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lalala16
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   Posted 1/21/2008 3:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I went to the hospital in early December due to shortness of breath. I was given a CT scan, xray of the lungs, as well as an EKG and everything came back normal. I was sent home on Klonopins to be taken "as needed". I still have the shortness of breath. It is like the constant need to yawn to get a deep breath, as if my chest will not expand otherwise.
 
Has anyone else experienced a symptom like this due to anxiety? It scares me that the hospital may have missed something. My doctor wants me to go for a stress test, but I'm not sure when that is going to be scheduled.

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   Posted 1/21/2008 4:11 PM (GMT -7)   

Frequent yawning to try and catch your breath are symptoms of Anxiety.  I would use your Klonopin when you need it and you may find the symptom decreases.

I am glad to hear your going to follow up with a stress test.  It appears your physician is very wise. Take care and keep posting.


 
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   Posted 1/21/2008 5:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Please do keep us posted on the results of your stress test........

I find no matter how much I sleep I am still constantly yawning and tired

Take care and Stay with us

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   Posted 1/21/2008 6:32 PM (GMT -7)   

I get this quite often and it's scary.  I have had many tests and know there is nothing wrong with my lungs but sometimes I. Just. Can't. Breath.  Horrible.  keep taking the meds, ask questions and let us know how you go.  It's really no fun.  I find sometimes if I sit in front of a fan or airconditioner on full blast it calms me down enough to regulate breathing and ease the tightness.

Let us know how you go xx


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lalala16
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   Posted 1/21/2008 6:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I went to the gym tonight and drank PLENTY of water both before, during, and after, and still have this horrible headache like my brain is not getting enough oxygen. Is this possible? I am to the point where is there is nothing wrong with my heart and lungs (which I guess I still have to get an echocadiogram to be sure) that I don't know what I will do.

It also scares me to the point where if this is anxiety, would it be fair for me to have children knowing that I may pass this on?

What is wrong with me?

Mochiah
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   Posted 1/21/2008 7:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I have depression and I have been reading the anxiety board of late because I am not sure if I have anxiety or not. When I tell my doctor she says "you don't seem like an anxious-type person in general" but when I read your post....OMG this is me! The yawning and tight feeling through the whole body, like a flush starting at my head and going to my toes, a feeling of my heart racing but when I check my pulse it is normal, cannot catch my breath, sometimes my heart feeling like it is flipping around or missing beats, too. When these happen I just go lay down for a while and close my eyes hoping they will pass.

Now, after reading your post, I am going to make another appointment with my doctor to talk about this alone since normally I had been going in for my pain and this was kind of a side note during the appointment. If I make the appointment for this alone, she can't brush me off and has to know that it has affected me enough to take note.
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Im going to smile like nothing is wrong, act like everything is perfect, and pretend its not hurting me.


lalala16
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   Posted 1/22/2008 7:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Mochiah,

Do you also seem to find that that feeling gets worse if you're exercising? Last night I ran a few miles and went home (I didn't get dizzy or lightheaded which I am assuming is a great sign as to the structure of my heart!?!?!) but I got home and felt like I couldn't breath. My heart felt "tired" that it didn't want to work. I felt like if my mouth was closed breathing throguh my nose was not sufficient, and I had a HORRIBLE headache like my brain was not getting enough oxygen.

This scares me and my boyfriend realizes how it is affecting my life so negatively. He says I am miserable and just wants me to find out what's wrong, but I can only do so much, the doctor's have to do the rest.

As I said I have had a normal CT scan, Chest X-Ray, and EKG, but would an echocardiogram show more? and if so, am I in real danger? When I went to my doctor last month he wanted me to stay on my normal routine, take my Klonopins AS NEEDED to see if it was generalized anxiety or just a panic attack, and then follow up with him in a month (which will be this Friday) and we would discuss a stress test and echo test.

I am just so scared. Not being able to breath has to be the worst feeling in the entire world, and I don't think I can live with this much longer, there has to be something that can be done. It used to be that laying down would help, now that doesn't help, it seems to make it worse. Am I crazy?

mammaMia
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   Posted 1/23/2008 9:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi.

lala yoou sound so much like me. I went through the same thing and had all the test for my heart. Not just once but a couple of times over the years.
if you find your Dr just does not seem to care then find another Dr. Only thing dont Dr hop as this will just make thing worse.
a/p is a strange thing as it gets its hold on us. It can cause so many problems and feelings. Thing is we then start to worry about the heart, or this or that. Then the worry gets to be an everyday thing, an every hour thing or something that just stays in the head 24/7 and the worry gets bigger and bigger. Then we get in a state were our a/p just runs wild.
If the eco and stress test would make you feel better then talk to your Dr about it.

Let us know how all goes with your Dr. Take good care and know we are all here for you.

Mia

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   Posted 1/23/2008 10:20 AM (GMT -7)   

Hello all and I agree, health anxiety is not pleasant to live with.  I think it is good to get a full physicial with tests and if they are clear then think about how to deal with the anxiety.

There are many different kinds of therapy and usually you can find one that will work for you.  Also do not be afraid to take your medications.  Don't get anxious because you need to use your meds.  Just  give yourself permission to take the prescribed dose.

My wish for each of you is peace and happiness. God bless.
Kitt


 
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lalala16
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   Posted 1/23/2008 4:39 PM (GMT -7)   

#1 - I would like to thank everyone for all of their input. The best thing you can hear when you have anxiety is reassurance.

 

#2 - I work for a Dr. and he said I have hyperventilation and he didn't think I had anything to worry about, however.....I have still been having horrible headaches, like hangover headaches (which are different then regular headaches) has anyone else gotten these from anxiety or is there something more going on here?


enufworry
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   Posted 1/24/2008 1:03 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks all for your input.  I wrote a couple of days ago about the exact same thing---not being able to get a deep breath without yawning.  It seems to come and go and I'm not even aware of any anxiety---that is any extra anxiety---but it helps to get the reassurance that I am getting here. 

lalala: One of the things that I know has affected me is that I was diagnosed with Mitral Valve Prolapse  which has all sorts of scary and crazy symptoms---but is usually not dangerous at all.  I got a book about it and it said that often MVP is connected to something call Dysautonomia---a "dysfunction" of the autonomic nervous system---all the things that go on automatically.  I think I have both issues.  I wonder if the echo will show that you have  MVP and it would really explain a bunch of symptoms.  If not, my heart goes out to you----some of this stuff is kind of scary.  I don't have much experience here yet, but I can see that there are a lot of smart and experienced people to help.  Keep checking in :)

 

Panike
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   Posted 1/24/2008 7:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi LaLA! The feelings you desribe that's exactly the way my panic attacks started! As a matter of fact those were some of my first symtoms in 1997! I kept going to the doctor getting test after test done. And feeling worse and worse when the doctor couldn't find anything wrong! The not being able to get a deep breath unless you yawn sounds so familiar, with me that feeling was accompanyed by feeling like i was going to choke on my food while eating in public restaurants.I lost 45 pounds from stressing about what was wrong with me until i was finally diagnosed with panic attacks.OH,and yes i got headaches too sometime, still do at times especially on days when i've been having panic attacks all day! You also mentioned you were taking klonopin,i wonder if the headaches could be a side affect of that.Generally one of the most common side affects caused by anti-anxiety meds is headaches! But dont stop taking your meds usally side affects go away! Hang in there i hope things get better!                                                                                                                 

Howlyncat
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   Posted 1/24/2008 7:30 PM (GMT -7)   
HI there
IMHO it does sound like a STRESS headache .......and at times they can be more or just as debilitating as a MIGRAINE but not always the really serious Stress headaches can cause you to have severe head pain.........irritability sensitivity to light and so on ........tenseness in neck and shoulder muscles and many other SX.........
I would realy talk to your doc about this having a headache CONSTANTLY is not good for anyone I personally believe
keep us posted and let us know what the doc says will you .......LYN


**Mochiah...it honestly sounds like anxiety and stress/Panic you are dealing with and as well you should see a doctor about this 'Wrie everything and everytime you have one how long it lasts and where it hurts exactly ....do a pain scale on 1 to 10 .......What if any muscles are aching as well and what you may have been doing to trigger it ...Just a few thoughts ..Please keep us posted as well K

I am positive that there are so many of us A/P er's that get these Dang headaches........

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lalala16
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   Posted 1/24/2008 7:34 PM (GMT -7)   
What are the symptoms of MVP and how is it treated? Do you still have the shortness of breath? It is the scariest thing to me, but considering I have had normal EKG's, chest Xrays, and CT scan, I figure it can't be life threatening and I just keep telling myself that, however it feels life threatening!

Panike,

I have stopped taking the klonopins as they did not seem to be working and if they're not working, what's the point in taking them? how did your shortness of breath go away? I keep waiting for my insurance application to be approved so I can go see a therapist or something but it is taking forever and I can't keep living like this, it is no way to live life. It is taking over my life :-(

Panike
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   Posted 1/24/2008 8:54 PM (GMT -7)   
LaLA i feel so bad for you because i know exactly how you feel.Yes my shortness of breath did go away by taking my meds regularly (zoloft) and doing deep breathing excercises. You should try them when you feel like your chest is tight breath in through your nose, hold it for a couple of seconds, then breathe out through your mouth do that a few times a day. Also try other meds,remember sometimes it will seem like the meds aren't working but you have to give a couple of weeks.There is hope of getting better LaLa just hang in there!! Dont give up!!! I started out just like you and even though i still have anxiety, with deep breathing excercises and different meds i have made major improvements! And you will too!!! Good luck darling and remember get plenty of rest!!! That helps too!! Keep me updated!!!

lalala16
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   Posted 1/25/2008 7:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Panike,

I feel like I can barely get out of bed in the morning, I am always so tired now. My breathing is really effecting every day life and although I wish it was just anxiety, I'm wondering what else is could be. I feel like I'm having a heart attack when I can breath. I have tried breathing through my nose but I don't feel like I am getting any oxygen.

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   Posted 1/25/2008 2:16 PM (GMT -7)   
lalala, shortness of breath and Yawning are both symptoms of anxiety and PD and are both sysmptoms of most of the meds used to control or lessen the symptoms of P.D. and Anxiety.  I have been sober for amost six years, and have been on one or more drugs for Anxiety and P.D. since then, and am still discovering more symptoms/side effects to both the drugs and P.D./Anxiety.  I have also had multiple Stress tests from cardiologists and a nerologist as well as EKG and EEG.  Health is our concern, and we as individulas need to do what ever it is we have to to get the answers and the level of comfort from the answers to make sure we are O.K..  Exercise is awesome for stress and anxiety, keep that up, make sure yopur doctor knows that you do exercise, and take comfort in the fact that when you do, you feel uncomfortable from the shortness od breath, but if you got the OK know it is a symptom of an over active brain.  MY brain is absolutely not my friend much of the time.  It has made me self medicate and think things which are just not logical and unsafe.  Medication has helpedme, and while they work I take that opportunity to train myself that I am healthy and strong and that my brain is going to be used for what I need it for and is not going to try and convince me of things that are just not logical or right despite how believable it seems at the time it is happening. 
I once had to disrupt an entire plain load of travelers on the Tarmac at O'hare because my breath shortness cam on so suddenly I got light headed and was convinced I was having heart failure.  I would most asuredly not do anything like that in a normal state of mind, but looking back although I feel bad about the travelers delay, I also just have to think "You know what, it was real at the time, as real as appendicitis or migraines or arthritis."  "It was medical and I needed help as any one elsew would with any other apparent and documented health problem, so S@#$w em."

lalala16
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   Posted 1/25/2008 3:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I work for a doctor and he has informed me that everything sounded clear in my chest and since all my other tests were good he prescribed me a different type of anxiety medication since the klonopins did not seem to be working.

I also recently went to a conference with a co-worker who said I went about 2 minutes without breathing in my sleep and my dr. was more concerned about my sleep apnea. I am only 24, is this normal?

Howlyncat
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   Posted 1/25/2008 6:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes you can have sleep apnea at almost any age

You can have your doc recommend tyou to a sleep clinic for proper testing and get your results back thus finding ways for your doc to treat you

Please let us know how you make out


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   Posted 1/25/2008 6:37 PM (GMT -7)   
greenway..A Warm welcome to you from the gang here at HW and a/p forum...

You have given some great input in this thread and I thank you so much........

I have been sober since 1979 and I look forward to a new sober day each morn as I awake .......

I am sure glad you got to finding us here and do hope you plan on staying around and becoming part of this " family"

Take care and be well .......In Sobriety......Lyn
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lalala16
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   Posted 1/25/2008 7:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree everyone has been so great with giving me feedback and telling me of their stories.

With the whole sleep apnea thing now I am scared to go to sleep!

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   Posted 1/26/2008 10:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi LALA i am glad to hear that you have started on anti anxiety meds!!!! Hang in there don't give up!!! even if the meds dont seem to work remember what everybody has been telling you ,the meds sometime take a liitle time to start working.Also remember not feeling like you can breathe is the most common problem with anxiety sufferers.That's part of the fear!! But guess what ?You can breathe and you are getting enough oxygen,otherwise you would be dead! All your test have shown that your physical health is not the problem.It's your mental well being that is the problem. Dont concentrate on the symtoms you are having,shortness of breath etc. Concentrate on easing the symtoms.Keep doing the deep breathing excercises even if you feel like your'e not getting enough oxygen.Just relax while you are doing them and try to block the thought of not being able to breath out of your mind.Cocentrate on breathing and not on not being able to breathe.Also while inhaling and exhaling put your hand on your lower stomache so that you will feel that you are in fact breathing! And even if you dont feel like getting out bed, get out anyway even if its only for a couple of hours.Because laying around sometimes make you feel worse.DONT LET THIS CONDITION TAKE OVER YOUR LIFE!!! YOU HAVE THE POWER WITHIN YOU TO GET BETTER!!! WE WILL DO IT TOGETHER!!!! BIG HUGSSSS!!!!!

lalala16
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   Posted 1/26/2008 12:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Panike, thank you so much for helping me along with this. it seems that everyone I live with doesn't understand so when I talk to them they just get mad or tell me to get over it, i'm fine. I know this is normal for people who have never seen anyone suffer from anxiety so I let it go. It's not like they're being mean, they're just doing what they think is best, telling me I'm fine and not to think about it. But it is great to talk to someone who has also suffered through my symptoms. It makes me feel like I'm not crazy.

THANK YOU!

lalala16
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   Posted 1/26/2008 3:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I am laying down right now and having some heart palpitations that are making me nervous.

Has anyone else gotten these as a result of their anxiety??!??!??

Panike
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   Posted 1/26/2008 4:54 PM (GMT -7)   
HAY LALA! Yes all the time went to the ER about a month ago for it.For the hundreth time only for them to tell me nothing for the hundreth time.I kind of felt like it was my anxiety acting up but it still scared me enough to go by ambulance.They did the usual test gave me some ativan and sent me home!!! I'm sure it will happen to me again at one point those are the perks of having panic attacks!!! You will soon learn to reconize the symtoms and learn ways to make the symtoms more bearable.
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