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Persistent shortness of breath with anxiety?

I just wondered if anyone has had persistent shortage of breath day and night for weeks on end and you were diagnosed with having anxiety.

I have been getting up every morning for the past 7 weeks and feel I'm not getting enough oxygen into my lungs. This started 2 1/2 weeks after I had gallbladder removal. When I lie down at night, the shortness is still there but it is more relaxed and I can sleep ok. I have been to pulmonologist, been through various tests (PFT testing at rest and activity), bloodwork, Echocardiogram and all tests are normal. I went to ER the day after the breathing issue started due to having an anxiety attack (I had never had one in my entire life)and they ran tests, all was normal. I have no tightness or pain in chest, never did. For a period of time I did have some tightness in ribs but that disappeared 5 days ago. My breathing is consistent, doesn't get worse whether sitting, standing or upon increased level activity. I have never had issues with panic attacks or anxiety in my life and I'm now a 55 year old woman.

When I saw the specialist, he asked me if I had any thoughts as to what was going on. I thought it was an odd question to ask. I told him I had no idea and he didn't say anything further.

My sister, a good friend and my son's father feel I have anxiety. I'm to see the specialist again in a few days for another followup, he talked about testing for asthma but I get the impression he doesn't think it's asthma.

If this turns out to be anxiety, has anyone had Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. If so, did it work out for you? Thanks.
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replied March 16th, 2014
hi there
shortness of breath is a symptom of cardiopulmonary disorders,other condition which can cause shortness of breath are anemia,thyrotoxicosis,anxiety etc.
i would like to rule out cardiac and pulmonary diseases first and then a full blood count and HB level to rule out anemia and thyroid function tests to rule out thyrotoxicosis.
if all the organic causes are ruled out then a psychiatric evaluation for anxiety disorder can be done.
stay calm and keep yourself busy in healthy activities.
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replied March 16th, 2014
Thanks for your response. Bloodwork testing for everything possible has been ruled out - all is normal. It's a mystery. I feel great other than the breathing issue so I don't understand it at all. I get up every morning thinking positive, looking forward to a great day and there is the breathing issue. I went for a walk today, I was breathing in and out normally but I still felt like I wasn't getting 100% oxygen into my lungs. There was no tightness around the ribs. It's like feeling you have a bad cold and are not fully breathing properly. My nostrils were clear, no plugging up. I think my pulmonologist is baffled as is my own family doctor. Will see the pulmonologist in a couple of days and see what he plans to do next. Thanks again.
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