due to histamine intolerance. They give me shortness of breath. These links might be of interest:
"Both maleic acid and succinic acid enhance anaphylactic histamine release from guinea pig lung in vitro–the degree of enhancement being of the same order of magnitude."
And lo and behold if you throw sugar into the mix when your hypoxic...what a fckin pantomime. You get a wild racing heart. I think the sugar in cells has no o2 to bind to and get shunted back into system poisonously
Had a diagram test as well. All that stuff. Had above average on the blow test with harsh air hunger at time.
I find for me best cure is nil food by mouth and about 4 litres of sparkling mineral water over the day. Seems to help clean out the blood from whatever body is seeing as the hypoxic trigger
Read about how it's disables atp production