Shortness of breath--anxiety or asthma??
Hey there imcrazy2, I like the name....
I often feel that way too, crazy I mean...lol, yeah well ok, anyways...
First off let me apologize if I sound like I am babbling, I am having a bad day of what I call 'brain or fibro fog' as I have fibromyagia.
Now to your question: I go through the same thing at times. I can remember when I was a child I had to sit through my younger sisters christmas program thingy in the school gym. (we are talking like 18 years ago. Im 28 now...lol) I could not for the life of me seem to catch my breath. I remember thinking 'man this is sooo boring' because I kept yawning and yawning, but I just could not catch my breath. The harder I tried, the more freaked out I got and the faster my heart started to beat, then I began to sweat. Well at the age of what, like 10 I had no idea what was going on, and I never told anyone because it eventually just stopped. Well here it is many years later and I still go through this and like you it happens to me sometimes also while eating. Only it happens to me as I am eating, its like the food gets stuck or something and blocks my airpassage, which I know it doesnt, but thats what it feels like. Then I catch myself sitting upon the edge of the chair sitting straight as I can trying to take deep breaths to catch my breath. Some time it works sometimes it doesnt. I think its an anxiety attack or a mini panick attack. I have no idea what brings them on, but they sure do suck, and they seem to come at the most inappropriate times.
Just recently, right before christmas, the doctors put me on xanax .5 mg 3 times a day. I dont feel like I need to take it that many times a day, it makes me so tired and forgetful. I mean I was so anxious around christmas this year I took my xanax as prescribed not knowing what it would do to me, and I have lost the memory of christmas eve and christmas day. I remember bits a pieces of it, and thats not a good feeling. So I only take it when I start to feel like I am going into an attack.
I dont really see why people become addicted to xanax either, unless they like to sleep alot, or unless it has a different effect on them. Who knows. Meds work on people in different ways I suppose.
Anyways I got off topic and caught myself babbling, just like I figured I would, damn 'fog moments'. But I have never been diagnosed with asthma, I have been tested, but they say I dont have it, so I am assumming that mine is anxiety, and panic attacks for some underlying reason.
When I start to feel like that like I said I sit up on the edge of the chair, or couch or whatever it is I am sitting on and I will take deep breaths in through my nose and let it out through my mouth slowly. It may feel like you are suffocating or doing lamaze (sp?) breathing, but after a minute or two of doing this it starts to help. I also notice, for me it helps to count. Like breath in through your nose to the count of 5 or 6 and let it out slow through your mouth and count even slower like to 10 or 12. Sounds corney and stupid, thats what I thought when my therapist told me about it, but it actually works for the most part. If you have never tried it go for it, it couldnt hurt any, and if it doesnt work for you, atleast you know you have tried it that way if someone else suggests it to you you can tell them, nope doesnt work for me.
If you do decide to try it and it works, or hell even if it doesnt, let me know what you think ok. I am always popping in here atleast once or twice a day, even though I dont post too often. Good Luck and take care, hope things get better for you. And again I apologize for this being so long and chopped up. :) Read More At : ...