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BackinStOlaf
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I don't mean Babesia, I mean from Lyme. I believe mine is a nerve issue causing my vocal chords to move abnormally

I had a test done by a ENT and they put a camera thru my nose into my throat.

My vocal folds were not working properly, causing me not to breath well.

Originally thought Babs, but been on Mepron for almost 2 months with ZERO reaction.

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First Symptom 9/09
Multiple docs, negative Labcorp test
LLMD: 1/10
Positive Igenex/CDC test
Treatment 2/10
2/10-8/10 Amox, ceftin, zith, flagyl
Currently: Bicillin, Minocycline, still dealing with severe breathing issues

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I saw your other recent post about this, and wonder if it could explain some of the breathing issues Lyme people may have (and I do too).

Although looking at the 'cure' for it doesn't seem as easy as one would hope. There isn't medication for it, but instead therapy or surgery (if bad enough)? What treatment does your ENT recommend?

I also wonder if it is in fact caused by Lyme nerve damage, wouldn't treating Lyme improve symptoms? Unless it's a damage-done, type of thing? Other causes could be GERD (both for breathing and vocal chord dysfunction), which I suppose is easy enough to test by doing a trial of meds.

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Doc said I have mild acid reflux. I'm on prilosec now.

He recommended speech therapy to learn breathing techniques. But if it is a nerve issue, not sure how that would help.

Lyme treatment never helped my nerves in my arms and legs so I don't know.

If it is a damage-done type of thing, I may have to kill myself because I can't live with this suffocation forever

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First Symptom 9/09
Multiple docs, negative Labcorp test
LLMD: 1/10
Positive Igenex/CDC test
Treatment 2/10
2/10-8/10 Amox, ceftin, zith, flagyl
Currently: Bicillin, Minocycline, still dealing with severe breathing issues

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Please post back if the speech therapy helps. If nerve related... yeah... not sure what would help then... perhaps Lyrica?

My symptoms are somewhat similar to yours, although I did have some response to Mepron. But I'm not sure if it was a side effect or from killing Babesia. I had a small initial improvement in breathing from Mepron, but that conked out after about 2 weeks.

Nexium didn't really help my breathing, besides perhaps decreasing acidity in my stomach a little. But I think that was primarily from the antibiotics I was taking.

I'll also assume you have tried inhalers, and they didn't work.

Just read an article about vocal chord dysfunction that states:

In one study, almost all people followed with a diagnosis of VCD had complete disappearance of their symptoms with a five-year time frame, with many of these people having symptoms for a total of 6 months or less.

How long have you had breathing problems? Mine has lasted a little over 5 years...

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Tt's been 4 miserable months for me and it is pretty severe.

Inhalers never helped. My lungs are perfect and I don't have asthma.

I guess those people who got better got better because theirs was caused by stress or gerd etc..

But with Lyme, it may not improve until the Lyme improves. If that every happens!!!!

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First Symptom 9/09
Multiple docs, negative Labcorp test
LLMD: 1/10
Positive Igenex/CDC test
Treatment 2/10
2/10-8/10 Amox, ceftin, zith, flagyl
Currently: Bicillin, Minocycline, still dealing with severe breathing issues

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I've been dealing with increasing breathing/air hunger issues that LLMD thinks is babesia, but I just don't know.

I'm freaking out this morning because I feel llike I could just keel over at any time, like something is spasming and making it hard to breathe.

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BackinStOlaf
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Starfall: Have you been to a ENT that can check your larynx and vocal folds?

From what I've heard, Babesia causes shortness of breath because it infects red blood cells which carry oxygen.

In my case, I actually have documented abnormalities with my vocal folds. They close up when I try to breath. This can be caused by a nerve issue or other things.

I really think all Lyme patients with breathing issues should get checked.

I'm on Babesia treatment right now and starting to think it's pointless. I have no symptoms of it and never have (until the shortness of breath but now I know there is something happening in my throat)

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First Symptom 9/09
Multiple docs, negative Labcorp test
LLMD: 1/10
Positive Igenex/CDC test
Treatment 2/10
2/10-8/10 Amox, ceftin, zith, flagyl
Currently: Bicillin, Minocycline, still dealing with severe breathing issues

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I have the breathing issues and it's not babesia.

My theory: since the vagus nerve is so often involved (infected) with lyme + company, I think it's damage due to the bacteria.

also: could be dysautonomia/autonomic neuropathy of some kind. Of course what causes dysautonomia...right? it's probably the 'same-difference'.

I lose breath sometimes when I go to speak, have weakened swallowing/loss of feeling in my neck.

when I change position, even slightly something as benign as leaning a little bit forward or to one side or the other, turning my head.

putting my bag's strap across my chest (pressing against my torso in any way). + typical POTS symptoms as well. some times are worse than others.

My lungs are clear. the breathing issue is neurological for me.

Oh: and my oxygen output is normal.

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The best helping thing for this breathing problem is weight lifting.And you will fill better as you lift weights.Yes it is lyme , babs or bart infection or all.
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My lungs are clear too...my oxygen levels in my blood are also normal...yet, 24/7 I feel like I can't take a satisfying breath.

If it is nerve related, I hope it is not permanent damage. This is what scares me the most. I can't live with this feeling forever

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First Symptom 9/09
Multiple docs, negative Labcorp test
LLMD: 1/10
Positive Igenex/CDC test
Treatment 2/10
2/10-8/10 Amox, ceftin, zith, flagyl
Currently: Bicillin, Minocycline, still dealing with severe breathing issues

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See this website for more info on VCD:

http://cantbreathesuspectvcd.com/

If I were you, I'd go with the speech therapy - there are breathing techniques that can improve the "suffocating" sensation from VCD.

Nexium, Prilosec, etc. only treat acid, they DO NOT treat reflux. So reflux can still be happening, it just won't give you Barrett's (pre-cancerous esophgeal tissue changes). DGL can actually strengthen the lower esophageal sphincter so that the REFLUX stops.

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PLEASE!!! did anyone ever find relief from this?? I have this throat thing its 24 hrs a day feel like my voacal cords dont open when I breath. I was in remission from Lyme and Co, last year i got mold poisoning. I have the hla gene for mold not lyme and during this this throat thing started its horrific! I have been treated for the mold and all symptoms are gone but for this. I believe from reading its actually vagus nerve neuropathy. I am not thinking its lyme or bart causing it but this is my only symptom. I have also read vagal nerve neuropathy can be due to post viral issues usually herpes zoster infection. If anyone has found relif from this please post. I cant live like this and I have tried everything there is. I do not suffer reflux, my diet is clean no sugar no dairy no processed foods etc. I detox in a infrared sauna everyday etc nothing touches it, so scared its permenant damage. But I got rid of innapropriate sinus tachycardia from bart after having that for over a year im hoping this to can heal!
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PLEASE!!! did anyone ever find relief from this?? I have this throat thing its 24 hrs a day feel like my voacal cords dont open when I breath. I was in remission from Lyme and Co, last year i got mold poisoning. I have the hla gene for mold not lyme and during this this throat thing started its horrific! I have been treated for the mold and all symptoms are gone but for this. I believe from reading its actually vagus nerve neuropathy. I am not thinking its lyme or bart causing it but this is my only symptom. I have also read vagal nerve neuropathy can be due to post viral issues usually herpes zoster infection. If anyone has found relif from this please post. I cant live like this and I have tried everything there is. I do not suffer reflux, my diet is clean no sugar no dairy no processed foods etc. I detox in a infrared sauna everyday etc nothing touches it, so scared its permenant damage. But I got rid of innapropriate sinus tachycardia from bart after having that for over a year im hoping this to can heal!
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Might Chlamydia Pneumoniae be a consideration?

My cousin has lyme and bart and CPN which gives her terrible breathing problems. I don't know if it's the same as what's being described.

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I dont think so, this is in the throat and not the lungs thats the wierd thing about it ur out of breath but lungs and oxygen are fine!
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Oh, OK. Very sorry for all who have to deal with this.

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I use to suffer bad with feeling like my throat was closing up. I suffered with this for several years and it finally improved. Now however, my vocal cords don't feel right.

Sometimes I can barely talk. Its like my voice is very weak, and I get a slight feeling like my throat is closing up. Although not nearly as severe as it use to be.

I wonder if this is similar to what you have? I think for me anyway, that it is caused by Lyme because it has improved with lyme treatment.

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sutherngrl: yes this is the sensation I get too..like my throat is closing so I can't get air in

glad to hear it improved!!

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First Symptom 9/09
Multiple docs, negative Labcorp test
LLMD: 1/10
Positive Igenex/CDC test
Treatment 2/10
2/10-8/10 Amox, ceftin, zith, flagyl
Currently: Bicillin, Minocycline, still dealing with severe breathing issues

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Have any of you had cortisol levels checked? I have had the air hunger thing and it is not pleasant for sure.

If I were a betting man (I'm not) I would guess that the breathing has something to doing with cortisol and adrenals/thyroid.

Think about it, what are the symptoms that you get when you are nervous? The feeling you get when you get really scared. You get the lump in your throat and it is difficult to take a deep breath.

It's funny a few hours ago, I felt like this. I had all the symptoms and I even feel like something it crawling around inside. I took a couple cortisol calms and in under 10 minutes was much better.

Does this make sense or am I way off?

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I get it as well, too, and it's the worst!

Also get the weakened voice especially during treatment -- I have it to the point where it takes too much effort to talk, and don't feel compelled to talk (which is often NOT the case as a rule!)

I get jaw pain at times too. I suspect it may be Lyme related -- some if not all of it.

When the breathing thing gets bad enough for me, I get out my Rescue Remedy drops (Bach Flower) -- you can get them at any healthfood store, or order them online.

I then put several drops on my finger tips and then apply to the entire throat and neck region wherever I am having the most concentrated discomfort (for me it is in that notch part in the center part of the neck)

Although not always 100% effective, it almost always does the trick for me.

If you go this route, I strongly suggest that you also take the remedy internally, too.

Of anything it has helped me the most.

Good luck
Robbie

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I always had breathing issues when babesia was long gone.

I never had asthma, nor bronchitis, my lungs and bronchial tubes were the best part of my body before lyme!

I DO think I had problems of toxins building up there. My naturopath found lead in my lungs and we did chelation. I do think I herxed in the lungs or in that region, causing me breathing problems.

Taking right cleansers helped me many times out.

when lyme got dormant, never more I had the issue. Not a single time!! It was not babesia.

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