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constant chest tightening and shortness of breath

I am having very uncomfortable chest tightening (not painful) but enough to shorten my breaths stop me in my tracks and at times change the pitch of my voice for a second. I have no other symptoms except headache after a long day of trying to breath. I have had this for about 8 years and have had EKG that's fine. It will go on all day not stopping for a moment...even had it last night in bed resting...felt like there was a truck on my chest. Its very aggravating. I may have it for a week at a time...then it goes away for 2 weeks then is back again for a week. I have been diagnosed with asthma and have asthmacort and pro air....these do not seem to help at all! I do not smoke, I am not over weight, and consider myself active and fit (not as much lately due to breathing issues). I have ALOT of stress in my life but I cant imagine these symptoms happening at night while I'm sleeping if its stress. Any ideas? I think my doctor is at a loss as well Sad
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replied October 22nd, 2009
I have the same exact symptoms, and seeing as I have alot of stress in my life as well, I'm guessing that it's anxiety. Mine is non stop, I check out physically in every way, and my doctors can't figure out what's wrong with me either. I'm just trying to take my mind off of it, but it's hard. :/
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replied December 7th, 2009
trouble breathing
I started having trouble breathing about 7 years ago. I felt like I could never get enough air and the more I tried the worse it felt. My doctor tried me on alot of anxiety medicines but nothing really helped. I did feel somewhat depressed so we tried celexa. I really helped and was all better until the last month or so. The breahing thing is back. I am alittle distressed about some things at work but I know I tend to hold things inside. I started taking klonopen and it helps but only for a little while. We also switched to cymbalta but I dont really see any difference with it. This am I took my klonopen at approx 6am and at 8am I feel I need another or it just didnt work. When I look up anxiety it never even mentions trouble breathing as a symtom. I just wish this would go away.
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