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RudyL90

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Dear all,

My girlfriend was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in Junuary 2015. Since then, I have been reading scientific papers and books regarding fibromyalgia and chronic fatique syndrome (from which she suffers too). One specific (Dutch) book, written by a psychiatrist, got my attention. In it, the potential link between breathing and chronic fatique and the science behind it is described. And now I wonder whether there might be a link between breathing and fibromyalgia.
My question to you: could you ask someone to observe the way you breathe for a minute or so? During this minute, try to lay your focus on something that relaxes you. Reading a book or playing a game on your smartphone for instance. What I would like to know: the frequency of your breathing (how many times in a minute?) and your way of breathing (abdominal or chest or both?). Of course, you do not have to do this! But I would really appreciate it.

Kind regards,
Rudy
 

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Why is it that nobody responds? I see that this forum is quite active. Please let me know why you do not respond. Too much work? Or do you feel offended by my request?

To make it a little easier (though less accurate), you could simply observe your own breathing. Count the number of breaths (thus in and out) in three minutes or so.
 

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Rudy,
Please don't be offended. There are many people here, but some can't see new posts and others are in very different time zones. For example, I am USA EST. I usually can only get on at work and it's difficult to get someone to do something like that for me. I just did it myself and I inhaled and exhaled 11 times. Mostly from my chest. Hope that helps.
 

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Rudy,
Please don't be offended. There are many people here, but some can't see new posts and others are in very different time zones. For example, I am USA EST. I usually can only get on at work and it's difficult to get someone to do something like that for me. I just did it myself and I inhaled and exhaled 11 times. Mostly from my chest. Hope that helps.

Dear Sarafina,

Thank you for your reply. I do not feel offended, I was just curious. I didn't think about the time zones...
And thank you for measuring your breathing. Yes it helps, I have a first measurement. :) (Well, a second, along with my girlfriend's).

I really hope more people will respond: measuring it for yourself is fine too! One minute is fine too... It is a little less accurate, but for now that doesn't matter. If I gather enough information I might be able to convince someone at my university to start research with me.

Regards,
Rudy
 

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A pitty that nobody else replied. If you read this thread and decided not your measure your breathing frequency, could you at least tell me why not?
 

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They instructed me to breath deeply and slowly from the gut when I am having trouble with pain. I think chewing tobacco had something to do with it because my mouth was occupied and I breathed shallow through my nose.
 

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They instructed me to breath deeply and slowly from the gut when I am having trouble with pain. I think chewing tobacco had something to do with it because my mouth was occupied and I breathed shallow through my nose.

Dear JobJobe33,

Thank you for your reply. So I suppose you stopped chewing tobacco?
In my (well, not exaxtly mine) theory pain correlated with breathing too deep and/or too fast (due to an overactive sympathetic nervous system: being stuck in the fight/flight mode).
Did beathing deep and slowly help to relieve the pain?

Kind regards,
Rudy
 
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