False Shortness of Breath (SOB) or pseudo-dyspnea

Posted by Merry, Volunteer Mentor @merpreb, Apr 17, 2020

Experiencing (false) SOB can be initially scary and frustrating. A lot of people in this group have never gotten a clear explanation of why they have Shortness of Breath/ Dyspnea. It could very well be False Shortness of Breath or pseudo-dyspnea. This does not mean that you do not have a shortness of breath, rather you have what is called a “feeling that you are short of breath” that leads to hyperventilation. So your feelings that you are going crazy are not true! One method of controlling this is through Pursed-Lip Breathing. It works and worth the patience it needs to naturally breathe this way.

I practiced this walking, climbing stairs, walking down the stairs for a while so that it was the way my body automatically breathed – I retrained it! And I have slowed it down even more if I feel panicky or anxious, however. This information needs to be confirmed by a doctor. Taking excessive amounts of medicines to help cut down your acids can cause more harm and cause more problems. Have you tried this or some other way to breathe that helps?


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