I was reading a few messages that were posted on Hyperventilation and was wondering if any of you knew how you would be tested for this. I have been having breathing problems since Feb. and have had a tone of blood work done, ekg, eco-gram, ct scan, x-rays the whole 9 yards and they found nothing!! I would thing my co2 levels would be off but there always at 99-100%. All the doctors keep saying its anxitey. But the breathing is the only symtom I have. I do at times get a little lightheaded not too often, I also at times have heart palpatations too. But the cardiolodist puts that off to being prego. Thats another thing the doctors are saying its the preganacy (pregnancy). But all this started 2 weeks before I got pregant. I was doing ok for the most part but as i get closer to delivery im getting scared because i am having an epidural and being that no one knows whats wrong w/ me im scared i might have some kind of reaction (i have had epidurals with my other 2 and no problems). Any suggestions or input would be great...thanks :)
If you hyperventilate you blow off carbon dioxide. This changes the PH of the blood and can induce palpitations. I would trust your physicians in their judgement. It appears they have done a thorough conscientious work-up. An epidural is a relatively safe procedure and your breathing irregularities should have no effect on a normal delivery and a happy baby. I don't know why you have been hyperventilating, but anxiety seems to be a good guess.
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