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Hi,im a 22 year old male and i've been dealing with this constant shortness of breath for over 5 years now , and doctors have no idea what's wrong with me. The only thing they say is that its anxiety, but i truly dont believe it. It just started spontaneously out of nowhere. I tried to take a deep breath one day and couldn't:(. After that for about 2 years i was constantly taking deep breaths and not able to get a satisfied breath. I was yawning and sighing all day. I had reached the point when i was staying home in my bed just hoping i would die so it would stop. After 2 years or so it went away. It then came back after i smoked a cigarette . Ever since then its been an ongoing struggle. I feel as if i have no control of my life, and im constantly thinking of my breathing. I feel hopeless and feel as if no one understands what im going through or that i have this disease hat doctors cant detect. My doctor has put me on xanax and it seemed to cut the edge off a lil but its still there. Its not *** bad and when i first got it but it still disrupts my life. I dont work i don't go to school and i don't have much of a social life .I've gone to cardiologist, ent's, gi's, pulmonary doctors. I've gone through xrays, PFT, EKG, stress tests, endoscopy . Only thing i have is Laryngopharyngeal Reflux LPR with sinsation of lump in throat and a very small irregular heart beat. i did have a deviated septum but got that fixed..My lung specialist says its just all in my head and that i have this because ive become aware of my breathing pattern. i've used advair, singular and breathing pumps with no results. when im sitting or laying down its seems to be fine but when i stand up or more it kicks in more. I'm losing hope on what's going on with me. Does anyone have this?If so can anyone recommend anything else i should look for? the only thing i really want to do is a MRI or CT scan but my insurrance wont cover it and the doctors ssy nothing will show. Has anyone heard of chronic hyperventilation syndrome? or phrenic nerve damage? if anyone can be of help please post a message?
Many people are suffering from anxiety, and they don't know it. You can be as happy as ever and still suffer from anxiety. Everyone suffers from anxiety. You should talk to your family doctor about this. If it's acid reflux, you should talk to your doctor about acid reflux and the medication prevacid. I hope you feel better. Good Luck!
I think the shortness of breath comes from two different things for sure. Anxiety and reflux. I have both. There have been times when I am very aware of every breath I take. It drives me insane. It makes me feel like I can't breathe, can't get a full breath and what if I suficate? Having anxiety is hell and most people walk around miserable and don't know what it is. I know all too well what this is all about. I think it is worse than most anything to deal with. It effects your mind and then the body symptoms come. No one understands unless they live with this or had panic and anxiety themselves. They just don't! My husband has never had this or had a panic attack. One night when I had one he asked me what was bothering me. And can't I just tell it to stop? Ha! Sometimes these things just happen. We don't order them up. Same with the shortness of breath. We don't choose to feel like we can't get a breath in. It is just happening. I wish I knew how to fix it all when it is happening. We just have to work our way through it.
I agree! No one who hasn't experienced anxiety knows how it feels. I think we are too hard on ourselves sometimes because just like the reflux crap, we sure don't "want" to have it. I'm fully aware that being anxious/nervous makes my LPR 10 times worse and yet sometimes it just comes out of no where. My breathing problems grow much worse also if I'm in a hurry, or late, or overwhelmed, which causes me to cough and get real SOB, which causes more anxiety! I haven't found antidepressants to help but taking a Xanax will help greatly. Then I worry about that as they are so addictive.......You would never think I was this crazy. Ha!

CharBerry
I don't have acid reflux, but I've recently developed shortness of breath, and now I'm aware of my breathing all the time, and I think this constant awareness makes it worse. I've had a pounding heartbeat and insomnia off and on for years, and together I think these are symptoms of anxiety. Ambien and Lunesta work fairly well for the insomnia but not the other symptoms. Maybe it's time for some anti-anxiety meds.
[QUOTE=TEdds83;3859444]I think the shortness of breath comes from two different things for sure. Anxiety and reflux. I have both. ..... Sometimes these things just happen. We don't order them up. Same with the shortness of breath. We don't choose to feel like we can't get a breath in. It is just happening. I wish I knew how to fix it all when it is happening. We just have to work our way through it.[/QUOTE]

I second that. We just keep forgetting or can't believe that its true and still look for more reasons, usually more dire ones. My GI told me when i complained about my shortness of breath (paraphrasing), that the effects of acid on your vagus nerve can send signals causing your lungs to constrict, creating the shortness of breath. Logically following through, I would think that other areas could receive errant signals causing other problems too.
Anxiety doesn't have to have a reason, I know I have anxiety syndrom for 30yrs but I also get fixated on breathing, whether it is good or bad. I found that my acid reflux was causing the breathing problem while my head focused on it and then it became a vicious cycle! Once I started taking Nexium on a regular basis it was 90% better. I have LPR. Believe me our heads can play some pretty wicked games on us and if you have a form of reflux along with anxiety/panic, mitral valve prolapse like I do, well I can drive myself crazy!





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