Sudden shortness of breath that seems to come out of the blue when I'm feeling fine.

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   Posted 8/15/2009 5:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Lately I have been having the strangest thing!  I've been having shortness of breath that just seems to come right out of the blue!  Like when I'm just sitting relaxed.  All of a sudden I just feel like its hard to breath!!!  I could understand it if I was nervous or in a nervous situation.  But this is just when I'm sitting around doing nothing and relaxed.  It usually goes away fast.  I dont have asthma so I dont know what it is.  Does this sound like anxiety to you guys?  Has this happened to any of you?

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   Posted 8/15/2009 8:40 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Jen...It could be anxiety trigger but i would talk to my dr about it.....Just to be sure.....



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   Posted 8/16/2009 7:08 AM (GMT -7)   

You have been having alot of anxiety lately, so I believe this is just another manifestation of your anxiety. I would talk to your doctor about this.

Good luck!
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   Posted 8/21/2009 7:17 AM (GMT -7)   

This could be due to suppressed emotional issues, That you haven't dealt with yet and your unconscious mind is bringing this to your your conscious attention, as your unconscious does not have a voice it will do its best to bring to your attention problems that need dealing with.

And this is why we have anxiety and panic attacks.

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   Posted 8/25/2009 7:29 AM (GMT -7)   
it definately sounds like it could be a panic attack. ive had many who just happen out of nowhere, as you said. they are so scary and some people even have chest pains and think theyre having heart attacks. jennara, if they happen quite a bit or if they are bothersome, i would try to see a dr. to rule out anything else. if nothing is found, and it probably wont, ask him/her if you might be having panic attacks.(actually i would mention this first). there are many meds. of non med. techniques you can use to help control there attacks when they happen. ive learned some breathing techniques that usually work for me. ive also got med. for when they dont work. at any rate, you are not alone in having these and i hope you get some help to control them. good luck!

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   Posted 8/25/2009 7:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Anxiety works in exactly the way you described.  You can be feeling fine and wham all of a sudden you are having sx.
I would agree you should see your Doctor and discuss this SOB with him. 
Take care,

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   Posted 8/26/2009 7:13 AM (GMT -7)   
 Hi Jen
          Yes, I have had this experience too.
           Have you had any emotional issues lately ?
           These things can swirl around in your sub-conscious mind and have a habit of surfacing when you least expect them. 
           I would suggest  visiting your doctor.
           There is medication available but try and avoid it if possible.
           There are plenty of alternatives out there you can try first.
           Good Luck ! and stay in touch.  

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   Posted 8/29/2009 7:42 PM (GMT -7)   
when it happens, do your breathing exercises. Inhale slowly through mouth and hold breath 3 seconds- exhale through nose and hold for 3 seconds. repeat. It slows a rapid pulse and keeps you in control.
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   Posted 8/30/2009 10:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree with everyone here! I also go through this and it took me quite awhile before I quit freaking out about the shortness of breath, and now that I know it is a side effect of the A/P, it does not bother me as much now. It is always a good thing to check these things out with your doc anyway just to give you peace of mind :)

Take care now and good luck!
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   Posted 8/30/2009 3:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I was taught to inhale through my nose and exhale slowly through my mouth. My counselor called it " smell the roses, blow out the candles. I will inhale to the count of four and exhale to the count of seven or eight. Try to exhale twice as long as you inhaled. It does work if you do it when you first begin to feel anxiety creeping over you.

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   Posted 5/11/2013 3:40 PM (GMT -7)   
for several weeks i am having sudden/extreme shortness of breath where i have to stop, literally, can't move until i feel i can take a breath, usually in several secs. anyone know what it might be?

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   Posted 5/11/2013 5:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi pins&nedles and welcome.

Have you dealt with anxiety before? I am guessing that this is a new symptom for you if so...or a first time symptom of anxiety in general.

Did you read through this whole thread? It has some solid advice.

Whenever you have a new symptom, it does not hurt to consult your doctor about it. Or if this is your first experience with any symptoms...then it is always wise to have a check-up to rule out any physical reasons for how you are feeling.

Until then, you should practice the breathing and relaxation exercises in our Resource Guide (main page here, 1st post) to see how that helps you. Lowering your overall stress levels will help to relieve symptoms.

Let us know how you are doing soon, and post anytime.;)

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   Posted 3/1/2014 12:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey guys, sorry to bring up this really old topic but maybe veterans would know a thing or two about this :)

I found your site on google search and honestly, it's hard to put in the correct key words to find the exact topic I'm looking for but this seems to be the closest. I was first wondering if my symptoms sound like what you guys were describing (panic attacks?)

Just randomly, relaxed or stressed, after or before eating, or after waking up, basically anytime, I'll suddenly feel a quick shortness of breath lasting no more than 1.5 seconds. Just zap. But it's comes with a quick sharp top center of my chest pain. I presume that's the "losing breath" pain I'm feeling there? Anyhow, it's just quick but painful and scary. Just a sharp pain and no breath for a second. Yesterday I almost went to the emergency room because it was the first time I've had like 1 of those every 1 or 2 minutes for like 30 minutes. It was so scary. It gradually went away after 2 hours. But yeah today, had half a dozen already spread out and it worries me because I HAVE had this before but I'd get it only a few times a week. Now it's many times a day.

I'm trying to be as descriptive as possible because I want to get an opinion if this is probably something from anxiety (which my friends say I might have). Just to be sure, panic attacks can happen any time? Doesn't matter if you're in a good mood / distracted / relaxed? It just happens? Because that's how I feel like usually to keep myself not focused on my health issues.

I will be seeing the doctor and I called my cardiologist who said not to worry (last month before all this he checked my breathing, etc and he said everything was fine).

Miscellaneous comments is I've been sick with weird things for a while (over a year now). I have a rapid heart rate at rest (90~bpm) and I'm always moderately dizzy. I've gotten checked for them and the docs find nothing wrong so I'll keep checking. As for now though I'm mainly asking about the quick breathlessness / pain that happens at random times.

Thank you so much for any help! This is the first time I've ever posted on a health forum but I'm hoping someone could share some insights. I get freaked out easily after I've had so many health issues so that might be part of my anxiety build up.

Post Edited (Lawliet) : 3/1/2014 12:33:45 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 3/1/2014 3:02 PM (GMT -7)   

Welcome to HW. Glad to have you with us, but I'm sorry it has to be due to anxiety.

You happened to post on an old thread that hasn't had any recent activity, so the folks here may miss your post.

We ask new members who are joining us for the first time to make an introductory post, and tell us your story and share,...well, pretty much what you shared here.

With a new post, more people will be introduced to you and read your story, and there's a better chance you'll be offered more help and suggestions.

Click on the post new topic button and let us get to know you!


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   Posted 1/9/2015 6:16 AM (GMT -7)   
hey i know this is very old post but i am going through simlar will be sat there walking anything all a sudden its like that one breathe comes thats tight or something not my acuall throat its like that one breathe is hard/non exsist
anyways i will sometimes have a thump in my throat/chest or the noise of the thump in my ear im really scared i do suffer anxiety i know its not a panic attack as it lasts just that one breath that could be like 1 second to 2 seconds its been 3 months of hell now and each time it happens i fear it will be my last breathe iv had ecgs and nothing has come up although i did have attacks of tachycardi that would start with this breathing thing at first does anyone know or find out what was causing it did it ever go away ?

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   Posted 1/9/2015 10:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Steph...

...great job on starting your own new post of introduction...I responded there, and will not lock down this older thread.

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