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Shortness of breath

Hi, first let me tell you a little about myself. I am a 21 year old Caucasian male. My weight is normal for my height. I have had type 1 juvenile diabetes for about 14 years. I also have asthma which I have not had for months.

I recently, for the last 3-4 days, have been experiencing shortness of breath and slight lightheadedness maybe from breathing too much or worrying about it. Like I mentioned earlier, I have asthma and I know what it feels like, this is not asthma. I can breathe in and out fine but I always feel like I am short on breath. This problem only occurs sometimes throughout the day and especially for a little bit around nighttime. Sitting down seems to cause the symptoms to get worse, while lying down seems to help the most. I do not seem to notice the shortness of breath as much, or at all, while I am keeping my mind busy.

One thing worth noting is I recently stopped taking Vitamins A, B, E, along with Chromium and Zinc. I stopped taking these about 1-2 days before the shortness of breath problem started to occur.  My blood sugars were going low because the insulin seemed to be working to fast and that is why I stopped taking these vitamins.  Now my blood sugars are going slightly higher now that I am not taking these vitamins and minerals.  These vitamins and minerals forced me to drop my total insulin taken each day by 22 units.  Lately my blood sugars have been going up and down quite a bit due to the changes but they are staying within pretty normal levels.  

I still take Vitamins C and D daily.  I have never experienced this before and the symptom usually comes on while sitting down, sometimes standing up, and not being very busy mentally. Coffee seems to make the symptoms worse.  Maybe I should just be more patient and try and wait this out? It's very annoying though.

I appreciate any help, thank you.
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