Why does congestion make me anxious?

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Lynnielove
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   Posted 5/5/2009 4:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone. Does anyone get very anxious and panicy when they have a head cold and mainly congestion? Am I weird? I have a sinus infection or a cold and it is better today except now it is in my lungs. I dont want to get out of bed cause it is making me short of breath. Does anyone else feel this way?
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Mazfire
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   Posted 5/5/2009 4:36 PM (GMT -6)   

congestion makes it hard to breathe freely, so you have to work harder which can lead to hyperventilation, which in turn causes anxiety. i have a chronic sinus condition for which i have had surgery and am recovering from pneumonia. while it doesnt make me anxious, being short of breath for a long period of time is stressful both mentally and physically.

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Lynnielove
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   Posted 5/5/2009 4:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your reply. I hate this feeling and when I get up and try to move is when i get anxious cause i cant breathe good. How long does congestion usually last? Well the really bad part anyway?

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   Posted 5/5/2009 6:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey there my friend, I get anxious with any nasty upper respiratory infection. I know Maz has lots of experience with sinus issues and she has answered you well too.
 
I hope your feeling better soon.
 
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   Posted 5/6/2009 12:32 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't know of a soul, anxiety disorder or not, who LOVES having congestion, especially in the chest! 8)

I would think it quite natural to feel some anxiety. Being sick sucks! Perhaps reminding yourself that everyone feels some anxiety might help?

I know, for me, I HATE feeling like I can't breath well, and I COMPLETELY understand how you feel...
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   Posted 5/6/2009 1:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Yep, it makes me anxious every time. The congestion makes you feel like you can't breathe and it's scarey. I take Benadryl when I have colds. It helps a lot. Make sure you ask a pharmacist before taking any new medications. I sure hope you feel better! I can totally relate.
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melodee
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   Posted 5/6/2009 1:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Congestion make me anxious, too. Anything related to breathing...makes me anxious.

Lynnielove
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   Posted 5/6/2009 1:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah it is horrible. I thank you all for being a great support system and family, I know I can always depend on you all in time on need with this anxiety junk. Im not as congested today its draining alot more and making me cough really hard and I almost throw up. :( Anyways I woke up this morning at like 7 and my heart was racing out of my chest so I took a fourth of a xanax, and went back to sleep. Then I woke up a little later feeling very anxious so I took another fourth. But everytime I would wake up I could barely keep my eyes open so i would just fall back to sleep. Could the congestion and cold cause this? And does Mucinex 600 mg guaifenesin extended-release bi-layer tablets just the regular expectorant make anyones heart race or make them feel funny?
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