TMD is Often Misunderstood as CHVS
February 22nd, 2010
There is another syndrome which like TMD is often misunderstood or misdiagnosed by many health professionals. It is called the Chronic Hyperventilation Syndrome (CHVS). The symptoms have to be investigated for more serious conditions first, however in many cases if results are inconclusive, CHVS should merit being considered.
CHVS is a condition of the respiratory system in which the rate of breathing increases, venting off carbon dioxide that exceeds the rate at which cellular metabolism is producing carbon dioxide. This generally occurs if the respiratory rate exceeds 18 breaths a minute when the patient is lying down (Normal rate of breathing is 8-12 breaths a minute). The lowered Carbon dioxide concentration in the blood results in an increase in blood alkalinity otherwise known as respiratory alkalosis.
The symptoms resulting from CHVS and can be widespread. They can be Cardiovascular (sharp or dull atypical chest pain, palpitations): Neurological (headaches, dizziness): Respiratory (shortness of breath, irritable cough which becomes hyperactive when trying to slow breathing): Gastrointestinal (heart burn, difficulty swallowing); Muscular (pain especially occipital, neck, shoulders, in between shoulder blades, cramps, stiffness): Psychic (anxiety, panic, out of body experience); General (weakness, exhaustion, disturbed sleep, woolly head, night sweating, emotional sweating in armpits and palms).
It is no wonder health professionals find difficulty in recognizing this syndrome. Sufferers may receive a diagnosis of being anxious, prone to panic attacks, treated for depression or thought to be a hypochondriac and given unnecessary tranquilizers and antidepressants.
Can you see that this can become a vicious cycle, erodes self esteem and then worry escalates the symptoms?
Stay tuned for next month’s issue where I discuss how the ‘SABERS Approach’ helps mange TMD as it relates to CHVS.