Report Anyone Else? in Dysautonomia Discussion Posted November 25, 2009 The chest discomfort feeling sounds similar to what my wife goes through. She describes it as a feeling like it's not hard to breath, but it's hard to make the muscles and bones of her chest move when she wants them to. Hers is more drawn out and less episodic than what some of you are describing though.One interesting bit of insight that we got the other day from her neurology visit is that her breathing tends to be more rapid and shallow than normal. Because of this, the CO2 level in her blood is lower which changes the pH of the blood and reduces its ability to carry oxygen which tricks the brain into thinking she can't get enough air so she breathes faster which perpetuates this cycle. He thought it was very likely just another symptom of the autonomic system being out of kilter and that the chest discomfort could be genuine muscle discomfort from overuse or a trick of the nervous system. The good news is that it is something that can be worked on with breathing exercises and such. Might be worth talking to your doctor about. It's called (not surprisingly) hyperventilation syndrome if you want to Google it.I wouldn't be at all surprised, knowing how strangely the brain can be wired, that the anxiety and 'get up and go somewhere' feelings are some how related to the brain getting screwy signals telling it you're not getting enough air. It could also be why walking around helps it - it changes cell metabolism which puts more CO2 in the blood while also changing your breathing rate.Just a random thought. It could be that what you're experiencing has nothing to do with this and I'm just playing a decent game of pattern matching unrelated things. Still, worth a look.Good luck and be well.