Everyone knows that breathing is essential to life. Life begins when we inhale our first breath and ends when we exhale our last breath. It’s an autonomic function we seldom think about. It’s also something that most fibromyalgia patients, as well as many other chronic pain patients, do not do correctly. People in pain will often hold their breath for short periods of time without even realizing it. And when they do breathe, they frequently have a very shallow, disordered breathing pattern. While this is probably an unconscious protective reaction to pain, it can actually increase the level of pain as well as worsening other fibromyalgia symptoms . Proper vs. Improper Breathing Breathing affects virtually every part of the body. It oxygenates the body, revitalizing organs, cells and tissues. Breathing properly: Fuels energy production Improves focus and concentration Eliminates toxins Strengthens ...
When you're short of breath, it's hard or uncomfortable for you to take in the oxygen your body needs. You may feel as if you're not getting enough air. Sometimes mild breathing problems are from a stuffy nose or strenuous exercise.
Many conditions can make you feel short of breath. Lung conditions such as asthma, emphysema, or pneumonia cause breathing difficulties. Heart disease can make you feel breathless if your heart cannot pump enough blood to supply oxygen to your body and stress caused by anxiety can make it hard for you to breathe.
Several breast cancer treatments may cause breathing problems or shortness of breath:
some hormonal therapies:
Femara (chemical name: letrozole)
Evista (chemical name: raloxifene)
Fareston (chemical name: toremifene)
Faslodex (chemical name: fulvestrant)
Herceptin (chemical name: trastuzumab), a targeted therapy
Tykerb (chemical name: lapatinib), a targeted therapy
A number of pain medications, such as...
The use of narcotic drugs such as opioids has been up and down over the years. Concern about dependence and addiction led to tighter controls on their long-term use. But an increase in support for their use in the late 1990s brought the debate back out into the open. As a result, there was a rash of studies done using opioids for chronic pain problems. In this report, the issues are reviewed and the results of recent randomized-controlled trials (RCTs) are presented. Most of the studies done were with arthritic patients and people with neuropathic (nerve-related) pain. There had been some belief that opioids couldn't treat neuropathic conditions effectively. The studies all showed that opioids do, indeed, control pain in all conditions tested. But it should be noted that the studies were short-term and the doses used were moderate. Although pain was well-controlled, this did not always translate into improved function. Function was defined differently in various studies but included mot...
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