Feeling like you can't breathe because your chest won't move and twitching?

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   Posted 6/20/2015 11:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Okay, this is hard to explain.

I'm 19 and I have asthma and generalized anxiety disorder. So I'm usually aware of my breathing. A few weeks ago I woke up right at the second I fell asleep and gasped for air because it felt like I stopped breathing for a split second. This doesn't happen every night but its happen a few times since then. Ever since it first happened I've been super conscious and paranoid about my breathing. I highly doubt its sleep apnea because I don't display any of the symptoms - and also a similar sensation happens when I'm awake.

Sometimes I have random spasms/twitches in my arms or legs and I've had that for a long time. Sometimes even my shoulders and lower back. But lately I've been getting that same feeling in my chest and it makes me feel like I've stopped breathing, like I can't inhale or exhale for a second because it feels like my airways have closed even though they most likely haven't because it lasts only a second. It sometimes also gives me that sensation in my throat which I know is common with anxiety. I usually have a hard time breathing around this time of year anyway being that the seasons are changing and summer means heat and humidity which is never good for asthma. I had been thinking that it was my anxiety because I have been facing a lot more anxiety than usual lately and it actually happens more often when I'm thinking about it and feeling anxious. It still happens when I'm relaxed, but it happens a LOT more when I'm actually thinking about it happening. Plus my asthma has just been horrible lately anyway.

Its been happening for a little less than a week now (it actually started after the second time I woke up gasping for air) and I'm considering consulting my doctor about it. I've probably been confusing but I've described it to the best of my ability and I just wanted to know.. has this happened to anyone else? Could this possibly be anxiety related? Thank you in advance.

Post Edited (floralisa1223) : 6/20/2015 10:53:24 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 6/21/2015 5:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum, flora.

You are absolutely right, see the doctor. I was once on a medicine that gave me the inability to breathe for several seconds, and it scared the daylights out of me. I stopped the medicine cold turkey, which was pretty awful because it was one that needed to be weaned off slowly, and I told my doctor and put it on my "allergy" list.

I have no idea what your problem is. Neither would most people on the forum. We're not doctors, just patients like you. We can't diagnose or treat, but we do support you as much as we can by responding to you and being concerned.

Not being able to breathe is very concerning. You should call your allergist or pulmonologist asap. He or she might want you to have a sleep apnea test even if you don't think that's the problem. I didn't think I had a couple of things that were diagnosed, only to find after learning about the condition that the doctors were right. At least let the doctor try to eliminate the common problems before refusing to believe a possible diagnosis.
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