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Breath Holding 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
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
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
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
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
Breathing: The accumulated carbon dioxide in the bag can influence the breathing center in you brain, causing you to breath slower ...Read more
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
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
I sometimes have a random chest pain, which causes me to not be able to take a deep or semi-deep breath. Holding my breath seems to help some. Worry?
Depends: You need physical exam by physician and he needs to know your symptoms. ...Read more
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
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
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?
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
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
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
PVC's skipped heart beat during masturbation ECHO AND ECG normal. Noticed holding breath holding during masturbating to, can that cause it?
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
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
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
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
Was diagnosed with rotator cuff syndrome. Ii am having excruciating pain in upper left shoulder blade. And it hurts to take a deep breath.?
Deep breath pain: Is not typical in rtc syndrome. Go see you md. ...Read more
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
Weaning off paxil (paroxetine). Episodes of shortness of breath with anxiety attack. No history of shortness of breath. Can it be one of withdrawal syndromes?
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
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
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
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
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