- Slightly overweight, late twenties, male
- Experiencing shortness of breath due to anxiety
- Wondering your opinions on shortness of breath (i.e. how it felt, if this could be what I am feeling, etc…)
I have a history of worrying, and more specifically worrying about health. I’ve worried about everything from cancer to ALS. I’ve always been the type to need support from others telling me “its nothing to worry about” or “it will be okay” This week it seems to be shortness of breath. I’ve lost about 15 lbs since New Year’s on diet alone. I wanted to start exercising a bit more.
Now I’ve been shoveling snow and walking with no problem but I tried jogging about a week ago. Whatever happened I couldn’t get my breathing down right and had to cut back a little. That is when it started. I was then so concentrated on how I breath, I couldn’t get the thought out of my head. My next mistake was to look up shortness of breath online. Wow…. the scary diseases out there!
My main question is what exactly is short of breath. What does it feel like? Do SOB with anxiety come and go or is it always there? At first I found my SOB when I was only thinking about it but over the past couple of days it seems to be more prominent. I’ve read that if it was really shortness of breath I would have gone to the ER by now, but I have also read other opinions as well. I would also like to add that many times I find myself tense from worrying (shoulders, chest, neck) and I have to tell myself to relax.
The weird thing is that when I am shoveling, walking or climbing stars I really don’t feel it at all. It’s as if when my mind is off of it, I do not feel it. When I am sleeping I am fine. I never “gasp” for air but it just seems like I need to take a bigger breath when relaxing. I’ve even counted my breaths per minute and I am always in the 15-18 bpm range. I notice I am testing myself more often and wonder if that is making it worse? Obviously if this continues by next weekend I will have to go to the doctor. However, I have been to the doctor over silly worrying things before and I am just exhausted with it all.
The main thing I want to know is for people that experience shortness of breath, how did you feel? Does it ever go away? Has anything helped?
Thanks for reading,
The New Guy 2013