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Old 11-13-2010, 04:31 PM
 
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OK Lets see.

They did COMPLETE BLOOD AND URINE WORK, AND AN X-RAY, BLOOD PRESSURE, EKG. BOTH TIMES I WENT INTO THE ER, AND I WENT TO TWO DIFFERENT hospitals.

Everything came out normal, xray showed lungs to be clear, they heard my breathing as well didnt hear any fluids or weird noises. They ruled out all chances of blood clot as well.

I wasnt taking anything, no orals contraceptives, EXCEPT for nitrofurantoina for interstitial cystitis, my gynecologist prescribed it for 3 months, so I would not get infections. He told me it was a very soft pill and that he even gives it to pregnant women.

I told every doctor that saw me, included the guys from 911 about that, and all of them said it had nothing to do with what I was going through. Yet 4 days ago I decided to look it up anyways, and all the side effects to it, numbness or tingling in the hands, shortness of breath, chest preassure, feeling sick, nauseas, I had it all. So I stopped taking it 4 days ago, but the symptons are still here.

I am from Argentina, I am going home for a month in 2 weeks, I am going to wait and see a specialist there, I just wish I had a clue on whats causing this so that I can do something about it, Im having an awful time, not being able to breath is BEYOND HORRIBLE.

As for the VEGAN comment, you know Im very open minded, I am not ruling anything out, I am not a doctor, so if they told me there was proof my food choice was causing this I would accept it and try to work around it. Just like someone doesnt like the taste of brocoli, I dont like the taste of animals.

Now besides that, how would they know if what I have is asthma? they never suggested that. How do they know if its allergies? I mean what type of other tests besides complete blood work and urine do they have to run to tell you if its asthma or allergy?

Thank you all for your comments, very appreciated
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Old 11-13-2010, 04:36 PM
 
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Also, a lot of vegans stop eating meat and any other animal products, but they live off of pasta and pizza and fries, and very unhealthy stuff. I dont. I do lots of veggies, beans, nuts & almonds (which Ive done all my life A LOT so im pretty sure thats not it), distilled water, fruits lots of it only in the morning. I try to eat as healthy as possible though I am aware it doesnt necessarily mean it will work.
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Old 11-13-2010, 04:40 PM
 
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I had problems with shortness of breath starting in my early 30s and continuing into my 40s. No doctor could tell me what was wrong, either. I was miserable for years with that and other symptoms.

I eventually found out that it was caused by food allergies. Specifically, it was acidic foods that caused my shortness of breath. What saved my life was a book: "Food Allergies, The Complete Guide to Understanding and Relieving Your Food Allergies" by William E. Walsh, MD. Moderator cut: can't discuss mod actions on forum
In the book, Dr. Walsh refers to the type of allergy I have as MALS food chemical allergy. MALS is an acronym for:

Monosodium Glutamate
Acidic food
Low calorie sweeteners
Sugar

I had to eliminate all of these substances from my diet, which is very difficult to do, and left me eating a very restricted diet. After a few years, I moved and my new house/environment is apparently not as taxing to my immune system so I can eat a lot of stuff I had to avoid before moving, but still have to avoid extremely acidic food and processed/restaurant food with added MSG.

Oh, and I tried Benadryl and it didn't help me at all.

I check for monosodium glutamate in every thing I am very well aware of how bad it can be, as well as the low calorie sweeteners they do worse than just sugar. I dont do those. Dont do gluten or wheat. Only for for organic stuff.

But I do know that something I am doing or taking is causing this. I can relate a lot to what happened to you
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Old 11-13-2010, 05:39 PM
 
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but do you have any pain in your chest (or elsewhere), and are you coughing anything up? (and if so, what?)

regarding the blood work they did in the ER, specifically, did they draw blood to test the oxygen levels in your blood? (you would remember this, because its a more painful blood test, usually taken from an artery in the wrist, but sometimes from in front of the elbow, or the groin).
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Old 11-13-2010, 05:44 PM
 
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It could be panic attacks. Mine started in my 20's, but since you're a vegan that was a red flag that stood out. I've also been anemic from time to time and you could be due to being a vegan. Did a doctor check your iron level? Whenever I'm anemic I get short of breath.
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Old 11-13-2010, 06:14 PM
 
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Pulmnologists run more specialized tests than you've had. I know, b/c I had to have them last summer.
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Old 11-13-2010, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Canada
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OK Lets see.

They did COMPLETE BLOOD AND URINE WORK, AND AN X-RAY, BLOOD PRESSURE, EKG. BOTH TIMES I WENT INTO THE ER, AND I WENT TO TWO DIFFERENT hospitals.

Everything came out normal, xray showed lungs to be clear, they heard my breathing as well didnt hear any fluids or weird noises. They ruled out all chances of blood clot as well.

I wasnt taking anything, no orals contraceptives, EXCEPT for nitrofurantoina for interstitial cystitis, my gynecologist prescribed it for 3 months, so I would not get infections. He told me it was a very soft pill and that he even gives it to pregnant women.

I told every doctor that saw me, included the guys from 911 about that, and all of them said it had nothing to do with what I was going through. Yet 4 days ago I decided to look it up anyways, and all the side effects to it, numbness or tingling in the hands, shortness of breath, chest preassure, feeling sick, nauseas, I had it all. So I stopped taking it 4 days ago, but the symptons are still here.

I am from Argentina, I am going home for a month in 2 weeks, I am going to wait and see a specialist there, I just wish I had a clue on whats causing this so that I can do something about it, Im having an awful time, not being able to breath is BEYOND HORRIBLE.

As for the VEGAN comment, you know Im very open minded, I am not ruling anything out, I am not a doctor, so if they told me there was proof my food choice was causing this I would accept it and try to work around it. Just like someone doesnt like the taste of brocoli, I dont like the taste of animals.

Now besides that, how would they know if what I have is asthma? they never suggested that. How do they know if its allergies? I mean what type of other tests besides complete blood work and urine do they have to run to tell you if its asthma or allergy?

Thank you all for your comments, very appreciated

You need a lung function test that can be performed at an allergist. You also need to have skin testing done at the allergists.
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Old 11-14-2010, 12:30 AM
 
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I am a healthy 25 yr old, with no heart disease family history, I work out 2 hours a day, I am vegan and drink lots of water.

I started experiencing shortness of breath for the first time in my life about 10 days ago. It started out simply while being seated in front of the computer laughing and chatting with a friend.
Asthma symptoms can be caused by drinking a lot of coffee or alcohol, both of which are diuretics. You should be drinking 10 glasses of water a day -- see Moderator cut: too new, read TOS ] -- and you should take Magnesium every day in divided doses. 80 to 90% of people in the West are deficient in Magnesium and you can die from a lack of it from heart attack, stroke, Asthma and more.

When you have an Asthma attack drink two tall glasses of water and take 1/4 tsp of sea salt...and a Vitamin C tablet and a calcium/mag tablet. Vitamin C is an antihistamine and if you are allergic, it will help. This will stop an Asthma attack in about 5 minutes. Try to go with natural remedies with Asthma treatment as Asthma may be caused by dehydration and many prescription drugs to treat it further dehydrate you.

I printed out this quote and put it on my wall because it is so important:

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This book was unremarkable compared to the 10-12 others I have read regarding the subject of asthma. All are good, but all fall short in one respect: their recommendations (or lack of reccommendations) on natural treatments for Asthma. Most Asthma books don't recommend any holistic/herbal remedies; they only recommend pharmaceutical drugs. A few Asthma books like these do recommend natural remedies, but these remedies are often unproven, and can be dangerous if mixed with other drugs/alcohol.

I am really disappointed in all Asthma books in general, because they most often do not recommend the three most important ORTHOMOLECULAR Asthma remedies: Calcium, Magnesium, and Vitamin C. Calcium is simply there to balance magnesium and to chelate with ascorbate (vitamin C) to make calcium ascorbate. Magnesium relaxes lungs and improves air flow. Last and certainly not least, vitamin C has potent antihistamine effects via inhibiton of mast cell degranulation, and also has bronchodilator effects via inhibition of phosphodiesterase.

Taking several grams a day of vitamin C (preferably buffered calcium ascorbate), along with some magnesium may completely inhibit mild asthma, and should significantly help moderate to severe asthma, with no known drug interactions (except perhaps with Theophylline, which inhibits the same phosphodiesterase enzyme that vitamin C does). Moderator cut: not allowed We used to drink 6 to 8 mugs of coffee a day and hardly any water. Then my husband developed Asthma. Now we drink mostly water and maybe 1 cup of coffee a day if that. Too much coffee also causes Coffee Psychosis. Google that.

See more of my comments regarding Magnesium on page two of the Hawthorne thread.

http://www.city-data.com/forum/healt...n-berry-2.html

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Old 11-14-2010, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Southeastern North Carolina
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I check for monosodium glutamate in every thing I am very well aware of how bad it can be, as well as the low calorie sweeteners they do worse than just sugar. I dont do those. Dont do gluten or wheat. Only for for organic stuff.

But I do know that something I am doing or taking is causing this. I can relate a lot to what happened to you
OK, but are you aware that many other food additives can contain MSG? In other words, you can read the label and not see the words
"monosodium glutamate", but you'll see hydrolyzed soy protein or autolyzed yeast extract, for instance, and these substances contain MSG.

You can see a full list of the hidden sources of MSG here: Hidden Sources of MSG

And my shortness of breathness was also brought on by acidic foods. That morning cup of coffee, citrus, tomato sauce, etc.

If you suspect that it's something you're eating that is making you sick, you could try eating nothing but rice and water for a while to see if you feel better. Then, if you do, add everything else back to your diet one item at a time so you can tell what is causing the reaction.

I wish you luck and hope that you get to the bottom of this. I know how awful it is to have shortness of breath.
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Old 11-14-2010, 01:35 PM
 
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but do you have any pain in your chest (or elsewhere), and are you coughing anything up? (and if so, what?)

regarding the blood work they did in the ER, specifically, did they draw blood to test the oxygen levels in your blood? (you would remember this, because its a more painful blood test, usually taken from an artery in the wrist, but sometimes from in front of the elbow, or the groin).
No, they didnt do that. I dont have pain, and I have been coughing, but its a dry cough nothing in it.
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