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I have been experiencing anxiety since I was 17 and im 20 now. And recently I have felt like I couldnt breath. I had a pulmonary function test, which was ok and I then felt a little better. But now it started really bad again. I start to feel like I cant breath and then it gets worse and I feel like my test is tight and I am going to suffocate to death. I feel myself to then have anziety. Is this a normal sequence. A weird symptom and then anxiety attack after words. Please help me. It is really scary and bad. I started st johns wort to see if that would help bc I didnt want to start meds again, but I think I might. Any one experience this or have any ideas?? Is it just anxiety or what??
Please help,,,,,,,

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First Helper lil kath
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replied December 2nd, 2005
Please anyone I coulf use your help...
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replied December 3rd, 2005
Please anyone help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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replied December 8th, 2005
Experienced User
Yeah I do the same thing all the time...It'll start with a small pain or discomfort or not being able to breath, then all of a sudden it feels like everything is getting worse and then a panic attack. For me and a lot of people there is a trigger for the anxiety attack.
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replied January 10th, 2008
im currently experiencing exactly the same symptoms, it normally starts in the morning just before i go to work, i feel like i cant take in enough air. it gradually gets worse untill i literally have to force myself to go into work even tho i feel like i will probably die from suffocation. my chest is tight and i feel breathless. i started to have a lot of time off work because of it, making up lame excuses ect. i have suffered with anxiety for a grest deal of my life with a few months of relief here and there. i have a very physical job and i found my symptoms easing off somewhat every time i exerted myself gently. they didnt disappear altogether, but by the time my shift was over i was feeling a little better. i know that exercise is the last thing u feel like doing when u feel like this, it feels like u should rest until the symptoms subside but trust me it does work. im not saying u should go out and run a marathon but a little gentle exersise like a gentle walk will help, it also helps u understand that there is nothing physical wrong with u. good luck, hope u feel better soon
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replied July 3rd, 2008
similar symptoms but found out it was acid reflux
You might have acid reflux. I had similar symptoms, but after taking prilosec and zantac I feel much better!
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replied July 6th, 2008
Hello. I am fishing the net for clues to my symptoms when I stumbled upon your posting. I have been experiencing episodes of difficult breathing which leads to headaches & the sensation that you are going to have a heart attack. I am 41 and never have had any medical problems besides the typical broken bones and cuts/scrapes one would get. I decided to see a cardiologist and he gave me a clean bill of health yet just today I experienced this 'feeling' again. I have tried to take slow breaths to no avail and take aspirin and the such but cant shake it. Scares the heck out of me because when you are healthy all you life then out of the blue comes some unknown issue you cant control its disheartning. So I plan to visit next a respiratory specialist. ANy news on your end?
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replied March 20th, 2009
same symptoms
i've also been experiencing the same symptoms as lil and peter! i've also been looking for answers, i couldn't tell which came first the breathing problems or anxiety about it. i recently went to the doctor thinking i had the flu or chest infection and was told my lungs sounded clear, no flu and my pulse was fine, etc. i was told to make an appt with a pulmanologist, which i still plan to do b/c i was loosely diagnosed with OCPD. maybe it's anxiety, i hope. i used to be on anxiety meds but have been off about 5 years, since before the birth of my second child and have been fine until recently.
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replied March 25th, 2009
PANIC -ANXIETY
Go on the web download "panic Away" manual by Joe Barry and you will be cured!! If you tried all the rest you owe it too yourself to regain control of your life.. Been there, been cured!! His no nonsense approach with no medication will have you wondering why no body has written anything so effective before.. This man need a gold medal in my book.. megan new Zealand
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replied March 25th, 2009
wow
wow---i didn't think there was anyone out there who knew what i have been feeling lately---the tightness in the chest, not being able to take in enough air, feeling like I am being smothered-----it is just horrible---if anyone out there has any answers, please let me know----heart and lungs are fine, although i have a heart murmur
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replied May 10th, 2009
Anxiety
I have personally struggled with the difficulty breathing for about 2 years now. I have had every test in the book including methicoline challenge (asthma test), allergy testing, chest x-ray, etc. My doctor put me on clonopan which helped a lot but found myself taking them multiple times a day which you are not supposed to do. I am not on Lexapro and have been for at least a year. It definatly helps however I still have some difficulty. I would do anything to cure this for ever and not sure I would be able to function without Lexapro even though it doesn't give me 100% relief. Try it, it might help you.
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replied August 3rd, 2009
If your breathing is bad,dont drink tap water!! or cook in it!!
I had extreme trouble with my breathing for almost 2 years - out of the blue - only 30 years old...no asthma...inhalers didn't work...I'd had anxiety for years...it wasn't that.... I tried everything, but THE WEEK I CAME OFF TAP WATER my problem went away - you should read what they say about what drinking chlorinated water does to you!! I am in Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand, and our city council was not forthcoming about the fact that they began to chlorinate our water, and I didn't know. After alot of suffering, and trying everything, the bottled pure water was the answer for me!!! I hope this helps someone...I know ALOT of people in my area who never had breathing trouble before, and now they do!! I tell them to go on pure water, and they have come right! I am so angry at my city council for not telling people they are chlorinating, and not warning about the dangers.
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replied February 2nd, 2011
try a brown paper bag and breathe in and out of it for around 30 seconds, carbon monoxide will calm and slow your breathing down and then your breathing should improve after you remove the bag. You can also cup your hands over you face and nose and do it that way. Its helped me in the past as since i had my panic attack about 5 years ago i have suffered with breathing trouble, feels like im getting no air into my lungs and chest feels tight. Give it a try and see if it works for you.
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replied September 22nd, 2011
i have trouble breathing. My doctor tested my lung capacity= perfect, oxygen levels reaching bllod = 100% and he checked my chest, there was nothing wrong, he checked to see if i have ashtma too! Nothing! He said it is anxiety! i am not stressted about anything however i do react quite bad to little things i just explode! He gave me some tablets called Buspirone, they are 5mg three times a day. I am hoping these will work becasue my chest is getting tighter. O feel a little dizzy from taking it for two days but eveyone else review on this medication is great. You only use it for 5 days and it isn't addictive. Finger crossed!
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replied February 22nd, 2012
Wow!! Seems like many people are feeling the same way. I feel like I am not getting enough air. I went to The ER and all the tests came back negative. They gave me an inhaler but it is not working. Also they gave me xanex but it only helps me sleep then I feel the same way in the morning. I am under lots of stress but I normal can control my axiety without meds. Glad to see I am not the only one feeling this way. I am going to get back into yoga. Hopefully the breathing exercises will help. I really don't want to take meds but I feel like I can't control this and it scares me. Good Luck to all!!
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replied April 10th, 2012
Anxiety and truble breathing...
I have been feeling the same thing for a couple of years now. The feeling of not getting enough air and having trouble breathing is one of many symptoms of Anxiety. It usually starts when you wake up in the morning and that's when your brain strats fully functioning but might happen at any time. It's not physical and it's not dangerous but annoying! I would not worry about it and you should not becuase worrying make your anxeity worse.

When it happens try to relax. Sometime taking a hot shower help becuase it calms down your nerver system.
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replied May 21st, 2012
I agree with everyone who has indicated it is anxiety. I have had this on and off for years. I take half a mg of ativan and the feeling goes away.
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replied June 18th, 2012
Yes it is anxiety. I am 42 yo male and had this come on out of nowhere. It feels terrible with lack of energy and no desire to exercise because it's hard to breathe. I looked up breathing techniques and found that I was over breathing. There is a condition when we breath too much that causes a vicious circle. Find some websites aboout proper breathing technique. I feel better and it's only been a few days since I began. Try to expand the stomach with deep breaths. I haven't had that panicky feeling in a few days where I need more air.
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replied July 14th, 2012
I was recently diagnosed with anxiety, and I have been experiencing the chest tightness and difficulty breathing. It scares the heck out of me. But, I have had my lungs checked, and everything sounds fine. I tend to have a panic attack after I am hit with the difficulty breathing. It tends to ware off when I lie down, but until then, I am freaking out like no other! It is really only when I take a deep breath. Sometimes it's hard, and sometimes it hurts, but I put up with it. Anxiety is tough. I am only 20 years old. Never had any health problems before, and this all of a sudden shot up out of nowhere. :/ I am currently taking 20mg Celexa every day.
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replied November 29th, 2012
A few lessons learned
I have experienced the exact same thing for years. Went to doctors only to told there was nothing wrong. I finally figured out on my own that my breathing issues are related to stress and anxiety. Then I tried acupuncture. It was like a miracle! Within 24 hours of my first treatment I felt a huge improvement! Also with regard to the anxiety - I didn't want to go on meds at first and tried to manage it with herbal remedies. Unfortunately it got worse until I had to go on meds. It took about a month for them to start working, but once they did it made a huge difference. I also learned a lot about how other things affect me. For example I had no idea that sunlight boosts seratonin levels. I also didn't know alcohol affects anxiety. You think alcohol just mellows you out, but actually a few hours after when you metabolize the alcohol, it reeks havoc on your nervous system; sometimes to the point that it can trigger an anxiety attack. Hope a few of the lessons I've learned can help others Smile
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replied July 17th, 2013
anxiety har tyme breathing
I jss had a anxiety attack thought i was dying feels realy bad went to hospital
Cheked my lungs my heart to see if i wasnt trying to have a heart attack everythin came out good it is anxiety o got pills for it called xanax and they work but slowly im improving an my lung felt sore the next from how hard i was breathing but now feel more better as days go by if u start to get an attack best thing to do is relax and take deep breaths hope it helps!
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