I have been having difficulty breathing for around a year now maybe a year and a half. I went to the doctor once at the beginning, and they gleaned very little information they told me I had 97% oxygen saturation, and sent me on my way. However, recently it has gotten even worse. (I also am more stressed) I feel as though I am able to breathe through my nose adequately but I feel as though when I attempt to take a breath via my mouth, I'm gasping and nothing happens. Every 5 or so times I do this I will take a satisfying breath. Yawning is very helpful for me to feel as though I'm taking a satisfying breathe My hands (Left mainly) tingle slightly and kind of go numb. Some to very little mucus associated, nothing outrageous, perhaps no more than anyother winter month. My back hurts near my shoulders (Very tight) but, that's probably from lack of sleep and worry. I feel slightly stressed and symptoms began during a stressful period of my life. However, to make matters worse I WAS a smoker for 13 years (Quit the first week of last May)My Father's brother has panic attacks, no hereditary asthma or lung issues. Please Help! It's gotten to the point that I'm beginning to worry, also NO HEALTH INSURANCE, anybody have any suggestions on a low cost way of figuring out my issue?
Reading through these post alot of people on here have similar symptoms as myself. It makes me feel slightly better to know I'm not alone. However, when I read these post I see mention of attacks...As in seperate instances. It seems as if everyday, all day is an attack. There have been days I felt ok, however, those days were few and far between. Does anybody else have long attacks that last days and not just a few minuets or hours?
I'm going to get my lungs checked to make sure I'm not seriously ill, that way I can try to put that issue out of my mind. When I begin to think, this isn't just in my head, I'm actually sick, that is when my symptoms worsen. Am I just worrying my self? I just don't know. Maybe I am crazy, I think I'm just scared...
Long attacks aren't unheard of, but they are uncommon. An attack lasting days, as far as I've been told, is not possible. It's difficult for your body to remain in such a state for a long period of time - it's a lot of stress, and it takes a lot of energy.
I know for months following my diagnosis, I felt that every day was a battle. At the smallest of problems, I could feel my heart pounding. I would feel constantly trapped, and even had difficulty riding in cars. I had a fear of suffocation, and when I wasn't breathing right, or had trouble breathing, I would become very, very nervous - and find it even harder to breathe!
These aren't considered "panic attacks" though - this would be an Anxiety disorder.
After having my first panic attack years ago, I have become very observant of my body and of anything I might find wrong with myself. It may be that you are nervous, or are working yourself up into a state where these "symptoms" seem more than they really are. Like, when I found it difficult to breathe - and then wound myself up, until I made it harder for myself to breathe!
Chances are, you're worrying yourself into a frenzy for no reason. But, to ease your mind, go to the doctor. Make sure. It's perfectly normal to be frightened, and I'm certain that you're not crazy - you're just experiencing Anxiety, like millions of others.
I have exactly, and I mean EXACTLY, those problems as well. My left hand tingles, and yawning is the only thing that really helps. Glad to know I'm not alone either. I'm just new to these forums, and hope it will be helpful here.
thats a sad ting about you.U know i prefer taht you try and consult some doctors personally.I have checke dmany sites for you jsut no but those are not cost effective on taht much.
Man - why didi u ever smoke in that age?That wa sreally bad ontop of teh case tht u gt thse asthama and panic attacks.I my self have thse panic attacks many tims.
what so ever man - i try to find some mor sites for you.
Keep in touch.
I am 23 and I have had anxiety since I was 16. My first attack at 16 was very scary. I had no idea what was happening or why i was so scared and i had never heard of this anxiety disorder. So since then I have tried to keep them under control, when i would feel it coming on i would try and talk myself trhough it. Recently my attacks have gotten worse. They are almost daily. I never wanted to get on medication for this. But recently I have. I am taking xanex now. It calms me down but i still feel like i cant breathe. It is a very scary feeling. Feels like my nose is stuffed up, and i cant get a deep breathe, my heart starts racing, i feel like i am suffocating and always have this feel that something bad is going to happen. The worst part about it is they come out of no where. anyone else feel like this? I feel like I am going to lose my mind. No body in my family understands.
oh and in response to jacklyn i have the exact same symptoms literally exact, although i also have numbness and stuff but yeah and I also recently got on xanex. i take xanex as needed and it helps. I also do not like taking the medication but in extreme circumstances i feel it helps a lot. I just try to talk myself through it and do something to take my mind off it like play a computer game or watch tv. I always end up fine so I hope that makes you feel better.