Top
20
Doctor insights on: Anxiety Breathing Problems

Share
Dr. Heidi Fowler
3,366 doctors shared insights

Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


4

4
Does aspartame cause side effects like insomnia, anxiety, or breathing problems?

Does aspartame cause side effects like insomnia, anxiety, or breathing problems?

Apparently so: As dr. Howell says, there's controversy about this, as there's money in selling aspartame-sweetened diet drinks and more. However, cleansing your system of toxins when you have unusual symptoms makes sense. "non-nutritional" sweetener is what it's euphemistically called. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/11/06/aspartame-most-dangerous-substance-added-to-food.aspx. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
5

5
Can musculoskeletal tension, rhinitis, and anxiety cause breathing problems. I had pft which confirmed asthma. I don't take any medications. Should i?

Asthma: Yes but keep in mind people who are short of breath will also have increased muscle tension so difficult to tell cause and effect. Sounds like you would benefit from treatment-may be able to get by with treatment for rhinitis alone but for sure if you are symptomatic then you should be on therapy. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
6

6
I don't know if stress and anxiety are causing my breathing problems or if its the other way around. How do I find out once and for all? This is awful

I don't know if stress and anxiety are causing my breathing problems or if its the other way around. How do I find out once and for all? This is awful

Look for triggers.: Try to look for triggers or precipitants to your anxiety and breathing changes. A quick session with a psychiatrist will be able to clarify if you have panic attacks or other forms of anxiety manifesting with physical symptoms. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
8

8
Could anxiety make you have bad breathing problems?

It is possible: that panic/ anxiety could negatively impact breathing. This could occur in the form of hyperventilation or exacerbation of asthma. ...Read more

12

12
I was diagnosed with anxiety 5 yrs ago for a bout a mth I have been having flutters again but no chest pain no breathing problems just flutters?

I was diagnosed with anxiety 5 yrs ago for a bout a mth I have been having flutters again but no chest pain no breathing problems just flutters?

See your doctor : It's probably a recurrence of your anxiety. However, it is always best to rule out medical conditions such as SVT (supra ventricular tachycardia) or thyroid disease. Need to also check electrolytes esp. the potassium. Proper diagnosis requires appropriate treatment. Your doctor will need to see you to evaluate your symptoms. Anxiety can be treated after medical causes are ruled out. Best wishes! ...Read more

13

13
My anxiety and panic attacks causes breathing problems and deep breathes don't really work, what should I do?

My anxiety and panic attacks causes breathing problems and deep breathes don't really work, what should I do?

Hyperventilation: Talk to your doctor or to a counselor about ways to think through the panic attacks. If that fails, there are medications that may be useful. Panic attacks do cause 'hyperventilation'/ rapid breathing and you may feel short of breath or have tingling in your face, hands or feet due to chemical changes in your blood from rapid breathing. Uncomfortable but not really dangerous in the short term. ...Read more

14

14
I have really bad after images, like really bad. can it be from anxiety? I also have really floaters and visual snow and breathing problems 24/7


I have really bad after images, like really bad. can it be from anxiety? I also have really floaters and visual snow and breathing problems 24/7

Respiratory Distress: I feel empathy for you as you are going through so much at your age. Your Life is PRECIOUS! Please go to Emergency Room due to breathing problem 24/7 See the Physician, have all Labs and X-ray studies done; have consultation with an Ophthalmologist and a Psychiatrist for complete Diagnosis. Based upon the diagnoses, complete treatment will follow. Believe in Healing Powers of your body and mind. ...Read more

15

15
Stomach distension causing discomfort breathing problems. What is cause? Anxiety, breathing too much, stress. Did not have before this year

Stomach distension causing discomfort breathing problems. What is cause? Anxiety, breathing too much, stress. Did not have before this year

Cramp of diaphragm: The primary muscle that helps us to breathe is the diaphragm and attaches along the ribs from the chest to the spine and lays over top of all organs in the abdomen. The diaphragm, like all muscles, can fatigue and cramp with over use or tension. When you become distressed either due to the pain or tension, this causes you to breathe harder. This adds more stress on the diaphragm. ...Read more

16

16
I feel like im dying and havin pains and breathing problems related to a cold. I am having chest left arm pains and tingling. Im convinced its anxiety?

I feel like im dying and havin pains and breathing problems related to a cold. I am having chest left arm pains and tingling. Im convinced its anxiety?

Get checked: Yes anxiety can cause a multitude of physical symptoms, but you should be checked for other medical conditions. Even young people can have heart, lung, or other problems beside anxiety. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
17

17
Constant(24/7) perceived breathing problems, no actual shortage of oxygen, cant take deep breaths back n chest feel tight . Is anxiety likely t blame?

Constant(24/7) perceived breathing problems, no actual shortage of oxygen, cant take deep breaths back n chest feel tight . Is anxiety likely t blame?

Anxiety shows itself: In may ways. Once can mentally obsess over things that frighten the person or do behaviors to keep danger away, e.g., ritual behaviors, checking and re-checking. Physically there can be heart palpitations, shortness of breath, sweating, sleeplessness, etc. Please go to a mental health professional for support if you think you have an anxiety disorder. See doc first to rule out medical condition ...Read more

18

18
I'm a hypochondriac (severe health anxiety). How can I learn to trust my doctor when he tells me that my breathing problems are from anxiety or GERD?

I'm a hypochondriac (severe health anxiety). How can I learn to trust my doctor when he tells me that my breathing problems are from anxiety or GERD?

Therapist: There is no magic wand to wave or pill to take to create trust. A behavioral therapist can lead you through the work to do for you to learn how to trust. It's not going to be a couple of sessions though. You have to commit ahead of time to the work (including homework) your therapist will give you to learn how to change your behaviors in this area. It's hard, intense work, but worth the reward! ...Read more

Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more


Dr. Sue Ferranti
1,318 doctors shared insights

Difficulty Breathing (Definition)

If you are having difficulty breathing, you feel as though you are able to get enough air in, or get air out. Your oxygen ...Read more