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   Posted 10/21/2006 7:45 AM (GMT -6)   
when I was at the psychologists office yesterday I was explaining all my symptoms and she said that most of come from not breathing right. The symptoms like the lightheadedness, dizziness, fog ang some others. She said that just from talking to me that I hold my breath alot. She said that even from listening to my messages on the phone she could tell how my breathing was. At first I was thinking I dont think I hold my breath, but when i think about it, I can tell now that I really dont think my breathing is right if that makes any sense. I notice that I really do almost forget to breath and then have to take a deep breath. I find it strange that she is going to teach me breathing techniques, seeing how breathing is an involuntary thing. I will post all the helpful tips that she teaches me.

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   Posted 10/21/2006 9:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Angela,

No, it's not strange at all. My therapist has worked on breathing with me, and correct breathing is a very important part of getting through a panic attack. I think it is a big help. It's hard to describe, but you need to breathe from your diaphragm. There is probably info on the web that can help you to practice. (((Hugs))),

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   Posted 10/21/2006 9:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Angela,

When my A/P is bad I have a problem with breathing right too. I have almost passed out on some occasions because I forget to breathe. I look forward to reading your tips when you get them! I hope this workd well for you.

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   Posted 10/21/2006 8:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Most peeps that have suffered with A/P for a long time have learnt these breathing techniques as well as some other good ones to help get you feeling better and coping more easily
I do breathing exercises and techniques all the time I am glad you will be learnign them with your Pdoc

** Ann** Hey there ....there are some old threads about the breathing techniques and bear is right it is hard to exlain but I do it from great are ya ...Lyn

Hey bear how are ya hun was out all day and had to stop to get antibiotics in IV at hospital have to go again tomorrow
Sores are getting better but you know lol...........Hope to talk to all together Monday morning sound good
Keep strong sis
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   Posted 10/21/2006 9:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Angela -- I do the following controlled breathing technique:
inhale 7 (abdomen must go up - not chest) - hold for 8 - exhale to 8 (form a whistle mouth while blowing). This has helped train me to breathe differently or to at least think about breathing. Also an old psyche doc told me to go out and buy red stars and put them everywhere - spedometer, mirrors, computer, etc. and everytime I saw one - BREATHE. Feel better.
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   Posted 10/22/2006 7:20 AM (GMT -6)   
That sounds like a darn good idea I think I will borrow that one and get Cait to make the stars for me
I too breathe just about same way
Thanks for posting that lil tidbit I kinda think it is a good one for me anyways
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   Posted 10/22/2006 7:36 AM (GMT -6)   
i've had breathing problems from the beginning. I had to "re-learn" how breathe. Hopefulmigrainer has a good technique. when i was diagnosed i was a mouth breather. the doc taught me to breathe from my nose instead, as it causes less hyperventilation. it was tough at first, but now i hardly ever breathe from my mouth and i don't hyperventilate anymore.  
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