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Shortness of breath, hissing and blacking out in the shower

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  • Posted By: julie obeid
  • March 1, 2008
  • 07:27 PM

hello again.....
i have been having a problem for a couple months now.... whenever i wake up early in the morning to take a shower, in the shower i feel short of breath and feel like i can't breath and i start to hear like hissing in my ears and i go blind for about a minute and then everything is back to normal..... does anyone know what the heck this is??? it is beginning to worry me.... havent seen a doctor yet cuz i am hoping this is sort of normal.... anyone out there have the same thing??????????? any replies will be greatly appreciated.....

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  • it could be amyloidosis, http://www.emedicine.com/med/byname/amyloidosis-aa-(inflammatory).htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amyloidosis symptoms: http://www.disability.vic.gov.au/dsonline/dsarticles.nsf/pages/Amyloidosis?opendocument really i could be wrong, i think you shoulod update with any more info you can give (every little thing that feels wrong, how you feel sick, how long, how bad is it, is it really affecting you badly?) all types of questions like that could help in the differential diagnosis
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  • also when i am sitting on the floor in front of the chimney, when i get up my head feels heavy and again my eyes sort of black out and i feel short of breath and i feel dizzy..... it only lasts for like a minute then everything is back to normal again...... also when i am in the shower i feel like i am going to faint when the hissing and the blacking out happens...... when i was pregnant with my daughter it happened to me once when i was in the shower..... that time it was really bad.... i felt like i was going to faint... it doesnt affect me at all during the day.... just when i am in the shower in the morning especially and when i am sitting in front of the chimney and i try to get up.... thanks for the replies....
    julie obeid 12 Replies Flag this Response
  • Id see a neurologist to be on the safe side.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi,This happens to me when my Hydrocortisone is low and my blood pressure starts to drop. Ask your doctor about changing your dosage to see if that helps. Good luck. Teresa
    TeresaC 41 Replies Flag this Response
  • hi. thanks for the reply.... what is hydrocortisone? i am not on any meds..... should i be?
    julie obeid 12 Replies Flag this Response
  • hello again.....i have been having a problem for a couple months now.... whenever i wake up early in the morning to take a shower, in the shower i feel short of breath and feel like i can't breath and i start to hear like hissing in my ears and i go blind for about a minute and then everything is back to normal..... does anyone know what the heck this is??? it is beginning to worry me.... havent seen a doctor yet cuz i am hoping this is sort of normal.... anyone out there have the same thing??????????? any replies will be greatly appreciated..... Hi , I was just diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension , but I use to get that all the time , You need to go to the Dr sounds like you have High blood pressure, it could be something else I would get high pitch in my ears , don't ignore it,
    Jolene Stevens 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi,Hydrocortisone is one of the more popular steroids. You can Google it and get some great info. My first step was finding the best Endocronologist I could. I went through three before my primary care physician finally referred me to one who specialized in Addison's Disease. Then have them do an ACTH test. They inject you with Cortisol and check your blood every half hour for two hours to see how the level changes. That will tell them exactly where you are at. Also ask to have your thyroid levels checked with the T3 and T4 labwork. Let me know how it turns out.Teresa
    TeresaC 41 Replies Flag this Response
  • What you're describing is called syncope. Try here: http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=4749
    aquila 1263 Replies Flag this Response
  • does this happen to anyone else?
    julie obeid 12 Replies Flag this Response
  • also when i am sitting on the floor in front of the chimney, when i get up my head feels heavy and again my eyes sort of black out and i feel short of breath and i feel dizzy..... it only lasts for like a minute then everything is back to normal again...... This sounds like low blood pressure and possibly orthostatic hypotension. Your body doesn't compensate fast enough when you change position from sitting to standing.Best to see a doctor and a get a thorough checkup.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Ask them to check your aldosterone and renin. This happened to me when I was low in both. Once I got on a mineralcorticoid, I felt much better.
    mertoo 6 Replies Flag this Response
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  • Now, you know this is not normal. It could be low blood pressure related to a heart condition. Could be anything...glandular, sugar problems first thing in the morning--so get your sugar levels checked and thyroid for sure--stress test of heart...you need a good check up. Also, monitor your carbon monixide levels in your house. You can get a filtering device for the shower head to take out much of the poisons in the water; perhaps you have a lot in your water system.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies Flag this Response
  • does this happen to anyone else?.yes.this mornng i woke up went t g o start the shower. i started feelin uneasy and got into the shower.then afer seconds my breathing started to go faster.and my face felt a little cold and i knew oh no what does someone do to make this stop im gonna black out. i tried to think breathe breathe just breathe deep keep breathing deep in and out.calm yourself down by breathing.i couldnt take it so i sat down in the shower. i almost fell over.everything got fuzzy and darker and darker and i thought to turn the shower on realy cold and just sit under it. my breathing got a little better.i could see better.but i still sat there.i think it had to do with stress.the body handles stress differently in everyone and I KNOW ive been dealing with some awful decision making lately.also,it may had to do with some pre pain before that time of the month.im ok now just tired for the anxiety of it.but scary when you are alone.low sugar,low blood pressure to name some technical terms.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 27, 2009
    • 01:38 PM
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  • hello again.....i have been having a problem for a couple months now.... whenever i wake up early in the morning to take a shower, in the shower i feel short of breath and feel like i can't breath and i start to hear like hissing in my ears and i go blind for about a minute and then everything is back to normal..... does anyone know what the heck this is??? it is beginning to worry me.... havent seen a doctor yet cuz i am hoping this is sort of normal.... anyone out there have the same thing??????????? any replies will be greatly appreciated.....Hello there, I was given antiinflamatory tablets after a fall and had a broken coccyx, I took only the minimum of those, and after a few days I got breathing problems, with a sort of hissing breath when laying down at night or in the night or early morning.I asked the Doctor 2 days ago and she laughed, she had never heard of this, and no one who got that would think of telling the Doctor. She kept laughing.The Guy in the health shop said it was MY medication as it contain ingredients causing the breath. He told me to drink warm milk with some annuka + 10 Honey at night, as it should help. What kind of Doctors are these foreigners not knowing about this breath?I feel short of breath now, but never had anything like this in my life. Does anyone know anything about a cure? Thanks...Lee
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 29, 2009
    • 04:55 PM
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  • This happens to me all of the time. It started about a year ago and happened about once or twice a week. But the past couple of months it has gotten a lot worse. Whenever I get up in the morning I experience dizziness and then my eyes go black for about 30 seconds. Sometimes when I am sitting down and get up it also happens. Also, whenever I am taking a shower or a bath it gets really bad. I went to the doctor a couple of months ago and they said that my blood pressure was low and so I just thought it was because of that, but lately it has gotten worse. But, I don't have the shortness of breath and hissing. Maybe a little noise in my ears, sort of like pressure or air comming out?. I don't know, it is kind of hard to describe.I am looking at symptoms of the combination of dizziness and blackouts and haven't found anything so far. The circumstances are a little different. I am 15 years old and haven't veer been pregnant but I have had my period for about 4 or 5 years. If you could e-mail me back if you got any answers from doctors, I would appreciate that. Thanks Katelyn:]
    Katelyn J 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • hello again.....i have been having a problem for a couple months now.... whenever i wake up early in the morning to take a shower, in the shower i feel short of breath and feel like i can't breath and i start to hear like hissing in my ears and i go blind for about a minute and then everything is back to normal..... does anyone know what the heck this is??? it is beginning to worry me.... havent seen a doctor yet cuz i am hoping this is sort of normal.... anyone out there have the same thing??????????? any replies will be greatly appreciated..... It fairly clearly sounds as if this person had Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) which is a form of dysautonomia. Going from laying to standing esp in mornings is a big POTS trigger... some are affected also from a sitting to standing (and being completely upright). With POTS showering is also a big triggering situation of an episode due to the warmth of the shower (warmth and heat make POTS worst) and also cause one is standing there. (standing is one of the worst things for a POTS person). As ones blood during these eposides isnt getting to ones brain properly... complete passout or near passouts are common. When one goes to pass out one may loose sight (that happens to me during these eposides.. i can go blind for a short while).. or hear noises in their ears or heads (for myself it can be a "fuzzy" noise). (can also cause shortness of breath during an episode). I can see this was an old post and i hope that person ended up getting diagnosed as POTS can be extremely hard thing to get a diagnoses for as most doctors havent even ever heard of the condition. Many are never diagnosed. There is a good episode on youtube of "Mystery diagnoses" on "POTS" (a severe POTS case in which she was going unconscious) if anyone wants to do a search and watch it.
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies Flag this Response
  • You may have MS.. hello again.....i have been having a problem for a couple months now.... whenever i wake up early in the morning to take a shower, in the shower i feel short of breath and feel like i can't breath and i start to hear like hissing in my ears and i go blind for about a minute and then everything is back to normal..... does anyone know what the heck this is??? it is beginning to worry me.... havent seen a doctor yet cuz i am hoping this is sort of normal.... anyone out there have the same thing??????????? any replies will be greatly appreciated.....
    Itsathought 9 Replies Flag this Response
  • does this happen to anyone else?Julie, You aren't alone - this has happened to me as well. One time it was so bad, I thought I was having a heart attack as I began feeling palpitations as well.My doctor told me it was anxiety but I feel like it did have to do with my hypertension (high blood pressure) .. She said it was a possibility and has me on a new diet plan (so far so good) ... I'd recommend going to your doctor and requesting blood work. Best of luck.
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  • This happens to me all of the time. It started about a year ago and happened about once or twice a week. But the past couple of months it has gotten a lot worse. Whenever I get up in the morning I experience dizziness and then my eyes go black for about 30 seconds. Sometimes when I am sitting down and get up it also happens. Also, whenever I am taking a shower or a bath it gets really bad. I went to the doctor a couple of months ago and they said that my blood pressure was low and so I just thought it was because of that, but lately it has gotten worse. But, I don't have the shortness of breath and hissing. Maybe a little noise in my ears, sort of like pressure or air comming out?. I don't know, it is kind of hard to describe.I am looking at symptoms of the combination of dizziness and blackouts and haven't found anything so far. The circumstances are a little different. I am 15 years old and haven't veer been pregnant but I have had my period for about 4 or 5 years. If you could e-mail me back if you got any answers from doctors, I would appreciate that. Thanks Katelyn:]It sounds like postural hypotension, when standing quickly after sitting/lying for sometime. The body doesn't always respond effectively to the extra blood that is needed to all the peripheral areas, the heart pumps faster to push blood around the legs and other muscles that are working on standing, if blood pressure is lower(generally is in the morning as been approx 8hrs without fluid) the heart has to pump harder. heat, such as a hot shower causes vessels to dilate and the combination of all this causes a syncope (faint) this is the bodies protective mechanism to get your body lying flat in order to reserve the need to pump so hard. oxygen is limited to the brain and spotted dots appear BEFORE THE EYES. common reports are of loud ringing in the ears, the senses becomes hyperstimulated, and the sufferer is usually very aware of their own body, almost like they are watching it happen to someone else. often accompanied with feeling of sickness but generally never vomits. I would suggest getting out of bed slowly, drinking a warm drink and possibly eating prior to showering. if this persists during the day, visit nurse for b/p check (first line test) there are disorders that can be associated with these symptoms, anaemia, panick attacks can all have a correlation to these symptoms but before you go worrying about MS, cardiac problems and tumours. concentrate getting up slowly and having the shower cooler and not to rush around too much too soon after awaking.
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  • This also happens to me. While i'm taking a shower i have shortness of breath and my vision starts getting blurry,then i go blind. My face has this tingling feeling and starts getting hot. It doesn't last for a kong time though. When i first had this problem i was in the 9th grade,but i'm about to be a senior in highschool, and it stills occurs.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 22, 2010
    • 11:16 PM
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