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prognosis for hypoventilation - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi does hypoventilation goes away completely or is it cronic?
Doctor :   Hi,
Doctor :   The cause of the hypoventilation is need to be known to know the prognosis
User :   I have been experiensing shortness of breaths for the past 2 month now and its seems getting worth
Doctor :   Have you consulted a pulmonologist
User :   I have been diagnosed with enxiety after the family break up
User :   do u think it might be the couse?
User :   no
Doctor :   you need a spirometric analysis and get a blood gas levels done , which can determine the cause of the problem and its prognosis
User :   where do I get that done?
User :   at my Gp?
Doctor :   It will be done in any known labs , ask the same from your GP he will refer you
User :   can it become a real problem :(
User :   ok
User :   how common is that?
Doctor :   hyypoventilation if really exists , yes it is a problem
User :   It seems ok when I am busy with friends and working, and progresses when i am at home
Doctor :   ok, fine but get the tests done to know the extent of risk
User :   so what else could it be then?
Doctor :   inn severe cases the sensorium goes down you will feel sleepy all the time
User :   I sometimes I have to yawn to get a proper breaths
Doctor :   it means the oxygen supply to th brain is getting reduced
Doctor :   then a yawn will be triggered
Doctor :   thats normal
User :   ok
User :   but is it dangerouse?
Doctor :   no,
User :   ok if its is the simprop of anxiety, how danderouse is that?
User :   dan I die?
User :   could it couse a heart attack?
Doctor :   no, not danger enough to risk the life
User :   or lead to any heart desises?
Doctor :   no not a heart attack
Doctor :   no it will not lead to any heart disease
User :   so what could it be in worse cases?
User :   hphhhh
User :   U dont know how much better I already feel
Doctor :   in worse cases the oxygen supply to brain gets reduced leading to more sleepiness ,in more severe cases brain damage can occur
User :   I do do a lot of excersise and I am very health persom 30years old
Doctor :   good, continue with aerobics it will help
User :   but its really worries me that I cant take the satisfactory breath like I used to do
Doctor :   yes, no problem
User :   ohhhh hang on what kind of brain damage can it be?
User :   but how about people that suffer for years with hypoventilation?
Doctor :   reversible , may lead to conscious impairment
User :   could u explain in detail?
Doctor :   the damage will not be extensive , it will just alter the conscious state , its well reversible if the oxygen supply is improved by treating the cause
User :   I just want to know what sort of cure for this condition and is it curable forever?
Doctor :   as i said the treatment depends on the cause and the cause is made out by the tests i mentioned
Doctor :   yes, its curable forever if the cause is known earlier
User :   I am a natural panicer and pls explain in detain to me so that its clear to understand
Doctor :   the treatment differs to different causes causing hypoventilation
Doctor :   and the cause is made out by spirometry and blood gas analysis
User :   I did go to my GP and told him the simptom, he just prescribed the antidepressant, which i didnt take, as it gave me the terrible side effects
Doctor :   and the completely cure can be determined by the cause and severity
User :   could u tell me what else do u think it might be?
Doctor :   Anxiety could be the main cause in you
User :   I see, but I have had this anxiety since sep 09, so how come I started having this now?
User :   ??
Doctor :   its time dependent
User :   pls pls tell me more positive things that would give me hope to battle and calm me down if I feel short of breathness
Doctor :   do not worry the shorness of breath due to anxiety is very common and not dangerous
Doctor :   you caqn over come it by aerobics
Doctor :   can*
User :   ok , is enything else I can do to help it naturraly not involving the antidepressants?
Doctor :   no , the antidepressants do not have direct effect on the problem
User :   My 8 year old daughter started to make like deep breaths like me which makes me really worry
User :   do u think she is feeling my anxiety
Doctor :   no , not at al
User :   could it be psycological?
User :   :((
User :   I am a single mother working and +being suffering with a break up , how long does this conditions do go on?
User :   I am sooooooo fed up with this and sometimes feel like dont want to be alive
Doctor :   yes, it could be psychological ,
User :   Its really worries me that I worry all the time
Doctor :   once you are out of anxiety the problem will be gone completely
User :   but have to put on a brave face every day and look happy fopr my daughter , its killing me inside
User :   :'''''( I constantly cry
User :   and do it hiding away from her
User :   its so difficult
User :   and now this stupid shortness of breath
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