The other day I was on the phone with a bank and I realized during the call that I was gulping down great heaps of air and talking a million miles an hour. By the time the call was over I was in full blown panic because I was thinking I couldn't catch my breath. I was really nervous on the phone (as always) and just talking waaaay too fast and barely breathing and when I did breathe it was a huge gaspy thing.
Today I have spent the day with the most horrible breathlessness, smothering sensations. I keep yawning, taking in giant deep breaths, feeling like I am not getting enough air.
When I do small things like bend down to pick something up, I am out of breath and panting, gulping air. When my heart rate goes up just a leeeetle, I feel breathless. My muscles are also feeling really tired -- like I will be at the counter cutting veggies and after a bit my arm just feel fatigued and I then feel a bit out of breath like I need to rest.
My stomach has been bugging me, and I realized that I was pulling in my stomach, clenching it in and it felt a bit better when I relaxed and forced the muscles outward. It also felt better to hold my breath. My muscles are just tired of breathing and fatigued.
I'm seeing my doc again tomorrow but they have told me so many times that it's anxiety and hyperventilation etc. but I don't believe them. (Last stress test was 8 weeks ago and was fine. I also had a cardiac memo For a week in late December and saw my cardio guy on Jan 4 where we reviewed the extrasystoles and everything was okay. He said I was fine and just need to lose weight and exercise.)
So I SHOULD feel confident, right? But I don't. I don't feel confident at all. I feel panicked and worried and like I can't catch my breath.
The only things I can think of are: my anemia might be worse (I was borderline normal last time we checked it and I haven't had my iron supplement); I am getting over the flu and still have a cough so that could be causing the aches and lung sensations); my ANXIETY and hyperventilating.
Or I catastrophize and think it's my heart. Which is what I always think it is. I am obsessed with that thought.
Anyone have any comforting words? Similar sensations? Helpful advice? Please?