Reply To: Cough? Short of breath?

July 26, 2017 at 12:00 am

I often have breathing difficulties. Not so much shortness of breath as a repeated yawn reflex where I yawn, can’t get a satisfying breath and yawn repeatedly. It’s like my brain isn’t getting the message that I have enough air. And/or my muscles aren’t expanding my ribcage enough (like the “MS hug”).

I too have low blood pressure that tanks during IVIG. Anytime I get below 90 systolic, my nurse has me stand up and she also stops the IVIG and pushes some saline for a while. My PCP also has me do “counter pressure maneuvers”. Basically tense up muscles in legs, feet, backside which pushes blood up to the brain.