anxiety and breathlessness

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edgewood
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   Posted 11/1/2009 6:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I would be grateful for your opinions. I do have GAD and have been hugely stressed and anxious for a couple of weeks about a good close friend who learned that she has a serious illness and is facing surgery and chemotherapy.

This morning I woke up early with difficulties breathing. It frightened me and I hd to open the rear door and stand in the fresh air (and rain lol)for a while before the feeling went nd I could breathe easily again. Now I am afraid to go to sleep tonight in case this happens again.

Can anxiety and stress cause this?

stkitt
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   Posted 11/1/2009 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello and welcome to HealingWell,

Yes anxiety and stress can cause breathing problems.

Here is a link to another thread on this topic that may help you understand how others also experience breathing problems.

http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=9&m=1626176

I am so sorry to learn of your friends serious illness and I am sure this is affecting your anxiety. You and your friend are so fortunate to have each other.

Blessings,

Kitt

edgewood
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   Posted 11/2/2009 4:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much Kitt. It has helped so much just to find out that I am not the only one.


Edie

stkitt
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   Posted 11/2/2009 5:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Edie
 
You are very welcome and I am glad you know you are not alone.  You have this great forum to come to and talk about your issues and find support, caring and sharing.
 
Gentle Hugs
Kitt

hazelnut86
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   Posted 11/2/2009 7:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Edie- I woke up the other morning and started hypervenilating i guess.  never done that before but i was breathing fast and i starting panicking and i seriously wondered if i should call an ambulance.  very weird.  i told myself it was just anxiety and panic and it went away after a few minutes.  very scary!  been afraid it will happen again since but hasn't. 

melodee
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   Posted 11/3/2009 6:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh yes it happens to me all the time. I had it since childhood. I used to say "I need more air! I can't breathe" and people around me were laughing. That's when I first realized I had anxiety. :( I still experience it.

Also humidity is very important during this season...You can keep a humidifier in your room or hang a damp towel to prevent the air from becoming too dry. It will relieve cold related symptoms and congestion and help you breathe better. Although it isn't directly related to our anxiety, I have found humidity and temperature affecting my anxiety level at times.

PaigeDP
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   Posted 11/3/2009 9:09 AM (GMT -7)   
There is a girl that I know that's a senior in High School at a nearby town and she has cancer and is supposed to be going through all of this too. I've experienced anxiety over the fact that she has it because for one, I think it's sad, and two I don't know her but ALOT of my pretty close friends from that school are good friends with her and I hate to see them down. And also, I experience ALOT of breathing problems myself with anxiety. In fact, just the other day I remembered one time when I was a little kid, I ran into the living room crying and screaming, "Mom, I can't breathe help!" And I now realize that I did in fact have anxiety quite badly as a child, I just sat it aside and forgot about it until I began to experience it again in the past couple of months. But, yes, it can definitely cause breathing problems.


Hope we all helped

yellowfin43
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   Posted 11/3/2009 10:34 AM (GMT -7)   
anxiety causes breathing problems because it causes tension in your muscles including the lung muscles. your getting enough air, it just doesnt feel like it. once the anxiety passes so does the breathing problems. You may be hyperventilating just enough to not fully recognize it and it feel like that.
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quartermaster577
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   Posted 11/4/2009 6:03 AM (GMT -7)   
A naval colleague of mine was on board a ship in north vietnamse waters which was shelled by north vietnamese and hit twice. He has since his return from service in Vietnam, suffered heavily with anxiety attacks and depression. Would he be compensated by DVA with his ordeal which has changed his behaviour markedly. I am aware that some some people are more affected that others but this friend is barely a shadow of his former self.

quartermaster577

stkitt
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   Posted 11/4/2009 6:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Mornig Quartermaster,

This is Kitt and welcome to the forum. I do not have the answer but here is the website link for Veterans Benefits Administration Home. I think the information and explanation of benefits may be on this site. I hope your friend applies for benefits as he certainly has served his country and please do thank him for all of us.

http://www.vba.va.gov/VBA/

I wish you peace,

Kitt

anastasia01
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   Posted 11/5/2009 6:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Some other things that may help when you feel breathless is to turn a fan on and let it blow on you, or like you did get outside and soak up some fresh air. The feeling usually shouldnt last very long and you will return to normal.
ANASTASIA
 
 


edgewood
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   Posted 11/6/2009 11:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all so very much the experience was terrifying but knowing it is a common symptom is so helpful.

I am grateful it did not happen again, or at least so far.


Edie
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