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Medical Question...

...for my potentially knowledgeable lj readers.



Recently, I seem to be hyperventilating. All the standard symptoms - tingling in hands and feet, numbness in face, light-headedness, dizziness, panic attack like feelings, the works. Seems to be mildly improved if I make an effort to take shallow breaths and breathe slowly, despite my brain saying, "Air, woman! You need aaaaaair!"

Okay. So the last three days in particular have been nightmare-ish. I was driving up to Baltimore on Wednesday, and didn't know what the hell was happening. Much panic ensued. Drove back and it was even worse.

Searched internet for symptoms and causes, decided hyperventilation fit the bill. Drove up to Delaware on Thursday and same thing happened both on the way up and down. Breathing very slowly seemed to help a bit, though I worried about my concentration on the road.

At this point, I thought it was just about the stress of driving. (I'm a poor driver, I know this - driving stresses me out more than a little.) So driving-stress triggers hyperventilation lately. Don't know why this hasn't happened before, but okay - have a trigger. Just have to deal with it.

But then today, as I was sitting down at my computer, boom! Again with the crazy hyperventilation. Focusing on intellectual stuff helped take my mind off it, but my concentration is still muzzy.


So, my question: Do any of you know of anything useful about hyperventilation like this? Anyone you know have these crazy bouts of it, especially the sudden onset? Comments, suggestions, reading material greatly appreciated. I've managed to track down a couple of places via google, but I really want to figure out how to deal with this.

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amalthya
Oct. 22nd, 2004 12:41 pm (UTC)
Before I read that it happened at home I thought maybe the ventilation system in your car was pumping you carbon monoxide or something.

But yes, I third -- See a Doctor!!
xhardtofallx
Oct. 22nd, 2004 05:30 pm (UTC)
Oh my >>>
okay i found you while doing a random search and I have a few things to say 1. YOU NEED TO SEE A DOCTOR>> this can cause you to black out and it messes with your chemical balance in youre brain >>> I dont know if you considered this but it could be anxiety attacks which are easily treated :)2. My dad is an oil man and although the carbon monoxide is a good suggestion gasoline doesnt produce it propane does :) ummm yeah I think thats about it >> I hope you feel better !
amalthya
Oct. 23rd, 2004 10:00 am (UTC)
Re: Oh my >>>
My dad is an oil man and although the carbon monoxide is a good suggestion gasoline doesnt produce it propane does

I'm sure your dad is an oil man, but check what comes out of the muffler of any car -- carbon monoxide. It's in the exhaust you see. It's also in cigarette smoke.

That's why they tell you to watch out, running your car in a closed garage.

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