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Fibromyalgia and Short of Breath

Jul 13, 2015 1:38 PM

I've had fibromyalgia for years, but diagnosed in 2012. In the last few months I've become short of breath with minimal exertion. I started using my pulse ox appointment my phone and I average 93-95. Anyone experiencing anything like this? It's new for me.

Jul 13, 2015 2:10 PM

My shortness of breath is usually caused by muscle tightness in my ribs and back which restricts movement when breathing. I find talking a deep breath very painful, and therefore usually breathe very shallow. I didn't notice that I wasnt breathing properly until the physical therapist asked how i was breathing because there was no muscle and bone movement in my ribs and back at all.
My resting heart rate is usually between 80 and 95.

Jul 13, 2015 3:14 PM

Nann my husband experiences the same thing he gets to feeling like he is smothering g and can't breathe,but when he gets to the ER it's 98,93 which is normal.Try and stay calm,take deep breaths thru your nose slowly blow out thru your mouth. I don't know what part of the world you live in we live in East Texas which has not only hot weather, but humidity to deal with. Write now we are dealing with a heavy humidity, which is hard to deal with. It makes it hard to breath, but you can do it,exercise, breathing exercises breath in slow and blow it out slow. Will be praying for you.

Jul 13, 2015 10:47 PM

Nanni, last summer I began to have SOB spells anytime I would try to do anything longer than 3-5 minutes. It continued to worsen and I got run through the mill of medical tests on my heart and lungs. Six months later an allergy and asthma doctor changed my inhaler and another medicine. I'm much better now, except for the humidity!. 🙏🌼

Jul 14, 2015 1:52 AM

People in pain breathe much more shallowly and at a higher rate than others. Kind of a panting for breath if you will. I learned this in my pain management studies and through studying biofeedback with a wonderful Dr. who is an expert in the field. Generally people in pain at rest take 16+ breaths per minute! A happy and healthy stress free rate for pain reduction and to calm your sympathetic nervous system is to halve that to 8 breaths a minute. 8-10 breaths per minute resting breath rate baseline without thinking about it will change your pain and stress levels as well as sync your heart and lungs. Biofeedback is the process of using breathing to train oneself to get the breath down to this better rate. Also you can use specialized breathing techniques to help ease acute pain and stress. I was able to lower my breath rate from 16 to 9 in two months of practice. I now catch myself when I start a bad breathing habit that is pain related: curling up/hunching, panting, shallow breaths, gulping, etc... I remind myself to do a good behavior. Deep breaths (as much as I can, I know sometimes ribs are sore, but fresh oxygen helps), relax shoulders, extended breaths. There is a good phone app that helps Breathe 2 Relax. It is free. Guided imagery is also a huge positive.

Jul 14, 2015 5:44 AM

Wynnbliss36, thanks for the info on the app. I've been using biofeedback for years now. My respirations are usually 10 or less even in pain but I still make sure I'm doing abdominal breathing and making sure not to hold my breath and stuff like that. The app sounds good, I'm going to check it out!!

Jul 14, 2015 3:16 PM

Wow everyone this is excellent feedback. I will work on my breathing technique. That makes a lot of sense. Have a great day.

Jul 14, 2015 6:17 PM

I need to start working on my breathing, I got signed up at our gym to start pool exercises. They also have a senor yoga class I am going to check out, I can't get on my knees so probably won't be able to. Have to wait and see.

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