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I'm a 55 year old female, healthy as a horse until now. Had gallbladder surgery January 8, 2014.

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 23, 2014
  • 10:51 PM

2 1/2 weeks after surgery. All went well according to surgeon I woke up one morning, shortness of breath. This continued all day long and all day the next day until I ended up having an anxiety attack and went to ER. Tests were run - CT, breathing, etc. Nothing found. Lung capacity 98%. I was given Ativan, sent home and able to sleep through the night. Get up next morning and breathing starts again. The strange thing is is that when I lie down flat again, the breathing is normal and I feel fine until I get up again the next day and the breathing starts up all over again. When I exert any energy I get tightness around the ribs. So this breathing issue continues every day four weeks later. I will be seeing a respiratology tech on March 3 and a pulmonologist on March 4. In the meantime I get no sleep at night and I believe it's due to worrying about the breathing issue. I have seen something called platypnea online - a condition where shortage of breath starts upon walking or sitting, settles down when lying down. I do not suffer from anxiety. Any idea of what can be going on?

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  • You could have Parasites or Candida (Yeast/Fungus) which can be nasty. Traditional doctors hardly ever check or understand them. Yeast will turn to fungus in your bloodstream and are pathogenic. I have been fighting Parasites and Candida twice in the last 7 years. Right now as a matter of fact. Best wishes.
    fconzero 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • Sounds to me like you are having bad spasms. Do you have some pain? 3 yrs ago I had a small hernia repair which went well. I had several weeks of rehab right after. The therapist overdid my routine and I ended up with spasms for 8 weeks. These were crushing painful spasms that took my breath away. I couldn't sleep for more than 30 minutes at a time. I had to take several strong pain medicines which hardly touched the pain I was in. I used cold paks on my back which seemed to help.
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  • I would throw away Ativan, highly addictive, and check out the long list of side effects. It seems IMHO, that you have a reaction either to anesthetics, or which ever antibiotics or other meds you were prescribed. Have you checked on side effects on any of those?
    Daizy2 0 Replies Flag this Response
  • Update on my situation. I have gone through all kinds of tests - through a pulmonologist and cardiologist, bloodwork and all comes back normal. The thought was possibly anxiety. I went and saw a psychiatric doctor and he himself wondered if it was surgery related and something got irritated. I have more of a suffocation feeling rather than shortness of breath. He did put me on Prozac and it took away the symptoms of tightness in chest, soreness in throat, head in fog .
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  • The suffocation feeling remains although not as intense as before. I asked the psych doctor if this would resolve itself if physical related and he said it should. It has been 5 months since surgery. I'm thinking positive.
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