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Air Hunger, A Symptom Of FMS And CFS ~ How A Simple Supplement May Be The Answer

Could the answer to ‘air hunger’ relief lie in a simple supplement?

Air hunger, a symptom of FMS and CFS, is fairly common in those who suffer with FMS/CFS/ME. It is the annoying, and sometimes alarming, feeling that you cannot take a deep breath. The sensation is similar to the feeling that one cannot fill their lungs with enough air.

When I experience a flare up in my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, this symptom can stay with me for days. It feels as if my respiratory system is in a ‘excitable’ state, kind of like your stomach can feel is you eat too much sugar. As a result, I feel as if my breathing is not relaxed and easy. I am always attempting to take a ‘deep breath’ every 15 seconds.

Air hunger can be caused by having a low amount of Vitamin B12 in your body. Click To Tweet

Air hunger can be caused by having a low amount of Vitamin B12 in your body. As I was researching the issue, I kept coming across the fact that many Fibromyalgia and CFS patients are also low in Vitamin B12.  In fact, many people tend to run low in V B12. If you think you may be low in B12, check with your physician before implementing any supplements into your diet.

Air Hunger, A Symptom Of FMS And CFS ~ How To Naturally Increase Vitamin B12

  • High Quality B12 Supplements (Nature’s Bounty can be bought at Costco, and is rated high quality)

  • Have a healthy B12 fortified cereal for breakfast (Special K, and Rice Chex are B12 fortified)

  • Include V B12 rich foods into your diet:

 

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Air Hunger, A Symptom Of FMS And CFS ~ How A Simple Supplement May Be The Answer

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Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause all sorts of problems in the body, luckily it's an easy fix... Click To Tweet

A Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause all sorts of problems in the body. Luckily, it’s a fairly easy fix. In more severe cases, Vitamin B12 injections may be necessary. As in all things health related, check with your physician.
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22 Comments

  • Reply
    Lydia
    August 16 at 11:14 am

    This makes total sense to me. I have “air hunger” often and have not taken Vitamin B12 for about as long as I have had the symptoms. Thank you for this valuable info. I am going to check with my doctor about going back on it.
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      kristine
      August 16 at 11:45 am

      Thank you Lydia! Make sure to let me know what your doctor said, and if the B12 helps. Good Luck! 🙂

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    Debbie
    August 16 at 8:23 pm

    Hi,
    I cannot believe this article! I am 50 years old and this is THE first time I’ve ever heard anyone else describe the feeling of not being able to take a deep breath. AND there’s a name for it! I’ve struggled with this repeatedly, my entire life. And by that, I mean since I was maybe 10-12 years old! My mother used to think it was because I was allergic to something I just ate or drank. I’ve always believed that. But I have to say, this seems to make more sense.(I have FM) What concerns me now, is that my 24 year old daughter just recently began complaining about struggling to catch a breath , not being able to take a nice, deep breath. I’m so (quietly) worried for all of my kids. Especially my youngest son., but thats a topic for another time! Thank you for sharing this information!

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      kristine
      August 16 at 10:46 pm

      Hi Debbie! As I always say, make sure to see your doctor about any symptoms you have. ‘Air Hunger’ can be a result of low B12, but it can also be a result of anemia and many other things. See if you are low in B12 though, and hopefully it could be an easy fix!
      I know what you mean about your kids, I go through the same thing. It’s never easy, is it?
      Thank you so much for commenting Debbie, I hope to hear from you again soon 🙂

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    Cathy
    August 17 at 2:27 am

    I could well believe this. I’ve had air hunger all my adult life and I never even knew it was a symptom of anything for a long time. I thought I was unfit (even though I used to distance run). Earlier this year I had a battery of blood tests done and was found to be severely deficient in B12, Vit D and magnesium. I now take prescription strength Vit D and Mg as well as having B12 injections. The air hunger, among other things, has calmed down. I haven’t got rid of it during flares but I don’t have it every day now.

    • Reply
      kristine
      August 17 at 8:46 am

      Interesting Cathy! Thanks for sharing this. It’s crazy how something as seemingliy simple as a few vitamins can wreck havoc on our systems. It really is a good idea, if possible, for everyone to get tested. Thank you so much, have a wonderful week Cathy! 🙂

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    Susie
    August 18 at 5:34 pm

    Hi thère. I like your blog. It is Nice to see I am not thé only one suffering from different symptoms. I have been off working due to Fybromialgie, dépression, cronic fatigue ans so on. My boyfrriend from à years just left me saying that my situation was to much for him. Meaning my financial instability and fragile health. I have come so far sincei 2 years but it broke my heart to see that and 8 days after thé break up to see him on social média with à healthier women all smiley and finishing à obstacle race. Hé told me that he was affraid he would have to take care of me later on in life . I am crushed from all thé peoples remarque about getting it together and sucking it up and go back to working like everybody else ??? I use to be a beauty queen and à danser . Im 53 years old and even my doctorat are telling me that Im creating more work for them. I Had to deal with all kind of set back from insurance. This is so tough. …. I Also suffering from hunger for air…. It mâles sence noW. I am French and from Canada and thé health système is very different here. This is the first time I write on social média. Sorry for misspelling. Ô sometimes feel like Iam 100 years old. I look at people m’y âge, including my ex boyfrriend and his New toy and I feel so lonely and different then others. Thanks for thé post. I will check m’y vitamines level. Sorry for 5his long poste. Needed to talk and noone understand .

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      kristine
      August 19 at 9:19 am

      Hi Susie! I’m glad you took the time to write out your struggles, this is the place for it! First, I am so sorry about your relationship ending. That is one of the most heartbreaking issues with chronic illness; lost relationships. I know this may not help, but better to know now than a future time where you may really need someone to be there. Hang in there. Now when someone comes into your life, they will already know your condition. When they stay, you’ll know it’s by choice and that is precious!
      Thank you again Susie ♥

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    Nikki
    August 23 at 3:40 pm

    Kristine, I’ve not had this issue, but I also don’t want to get it! It sounds horrible. I will be checking my vitamin levels and eating more foods with Vitamin B12, thanks!

    By the way, Kristine, I read the other comments, and i am so proud to call you friend. You are helping so many of us! Huge thanks and huge hugs! xx
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      kristine
      August 24 at 12:11 am

      Awwww!!!! THANKS NIKKI!!! You made my day! 🙂 🙂

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    Candy
    September 5 at 10:06 am

    I work in the medical field and see a lot of people with low b12 and who have fm or cfs. If someone has this combination I would highly recommend a blood test for MTHFR. If that comes back positive regular b12 suppliments wont help. It can make some people worse. Methalated b vitamins and folate are needed for these people.

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      kristine
      September 5 at 10:44 pm

      Thank you Candy for the advice Candy! THis is good to know, and why I ALWAYS advocate seeing a licensed physican ABOVE ALL! THanks again 🙂

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    Regina Graham
    October 1 at 5:00 pm

    Never seen this symptom shared by anyone else before. I’ve had it since 3rd grade (now 49). Was taken to ER then and after several tests, told I had a nervous stomach (?).
    The feeling of not being able to take a full breath has been life long. I usually attribute it to anxiety, but will now be aware of the link. I’m anemic often, so I’ll keep in mind the previous comment regarding a different type of B vitamin. . Thanks for this information. Such a baffling illness.

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      kristine
      October 1 at 6:54 pm

      You are welcome Regina! It is an annoying symptom when it pops up! Hope you’re doing well! 🙂

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    Minika
    October 24 at 3:05 pm

    So happy that I have found your page, thank U so much for sharing all the practical tips to deal with cfs/me and fibro! The air hunger is very unpleasant and I never knew that this is another symptom, i thought it was due to anxiety. The only thing that helps me is a very gentle back massage and sometimes application of a hot water bottle on my stomach. I like using Olbas inhalator and psychologicaly feel better if the window is opened. The worst position that exacerbates this is prolonged standing or walking. Love your site, you have done such a good job! Well-done, and a huge thanx, Minika

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      kristine
      October 24 at 7:30 pm

      Thank you so much Minika! I really needed that encouragement today, thank you 🙂 Air hunger is a terrible symptom! Not that its necessarily dangerous, its just EXTREMELY unpleasant! Appreciate the comment 🙂

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    Christine
    November 27 at 6:37 pm

    Seriously? I’ve had this for years and never knew what it was, what to call it, or that it was related at all to my Fibromyalgia! My doctors kept telling me it might be from one of the medications…if they bothered to take an interest in the symptom at all. I’m literally about to burst into tears because I finally have an answer to yet another health mystery. Thank you so much for posting this!

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      kristine
      November 27 at 8:58 pm

      You are welcome Christine! Remember though, I am NOT a medical professional and am only sharing my own experiences as well as what I research. ALWAYS seek and listen to professional medical advice. That being said, if it is a FMS symptom, I know what you mean by finding comfort in having a possible answer. I felt the same way 😉

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    Mitzi
    December 28 at 4:38 pm

    You described exactly what I have been going through for the past couple of years. I did not know that it even has a name. I have described this to many doctors, with no straight answer from them. I’m definitely going to talk to my doctor about this! Thanks so much for sharing. I’m amazed that it may be as easy as taking B12 supplements.

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      kristine
      December 29 at 9:18 pm

      You are so welcome Mitzi! Good luck with your appointment! I hope they will understand better what you are trying to describe to them 😉

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    Stephaney
    February 19 at 9:25 pm

    Hi Kristine,
    Thank you so much for this post! I have had air hunger problems for about 3 to 4 years, but it has recently gone into overdrive. It is scary and horrible! I am going to try the B12 for sure. I was just wondering if you know how long it generally takes for the vitamin B12 to help and to to notice a difference in breathing.

    Thanks!

    • Reply
      kristine
      February 19 at 9:56 pm

      Hi Stephaney! That’s a good question. I could not find any definitive answer to this. Check with your physician, they may know. Let me know if you find out, I’m curious as well! Good luck! 😉

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