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Offline bradley1

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Feel like I cant breathe - all the time
« on: January 20, 2009, 05:16:14 AM »
Im really hoping that someone else can tell me how to break free of this cos im desperate!

Since a period of high stress then subsequent illness i have developed high anxiety. All day ( and night if im awake) I feel i cant breathe. Its the worst feeling in the world and i really cant bear it any more. The dr says its been triggered by the anxiety of lots of medical investigations and i have been diagnosed with hyperventilation syndrome - ive been overbreathing so long my body thinks its normal but now i cant maintain it because i have so much pain in my ribs and back. To breathe 'normally' feels like im suffocating so perpetuates the anxiety cycle. I dont even know what normal is anymore. Even cleaning up im gasping its like my body doesnt know what to do anymore. The dr keeps checking my o2 and bp etc to try and reassure me that im ok but still doesnt take away this awful feeling.

I feel like my life is over and im never gonna beat this. I desperately want to get back to work and a normal life with my family so please someone help me with this. I also get dizzy, nausea, weak, unable to copncentrate on anything other than my breathing i feel obsessed. Every day is unbearable i dont want to get up in the morning but have 2 children to look after.
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Re: Feel like I cant breathe - all the time
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2009, 09:56:20 AM »
Hey Bradley1

I realized that my bad breathing habit is just obsession, but I have broken it on and off since I spoke to you last. The clonazepam really helped me do this by relaxing me. Also just accepting that it is only anxiety that makes you feel like you need to force yourself to breathe. As long as I only look at it like anxiety, it seems to lose its grip on me. There are days when i think about it and it starts, but usually I will forget about it when a new obsession kicks in. I am really having an easier time with anxiety now cause I learned so much about it and what exactly is happening in our bodies to make us feel this way. Knowledge is power. It still massively sucks, but I am praying that with time, counseling, healing etc.. I will be better, and in fact better off then I was before it hit! I have realized now, that I have been dealing with anxiety and mild depression for most of my life, I just always thought it was "just the way i am"...anyways I really hope that all you have is bad anxiety and HVS so it will be easier for you to recover, don't lose hope, so many people have recovered from both.

I also really believe that diet plays a HUGE role in anxiety and I am starting a very low carb diet along with supplements. There is evidence to support that by doing this, anxiety can be relieved. I read a post that one man who had HVS cured himself with a magnesium supplement, maybe look it up.

My new weird feeling is Dp, not fun at all and I find myself analyzing every thought I have UGH!!

I am currently waiting till wed to try a new ssri, I'm thinking of giving zoloft a try.

I hope you get better soon!!!

Sarah
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Re: Feel like I cant breathe - all the time
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2009, 11:17:16 AM »
Hi Sarah

Did you ever try the natural stuff was it inositol? And what happened with the other ssri you took. Can you believe my dr wont even give me a short course of benzos cos of the risk of dependance. I think if taking those helps then i will know its anxiety so surely that will help me accept that?

They are trying to find a hvs specialist to refer me to tho so thats good.

All the best to you

Kerry x
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Re: Feel like I cant breathe - all the time
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2009, 09:09:45 PM »
Im really hoping that someone else can tell me how to break free of this cos im desperate!

Since a period of high stress then subsequent illness i have developed high anxiety. All day ( and night if im awake) I feel i cant breathe. Its the worst feeling in the world and i really cant bear it any more. The dr says its been triggered by the anxiety of lots of medical investigations and i have been diagnosed with hyperventilation syndrome - ive been overbreathing so long my body thinks its normal but now i cant maintain it because i have so much pain in my ribs and back. To breathe 'normally' feels like im suffocating so perpetuates the anxiety cycle. I dont even know what normal is anymore. Even cleaning up im gasping its like my body doesnt know what to do anymore. The dr keeps checking my o2 and bp etc to try and reassure me that im ok but still doesnt take away this awful feeling.

I feel like my life is over and im never gonna beat this. I desperately want to get back to work and a normal life with my family so please someone help me with this. I also get dizzy, nausea, weak, unable to copncentrate on anything other than my breathing i feel obsessed. Every day is unbearable i dont want to get up in the morning but have 2 children to look after.

Yep, here ya go. A tip that works every time:

When you find yourself feeling like you can't breathe or get a deep, satisfying breath, do this:
1. Exhale (through your mouth) all your air, slowly and deeply until you can no longer blow anything out.
2. Do not inhale right away, try to hold your breath for a few seconds.
3. Now, inhale very deeply and slowly through your nose and feel the breath fill your belly. Deep inhalations will cause your stomach to rise (this is good). Shallow (bad) inhalations will only fill your chest.

This prevents hyperventilation and restores proper breathing technique.

This has helped me (and everyone else I know who has this problem) immensely. Let me know how you do. Good luck!
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Re: Feel like I cant breathe - all the time
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2009, 09:27:34 PM »
hey Bradley1.

Oh that's really awful to hear!! I mean what about five pills just to make sure its anxiety!! Surely there's no risk of dependence. I have a history of alcohol abuse and they still gave me them, but then again, all they want me to do is go on pills. I know my risk, but I only use as needed and without them I would be in the psych ward I'm sure. They calmed me down enough to relax the obsession, it comes and goes now (and is replaced with others :-( ) I never tried the inositol, I am a little weary because it hasn't been formally tested. The next one I start tomorrow morning is Zoloft and then CBT in Feb.

We will see how the zoloft goes, it will be the last SSRI I try. Lately the worst for me has been depersonalization episodes, they make the breathing obsession seem bearable enough :sprachlos020:

Actually the breathing thing just started again about an hour ago, right after I ate dinner, apparently breathlessness is increased after heavy meals...I barely eat but we got KFC tonight so I had to indulge :P

Keep me updated on how your doing, I truly wish you all the best and I hope you get better soon!!
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Re: Feel like I cant breathe - all the time
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2009, 02:38:37 AM »
you're definitely not alone. after i had a really bad panic attack and went to the hospital for it, the week after i felt like i couldn't breathe every second of the day. it's a very discouraging feeling but just practice relaxing breathing techniques and try not to think about it too much. i know that is the hardest thing to do but really i've learned that keeping myself occupied has helped so much. i hope this gets better for you. just remind yourself it's only anxiety. good luck. :)
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Re: Feel like I cant breathe - all the time
« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2009, 09:01:19 PM »
Hey Kerry, :action-smiley-065:

I don't know how often you come on here, but I was just wondering how you were doing and if you got my email.
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Re: Feel like I cant breathe - all the time
« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2009, 10:55:45 PM »
I had a bout of breathing-related anxiety that lasted a few weeks and I felt like absolute crap.  I thought I was slowly suffocating myself to death.   Once my brain started to realize that breathing is INVOLUNTARY and I didn't need to think about it to do it, my breathing started to return to normal.  Unfortunately the more we try to breathe normally the more abnormally we begin to breathe.  It's a terrible thing.

As hard as it is to believe, you must trust that your body knows what it's doing.  If you try not to concentrate on your breathing (I know it sounds impossible but I have been where you are) then you will find that things will slowly begin to return to normal.

Good luck and stay strong! 
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Re: Feel like I cant breathe - all the time
« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2009, 02:34:12 PM »
Thank you all and thank you sarah for your message. I have joined that site and am currently reading through all the info. At the moment my main problem is the pain in my ribs and back from the overbreathing - its killing me!

Hey ho - hope you are all doing well x
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