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Are Antidepressants the new cure all?

Posted by Mel on February 23, 1999 at 13:09:21:

I've experianced shortness of breath for several months now (ever since a thyroidectomy, ect and treatment for thyroid cancer). The endocrinologist doesn't seem to care as long as it isn't a tumor causing it...though I feel it stems from something damaged during the surgery or something to do with that (since it began right after). It happens when I talk, as if my voice box is getting irritated and swelling or something like that...any ideas?

I went to my GP for the problem, and he prescribed me anti-depressants. His thought was that I am having anxiety (well, doesn't everyone), and that shortness of breath could be a symptom of that. I am not depressed, I'd know and I'm not. This serves to cause me self doubt over my santity...it also encourages me to medically neglect myself (I have not gone to the doctors as an adult except during my pregnancy and for the cancer...and I have never enjoyed going and I wouldn't if I could treat myself). I almost am to a point, that I am not going to ever go back. I've changed my diet, I have been using skilled ralaxation, excercise, ect (what ever I can do)...and I am so frustrated with these doctors.


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Re: Are Antidepressants the new cure all - shortness of breath

Posted by Sara on February 23, 1999 at 13:36:09:

In Reply to: Are Antidepressants the new cure all? posted by Mel on February 23, 1999 at 13:09:21:

Mel,

I had my thyroid removed 24 years ago, and had the same shortness of breath problem. Between the surgeon, endo, and GP, I was variously told that it was anxiety and/or depression, and that there was nothing physically wrong. I even went to an ENT, and was told everything was fine and it was all in my head. Eight years later, while seeing another ENT for some other problem, I mentioned it to him. He suspected a paralyzed vocal cord, but in his initial examination everything looked okay. He decided to use a scope just to be sure, and that's when he saw that my left vocal cord is paralyzed, which somewhat blocks the airway. I notice it when I'm giving a speech, talking a long time on the phone, exercising, etc. It starts to feel like my throat is irritated and/or swelling, and I start getting short of breath.

Someone needs to check out your vocal cords, and a regular examination isn't always revealing enough (as in my case). Make sure they use a scope so they can REALLY see what's going on. This kind of damage is quite common (from what I've been told) in thyroid surgery. You will probably have to go to an ENT for a thorough examination in this area.

And no, antidepressants won't cure it - however, alot of doctors love to prescribe them (especially to their female patients) when they can't (or don't want to take the time to) figure out what is really wrong and they just want the patient to GO AWAY.

Sara



Re: Are Antidepressants the new cure all?

Posted by Karel on February 24, 1999 at 04:43:02:

In Reply to: Are Antidepressants the new cure all? posted by Mel on February 23, 1999 at 13:09:21:

Mel,
Although you may not feel anxious about anything, the anxiety or panic attacks symptoms really include shortness of breath. This should be taken just as a name for a bunch of symptoms, not really telling you that something is wrong with your personality. It is a problem of neurotransmitters levels in brain, and overacidity, caused by stress and some diets. Alkalizing myself by the whole foods diet (70 percent of diet in form of raw vegetables) helped me with this within a few weeks. But I did not have the thyroid problem. Antidepressants are not a good solution. SR can help, although it takes time.
Karel




Re: Are Antidepressants the new cure all? (NEVER!)

Posted by Walt Stoll on February 24, 1999 at 12:23:14:

In Reply to: Are Antidepressants the new cure all? posted by Mel on February 23, 1999 at 13:09:21:

Dear Mel,

Listen to Karel & Sara.

I am glad to hear that you are "fed up". That is the first thing one needs to do to get the energy to start doing stuff for yourself. I am VERY glad to hear that you are doing wellness.

NOW, you need to be sure that your SR technique is actually producing the "relaxation response" since it is the most important thing to resolve this in the long run.

Let us know how you do.

Walt



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