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August 20th, 2006
Anxiety: Don''t Take It Lightly
Anxiety disorder can be mild or it can be crippling. A mild version would be the person who is nervous about the monsters in the dark basement. A crippling version would be the person who dreads the next panic attack, making life uncertain at best. What is a good anxiety treatment for you?


Panic attacks have these hallmarks:
* heart palpitations
* perspiration
* hyperventilating
* fear
* avoiding situations that might trigger a panic attack.


People who suffer from panic attacks never want to have another one. But often they are looking for circumstances that exist when they have panic attacks. These folks come to associate certain thoughts and fears with a panic attack. And in fact, their fear of a panic attack can cause a panic attack.


There's good news, though. Antidepressants can deliver you from fear of monsters in the basement. For panic attacks, extensive behavioral therapy helps you conquer the situation. Conquering the fear of a panic attack can be a key. And for those who want a quick remedy, there are accupressure-type treatments that many people say have cured them.


The first order of business for an anxiety sufferer is to get a thorough check-up by a physician. Rule out any physical causes, such as thyroid imbalances and hypoglycemia. Your physician may want to put you on an antidepressant.


Traditional methods for combating anxiety attacks involve cognitive behavioral therapy. A cognitive behavioral therapist can help you identify your panic attack thought triggers and work on mastering them. You can also learn to relax in order to moderate your body's response to the triggers.


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replied August 21st, 2006
Iron Supplements
Just must mention what I learnt some years ago about men taking iron. A doctor said that men should have a blood test to see if they need iron first, as if they don't need it, it would be stored as excess in the muscles, including the heart muscle, and if it did that it could cause a heart attack. Men have no other way of getting rid of excess iron apparently.
I would say that men who are very active like runner41 could well be needing iron.
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replied August 22nd, 2006
Exercising
Does anyone else's breathing problems seem to center around an elevated need for breathing...During something like exercise. I seem to be alright during normal activities...In my opinion because i'm not really "aware" of my breathing...But when trying to exercise, after about 1 minute i'm done, and it takes a good 5 minutes before I get that "relieving" deep breath. It's really scary sometimes. I too have bee through the caruosel of doctors and nothing seemed to make sense. I seem to think it's somewhat mental, because during my vacation, I was able to swim for 3 straight hours in the ocean with little to no problem...Other times a walk up a flight of stairs would really set me off. It's really confusing...
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replied August 23rd, 2006
Yawning
Re above - interesting stuff and a lot ofood for thought.

Currently in my second boutof this last one in june06. Now wondering about allergies brought on in the summer?

My big trouble kicks in when i'm putting myself under pressure cycling - cant breath properly - major yawning is very common and also hits when more often when I stop for a few moments then restart.

The nightime after these attacks can be bad - have learnt after ambulance trip to hospital with suspected heart attack to try and control the attacks - deep breathing into bag helps.

I'm 44 like exercise and used to think I was fit. This site helps. Will be researching the diet coke thing as I had some of that not long before my last attack. Also have just recovered from a heavy cold and broken toe during which I had the usual cold medication and ibrufen for the toe thing -

people have told me that the ibufen might be an issue for me - again researching.

Dont worry unduly if possible guys - I iearnt last year that this only makes it worse - i'm now looking on it as a challenge.

Regards
andy (belfast)
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replied August 24th, 2006
Hyperventilation Syndrome
Hey everyone,

i seem to be much like everyone else that is posting. I'm a very active 21 year old male and began having problems taking deep breaths a couple of weeks ago. Much like everyone else on this forum I went to the doctor who said im healthy. So I began looking on the internet at possible causes of this and found this forum. I also found a site that I read and now I no longer have the problem. I will post the link below. When I first read the information on this site I didnt think I had the problem but later on that day I caught myself taking shallow breaths and also breathing with my chest instead of my stomach. Anyways to make a long story short I began concentrating on my breathing and I felt better within a few hours and the "deep breathing" problem was gone within a few days and i've been fine since. I really hope this helps people because I know how annoying and frustrating the problem is!


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replied August 25th, 2006
Link
Sorry bink the link didn't work - the breathing thing from the stomach is good, certainly as a control tool but too early to say whether it is answer to problem.

Regards
andy
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replied August 25th, 2006
Re: Hvs
Sorry that the link didnt work. If you google hyperventilation syndrome or overbreathing then you will get on the same track I did. I definitely found that I was overbreathing. Anyways goodluck I hope this has helped.

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replied August 28th, 2006
What a releif to find im not alone. And to find others who have this and are still alive and kicking. Im 20 years old ive had this off and on since I was 12 never seems to last long. But its been going on for 5 days now and its causng problems. Ive been working alot lately I dotn know if thats making it worse or not. It usually goes away the next day but not his time.

It got so bad last nite I was ready to call 911. But its hard to describe to others who dont have it they dont really understand what a problem this is
when im occupied im fine but when im not or im trying to sleep at nite its ridiculous. Ive gotten 6 hours of sleep in 4 days its . Im going to the doctor mau=ybe he can do something for me
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replied September 1st, 2006
There seems to be tons of people who joined the boards just for this topic.
Myself included.

Anyone who got better, yet?
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replied September 13th, 2006
Can't Get a Deep Breath
I, too, was glad to find out that others experience this. Saddened, however, that most have not found definitive solutions. It is being able to inflate your lungs but not getting that satisfied feeling at the end of the inhalation. I am a 46 yr. Old female in good health (do have mitral valve prolapse, but that has not affected me in any way that I know of)

i remember this going back to at least my 20's. It is an occassional thing, but it has increased recently. It does not seem to be related to activity, in fact I notice it most when i'm sitting watching tv or talking with someone, or lying in bed. It does happen on the elliptical machine, but I don't think that's the cause. Thinking about it makes it worse. Lying on my back in bed as opposed to my sides seems to help. I feel rude when i'm talking with people and yawn often in an attempt to get the good breath. Standing or being in a position that does not press or squeeze my lungs seems to be the temporary solution.

It seems that inhalers have not helped anyone??? I have only begun to pursue this with the doc, but don't want to waste my time on things that won't work.

The internet is a wonderful thing!
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replied September 13th, 2006
Just as a heads up.
I've read on several sites, while researching this, that mitral valve prolapse can cause this symptom.
I'll try to find a link for you natlp.
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replied September 28th, 2006
Cant Take a Deep Breath
I am so pleased that I found this site, I also have been having this problem for many years but only the last week has it got really bad and scary
i struggle to get a deep breath and never feel satisfied with it which makes me do it more often and only occasionally do I feel ive had a full lung full.

Went to the doc today and she thinks I have a slight lung infection brought on by a cold I had a few weeks ago so have put me on a weeks worth of antibiotics and has also upped my asthma inhaler but so far not working just woke up really struggling fir breath and now my rubs seems to be hurting from trying to take a deep breath so many times. Does anyone have any advice on anything that they find that helps even a little bit. Im finding this so scary and maybe when I have an episode I probably do make it a little worse as I panic but I just try to calm myself down. My husband doesnt understand so he doesnt really know what to do and I dont want to go up to a & e when I dont really need to I guess.
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replied October 8th, 2006
sw123 wrote:
most often it feels like I can't get a full satisfying breath. Some links:


thank you so much, sw123, these links are a help. I also found this forum after googling "cannot get a deep breath" and "cannot yawn."

i cannot believe that so many people have this same problem!!!

Anything with breathing is pretty alarming for anyone.

This started just about a month ago, and I cannot connect it to anything. At first I thought the air quality in nyc got really bad all the sudden. I do have mild asthma (ie, if someone is smoking I get slammed)--for years--but the asthma inhaler does not help this, and the not being able to yawn thing does not sound asthma related at all.

However, acupuncture has been a near cure for my allergies, so I am now getting that treatment again, *just to rule out* a new allergy development. [don't know if anyone has tried acupuncture for allergies but it is a life-saver].

I will get some add'l tests, too, but I am not clear from this forum if a specific syndrome or cause has been nailed down or if this is more a symptom that can have many causes.

For example, asthma can have many causes: pollution, smog, ragweed/pollen/dander/dust mites, intense excercise, smoking, anxiety attack or stress attack.

I may be missing anything, but can someone tell me if this "unfull breath/unable to yawn syndrome" is a:

1) misc cardio problem
2) mitrovalve prolapse problem
3) anxiety problem
4) allergy problem
5) iron related problem (anemia)
6) misc oxygen problem
7) any of the above
Cool mystery problem that medicine does not recognize.
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replied October 11th, 2006
Deep Breath
So I think its been a few years since ya'all posted these comments. Any conclusive answers since then? I just recently began having these same breathing problems (within the last week or so). I feel like I can never get a full breath, or at least feel the relief you should feel from breathing. Yawning can help, but I find if I focus on breathing too much or try to hard to take a full breath my chest starts hurting/stinging. I'm a 27 year old female, and am in good health - run/cycle a lot. I don 't think it's related to the exercising b/c i've been on this kick for a while, and it also doesn't seem to be related to any sickness. Help! It's terribly annoying to not be able to breathe. Any help is much appreciated! But in any event, I hope you guys got some relief. And it is comforting to know i'm not the only crazy out there experiencing this. Take care all!
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replied October 17th, 2006
I'm a 37 year old pro vert skater and have been experiencing all the same symptoms ... I can't get a full breath, feels like my lungs aren't full..Etc. It's been about a year and drs tell me there's nothing wrong. In fact, they ran some tests and said I had the best set of lungs they've seen in 20 years (but I live in the retirement state of florida)...But seriously, it's making me crazy ..It sucks! It happens at work, home, and when im skating. I'm not as active as I once was but I dont smoke, drink or do bad stuff to my body. Although I am the only pro skater in the world to compete after having an organ transplant (google "transplant to handplant") that's me, ...I'm looking for answers ..Help...Anyone. God bless ...Paul
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replied October 17th, 2006
Hello everyone, I have been suffering form it since I was younger. It then disapeared for about 5 years during my adolescence. But recently for about 2 years, it all came back. It is making me tired and I always feel heavy.
The fact is that I smoke 3 cigarette a day may have something to do with it??


Is it the smoke?.. Or drinking? I am actually on ventolin that I must take twice a day to feel okay.


However I feel like I get to weaken easily and feel sleepy during the day. Do you think that it comes with the medication? Or something else.
When I get sick that is awful,the sinus infection make me get a running nose wich could fill a pool and bronchitis just follows.



Please, please could anyone give some tips to my health edit
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replied October 17th, 2006
Overall i'm fairly healthy (better than average) for a guy who's had a transplant 17 years ago (thanks dad) ..I dont smoke, drink or do any kind of illegal drugs nor have I ever .I just take the meds drs perscribe for my transplant ..The only difference in my life is I recently got married (haa..Thats when it started) and I dont skate 5 days a week anymore. I've never experienced this problem before. The rug in my apt was flooded but has been replaced ..I wondered about the mold. I'm thinking of getting a high-end air filtration system ...Has anyone tried this? Thanks.
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replied October 21st, 2006
Aucpuncture For Breathing Problems!
leuv21 wrote:

the fact is that I smoke 3 cigarette a day may have something to do with it??


yes. It does have something to do with it. Tobacco constricts & poisons everything & until you quit completely and stay away from 2nd handsmoke, don't give up.

I went to a Dr. For this problem last month [i was unable to get deep breath] and smoking was the first question he asked. My Dr. Knows I don't smoke, but he made sure I am not inhaling 2nd hand smoke, which he said is even worse.

In any case, I got acupuncture treatments- 4 of them, and the condition has gone away almost completely.

I did not get any relief iuntil a few days after the 2nd treatment, so don't expect immediate relief, necessarily. Everyone is different

acupuncture is pretty miraculous when it comes to inflammation or allergy issues, so anyone on this board who has chronic sinus, allergy, asthma or- you smokers who cannot quit [acupuncture is good for that, too] .... I urge you to get this kind of treatment. It takes a few sessions, but it highly effective.

The dr who gave me the treatments said it does not work for everyone, but he sees about 80-90% success rate, which is very high.

The best part-- drug free!!
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replied October 22nd, 2006
Can't Get a Deep Breath
I am 53 years old. I have been getting this feeling of not being able to get a deep satisfying breath for as long as I can remember. In the past, it would only last a short time, an hour or so, but for the last week, I have been having it constantly. I am constantly taking hard deep breaths, trying to feel satisfied. The only time I feel satisfied is when I yawn, then it starts all over again. I thought it was anxiety, but I have been taking xanax for the past few days and that does not help. Has anyone been told that it could be related to heart or lung problems?
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replied October 22nd, 2006
Re: I Have a Hard Time Breathing
I also have pressure in my upper chest and pain on the right side of the upper back when I belch. Does anyone have that?
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