Can Over-breathing & Hypocapnia Exacerbate Fibromyalgia?!

Symptoms of acute hyperventilation include paraesthesia of fingers or the face, palpitations, hot or cold sensations, light-headedness, and dizziness. However symptoms of chronic yet subtle over-breathing have been hypothesized to include ?medically unexplained? pain and fatigue.

Hypocapnia is a common consequence of over-breathing, which is defined as a reduction in End Tidal CO2 below 35mmHg. This 2006 study aimed to analyze the prevalence of hypocapnia in those with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and non-specific dizziness and compared them to an asymptomatic control group.

Posted on: March 27, 2010

Categories: Fascinating Pain Studies

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