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Shortness of Breath
« on: May 28, 2014, 02:10:20 PM »
I've been having shortness of breath on and off since March. In December I thought I had a blood clot and they did a chest xray, which was clear. I told my doctor that I think it's lung cancer, he said that it was most likely anxiety and season ashma (which I use to have as a kid but it went way). I just don't like that he won't do another xray or ct scan...I guess my question is can ashma go away and come back and could that be causing my SOB? I do have anxiety moments but it's not during panic attacks so I know I'm not hyperventilating

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Re: Shortness of Breath
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2014, 07:40:25 PM »
Any thoughts would be great!
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Re: Shortness of Breath
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2014, 02:06:19 PM »
I don't know anything about asthma but I know for a fact that anxiety can cause a feeling of shortness of breath, regardless of whether or not you're consciously anxious at the moment. There's a user on these forums whose name I can't remember right now but their signature points out that the physiological processes present in anxiety continue to work long after your mental anxiety has calmed down and so you will still experience physical symptoms of anxiety for quite a while, sometimes retriggering the mental anxiety and continuing the process in a loop.

Hopefully someone can get back to you about the asthma though :)

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Re: Shortness of Breath
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2014, 08:28:39 PM »
Thanks for the help...I've talk to a couple of people and they said that allergies and asthma always stays with you. The intensity is what can change. Anyone else know about this? I'm trying to trust that it's not lung cancer.
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Re: Shortness of Breath
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2014, 08:31:14 PM »
Shortness of breath can ABSOLUTELY be caused by anxiety!!  If you think about being short of breath, it's almost a no-brainer that you can make yourself feel short of breath.  No doubt about it!!
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Re: Shortness of Breath
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2014, 05:21:56 PM »
I'm thinking it's a mix of allergies and anxiety...I'm trying to understand how someone can have anxiety shortness of breath can happen even when you aren't "feeling" anxious
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Re: Shortness of Breath
« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2014, 06:28:18 PM »
I have been having shortness of breath for a while... it's driving me crazy.... I surely hope it's caused by anxiety
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Re: Shortness of Breath
« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2014, 09:21:28 PM »
It's a very annoying and scary thing to have
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Re: Shortness of Breath
« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2014, 09:27:09 PM »
I'm thinking it's a mix of allergies and anxiety...I'm trying to understand how someone can have anxiety shortness of breath can happen even when you aren't "feeling" anxious

I don't have an answer for you, but that's absolutely how mine went. I struggled with shortness of breath and chest pains for several months, and was constantly terrified it was something wrong with my heart. My doctor kept assuring me (after tests) that it was just anxiety, and I kept trying to tell her that I didn't feel anxious. Turns out, feeling anxious isn't a necessary ingredient for anxiety :) Fun, huh?

That said, I ended up using some medication temporarily that helped me get a handle on it, and, lo and behold, the chest pain and shortness of breath eventually went away. If I DO get anxious over something, I still get the same symptoms, but now that I have accepted that it's anxiety, it's not something that I struggle with all the time anymore.
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