breathing problems related to anxiety and panic?

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NikkiPoo
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   Posted 2/2/2007 8:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone here sometimes feel like they have a "lump" in their throat just before a panic attack comes on?  You know the kind of lump you get when you are about to cry?  I also experience shallow breathing at points throughout the day, I think it's because I am worried of a panic attack coming on, anyone else feel this way?  I'm taking Ativan as needed but think i'm going to request something to take on a daily basis.  Any suggestions on what works best?
Sincerely,
Nikki

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   Posted 2/2/2007 9:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello NikkiPoo
 
I do know well of the lump in the throt and the shallow breathing. When I do notice I'm taking small breaths I start trying to do some deep breathing and that usually helps. There will be others here soon to answer your questions.

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harry4
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   Posted 2/2/2007 2:39 PM (GMT -6)   

the lump feeing whan theres no lump is very common from anxiety

its best to relax the muscles and breathe deep and slow


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Geebs
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   Posted 2/2/2007 3:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had the lump sensation followed by gagging when I have anxiety. I start to do my deep breathing exercises, which helps a lot.

Nomore
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   Posted 2/2/2007 4:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I also experience that shallow, conscious breathing sensation throughout the day as well. I have found one of the SSRI's, Zoloft, to help with both my panic attacks and generalized daily anxiety as well. CBT Therapy and breathing exercises also help alot. But I would def. ask your doc about one of the SSRI's if you feel the anxiety is constantly there, as it was for me.

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   Posted 2/3/2007 1:04 PM (GMT -6)   
You know in all of the years I've had panic disorder, the breathing thing has never gotten to me, then all of a sudden I read an article on heart disese, and now every night I'm thinking I'm going to end up in the e.r., has anyone evr gone to the e.r. just to get an ekg or something to make sure their ok? I have a dr's appt the 14th, but I don't know if I can wait, any words of encouragement appreciated...

harry4
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   Posted 2/3/2007 4:36 PM (GMT -6)   
anxiety sufferers often are suggestable and adopt health problems they read or hear about, a good doc can give reassurance

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Geebs
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   Posted 2/3/2007 6:06 PM (GMT -6)   
It's part of the anxiety to freak out when we read something on the internet or whatever. This is where CBT can be really helpful to control the stinking thinking.

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   Posted 2/3/2007 9:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Nikkipoo,
 
I get the lump in the throat feeling occassionally along with difficulty swallowing.  The shallow breathing is something I get all the time.  I've had it for so long and nothing bad has ever happened because of it, that I don't worry about it much anymore.  Like everyone else has suggested, deep breathing really does help.  Take care.

MsKittie
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   Posted 2/4/2007 8:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Great support everyone keep up the good work. We all need your input and responses. Thank you all.
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   Posted 2/4/2007 9:28 AM (GMT -6)   
My breathing was so bad at one point I got diagnosed with asthma.

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NikkiPoo
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   Posted 2/4/2007 9:34 AM (GMT -6)   
funny you should mention that!  I just went to the hospital with a panic attack and they told me the same thing (mild asthma).  they gave me an inhaler "ventalin" but my regular doctor told me that it is unlikely that i have asthma and all my symptoms are a result of my anxiety.  It seems I have it every morning... maybe I wake up expecting to feel short of breath in the mornings now and that's why it happens.  this is really driving me crazy.  I don't know whether to take my Ativan in the morning when this happens or my inhaler.  I usually go with the Ativan.  Is there any way we can control our thinking or is a prescription the fastest way out of this?  I've been prescribed effexor but read about all the side effects and of course don't want to take it.  Is there an SSRI out there that works just as good with less effects?  thank you all so much for your comments and help!
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smiler
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   Posted 2/4/2007 3:08 PM (GMT -6)   

Nikki , yes there is a way we can control our thinking. It's called Cognative behavioural Therapy (CBT).

Here is a link if you wish to try CBT

http://moodgym.anu.edu.au/default.asp

I went through three different inhalers before I realised it wasn't asthma........this was also the second time I was diagnosed with it , the first was when I was very young...I wonder if this was A/P aswell , a lot of ppl have said that they can remember being anxious when they were young.

Please do give effexor a go - don't read up on things as it will just make your anxiety worse....you know that anyway don't you tongue just tell your doc if you get any symptoms or experience something out of the ordinary.

I hope everything goes well for you ,

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Scorpio7
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   Posted 2/4/2007 9:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I find drinking small sips of water helps with the throat constriction...feeling the water going down reassures you that it's still 'open'. I've had some spectacular panic attacks during flight landings and sipping water was the only thing that got me through!

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   Posted 2/5/2007 7:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Scorpio7
Welcome to HW were happy you have joined us here. You will find great support and friendships here. Your already on your way that's great advice you just left. Please come and post often were all here for each other.
(((HUGS)))
   MsKittie
 
~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*  
I have an illness, My illness don't have me.
~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*                                      
 
Being happy doesnt mean everything's perfect.It means you've decided to see beyound the imperfrctions!God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain, but HE did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears & light for the way                                        

 

 

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