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March 14th, 2011
I have the same problem, I feel very very tight in the area where the ribs starts seperating and the entire chest and sides of abdomen becomes stiff. So stiff that I cannot really breath. I become unable to talk.. or complete a sentence. Its 1 and half years Now!! Giving suggestion is easy.. The doctors really doesn't seem to understand it properly.
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replied April 1st, 2011
I have suffered from anxiety for 25 years and currently I am under alot of stress and sure enough, these symptoms have appeared. The abdominal bloating gets more severe as the day goes. For me, when I'm having major anxiety, there is always some kind of psychosomatic side effect. This time, it is the bloating effect. It is most definitely driven by the mind and effects the breathing which in turn causes the abdominal bloating. I run quite a bit and I compare it to getting side cramps from not breathing properly. When I wake up in the morning, my stomach is flat and I feel great, but as the day goes, it gets worse. I know what it is, the trick is working your way through it. Worrying about it only makes it worse. Easier said than done cause here I am 25 years later and I still have issues from time to time. The biggest thing that help me control the onset of anxiety/panic was giving up caffiene and sugar. Its done wonders for me. I've never taken medication for anxiety, but one thing my PA prescribed me that completely controls the rapid heartbeat you get with panic and that is propanolol. I was having major issues with panic when I had to do a presentation and literally could not speak because my heart was racing so fast. Propanolol is a beta blocker blood pressure medicine that completely takes the rapid heart beat away....truly amazing. Hope this helps someone out there !
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replied May 7th, 2011
My situation
I'm a 28y/o, 160lb, 5'10" male. I've been having similar issues, starting in March 2010. My major symptoms were lightheadedness, fatigue, the feeling of not being able to take a full breath, and bloating.

Normally, I'm okay in the morning when I wake up, but into the late morning, or afternoon I can have the breathing issues. I never felt like I was going to run out of breath, just that I couldn't take a full one. It resulted in me yawning a lot, or being more aware of my breathing than I should be.

In the evenings, I would tend to bloat up a lot after eating, and the bloated stomach would set in. The lightheadedness (not dizziness) would come and go throughout the day.. and was definitely the most common and distressing problem at first.

For months, the doctors were convinced it was my heart. With the lightheadedness, and breathing issues, that seemed like the right idea. We ran multiple ultrasounds, stress test, etc looking for a solution. Nothing found.

I started looking for solutions myself, and found that I was pretty sensitive to gluten. By cutting almost all of it out, I found a dramatic improvement from where I was. I wouldn't bloat up any longer, breathing improved, and my bowels were more regular.

I'd talk to your doctor about things in like diet that could be causing distress on your system, or even try a few of the big ones out for a week at a time to see if anything helps (glutens, sugars).

I hope you all find your solutions!
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replied May 18th, 2011
Pulmonary Hypertension?
Hello All,
Just browsing this page because my mother is having similar issues - constipation and bloating that are affecting her breathing. But, I want to remind you all not to put everything down to anxiety until you've had a thorough medical exam. For years, my mom was told she had anxiety and didn't breathe properly when she has Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. Please have your dr order you an echocardiogram (sonogram/ultrasound of the heart). It's painless and non-invasive. What you need to ask about is your pulmonary pressures. Be sure they are in the normal range, and if not get treatment from a Pulmonary Hypertension specialist right away. The disease isn't curable, but it is manageable with medications. I sincerely hope none of you has this, but I also hope you will err on the side of caution.
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replied September 29th, 2011
overbreathing
I know what this is and how to fix it. The problem is overbreathing - and it's cured by getting more carbon dioxide into your lungs with a very simple breathing technique called the Buteyko method. Google it - I promise the problem will disappear.
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replied September 29th, 2011
overbreathing
I know what this is and how to fix it. The problem is overbreathing - and it's cured by getting more carbon dioxide into your lungs with a very simple breathing technique called the Buteyko method. Google it - I promise the problem will disappear.
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replied December 12th, 2011
Yes, I have found that gluten, withdrawal from Benzodiazepines and anti depressants can cause all of these symptoms.
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replied January 20th, 2012
Bloating & Abdominal Pain
Having read the posts on the topic of bloating and abdominal pain, it does make one laugh at the many people state that they can not breathe.

The thing is what you really mean is that you have, difficulty breathing. I do empathize with you as, have been diagnosed with Ceoliac disease I have had times whenever I have had trouble catching a breath after eating.

For over 20 years I was told it was Asthma yet, no inhalers helped. Trying to walk at times was very hard, tiredness and other symptoms. You could write a book on the problems related to Coeliac disease.
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replied February 20th, 2012
Hi all

I used to have the same problem, shortness of breath,and blotation and used to think it was anxiety,this all happened about about 1 year ago. I went to many doctors, and check my heart, lungs and all the above and could not find a problem!!!!

Now a days i only get it once or twice a year because i worked out what the problem was with me. My Diet. Bad diet and takeaway food finally cough up to me.

No MEDICATION> just a change of diet.

Try and take out a few different item out of your diet such as;
No Wheat (white bread)
No milk
No junk food, etc

Try each of these for 10 days straigh and you will see a massive differance and an improvment to your blotation issue, which is a direct link to your shortness of breath. As your stomach bloats, it puts pressure on your lungs which causes a shortness of breath. Once you are starting to feel better you can slowly re-introduce these thing to your diet and if you start feeling sick again totally stop them.

I also strongly suggest eating lots of vegitables>

I suggest you try this as you have nothing to loss, it worked for me and i hope it work for you. You are what you eat!!!!!

Regard
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replied March 4th, 2012
Stomach
Hey Jen,

I get all this bloating in my stomach all the time, I feel like i can't breathe and sometimes even feels like i'm having a heart attack. I tend to get bloated all the times but i notice it more often when my breathing paterns are out of wack.. I'm guessing that this is a classic sign of anxiety but i want to make sure .. Any ideas would help . I am only 19 and would like to fix myself up.

Kind regards, Rhys
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replied March 6th, 2012
I am also experiencing the same problems: difficulty breathing, bloat/distention and dizziness. I noticed this got worse after coming off of Celexa two months ago. My heart checked out alright, but a recent blood test showed elevated triglycerides and liver enzymes. Doctor thinks I have a non-alcoholic fatty liver since I don't drink alcohol. At first I thought it might be withdrawal from Celexa (SSRI) but two months is a long time to have withdrawal. I'm wondering if I might need to go back on the Celexa, or try going gluten free. Please keep posting. I'm glad I'm not alone in this, but sorry so many of us are suffering.
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replied March 6th, 2012
Hi

Bloating, restricted breathing, need to yawn to get that full breath. Had colonoscopy, endoscopy, chest xrays, full blood counts and several other blood tests, ECG, urine tests all show normal.

This came on suddenly in January this year, woke up one day having to yawn several times every minute, following day woke up with difficulty or restricted breathing. Every day it is there, it never goes. Some days are worst than others, some days it gets that bad i feel like i am going to die as the breathing becomes more difficult to get a breath. Only medication i am on is Lanzoprazole for acid reflux. Having a ultrasound next week which i am hoping will show something.
It feels like something is pushing into my lungs to stop me getting that full breath or making it harder to get a breath. On a good day i can get a deep breath every few minutes which helps get me through the day, bad days i can not get a deep breath and really struggle to get through.
No idea what triggers the bad days off.
Has anyone found a cure for this as so many seem to have similar problems.
I am definatey not anxious or suffer with anxiety, i have no stress in my life and would you have anxiety 24/7?

Also should add that laying down seems to ease it slightly.
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replied March 6th, 2012
Since Lanzoprazole is the only medication you are taking, and you admit to not suffering from anxiety, I wonder if this is side effects of the PPI. I also take a PPI (Prilosec) for GERD and although I have always had bloating as a side effect, I've never had this amount of bloat and shortness of breath. I found this on the web. Pay attention to the severe side effects:

Minor lansoprazole side effects

Some of the lansoprazole side effects include stomach pain, irregularity, diarrhea, headache, nausea and dizziness. While most of these lansoprazole side effects are considered to be minor if you have any of these lansoprazole side effects for more than a few days, you should contact your doctor immediately.

Serious lansoprazole side effects

You should contact your doctor immediately if you experience any one or a combination of the serious lansoprazole side effects. Serious lansoprazole side effects include skin irritation or rash, blistering skin, hives, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, throat or eyes. Other serious lansoprazole side effects include breathing problems, difficulty swallowing and hoarseness.

Additional lansoprazole side effects include abnormal, racing or pounding heartbeat and lethargy. Dizziness, lightheadedness, uncontrollable shaking in one area of the body, muscle spasms and seizures are also serious lansoprazole side effects.

Good luck and please keep us posted.
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replied March 6th, 2012
Wow! I think you may of found the problem. The strange thing us that today is one of those bad days and I have firgitteb to take tabs today but I think thus is just a coincidence and you have found the cause. If I think back I went on a fruit diet beginning of jan which caused acid and was promptly put on 30mg twice a day of lanzoprazole my symptoms began around a week later. I have however been on these tabs before with no problems but never as high a dosage.
Are you going to give it a go without them? I shall see how I am in a weeks time and keep you posted.
Good luck xxxx
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replied March 7th, 2012
I used to be on 40 mg of Nexium and had serious bloat and pressure but never difficulty breathing. I now take 20 mg of Prilosec and although I still get bloat, it's not as bad as Nexium. You just have to keep check on your reflux which can lead to esophageal cancer, so be careful. This still doesn't solve the problem for me and most of the others on here complaining about abdominal bloating and difficulty breathing. I think everyone should check their medications for side effects. Also check for GERD and Celiac - an allergy to gluten as mentioned before. Keep in mind that stress can cause a belly to become bloated and when that happens, shortness of breath can follow as this puts pressure on the lungs. I would also check for food allergies and for any liver disorders. It's a good idea to see a Gastro doctor to also be checked for H Pylori which is a bacteria that can cause ulcers, as well as a possible overgrowth of bad bacteria in the intestines.

Let's keep this conversation going until we come up with something more definitive. Please keep in mind I am no doctor, just someone in the same boat, trying to get to the bottom. I will be seeing my Gastro soon and will post anything I may find out. Best...
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replied March 7th, 2012
I have just been under a gastric doctor been checked for h pylori, had emdoscopy and colonoscopy checked for food allergies and malabsoption and all tests have shown nothing.
Good luck and hope we can all find a happy end to our condition soon. Also having an ultrasound next week to see if any organs are pushing onto lungs.
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replied March 7th, 2012
Okay, keep us posted and good luck with your ultrasound.
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replied March 11th, 2012
Hi there,

I have read through all the posts with great interest as I too have breathing problems that I think are connected to my stomach problems. I am 37 and have had heartburn/reflux for decades and been taking Omeprazole for the past year.

My breathing problems started about 2 years ago. At first I thought it was asthma but I do not wheeze and I had a breathing test that came out saying there were no blockages. However, it does feel like a blockage in my throat and a tightness and fullness in my chest and I actually get a bit of relief when I make myself cough out forcibly and it makes a rumbling noise sort of thing???? Absolutely no idea what it is. One doctor told me that it is something post menapausal women suffer from, what!!! Too young for that surely, I was 34 at the time.

Some days are absolutely fine and others it is from the moment I get up till I go to sleep, on these days I am so tired that I have to go to bed really early and just watch tv or read a book till I fall asleep, where normally I would be up and about active till at least midnight.

I also have a few other symptoms that I have had for a bit longer, these are a low imunne system, mainly low neutrophils which are white blood cells and fungal infections (ew). I have toenail fungal infections which I am treating just now with laquer and I get thrush on and off constantly. I don't know if any of you have the fungal symptoms also but if you do I found out that this is very probably the result of increased levels of candida albicans which is normally present in the body in all mucus membranes but if it gets out of control it can lead to the above fungal infections and also affect other parts of the body, including the lungs! Now I don't want to alert anyone unnecessarily but if you are getting the fungal infections as well as the stomach and breathing problems then I think this could be the culprit.

The remedy (which I am just about to start) is a candida diet which invloves removing all sugars including fruit sugars white, flour and loads of other things (google it) from the diet. It's pretty restrictive and you have to be very disciplined. You need to follow the diet one month for every year you have had candida, so I reckon I'll be on it for the next few months. You are also recommended to take probiotics and some supplements as the diet is restricted. I am a qualified nutritionist so if anyone has any questions, I will try to answer as much as I can.

Obviously I don't know for certain if this is causing my stomach and breathing problems, but at this point I am ready to try anything and my dietetics training has given me a lot of insight into how the diet can have a massive impact on our insides!

I have been to my doctor and hospital visits enough times with no conclusive results. I do not have H. pylori and I don't get diarrohea or constipation. I have had heart and lung scans, an ECG, a 24 hour heart monitor, a breathing test, a throat and neck scan, a tube down my throat. Numerous blood test where I have been tested for auto-immune diseases, hepatitis B and C, rhematiod arthritis, you name it and they have not been able to find anything but my symptoms aver very real.

Ok, I'll leave it here, sorry to go on but I want to give as much info as I can, as much to help others as to perhaps find out if anyone has had the same and had conclusive results.

Here's hoping we nail this thing once and for all!
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replied March 15th, 2012
As soon as I take medications I get this horrible bloating - expecially with Buproprion.. I would look 5 months pregnant with pain.. up my back and my stomach
my only choice is to stop all the anti depressants
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replied March 15th, 2012
I ended up in the hospital .. for 5 days with no medications just the vitamins and the sleep aid - ( ambien) and when I got home my family said I looked 10 yrs younger.. I went back on my anti depressants when I got home and went back to square 1 - the bloating.. the sweating..the sleepless nights - I think I have a reaction to SSRIs - can Doctors diagnose this or do you have to just realize this on your own
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replied March 19th, 2012
Bloated feeling in stomach when breathing
I believe this issue is largely due to stress / anxiety / panic attacks.
I lost my mom In Jan 2012 and have recently been going through bouts of
Panic attacks and anxiety. Prior to my moms passing I didn't have these issues.

I'm now at the point where I want to see a Doc for meds to get back on track.

Good luck to you all and hopefully we will all get back on track.
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replied May 13th, 2012
I'm also having such symtoms recently, abdomen always feel bloated and I'm feeling kind of breathless most of the time which I need to take a deep big breath. Is this normal and onlu due to stress and anxiety?
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replied May 26th, 2012
Difficulty breathing, Abdominal Tightness
I've been having alot of trouble breathing since March and was diagnosed with VCD. The tightness also comes with abdominal tightness. So bad that my stomach literally hurts to breath in. I was told to take shorter breaths, but in reality exercise and deeper breathing for atleast 15 minutes seems to help. go figure. I have also been diagnosed with asthma but what I have recently doesn't fit with that. I don't have any wheezing, and all my allegy tests came back negative for trees, grass, mold and pollens. But alot of the days that I have trouble breathing other people are as well. Also, when I have asthma, It doesn't cause the abdominal-diagram tightness that i've had for the past 2 months. I can't tell what part of the problem is asthma, VCD or maybe anxiety making it worse. So if its Asthma, your supposed to relax and take short breaths to relax your lungs, but if it's anxiety, that causes you to stop breathing deep, and that causes discomfort too. I really don't know what to do at this point. when I exhale deeply I have a whistling noise coming from my troat -voice box area so that is probably the VCD.
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replied June 20th, 2012
bloated and sad!
i too have had all the clasic symptoms cant breath pain in back in upper abdomin feels like someone grabed you bye your esophagus and squeezed you hard know im suffering from some anxiety but first pain then anxiety i keep telling my doctors that but they dont seem to listn also hard to lose wait when you cant run lol so god forbid you had a couple extra pounds on you before these symptoms started there cruel and unrelenting symptoms of pain fatigue and depression but always first and formost before all those is pain.
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replied June 20th, 2012
The problem with doctors is that if you have any anxiety issue they just assume thats the reason for ANYTHING they can't an answer to. Lots of people have anxiety but thats not the same as your throat closing off. Some doctors are just lazy or incompetent, OR if you have cheap insurance your not going to get the same care, period. Try the: Laryngospasm Pressure Point. it works for me, maybe it will help you.
http://fauquierent.blogspot.com/2008/04/la ryngospasm-pressure-point.html
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