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How come anxiety make you feel like you can't breathe?

How come anxiety make you feel like you can't breathe?

Anxiety & tension: When a person is anxious, muscles unconsciously tighten -- including muscles around the chest. This leads to a sensation of dyspnea (difficulty breathing) or that you can't get a deep enough breath. Anxiety also leads to more rapid, shallow breathing, resulting in physiologic changes like lower blood co2 and others, that perpetuate the anxiety ->rapid breathing ->more anxiety cycle. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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


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Propananol huge anxiety feel like I can't breathe husband said I'm ok?

Propananol huge anxiety feel like I can't breathe husband said I'm ok?

Heart eval is vital: Feelings of anxiety can sometimes be mimicked by heart arrhythmias. You should obtain an EKG monitor during your symptoms, and a blood test for thyroid function. If these are normal, consider a change from propranalol to an alternative beta or calcium channel blocker. Ask your doctor to consider verapamil or nadolol. If truly due to anxiety, consider reading about biofeedback techniques. ...Read more

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I feel like I can't breathe properly but I know that my breathing is actually normal so why do I feel like this? It's been 10 hours. Anxiety maybe?

I feel like I can't breathe properly but I know that my breathing is actually normal so why do I feel like this? It's been 10 hours. Anxiety maybe?

Possibly: Yes, this could be anxiety. Do you have any feeling of heart palpitations, or shakiness, nervousness? Some feel only troubles "breathing" with anxiety. Another possible differential diagnosis here would be asthma. Your primary care physician can help you sort this out more with a thorough discussion and exam. Take some deep breaths and try relaxing and book a time with your MD! ...Read more

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Sometimes my chest will hurt so bad I feel like I can't breathe, how can I tell if this is anxiety induced or costochondritis, something I've had befo?

Sometimes my chest will hurt so bad I feel like I can't breathe, how can I tell if this is anxiety induced or costochondritis, something I've had befo?

Go see a doctor: Only a thorough medical exam, consisting of a thorough history of symptoms, complete physical exam and possibly additional lab and/or imaging tests with a competent physician can determine the precise cause of your symptoms of chest pain. ...Read more

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Help me get how my anxiety can be so bad keep choking but ER said I'm fine choking on food pills to were I can't breathe hard to eat dr say I'm ok?

Help me get how my anxiety can be so bad keep choking but ER said I'm fine choking on food pills to were I can't breathe hard to eat dr say I'm ok?

ANXIETY/PHOBIA WB: You need to purchase the anxiety and phobia workbook. This will explain medication, diet and alternative strategies. I usually start a short acting. Medication like Xanax/Ativan/klonopin. And a long acting medication like Zoloft or cymbalta (duloxetine). Relaxation techniques like meditation EFT and EMDR. ...Read more

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Why do I start getting anxiety every time I get sick or have a headache? I start feeling like I can't breathe and my muscles tense up

Why do I start getting anxiety every time I get sick or have a headache? I start feeling like I can't breathe and my muscles tense up

See below: Most people can become anxious if they experience a new pain or symptom they haven't had before. Why you are experiencing this every time you get a headache or become ill is hard to say, but certainly is connected, on some level, to a fear of dying. You should see a therapist to discuss your anxiety, it may be very helpful. For more info see: http://bit. Ly/104V8hb + http://bit. Ly/1z3E1qf ...Read more

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Anxiety that is triggered at random. Cry, panic, feel like I can't breathe, and have terrible thoughts. I've been hospitalized before. Maybe chronic?

Anxiety that is triggered at random. Cry, panic, feel like I can't breathe, and have terrible thoughts. I've been hospitalized before. Maybe chronic?

What Thoughts?: If you you are having any thoughts of hurting yourself due to panic and have a plan you should go to the emergency room now. Since you have been hospitalized before are you in outpatient care? If so please make an appointment with a MH professional ASAP. It does sound like you have a chronic condition and you will feel better after talking to someone. ...Read more

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My heartbeat gets elevated and I feel like I can't breathe, what is it, not sure if its panic and anxiety but when I take my adavan I start to feel fine

Heart: You forget add details. What are circumstances? Anxiety? Family history heart disease, smoker? Had BP, cholesterol checked. Or at medical exam. Family history, coupled with risk factors especially cholesterol strong predictors. Woth coronary heart disease women often experience short breath or breathing difficulties. Can't depend heart attack causing chest pain. Need dr. To diagnose. ...Read more

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Been having shortness of breath last 2 days. I can't breathe in all the way, what could it be? I have anxiety but this doesn't feel like that to me

Been having shortness of breath last 2 days. I can't breathe in all the way, what could it be? I have anxiety but this doesn't feel like that to me

See doctor: Anxiety can show up in many different ways and breathing issues can vary at different times and in different circumstances. However, to reassure yourself and rule out any allergies or any other, physical conditions, get checked. Also think about anything, that, is new or scary, over the past two days so you can better understand what might be happening. ...Read more

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Some nights as I'm falling asleep my heart starts racing and I feel like I can't breathe. What could be causing that? I do suffer from anxiety

Some nights as I'm falling asleep my heart starts racing and I feel like I can't breathe. What could be causing that? I do suffer from anxiety

Anxiety symptom: This is not a too unusual anxiety symptom. Ask your Behavior therapist to help you work on this. There are relaxation exercises and scripts you can learn for settling down to sleep. Mindful meditation can also teach quieting skills. I'd avoid medication unless absolutely necessary - but even then, a mild OTC benadryl (diphenhydramine) or melatonin before getting into psych drugs. Best! ...Read more

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I am super tired, but I can't sleep at all, I feel like I can't breathe when I try to slee and my heart races, my mom says its anxiety? Or panic attack

I am super tired, but I can't sleep at all, I feel like I can't breathe when I try to slee and my heart races, my mom says its anxiety? Or panic attack

Just insomnia: This sounds like what is called psychophysiologic insomnia, a self-perpetuating condition. When you go to bed, you worry that you won't fall asleep, and the worrying prevents you from relaxing enough to fall asleep, which leads to more worrying, etc. This is a very common condition. I recommend a book by dr. Peter hauri, no more sleepless nights. ...Read more

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I have a flight in a couple weeks. I feel tingly, I can't breathe well or sleep. I have a fear of flying, is this anxiety?

A Specific Phobia: Is an anxiety disorder treated by long-term exposure therapy & other therapies deemed necessary from evaluations by a psychiatrist & psychologist. Since your flight is soon, you may need an anti-anxiety medication like Xanax, (alprazolam) prescribed by a psychiatrist. If you can't be seen by one before your trip, talk to your doctor about short- & long-term treatments. Try any/all medication (s) before you fly ...Read more

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I can't breathe through my nose but I feel enough air go in but could it be because of my anxiety attack because I'm still shaking.

I can't breathe through my nose but I feel enough air go in but could it be because of my anxiety attack because I'm still shaking.

Shortness of breath: Can be one of the symptoms of anxiety attacks. Try not to panic, sit calmly, put both feet on the ground and relax your breathing intentionally. The anxiety will pass. ...Read more

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Can chronic anxiety and stress change your breathing pattern and lungs? I only have anxiety because I can't breathe correctly and its a vicious cycle.

Can chronic anxiety and stress change your breathing pattern and lungs? I only have anxiety because I can't breathe correctly and its a vicious cycle.

Breathing & anxiety: Are closely linked. Breathing is a core component of our stress response & anxiety & has numerous physiological affects. Biofeedback of respiratory movement, heart rate variability, & exhaled co2 are very effective for training healthy, functional breathing. Find a biofeedback professional who treats breathing problems (www. Bcia. Org and www. Aapb. Org). ...Read more

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If always stressed and always have bad anxiety to the point you can't breathe sometimes and don't get much sleep. Chanceof cancer ordisease for age 21?

If always stressed and always have bad anxiety to the point you can't breathe sometimes and don't get much sleep. Chanceof cancer ordisease for age 21?

Get seen: Your personal physician can screen Yu for serious disease including thyroid disease. He/she can also help with any impossible life situations in which you may be. This sounds like anxiety and its somatic expression. Cognitive behavioral therapy may be the answer to getting back in control. Cancer never presents like this. ...Read more

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I have constant fear and anxiety because I can't breathe well. All of my accessory breathing muscles intercoastals, upper trapezius, etc have spasmed.

I have constant fear and anxiety because I can't breathe well. All of my accessory breathing muscles intercoastals, upper trapezius, etc have spasmed.

Med eval first: Recommend evaluation by your physician to correct the underlying medical problem before seeking therapy for the fear & anxiety. Clean bill of health, proceed with behavioral health assistance. ...Read more

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Causes shortness of breath and heavy/difficulty breathing? No heart or any health problems, had anxiety but I don't feel anxious, been going to therapi

Causes shortness of breath and heavy/difficulty breathing? No heart or any health problems, had anxiety but I don't feel anxious, been going to therapi

If your doc has: Ruled out or is treating medical conditions you can focus on treating the anxiety. Take a look at www. Relaxationresponse. Org It provides simple techniques to help. Concern about breathing and having enough air is fairly common w/anxiety. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I lost 3 kids to domestic violence I'm not with him but I'm very depressed and have severe anxiety I can't breathe n the walls cave in I can't llve home?

Call help line ASAP: 800-799-7233. Your distress is understandable. Call an emergency hot line now! They can help with the 1st step. This will be hard, but one step at a time is the best approach. Here's their page: http://www. Thehotline. Org/resources/victims-and-survivors/
Best wishes! ...Read more

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Smoker with anxiety symptoms. Cough mucus short of breath. Heard quitting causes shortness of breath. I ALREADY can't breathe. Nervous to try.

You can quit: There's a rarely mentioned fact I know: The smoking breath pattern - In, Hold, Exhale (fully, slowly) thru lips - is very, very good for you. That pattern alone can lower BP (for awhile) and makes you feel really good. When smokers quit, they lose this advantage. Some of the distress is due to this. You can win by continuing to do the breath pattern w/out the cigarette! 'Smoke' w/out cigarettes! ...Read more

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When I'm crying I can't breathe properly and I feel dizzy, I am asthmatic but not serious. Need help asap! Getting worried it might be anxiety attack?

When I'm crying I can't breathe properly and I feel dizzy, I am asthmatic but not serious. Need help asap! Getting worried it might be anxiety attack?

Possibly: One cannot diagnose someone without knowing their history, both mental and physical. Also, need to know how you are crying. Is it a situation in which your lungs are working hard. I think you need to consult someone who can gather the necessary information to help you with a definitive answer. You might want to start with your primary care. ...Read more

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Accessory breathing muscles diaphragm, intercostal, upper trapezius all are weakened and sore. I can't breathe well for months. Causing anxiety.

Accessory breathing muscles diaphragm, intercostal, upper trapezius all are weakened and sore. I can't breathe well for months. Causing anxiety.

Get in today: Dyspnea (shortness of breath) that is wearing you out needs immediate evaluation. This is a serious medical problem that is not in your head. There are many potential causes of dypnea that leads to accessory muscle use, but you need to find out what yours is and treat it if possible. ...Read more

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I am experiencing feeling anxious (worsened by: psychological stress), panic attack, difficulty breathing, nausea (severity: moderate), shortness of breath, rapid heart rate (worsened by: psychological stress), difficulty sleeping (worsened by: psycho

I am experiencing feeling anxious (worsened by: psychological stress), panic attack, difficulty breathing, nausea (severity: moderate), shortness of breath, rapid heart rate (worsened by: psychological stress), difficulty sleeping (worsened by: psycho

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 doctor first to rule out medical. ...Read more

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I am experiencing difficulty breathing, sore throat, cough (quality: with phelgm or mucus) and feeling anxious (worsened by: psychological stress, caffeinated drinks (coffee, tea, soda, etc.)). The following also describe me: Shortness of breath, ?

I am experiencing difficulty breathing, sore throat, cough (quality: with phelgm or mucus) and feeling anxious (worsened by: psychological stress, caffeinated drinks (coffee, tea, soda, etc.)). The following also describe me: Shortness of breath, ?

Needs to be checked: With symptoms of shortness of breath or difficulty in brething I strongly advice you to go to the nearesr Emergency Dpartment of the nearest hospital and get checked by a doctor. Or call your doctor if he makes a house call. Meanwhile relax and calm down as anxiety can make your symptoms worse. Drink room temperature water if tea or coffe make it worse ...Read more

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Can acid reflux make you feel like you can't breathe properly? I have a weird feeling in my throat like a pressure what is this?

Can acid reflux make you feel like you can't breathe properly? I have a weird feeling in my throat like a pressure what is this?

Reflux: If reflux is severe enough, it could present with respiratory symptoms. However, further evaluation and testing would be needed for confirmation. ...Read more

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Upper stomach is full from no eating to small portions of food dizziness and feel like you can't breathe?

Upper stomach is full from no eating to small portions of food dizziness and feel like you can't breathe?

Bloating. Belching?: How long? Upper stomach is full of gas and you can belch or not? Get acid from the stomach as well?
Possible infectious organism or low acid or ulcer. ...Read more

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Can too much gas build up with a hiatal hernia feel like you can't breathe?

Can too much gas build up with a hiatal hernia feel like you can't breathe?

Yes: Yes, swallowing a lot of air or consuming air containing beverages, for example carbonated sodas or water can fill up the stomach including the portion of stomach above the diaphragm when there is a hiatal hernia. This can result in pressure or fullness senastion in the chest and even shortness of breath. Excess swallowing of air aka as aerophagia can result from chewing gum, drinking a straw. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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