According to Richard Podell, M.D., disordered breathing is one of the vicious cycles that CFS and FM patients experience. "More than half of our patients with FMS or CFS develop a disordered pattern of breathing. They take very small rapid breaths using the small muscles of their chest instead of slow, deep breathing with the large muscles of the abdomen. These changes are subtle and most people who "hyperventilate" in this manner don't realize that their breathing pattern is out-of-synch. Shallow chest breathing makes people feel tense. Slow, deep abdominal breathing creates feelings of calmness. Disordered breathing can also cause a broad array of frightening symptoms including mental fog, dizziness, irritability, chest pain, feeling numb and more. Worsening symptoms then disrupt breathing further." (Source: www.ImmuneSupport.com. Read the complete article at http://www.immunesupport.com/library/showarticle.cfm/ID/4563.)
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