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Night time breathing problems

Postby migrembe » Wed Sep 03, 2014 6:37 pm

I went to the Dr's 3 weeks ago complaining of a bad stomach and stating that the pills were burning my stomach and giving me heart burn all the way to the back of my throat. Then 2 weeks ago i suddenly became extremely tired and breathless and couldn't work it out. Then at the end of last week i started waking up in the night struggling to breath. I do not have asthma or any other known breathing problem. After being refused a Dr's appointment twice at the end of last week i finally got one yesterday.

The problem was fixed by changing my antacid.

As my stomach had been so bad i had had to reduce the amount of cocodamol (the only think i take - that's a long story) and one of the first symptoms of Fibro that i had some 10 years ago was breathlessness, which they tried to treat as asthma although it didn't respond. When the specialist diagnosed me she said that it wasn't asthma, it was probably the fibro not allowing my lungs to expand properly due to pain. And although it hadn't registered with me that i had reduced my pain pill intake, i had and i was actually waking up in pain in my chest wall, which was stopping me from breathing.

A different stomach protector and increasing the pain pills meant that the breathlessness as almost gone and so as the heart burn. I wanted to share because we sometimes get scared and frustrated at what scenarios, but i just wanted you to know that not everything is difficult to fix.
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Re: Night time breathing problems

Postby denys » Wed Sep 03, 2014 11:05 pm

Great news a brilliant result and glad to hear such a simple change has led to such a positive outcome :-D :-D :-D
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Re: Night time breathing problems

Postby whoami » Thu Sep 04, 2014 6:23 am

Glad you are having a better time of it and a simple fix worked.

I was having issues with my stomach bleeding from so many oral drugs. We tried voting the stomach with meds but did not help. The Dr put me on patches and it has been wonderful.

My breathing symptoms were the same but turned out to be sleep apnea.

Sometimes I think we tend to overlook some of the more obvious causes of symptoms and end up having all sorts of tests done with negative results, therefore causing more stress. Good for you and your Dr for looking at the simplest causes first.
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Re: Night time breathing problems

Postby migrembe » Thu Sep 04, 2014 8:01 pm

For once i was grateful that i had a Dr that listened and helped me work through what was going on. Last night i slept from 10 pm - 6am such an amazing rarity.

I have had to stop just about medications because of side effects, including them causing my stomach to bleed. What patches are they?
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Re: Night time breathing problems

Postby rich44 » Thu Sep 04, 2014 8:26 pm

They'll probably be Butrans, morphine or fentanyl patches

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Re: Night time breathing problems

Postby migrembe » Fri Sep 05, 2014 9:38 am

Thanks. I did ask the Dr about patches to give my stomach a rest but she didn't know what they would be.
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Re: Night time breathing problems

Postby whoami » Sat Sep 06, 2014 1:52 am

migrembe wrote:Thanks. I did ask the Dr about patches to give my stomach a rest but she didn't know what they would be.


I. Am shocked your Dr would not know about pain patches....they are very well known, but not all Dr's like them. Maybe your Dr misunderstood and thought you were asking about a patch that might replace the oral pills you take for stomach protection.
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Re: Night time breathing problems

Postby migrembe » Sat Sep 06, 2014 9:39 am

possibly - i have taken just about every pill under the sun for pain, expect morphine which being a nurse i see has a end of life/emergency drug and not an every day pill and no one on here can prove to me that it works any better. But she gave me her time and didn't rush me out of there and i felt like i had been listened too and i probably made late.
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