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Sudsandbubbles
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   Posted 7/4/2009 11:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I am a new member. But have been dealing with anxiety and depression since I was 4 years old. I am 41 now.  I can not take anti depressants because of side effects. Only am on Klonipin.  Am struggling with fear of not being able to breathe.  I have 3 children and from February until April we were dealing with colds and bronchitis.  We all had to take two rounds of antibiotics.  I am alot better.  But every once in a while when I inhale I hear congestion.  It terrifies me.  I know what wheezing typically sounds like and during my bronchitis I wheezed maybe 4 times.  I coughed alot, but my chest was always clear each time I went to doctor.  My problem is that I am so hypersensitive to any kind of sound or chest symptom that I can not tell what is normal and what isn't.  I get panic attacks where I feel like I can't breathe and when I am under stress my chest feels tight, but I get no coughing, chest congestion or wheezing during those times.  And I can sing, walk etc. so I feel like I must be breathing ok.  My lips are normal color etc.  Is there anyone out there who experiences these types of problems?  I don't like to go to doctors.  Especially since they usually look at me like I am crazy.  Any advice on how to find a doctor who will treat me with respect and caution.  I do not want hundreds of tests etc.  I just want some peace of mind.  Thank you for your time. 

stkitt
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   Posted 7/4/2009 1:49 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello and Welcome to HealingWell,

What you're describing is a common feeling of anxiety or panic. It can last all day sometimes, you are not alone. We've all been there and we know how you feel. Some Ativan or Xanax might help you if you could go to the doctor and tell him what you're going through.

Remember you have anxiety, it does not have you.

Again a warm welcome.

Kitt


 

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Sudsandbubbles
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   Posted 7/5/2009 5:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kitt,
 
Thank you for your reply.  It is reassuring to know that I am not alone and that there are others who can relate to me.  It is easy to feel isolated and alone when you have anxiety.  Most people just say, "Get over it, think of someone other then yourself".  They just don't understand that we are trying to, and that we do think of others,  all the time. That's a part of my therapy, not putting so much attention on what others think of me.  Well, sorry I rattled on.  I just wanted to thank you for your support.
 
Warmly,
Suds

Aries8
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   Posted 7/6/2009 11:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I love your username!

So, Suds! The breathing problems are very common as Kitt stated. I've gone through that myself. You get to the point where you're tired of dealing with it. Doctors have told you it's anxiety. You begin to believe it and the symptoms go away.

I would keep seeing doctors until you find one that listens and understands. I know you said you hate going to the doctor. But you do need one that will make you feel better and be confident about his/her knowledge.

You'll get through this! I'll be thinking about you!
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Sudsandbubbles
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   Posted 7/13/2009 2:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Aries,
 
I just got your message, I had been on vacation for a week.  I really appreciate your input, and I plan on trying to find a doctor that I can feel more comfortable with.  Thankfully I am in good health, but for someone like me a simple throat infection, bout of bronchitus or even a stomach bug puts me in a panic that won't stop until I am healthy again. So, finding a good doctor would be beneficial.
 
It's funny that your user name is Aries, thats my sign. :-)   
Have a great day!
 
Suds

Sudsandbubbles
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   Posted 7/13/2009 4:52 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Danib,

Thank you for your reply.  You really have helped ease my mind. 

I wish you well and hope that your allergies are getting better. I know this time of the year can be horrible.  Both my son and my husband have allergies, so I know how miserable they can be.

Again, thank you.

Suds

 


stkitt
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   Posted 7/14/2009 8:38 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey Suds,

How was vacation?  Did you relax and have a good time or did you have problems with your anxiety ?

Please do find that new physician, one you can develop a trust relationship with. 

Keep on talking with us as we are here to support you.

Kitt


 

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Kiri
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   Posted 7/14/2009 12:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I can relate. I used to think I was having an alergic reaction to campfire smoke. It took me a while to figure out the tightness in my chest and percieved trouble breathing was anxiety related to being out in the open.

I can also relate to having trouble finding a doctor. Doctors are in short supply where I live and a good doctor seems to be very hard to find. I have an appointment with a new doctor next week and I am hoping it works out. Finding the right doctor will be worth the search. Good luck.

Sudsandbubbles
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   Posted 7/16/2009 11:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kitt,
 
Thanks for asking about my vacation.  Unfortunately, I was in constant panic mode the whole time,  I was glad to come home.  I have felt better since with much less panic moments.
 
I will keep in touch, it really helps to have a forum where people understand what you go through every day and share ideas that help.
 
Take Care,
Suds

Sudsandbubbles
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   Posted 7/16/2009 11:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi KiRi,
 
Thanks for the reply.  I hope that your new doctor works out for you. 
 
People rarely understand how real our symtoms feel or how terrifying they are.  It really takes someone who has experienced them to relate to us. Maybe that is why doctors are hard to find.  After all, they are just looking at the symptoms not necessarily at the whole person or there situations.
 
Anyway, good luck and let me know how you make out.
 
Take Care,
Suds

Sudsandbubbles
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   Posted 7/18/2009 5:29 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Danib,

I was just wondering what, if any medicine you are on for your hay fever and occasional wheeze.  Did they put you on an inhaler since you could have a slight case of asthma?  And if you are on an inhaler and or other medicine, does it help?

I appreciate the info, and your time.

Take Care,

Suds

 

 

 


stkitt
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   Posted 7/19/2009 10:28 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey Suds,

I do not have hayfever or allergies but I know our Allergy forum has great info and you sure could post a thread in there asking for advice.

I use the other forums frequently as we have such a great variety of topics to choose from so do not be afraid to post in Allergies looking for an answer.

I am sure we have members with allergies here too. :-)

Take care and sorry to hear much of your vacation time was spent in anxiety mode.

I leave on Friday for vacation and I am starting to get wound up a bit but once it gets here I hope to be OK.

I am just practicing staying in the moment.

Gentl Hugs

Kitt


 

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Sudsandbubbles
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   Posted 7/19/2009 11:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kitt,
 
Thanks for your input.
 
I hope that you enjoy your vacation.  Staying in the moment is key.  Good Luck.
 
Suds

Martha's Vineyard
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   Posted 7/19/2009 12:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi bubbles,
I have been getting chet pains lately too. Like someone is sitting on my chest and it is hard to breath. I am under some major stress rigth now. But it has never felt like this before.
I thought that maybe I was getting my asthma back again. So I am using my daughters nebulizer...cannot spell it.
It make most of the pain go away.
Also getting into a quiet place...my favorite is my bed...and trying to calm myself with a positive book...lol
I am a single mother of two and it is hard with kids to do this. Plus they worry when you are not up on your feet.
You mentioned that your kids all have been sick with colds and bronchitis. When did everyone get sick?
My little one lilly would get so called bronchitis every 3-4 weeks. But they they would think it was asthma...then...no pnuemonia.
They wanted to give her chest x-rays every 4 weeks. I did not allow it.
Now to keep her well....I give her a bunch of supplements every night.
And if we do not stay on them...her colds come back.
My whole family got very sick back in 2002 while spending our summer in Martha's Vineyard. We found tiny ticks all over us.  My symptoms were too many to list.
But the worst of them was heart problems, depression, pain in evey joint , vertigo, dementia, fever, anxiety, migrains, bad night sweats, nightmares, insomnia, awful fatique, memory loss. And then unable to finish a sentence, drive, cook, and care for children.
Took me till 2009 to get treatment that worked. I tried everything else.
Alternative medicine worked for me.
My 6 year old developed insomia, moods swings, cogintive problems, pain in joints, and depression and anixiety and OCD.
My 11 month old developed severe arthritis and nausea, and migrains and fatigue.
Lyme is a battle. I am now trying to get my children the same treatment that I received at Envita.
 
 


Sudsandbubbles
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   Posted 7/20/2009 7:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Martha's Vinyard,
 
Thanks for your reply.  We all (my 3 children and me) developed colds in late January and by February we were on antibiotics for bronchitis.  My two younger ones are getting over what we thought might be the swine flu.  But it turns out it was just a flu.  My 12 year old son came down with it first in late June, then my 7 year old daughter came down with it a few weeks ago.  My son is all better, my daughter is mostly better, only remaining symptom is a cough which is not at night and seems to be improving every day.  So, I am thankful.  My 14 year old son didn't get it, but he has bad allergies, so he is always sneezing etc.  We are doing allergy testing on him in August, to see what he is allergic to.  His Dad has allergies too, just like my 14 year old, all sinus related, but a real bother. He was tested and is on immunotherapy shots every week.  My 14 year old has a severe needle phobia, so he is terrified of the prospect of having to do this.  But we are taking it one step at a time.
 
Fortunately for me, I don't ever feel like anything is sitting on my chest, sometimes I can feel congestion when lying down when I am sick with bronchitis but it doesn't make me feel like I can't breathe.  It is amazing how my anxiety works, when I am going through a tough time, which has been most of the time this year, I will feel tightness in chest, remind myself that I can breathe by taking a deep breath and singing. But the minute one of my children needs me, the tightness disappears. I swear just like that.  With my daughters flu, I would be lying there all up tight feeling tight in chest, worrying about my daughter and anything I could think of and then my daughter would start coughing, I would know I needed to get to her. So I would and until she was better I felt completely fine, no symptoms what so ever.  My focus was on her comfort and I didn't feel the physical stress during that time. Unfortunately when I knew my daughter was better, I would get uptight again. Wierd isn't it?  Now that everyone is better I am less stressed , so I don't have the panic attacks like I was having. This is good. And I am also thankful that I didn't get the flu too, that would have made things a lot harder.
 
I am sorry that you have had so many health issues, and I agree with you about the chest xrays.  They did one on my 7 year old  in 08 because it took her a while to get rid of her cough after a bout of bronchitis.  But I think we are just long healers and are sensitive to the cough  reflex. Besides other then that she was fine, and as quickly as these things start, they end.  The key for me is to not obsess and worry, but to just help them relax, give them medicine if they need it, (I too give supplements and am a big suppporter of alternative medicine) and then just let it take it's course.  It will anyway, my fighting it with fear is a loosing battle.
 
Again, thanks for your reply.
 
Suds and Bubbles

elexis
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   Posted 7/20/2009 9:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Well maybe I found someone who feels the same way I do! I was suppose to find a Psych dr to talk about my problem which I believe is Health anxiety. But it went away and I was feeling some what back to normal...But then I I get this weird feeling in my throat and my breathing is weird it's not like my chest is heavy it's like when I breath in it feels like I went into a steam room. I went to the doc about it and since theirs nothing in my lungs and this has been an issue on and off for 2 months it's anxiety...

Anyway I get so into the issue I start to think I'm going to die and the hospital is the only thing on my mind but, I sit back and realize I can't die from a panic attack..But sometimes my attacks last hours or even a day...It's awful...Anyway just thought I'd share...I hope u feel better Soon!
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Sudsandbubbles
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   Posted 7/20/2009 9:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Elexis,
 
Health anxiety is a pain, sometimes literally. 
 
Keep your chin up, you are not alone and though it is hard in the moment. It is important to remind ourselves that the anxiety is not going to kill us.
 
Take Care,
Suds

firefly9
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   Posted 7/21/2009 2:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Lately I think it's been pretty normal to still have some congestion/wheezing.coughing after the illness has pretty much ended- I have a friend who was sick in January but still had a bad sounding cough, well, still! I was sick around April or May and I still had some coughing/blockage into June. I think this season's viruses have just had longer effects so it is probably nothing to worry about. I'd say if symptoms are lasting (maybe like my aforementioned friend) very long to see a doctor or if you have yellowed mucous, etc.
Maybe try some deep breathing exercises- I'd say in this state if you are having any trouble breathing that may be a good indicator of whether to see a doctor or not- just a thought.

Best wishes.
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