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[QUOTE=THM;4042270]I'm rather late in posting in this thread, but I'd like to. (BTW, I'm posting under my husband's ID as I can't remember my password:o)

I'd just like to try to reassure people about this feeling of not being able to take a proper breath. Obviously the first thing to do is go to your doctor and have yourself checked out, have whatever tests are suggested and see if anything comes up. If nothing is found then you need to consider the fact that this type of breathing problem is very often a symptom of anxiety.

Has anyone read any of the books by Dr Clare Weekes? She was an expert on anxiety and gives an excellent explanation of this very problem in at least one of her books. She points out that nature isn't foolish enough to put us in charge of our breathing, it does the job itself. Normally people don't even notice their own breathing, it just happens without us thinking about it. But once we do start to notice it we start to monitor it and worry about it and then find ourselves puffing or panting or gulping for air and trying to take a deep breath and feeling we can't do it.

The real problem is the more we try to take a deep breath the less able we are to do it. If we could just relax and let nature get on with it we'd be fine, but we can't seem to do that. Our chest muscles tighten with our anxiety and so the feeling of not being able to take a deep breath gets worse. We actually begin to overbreathe by taking too many shallow breaths, which is followed by such symptoms as tingling hands and feelings of fear and panic. If only we could just tell ourselves - AND MEAN IT - that as we know we're not going to die we'll be fine. The fear will pass and we'll be ok. Tell ourselves that we'll just go on with whatever we're doing and if our breathing is shallow we'll just let it BE shallow, so what, it doesn't matter, we're going to be fine.

In other words - ACCEPTANCE. Will the breathlessness do us any harm, kill us? No, of course not! Will our lungs keep working, in spite of us trying to control them all the time and making a bad job of it? Of course they will! Remember - nature takes care to keep us breathing, it's not our responsibility. Yes, it's annoying and at times frightening to feel short of breath, but if there's nothing actually wrong with our breathing apparatus then we honestly have nothing to worry about. Please, please, try to just continue on with whatever you're doing and think 'it doesn't matter what way I'm breathing'. If you can do that and mean it you're well on your way to being cured. Your breathing will go back to normal when you stop interfering with it, stop monitoring it. This is TRUE - I guarantee it!

Just a little test: next time you feel breathless take some exercise. Run or jump about for a while, then you'll find yourself taking deep breaths as your body does it job automatically. See what I mean? Or try holding your breath, then let it out - you'll take a very deep breath after that! NATURE KNOWS BEST, MUCH BETTER THAN YOU DO.

If this helps even one person I am glad. I used to suffer with this and other problems, all caused by my anxious monitoring of various parts of my body. However, after reading De Weekes's wise words, I realised that all these automatic bodily systems are better at doing their job than I was, so now I just let them get on with it. :)[/QUOTE]

This is very well said and am sure it is very correct. Am facing this problem for a few days now and GOD's grace I found this. I observed that when I divert my attention from the feeling, everything is fine. So anyone who has this problem can follow this. Also pray GOD since there is nothing that HE cant do.
Along with this there is one suggestion written by PaiNomor. You need to do that first and then the above. It is very effective.
Do pranayama and yoga, 100% cure is gauranteed.
God Bless All!

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