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Irregular breathing when happy or nervous

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 19, 2007
  • 03:04 AM

My daughter has been having odd symptoms since she was 18 months and is now 11 years. She will start breathing funny. It is a rythmic breathing that causes her to hyperventilate where she can stumble, has slurred speech and cannot hold her mouth straight. She looks and sounds like she has severe mental disabilities for a few seconds until she comes to. We have talked to the pediatrician and pediatric neurologists and no one understands what is happening to her. The episodes are not induced by normal seizure inducers so that has been ruled out. She seems to be more susceptible when she is excited, the center of attention or nervous. She is complains at times of abdominal pain. Not everyone notices the funny breathing as hard as it seems to believe. Her father and I see it coming and some times can talk her out of it before it gets really bad. Any suggestions?

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  • It sounds a bit like an anxiety-related thing. Has she ever had her brain analyzed while having these bouts? A neurologist or even psychologist would need to hook up special electrodes to her brain (scalp) to monitor the electrical activity that goes on when she expresses the phenomenon described. That would immediately determine if there is any kind of brain-related disorder at play.
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  • we have been to neurologists and they hooked her up but she never had a spell. That is why they ruled out seizures but she still has the episodes around us fairly regularly. I worry she will not be able to drive as she gets older. We also saw a psycologist and he said she was fine.
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