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Question: Breathing trouble

 Donna por - Fri Feb 03, 2006 10:13 pm

My husband is 41 years old, in 11/2000 he fell 18 feet backwards off a ladder at work, he did a lot of nerve damage, has bulge disks, he has gerd, acid reflux,
about a year after the fall he started getting symptoms, feeling like he can't yawn, can't get enough air, tingling in hands, distended stomach. we've been in and out of the hospital to no avail, please help, he's been on antidepressants for about two years. please help!
 R. Zein, Pharm D - Sat Feb 04, 2006 1:12 pm

User avatar Dear Donna por

Did you husband see a pulmonologist, a doctor specialized in respiratory diseases before? GERD has been associated with asthma in many patient cases.

As for the tingling of the hand, and overall shortness of breath, even some of the other symptoms that you have mentioned could be induced by anxiety symptoms.

If during his previous hospital visits, cardiac -related and respiratory problems have been also ruled out, you may want to discuss with his doctor, his antidepressant medication. There is a chance that what he has, are all related to anxiety, and change in his antidepressant medication or even the dose, might be helpful in this case.

thank you very much, and i hope he feels better.


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