Shortness of Breath As A Symptom

Hello everyone. It’s always interesting to read about taking care of your health and what the “experts” say. Sometimes it can bring on more questions than answers, though. The topic I will discuss here involves having shortness of breath as a “symptom”.

Start reading about heart disease and related heart problems. A common indication is listed as having shortness of breath. Articles recommend contacting your doctor when you find breathing difficult.

Many times, shortness of breath can signify more serious health conditions. This is according to studies by the American Heart Association, National Institutes of Health and others.

My question is, what if a person has a fractured C-1 included in their medical history? (A fractured C-1 is a fracture of the first cervical vertebrae. The cervical area is located in your neck. In layman terms, a fractured C-1 means you “broke your neck”. )

FYI: When I discuss the topic, I use the wording C-1 since the “broken neck” phrase is creepy. Anyways.. A fractured C-1 usually results in breathing difficulties.

Here is my question: What if a person lives with breathing difficulties for the majority of their live? My cervical fracture, for instance, happened 40+ years ago.

How is one supposed to tell whether it is a symptom of heart disease or just a part of life? This is truly perplexing to me. I certainly am not running to the doctor every time I have shortness of breath. I’d keep the profession in business.

My shortness of breath occurs daily. To some extent, it exists.

I am just pondering here. Anyone have any answers they would like to share?

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Finding Humor – where?

Hi everyone. Even though every event seems to have some measure of humor in it (at least I’d like to think so), sometimes it is just plain hard to figure out where it lies. How do you go about finding humor in situations? Laughter is the best medicine. So…

  • Talk to an impartial person.  By telling your situation to another person, you can receive another angle or spin on your idea/situation.
  • Write down just the facts. Be objective. Don’t let any emotions come into play. This will help lay the groundwork.
  • Come back later to the facts. By doing this, you may gain needed insight.
  • Take a break from seriousness. Read something funny, watch a comedy (sometimes just life), etc. This will will lighten your mental state.
  • If all else fails, set your project aside for a few days.  Forget about it. You will have a new perspective. Then, go back at it.
  • Listen to music. Music soothes the soul, mind, and body. Relaxing opens doorways.
  • This is all easy for me to say now.  I have been working on my book project and some of the events just do not have any humor in them.  For instance, what can possibly be funny (or humorous) about fracturing your neck? Hmm…Wait a minute…I’m remembering something. 🙂

    Here’s to finding humor wherever you can. Good luck!

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