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Old 11-14-2010, 01:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Ellise View Post
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.
No i didnt know that Im checking out that website you gave me. I know its not tomato because I used to drink about two glasses of it everyday and it affected my bladder badly. So I stopped ingesting tomatoes period about 4 months ago.
I guess ultimately I wil have to wait for 15 days til I get back home and will get a hundred tests done
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Old 11-14-2010, 01:44 PM
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On another note guys, I have come to believe it is something in my apartment, and it even could be in my bed.

I spend a lot of time in here cause I work with the computer. I live literally on the beach. I tried spending a couple of hours by the ocean yesterday and the day before that. Symptons were gone while being outside, COMPLETELY. Im thinking it has to mean something.
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Old 11-14-2010, 08:11 PM
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You did mention one thing they found in the ER, that no one has brought up yet.
You said they found a heart arrhthmia.......

A heart in "ATRIAL FIBRILLATION" doesn't beat efficiently. It may not be able to pump enough blood out to your body with each heartbeat.
Some people with atrial fibrillation have no symptoms and are unaware of their condition until it's discovered during a physical examination. Those who do have atrial fibrillation symptoms may experience:
  • Palpitations, which are sensations of a racing, uncomfortable, irregular heartbeat or a flopping in your chest
  • Decreased blood pressure
  • Weakness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Confusion
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
Atrial fibrillation may be:
  • <LI class=doublespace>Occasional. In this case it's called paroxysmal (par-ok-SIZ-mul) atrial fibrillation. You may have symptoms that come and go, lasting for a few minutes to hours and then stopping on their own.
  • Chronic. With chronic atrial fibrillation, symptoms may last until they're treated.
Atrial fibrillation in itself is not a disease, but rather a symptom of some other disorder of the body. Atherosclerosis, angina, heart attack, heart surgery, valvular heart disease, hypoglycemia, hypertension, electrolyte imbalances, hyperthyroidism, anemia, pheochromocytoma, strenuous exercise, binge drinking, consumption of tyramine-containing foods, and exposure to mental or physical stress can all trigger atrial fibrillation. Very recent research has found that an inflammation of the heart lining (myocardium) is often involved in atrial fibrillation.

**I "copy and pasted" this info from Mayo site and afibbers.

Just a guess...
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Old 11-29-2013, 07:08 PM
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Originally Posted by chikaex0tica View Post
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 may have the same problem. Does the shortness of breath seem to come from the diaphram or chest for you?
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.

I started gasping for air felt I was gonna die, called 911.
They checked vitals said everything was normal, told me it was probably anxiety Although there is nothing triggering it. I am under no stress and even on vacations.

It never went away since then. I have the hardest time trying to fall asleep and then the minute I wake up the torture is on. It doesnt matter what I do, I do yoga, relax, meditation, it wont go away.
Same here. Are you awakened with this problem once you do fall asleep?

Went to the ER twice. They did blood, urine, EKG. Except for a sinus arithmya, everything was normal and healthy. The last time they told me they didnt know what it was, but it was not life threatening so they prescribed xanax. I have been taking it, aside from making me sleepy... I am still going short of breath 24/7 which is a LIVING TORTURE.

Have you had a thorough testing done like Spectracell? I'm still waiting for my results. See Youtube if you want to learn more about the test.

I need some advice. One of the doctors suggested I could be allergic to something told me to buy benadryl and give it a shot. Do you think I should try it?
Benadryl did not work for me nor did relaxation teas. Did you try it?

thank you in advance.
Originally Posted by Laura707 View Post
It amazes me the strides they have made in medicine but get stumped so many times at what is going on and have no answers. If standard protocol don't show anything or standard treatment don't work.. They are lost... makes me wonder what they are teaching them in medical school these days. Nobody seems to want to dig deeper and take on a new challenge.. Today it is "try this" then "try that" and they keep doing that until they accidentally hit on something that works.
Unfortunately this is very true Laura707. For many years I was diagnosed with a disease I did not have. It turned out to be something simple. The 'right' doctor did a detailed test by that time it became a life and death situation. It's such a shame. Thankfully I lived to tell you this.

I have no idea what your problem is or even what it could be. Have they tested you for asthma, allergies or anything?
I hope she doesn't have asthma. I was also tested for asthma twice...the doctors still couldn't figure it out.

Originally Posted by Ellise View Post
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.

Very interesting.

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

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.
Thank you for mentioning this even though I'm not the OP.
I will see if my Naturopath can rule this out. I'm vegan also, but I don't eat any of those things above.

Originally Posted by chikaex0tica View Post
OK Lets see.


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.
I am interested in knowing what they find. Will you please keep us updated on this. If I find out anything on my end, I will certainly mention it here. Your story sounds very similar to mine.

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.
There's nothing wrong with being vegan...I'm vegan too. Humans technically aren't supposed to consume meat and dairy products. Now before anyone else disagrees with me, I just want to say that this is solely my opinion among many who know this to be true. Our digestive tract is not designed for consuming meat products. Also we don't produce galactase to breakdown the harmful properties. One of the biggest allergies in human-kind is dairy.

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
Originally Posted by chikaex0tica View Post
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.
It sounds like you are doing a great job with your diet. Again, it sounds like my diet. I also stay away from processed foods and do not microwave anything.

Originally Posted by chikaex0tica View Post
On another note guys, I have come to believe it is something in my apartment, and it even could be in my bed.
I've thought about that, but we did not find any solutions.

I spend a lot of time in here cause I work with the computer. I live literally on the beach. I tried spending a couple of hours by the ocean yesterday and the day before that. Symptons were gone while being outside, COMPLETELY. Im thinking it has to mean something.
This has happened to me. I was told that it's possibly anxiety, however I'm not anxious about anything.
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Old 11-29-2013, 08:40 PM
Location: Wisconsin
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I know this sounds crazy but you should test your apartment for meth contamination, the previous tenant may have had a meth lab going on and the chemicals are still in the apartment. Shortness of breath and dizziness are two symptoms that are commonly connected exposure of meth chemicals. It depends on where you live, the landlord may not be required to clean up unless the tenants were busted for running a meth lab or they may not have known and didn't run any additional tests.

I hope you find out what's the cause and I hope you get better soon.
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Old 11-29-2013, 08:48 PM
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You have to think about what changed in your life 10 days ago. Did you start using a different soap, shampoo, fabric softener, air freshener, or other environmental toxin? Have you changed perfume or are using a different makeup? What about people in your life, have you started spending more time with someone - even at work (on a professional level?). Perhaps they have a pet that you are allergic to. Find out from your boss if they have started using a different cleaning service (or the gym where you work out, if you don't work). There is a trigger that is starting this that was not there 11 days ago, you need to find out what it is.

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Old 02-23-2014, 04:43 PM
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I've been having issues just like the OP. I'm wondering if anyone can help me.

I am a 25 year old male. 5'7 170lbs. I am out of shape and a tad overweight but haven't gained any weight in a long time. I have always been out of shape my whole life.

It started in early December 2013. I would get very short periods of cough and shortness of breath. Back then it was so minor I didn't even pay attention to it. It slowly kept getting worse and worse. Since early January I have had non stop shortness of breath 24/7. When the shortness of breath became constant the cough went away. I can feel mucus in my lung but I can never cough it out, I can feel it clear a tiny bit when I clear my throat if I'm lucky. Also the bottom of my throat strangely closes up from time to time. If I drink water, the water will get to the bottom of my throat and I will feel like coughing it up like it went down the wrong tube.

So I went to my primary care doctor first and he gave me 1.) albuterol 2.) 4mg of Prednisone for 6 days 3.) antibiotic Azithromicen 250mg for 5 days and 4.) codeine. Well none of that really helped so I went back to him again and he had me do a chest x-ray which came back fine so he gave me an appointment to see a pulmonologist.

Before I had a chance to see a pulmonologist my breathing became very bad and I had to be rushed to the ER. While there they put me on a nebulizer which helped a little bit. They did their own chest x-rays which came back "fine". My oxygen saturation was normal. My vitamins and electrolytes were normal. The ER doc dismissed it as an illness that would pass.

So I had my appointment with the pulmonologist two weeks ago. He gave me a bunch of lung function tests and said I had asthma. So he gave me Dulera to take with the Albuterol and Singulair. I have been taking all that for two weeks and still no real relief. I will be seeing him again March 6th. He had me do some bloodwork for food allergies which I will have the results for tomorrow hopefully.

Some background info:

First of all I forgot to mention I feel the shortness of breath anywhere I go, so I don't think it's my house. I had bad allergies and asthma (not as bad as this "asthma") when I was a kid. I did 5 years of allergy shots and it went away for about 12 years. Fast forward to the summer of 2013 and my allergies were horrible (they had been getting worse and worse in recent years). So I went to an allergist that summer and did skin tests which showed summer is my worst season and he started me on allergy shots. The allergy shots were making me feel constantly lightheaded and giving me bad acid reflux so I stopped after 1.5 months without his permission.

I then went to a cardiologist for the chest pain (which I didn't know was acid reflux at the time) and he ran a bunch of heart tests (EKGs, echocardiogram, 2 different stress tests). All that came back normal and he said "don't see me for another 20 years". Then I went to a gastro doctor and started taking Omeprazole. The Omeprazole finally settled my chest pain down after 2 weeks but also I was getting nausea and runny stool so I stopped taking it. Since I stopped taking it the heartburn has come back mildly but not much. Then the shortness of breath started soon after.

One of my theories is that starting and stopping allergy shots so soon messed up my immune system and is causing this now. Another theaory is that is has to do with the heartburn somehow. I also do have bad post nasal drip even after using a netti pot but my sinuses are never stuffy. Another weird piece of info is that I haven't had a cold in like 2 years which I find scary.

What should my next course of action be? A chest CT? Upper endoscopy? Just to be clear, the shortness of breath is very very bad all the time, this is no minor issue. I am a cancer survivor (kidney) and I would rather go through that again than what I am going through now.
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Old 02-24-2014, 03:28 AM
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Just a quick guess here, but your continuing problem may be because you haven't stuck with any of the remedies prescribed for you.
Adjusting, reducing or changing medications might have been more helpful.
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Old 02-24-2014, 05:16 AM
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I should have explained better. The 6 day Prednisone and the 5 day antibiotics were the full cycle. If you were referring to my recent allergy shots then maybe you are right.
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Old 02-24-2014, 06:34 AM
Location: Florida
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Originally Posted by helpme1234 View Post
I should have explained better. The 6 day Prednisone and the 5 day antibiotics were the full cycle. If you were referring to my recent allergy shots then maybe you are right.
And the Omeprazole?
Have you researched to see all the things Gerd can cause when left untreated?
There are some 'natural' remedies you could try for a short period of time but if they don't work, acid reflux is not something you want to ignore.
That 'stuff' backing up is acid and your esophagus is not able to handle it.

If it's not controlled, acid reflux or GERD can result in serious problems, including esophagitis, esophageal bleeding and ulcers, Barrett's esophagus, strictures, and an increased risk of esophageal cancer.

Allegies can cause asthma which could definitely account for the SOB

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