• was admitted after final chemo. for Nausea,vomiting,fever and SHORTNESS OF BREATH -to rule out blood clot. NO CLOT..still SOB at times

    Asked by Islandgirl on Monday, April 30, 2012

    was admitted after final chemo. for Nausea,vomiting,fever and SHORTNESS OF BREATH -to rule out blood clot. NO CLOT..still SOB at times

    feeling as if chest is tight,feel like not gettin a good breath. i also do have a chest
    expander in and have had a total of 3 fills.. i really have difficulty with the feeling
    of not being able to breath at night is it anxiety/panic..once my mind thinks about the anxiety then it goes it jumps seems harder to breath i've had to take my ambien and ativan

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    • SunnyCloud's Avatar

      Sounds like anxiety. Do you have a support group? It might help to talk things out. Also, try meditation. xxxooo

      over 4 years ago
    • whirl's Avatar

      Two things maybe contributing to your symptoms. One if you were given narlestra (sp?) which I received--I experience big time spasms in my ribs. I couldn't get my breathe and major pain. It then exaberated the anxiety attack. Personally I feel the affects on the brain from chemo also puts us at risk for anxiety attacks. Just be sure they have ruled out other pathology for the shortness of breath. When one understands what is happening it helps with reassurance and helps preventing our mind from esclating the symptoms.

      over 4 years ago
    • Littlehouse's Avatar

      Good morning. Read your post. I was only able to do 5 of my 6 chemo treatments because I could hardly breath and very short of breath. After ct and chest xray they found out that I had a lung infection. So I was unable to do my last chemo treatment. They put me on Predisone pills for a couple of weeks and my breathing got back to normal and my infection cleared up. Did they do any xrays to see if anything like this was going on?

      over 4 years ago
    • caregiver's Avatar

      Keep in touch with your dr. to make sure it's not infection or some other problem. The expanders accelerate the breathing and anxiety problem. You feel the tightness, worry that it isn't normal and then anxiety/panic starts. I slept practically sitting up until the implants were put in. Then I gradually slept normally. I took vitamin b complex and a natural pill called Calms for nerves and found the anxiety lessened. Still always feel as if i have a tight bra on, but I think that's pretty normal. I've had my implants for a little over a year. Join a support group-you need to talk with others in the same boat. For myself distractions are helpful to keep my mind off it for even brief periods. It kept me from obsessing about the whole situation.

      over 4 years ago
    • MarnieC's Avatar

      I found a great website that will teach you meditation - I wrote a page about it on my blog the other day. Here's the link to that page: http://marnieclark.com/stress-driving-you-crazy-meditation-offers-a-calming-solution/
      I hope it helps you xoxox

      over 4 years ago

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