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I am a 28 year old male. Over the past few days I cant stop concentrating on my breathing. It is ALL I can think about and when I cant get I deep breath (which I am constantly trying to do) the anxiety kicks in which makes it even harder to breathe and before you know it im in a full blown panic attack.
Last night I went to the ER and they did an ekg and oxygen saturation test and all was ok they gave me an ativan and I kinda chilled out and was able to go home and get some sleep. At the hospital they said it was just anxiety. Im pretty sure they are right because if I get distracted for a few minutes (which as been rare the past few days) and then try to take a breath I can usually get it easily. They gave me a script for some ativan and I have been taking them today. I am chilled out but I still obsess over my breathing. I dont know what is causing this or how to make it go away.
Well this evening I started having trouble getting a breath and after a few minutes of trying i still couldnt get it. So I went to the ER of another hospital.
Of course I caught my breath on the way there but I went anyway just to be sure. they did ekg, chest xray, and said everything was normal and sent me home.
Well here I am. Still obsessed about my breathing. Every 2 or 3 minutes I feel this compulsive need to get a deep breath and If I dont i start flipping out. In the hospital tonight I acually felt kind of Ok for awhile till the doc said he could find nothing and after I left It all started up again.
This is insane I feel like a crazy person. WHY CANT I JUST FORGET ABOUT MY BREATHING??? I hope someone on here can help this is driving me CRAZY. Ive been a wreck the past few days.
About a year ago I was diagnosed with palpitations and stressed over them for quite awhile and thought that was bad. Well at least with the palpitations I only filipped out when I had them. Now I filp out every 5 minutes or so If I dont get a deep breath.
What should I do??? Can anyone help??? If nothing else pray for me that I wll stop obsessing over this.
Thanks.
Pez
[QUOTE=Pez Dee Spencer]I am a 28 year old male. Over the past few days I cant stop concentrating on my breathing. It is ALL I can think about and when I cant get I deep breath (which I am constantly trying to do) the anxiety kicks in which makes it even harder to breathe and before you know it im in a full blown panic attack.
Last night I went to the ER and they did an ekg and oxygen saturation test and all was ok they gave me an ativan and I kinda chilled out and was able to go home and get some sleep. At the hospital they said it was just anxiety. Im pretty sure they are right because if I get distracted for a few minutes (which as been rare the past few days) and then try to take a breath I can usually get it easily. They gave me a script for some ativan and I have been taking them today. I am chilled out but I still obsess over my breathing. I dont know what is causing this or how to make it go away.
Well this evening I started having trouble getting a breath and after a few minutes of trying i still couldnt get it. So I went to the ER of another hospital.
Of course I caught my breath on the way there but I went anyway just to be sure. they did ekg, chest xray, and said everything was normal and sent me home.
Well here I am. Still obsessed about my breathing. Every 2 or 3 minutes I feel this compulsive need to get a deep breath and If I dont i start flipping out. In the hospital tonight I acually felt kind of Ok for awhile till the doc said he could find nothing and after I left It all started up again.
This is insane I feel like a crazy person. WHY CANT I JUST FORGET ABOUT MY BREATHING??? I hope someone on here can help this is driving me CRAZY. Ive been a wreck the past few days.
About a year ago I was diagnosed with palpitations and stressed over them for quite awhile and thought that was bad. Well at least with the palpitations I only filipped out when I had them. Now I filp out every 5 minutes or so If I dont get a deep breath.
What should I do??? Can anyone help??? If nothing else pray for me that I wll stop obsessing over this.
Thanks.
Pez[/QUOTE]

I had the same problem about 5 years ago, and I never thought I would get through it; i had panic attacks over my breathing; one day I was driving and it felt like i was choking, and I ran off the road, and ran directly into a store and asked them to call 911. The emergency squad said I hypervenilated, but every since that evening, I had trouble breathing, and had spent many more nights in the emergency room to only get a brown bag and being told to relax "you're hyperventilating.

So I was put on zloft and klonipin, and about 4 or 5 months later i had my breathing under control. At some point I stopped the medication, and the problem was gone. But today if I get stressed, I will start to experience some of those breathing symptoms, like feeling like you're smothered or rapid breathing, but I understand whats going on and I don't panic, so I can now manage the problem.

Don't worry, you just need some meds. to get you over this temporary road block, and you'll be just fine.





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