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feels like someone's sitting on my chest
« on: September 01, 2011, 05:23:56 PM »
Alot of times I feel like I can't catch a full, deep, proper breath.  It doesn't last all day long, but still happens enough to make me notice.  Mmmmmaybe its only my imagination because I am a physically fit person (exercise 5+ times a week) and am fine exercising?  I still occasionally get bursts of lightheadedness.  Also, today my legs feel weak and jello-like.  What could this all be?
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Re: feels like someone's sitting on my chest
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2011, 05:25:23 PM »
it could all be from your anxiety manifesting itself in somatoform
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MOST anxiety occurs on a subconscious level.  JUST because you don't feel consciously anxious or had a day or two of calm doesn't mean your mind & body are relaxed.  It can take months of reduced anxiety before a body goes back to a more non-reactive state

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Re: feels like someone's sitting on my chest
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2011, 07:08:48 PM »
I agree with sixpack.
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Re: feels like someone's sitting on my chest
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2011, 07:48:40 PM »
Agree with Six also.

Now, some things that might help you.  The feeling that you can't get a deep breath is probably because you are overbreathing.  Try some diaphragm breathing exercises.  Here is a link at ehow that descibes how to do four square breathing  This is difficult at 1st because your body will still be overloaded on oxygen, but do the best you can and pretty soon it will be working and you will feel much better.  Note that the overbreathing (hyperventilation) will also cause the jelly legs and the lightheadedness.
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