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Can breath holding episodes be a symptom of tourette syndrome?

Can breath holding episodes be a symptom of tourette syndrome?

Can't see it: By definition Tourette behaviors are repetitive, brief, involuntary movements that can be influenced but not controlled by the patient. Breath-holding is not brief and remains under too much patient control to be considered Tourette like. ...Read more

Breath Holding (Definition)

A breath-holding spell is an event in which a child stops breathing for a short time. These spells can cause a child to pass out (lose consciousness). Breath-holding spells often happen when a young child is angry or afraid. These spells can happen right after a minor accident or painful ...Read more


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Is it possible that breath holding be a symptom of tourette syndrome?

Is it possible that breath holding be a symptom of tourette syndrome?

Perhaps: There have been many reports of people with tourette's having breath-holding episodes. It is my understanding that tourette's is frequently associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder (ocd); and compulsive, breath-holding is sometimes a part of ocd. So whether due to tourette's or ocd I cannot say, but there certainly may be an indirect connection if not directly due to tourette's. ...Read more

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What causes breath-holding spells?

What causes breath-holding spells?

Fear, pain, trauma: It is a responce to fear, or as a result of trauma or pain, or if the infant is startled and confronted
there is some association with iron deficiency
it runs in the families and stop by the time the infant is 6to8 years old. ...Read more

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What do I do about random breath-holding in a brat?

Ignore / positive: Learning the skills of positive ignoring & positive parenting will often help this troubling behavior fade. Kids < 6yo don't understand peripheral vision, so you can "ignore" their event but still watch & be sure the kid doesn't hurt themselves. Don't lock eyes until the event is over, then interact in a supportive way. Learn a poker face & be sure your smile doesn't contradict your parenting command. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Breath holding?

Stop breathing: A breath-holding spell is an event in which a child stops breathing for a short time. These spells can cause a child to pass out (lose consciousness). Breath-holding spells often happen when a young child is angry or afraid. These spells can happen right after a minor accident or painful event or when frustrated. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what do I do about random breath-holding episodes?

In a child?: True breath holding spells are always in response to pain or anger and are basically a glorified temper tantrum and need to be ignored. If this does not describe the situation, then I would guess that there is manipulation going on and seeing a counselor would be helpful. ...Read more

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I'm breathing into a bag, or after exercise why is the rate (breath holding) slower?

I'm breathing into a bag, or after exercise why is the rate (breath holding) slower?

Breathing: The accumulated carbon dioxide in the bag can influence the breathing center in you brain, causing you to breath slower ...Read more

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My 3 months old does breath holding spell when she's in pain but now she's faking it when she's in tantrums is it concerning? Should I ignore it?

My 3 months old does breath holding spell when she's in pain but now she's faking it when she's in tantrums is it concerning? Should I ignore it?

Breath holding: This is concerning because 1. Why is she in pain? And 2. Breath holding spells are not common in kids under 6 months of age. Are you sure this is what is going on? They are more common during emotional outbursts but again at 3 months you need to make sure this is not something else that can be easily diagnosed by you provider. Please, get her evaluated soon. ...Read more

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Are breath-holding spells concerning? It happenend to my 16 months son twice, once because he was afraid, & once after crying for sth he wanted

Not necessarily: This is a simple amplification of crying/fitting that often escalates if you pay a lot of attention to it. Once a kid knows it will grab your complete attention they may use it often. Although it often happens when they don't get their way, it can happen if they drop something & are frustrated. Avoid direct eye contact during events & monitor with peripheral vision. You can keep them safe that way. ...Read more

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Could breath holding increase blood pressure or decrease blood pressure and why?

Could breath holding increase blood pressure or decrease blood pressure and why?

Not certain: Great question. My thought is that it would increase BP because hyperventilation causes low co2 ; is a vasodilator leading to fainting. With breath holding, co2 rises and, I assume, would have the opposite effect-vasoconstriction. In addition, there is discomfort with prolonged breath holding and discomfort always causes BP to rise. (however, if breathing stops permanently, BP will surely fall). ...Read more

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Why do I experience oxygen desaturation/breath holding shortly after a sigh or deep breath?

Why do I experience oxygen desaturation/breath holding shortly after a sigh or deep breath?

Do you really?: You can purchase a cheap portable pO2 monitor at a drug store (Chemist) in US or over the 'net. They go for about $40 in USD. See if you really do experience sustained desaturation a in your O2 levels as you state. If you do see your doc or a pulmonologist. ...Read more

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Can "breath holding" contests cause damage to the brain if contestants hold their breath for 1-2 minutes? Do brain cells begin to die in this time?

See below: Brain cells start to die after 20 seconds when deprived of oxygen. The 'breath holding' contest is a really bad idea if you want to protect your brain. I would strongly suggest not participating, and make others think about their actions. ...Read more

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If your child has breath holding spells and has had few siezures (not true ones) with the spells should you see a neurologist?

If your child has breath holding spells and has had few siezures (not true ones) with the spells should you see a neurologist?

Develop/Behavior Ped: You may find a good source in a well experienced pediatrician or developmental/behavioral pediatrician. Other sources I rely on are licensed professional counselors who work with kids & families. Learning the skills of positive ignoring & positive parenting will often help this troubling behavior fade. ...Read more

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My 3 months baby has pallid breath holding spell what should I do when it happens again? Should I blow her mouth? What to do to avoid?

My 3 months baby has pallid breath holding spell what should I do when it happens again? Should I blow her mouth? What to do to avoid?

Apnea: If the baby has not been evaluated for this problem and you have witnessed episodes of no breathing or any trouble breathing it needs immediate attention. Should be seen at the ed if it has happened just recently. ...Read more

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Does anyone know, after how much time of breath holding does the brain damage begin?

Does anyone know, after how much time of breath holding does the brain damage begin?

None: The brain is able to protect itself from brain damage due to voluntary breath-holding. One faints and resumes breathing. Thus there is no damage. ...Read more

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I have no norm. Heart risk factor but have had 2 scads causing mi. How does breath holding & straining incr the risk of another mi & what is mechanism?

I have no norm. Heart risk factor but have had 2 scads causing mi. How does breath holding & straining incr the risk of another mi & what is mechanism?

SCAD?: Sorry, I've been a cardiologist (in the usa) for 33 years, but I'm not familiar with the abbreviation "scads" - please clarify. Breath holding and straining are valsalva maneuvers which reduce venous return and cardiac output while raising BP and slowing hr - these should not cause mi. If they do, it would have occurred with your next bowel movement anyway. ...Read more

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PVC's skipped heart beat during masturbation ECHO AND ECG normal. Noticed holding breath holding during masturbating to, can that cause it?

PVC's skipped heart beat during masturbation ECHO AND ECG normal. Noticed holding breath holding during masturbating to, can that cause it?

PVCs: Isolated PVCs are not dangerous. If you are having frequent PVCs or different shaped PVCs you should see a cardiologist and have a Holter Monitor study. ...Read more

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Can chronic hyperventilation syndrome cause false positives in hydrogen breath tests?

Can chronic hyperventilation syndrome cause false positives in hydrogen breath tests?

Seems so: So, be sure to advise the providers doing and interpreting the test of this condition. They might do a different test or prevent the hyperventilation in some way or whatever. It would be a good idea to find a way to stop that breathing pattern for many reasons - ask about it. Best! ...Read more

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How hard is it to reverse chronic hyperventilation syndrome? I can't hold my breath for more than 5 seconds. I just can't stop overbreathing...

How hard is it to reverse chronic hyperventilation syndrome? I can't hold my breath for more than 5 seconds. I just can't stop overbreathing...

Hyperventilation: Causes co2 to go down, may actually not affect o2 much but it causes respiratory alkalosis, then the kidney will compensate. To bring co2 up, it would be useless to ask a person to hold their breaths, that is the problem in the first place, you should try frequent rebreathing through a paper bag to allow co2 to rise. The only other way would be to give bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) or acetate as source of co2. ...Read more

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Right rib cage looks like it is dented in, causes me infrequent pain/cant take deep breath, . Research lead me to slipping rib syndrome. How common?

Rib cage: Except for the last rib in the back of the rib cage the ribs are fixed to the sternum in the front and the vertebrae in the back. I don't see how a rib can slip unless it's fractured. Flaring of the lower ribs in the front aren't unusual but shouldn't cause pain, but a pinched intercostal nerve (between 2 ribs) can cause a sharp pain on inspiration. See a thoracic surgeon as needed. ...Read more

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Is it common to feel out of breath with pots syndrome? The main symptom I have is racing heart upon standing. I don't have many other ones

Is it common to feel out of breath with pots syndrome? The main symptom I have is racing heart upon standing. I don't have many other ones

Racing?: Depends upon heart rate. Not sure how fast racing is but if heart rate is >120 or so you might feel short of breath. However, it should be normal for you. If it is new shortness of breath you should have this evaluated. May want to consider treatment for the pots. ...Read more

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Why does antiphospholipid syndrome cause shortness of breath, & why does eating leafy greens that contain vitamin K amplify the shortness of breath?

Why does antiphospholipid syndrome cause shortness of breath, & why does eating leafy greens that contain vitamin K amplify the shortness of breath?

Antiphospholipid: Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is common in aps & pulmonary embolism, a common cause of shortness of breath (sob) is seen in 1/3 of aps patients w/ dvt. Pulmonary arterial thrombosis +/- thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension is common in aps & leads to sob. Classically treated with a vit-k antagonist anti-coagulant. Vit k can counter effect of this medication. ...Read more

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My breath smells like urine, why? Never had this before & I have great dental hygiene (Have suprapubic catheter due to fowlers syndrome if relevant)

My breath smells like urine, why? Never had this before & I have great dental hygiene (Have suprapubic catheter due to fowlers syndrome if relevant)

Halitosis: Bad breath can be caused by many different factors, including sinus infections, periodontal problems, smoking, cavities, acid reflux, and your diet. Address all of these possibilities with your dentist and physician, and I'm confident that your problem will at least be minimized, and hopefully eradicated. ...Read more

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Having pain on right shoulder blade crossing around to chest... I have heart disease. Long Qt syndrome. Hurts to breath in deep and on exhale hurts?

Go to emergency room: With prolonged QT, and chest pain, you may be having an arrhythmia resulting in some decreased blood flow through your coronary arteries. This can be fatal and lead to a heart attack. An EKG should be considered.

If you have a pacemaker this could be a sign of infection from the pacemaker, and again could prove fatal. A chest X-ray and possible echocardiogram should be considered ...Read more

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26f with pots syndrome- last 3 days feel out of breath- sometimes feel like im gonna pass out-clean echo in feb. Clean chest xray other day, ER twice no answer just pots? Or more serious like pulm htn

26f with pots syndrome- last 3 days feel out of breath- sometimes feel like im gonna pass out-clean echo in feb. Clean chest xray other day, ER twice no answer just pots? Or more serious like pulm htn

Anxiety?: Common reasons in your case could be panic attack and asthma. Pulmonary hypertension can not be excluded although less likely since symptoms are usually present for a longer period of time and are progressive, will need an echocardiogram to rule our. If your ekc (ecg) was fine in er then no need to persue it but please discuss with your pcp. ...Read more

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23 male, got dysautonomia due to Ehlers danlos syndrome. BP 120/60-70 HR 55. LIghtheaded, Short of breath. Drink alcohol, BP 130/80, Symptoms go away?

23 male, got dysautonomia due to Ehlers danlos syndrome. BP 120/60-70 HR 55. LIghtheaded, Short of breath. Drink alcohol, BP 130/80, Symptoms go away?

Possible syncope: I am a bit unclear on what your question is. However, if you are dizzy and have dysautonomia, I would not recommend taking anything that will make that worse and alcohol can be one of those offensive substances that I would recommend avoiding. Work closely with your doctor on this. ...Read more