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Does Breathing Into A Paper Bag Really Help Panic And Hyperventilation
Yes: If not for the "psychological" benefit, breathing into and out of a closed paper bag will allow carbon dioxide to accumulate in the arterial blood, thus enhancing blood flow to the brain. Theoretically, this could reduce the chance of a fainting spell. Would not recommend doing it for too long though. ...Read more
10 years of panic attacks has finally caught up to me physically. My breathing pattern is so screwed up that i've developed hyperventilation syndrome.
Deviated septum, very bad bloodshot eyes, over breathing/hyperventilation syndrome, extreme panic attacks. What can my doctor test for?
Paper bag breathing: I would not recommend breathing into a bag, instead, proper use of breathing exercises (regular, rhythmic breathing while relaxing & counting numbers) can be effective. For details of how to perform those exercises, e-mail us we will send you details. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hyperventilation syndrome - how serious is this? I just realized this is what I have and i've had panic disorder and stress for years. Is there a cure
Hyperventilation: Hyperventilation is not an uncommon part of anxiety disorders in general. You'd want to be working with a psychologist and psychiatrist on this part. For the specific breathing part, you can learn diaphragmatic (rather than just up in your chest) breathing. Certain yoga exercises also focus on breathing, and may help you also. A health psychologist may be an option for this as well. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is there anyway to retrain your breathing? If your lungs are used to chronic hyperventilation is there anyway to reverse this?
Not really: Hyperventilation is either a physiological response to co2 or o2 levels in your blood sensed by the chemoreceptors in your brain or from an anxiety provoking mechanism (panic attack). So either you retain co2 due to copd/emphysema or you have high levels of Adrenalin from anxiety that stimulate hyperventilation. If the hyperventilation is from the latter you may try relaxation techniques. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How do you stop chronic hyperventilation syndrome? Either my mind or my lungs have become accustomed to breathing large volumes of air. I can't fix it!
I often get shortness of breathing and right away i get sweaty palms, what can that be? Hyperventilation?
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