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Anxiety about possibly having copd please help ASAP

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Well I got my heart clears had all kinds of test done and everything is completely normal... but now I’m freaking out about copd because for a few months now I have noticed things about my breathing... so one is if I even climb up stairs or even talking I get out of breath especially now since I’m so focused on my breathing I can’t finish a sentence without grasping for air .. so went to my doctor and he said he does not thing I have copd BUT he gave me a breathing test it was very quick and I failed it and the test suggested that I do have copd so he referred me to a specialist to go to this wensday .. and have the actual test done he still said that he don’t think I have it but to be safe go take the real test so now I’m freaking out ... I feel like I’m suffocating now writing this I can’t wcen talk on the phone without struggling for air I can’t finish a sentence at all ..

The test I took at the office suggested I have copd like it said moderate copd to so omg is my life almost done .. should I tell my kids I’m dying soon .. someone with any knowledge about copd please help me thank you
 
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I don't think you should tell your kids you are dying as you don't know what you have for sure and so far the tests have come back normal
do you think maybe some of these breathing difficulties could be related to anxiety?
I don't think I have welcomed you to the forum yet so welcome
it is good you are having these tests to make sure and I hope everything comes back clear
love Lu xxx
 
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Breathing can be affected by anxiety and may vary in severity depending on the intensity of the anxiety. Focusing on your breathing at all times will accelerate the feeling of not being able to breath and a tight chest. Try and focus on something else for at least part of your time and the feelings should lessen.
 
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I have COPD and most certainly am not dying! Whatever you do don't tell your children that. It sound much more like anxiety to me but I am no expert of course.
 
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Ok so I have been freaking out a lot lately about having copd.. I went to the doc and he referred me to have the spirometry test done I went this Tuesday to take the test..
My first result was normal my FEV1 was 81 and normal range is between 80 to 100 but my FEV1/fvc ratio was 65 and normal range is 70 ... so I went to my doc the next day after the test and this is what he said. “I don’t think you have copd I think it’s from years and years of you smoking and now that you quit I think you will get better and test normal in a few months but as of right now I don’t think you have copd” those was his exact words because my top number is normal but my ratio is a little below normal .. so now I’m freaking out and now I’m focusing on every breath and I can barley breath walking across a room or even talking I have to take big deep breaths to finish a sentence ... I wake up feeling short of breath I go to bed short of breath I just freak out of my breathing all day long I cry I hold my kids and think I might die soon and never see them again ..

I can’t ecwn go outside or play with my kids cuz I think in my head I won’t be able to keep up idk what to do .. Hell my doc didn’t even prescribe me a inhaler he said I don’t need it he said he thinks I should just retake the test in a few months give my lungs time to heal after gritting smoking but now I’m fully convinced I have copd hell just writing this I’m getting short of breath I’m only 30 years old I don’t want to die soon from having a terminal lung disease
 
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I would be surprised if a 30 year old had COPD. The longer you abstain from smoking the better your lung function becomes. It normally takes a few months to return to normal.

Do you think maybe COPD anxiety has replaced your heart anxiety recently?
 
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Yes it has definitely replaced it now I don’t even think about my heart at all and I am just focused on my breathing I can’t breath alllllllll day long I get short of breath just laying down or even talking I can’t do anything now without grasping for air and I quit smoking on Monday shouldn’t I be getting better I think my lungs are just now failing on me and I’m gonna die soon
 
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Ok serious question can anxiety cause you to be short of breath alllll day long for weeks and weeks because now I am short of breath all day long.. I can’t finish sentences I can’t walk up steps I can’t talk on the phone without gasping for air..
All I do all day long now is obsess about my breathing I pay attention to every single breath I take in but I seriously feel short of breath every single day now allllll day long I’m short of breath right now just sitting here is this possible that this can be anxiety to??
I mean when you read about shortness of breath with anxiety it’s during a panic attack but I’m not having a panic attack this is literally alllllllllll day long so can this still be anxiety ??
 
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Yes it can because you arent breathng correctly and you dont have to be having an actual attack. I cant medically advise you though. I think it should subside, perhaps you can go to see your nurse.
 
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Please consider speaking to a doctor about this. I did notice in your post that you obsess over every breath you take. This can be a bad habit to get in to although its right to monitor breathing to assess for shortness of breath when not doing anything that would require heavy breathing.

The obsessing over your breathing could be leading you in to a cycle where you are actually breathing normally but because you are monitoring your every breath you then fool your mind in to thinking you are not breathing normally so as a result you then start breathing abnormally.

I got myself in to this situation a few years ago when every 3rd breath I took did not register in my mind and because I was thinking about this all of the time my breathing got faster leading in to panic.

A good thing to remember is that breathing is automatic. Its controlled by a feature of our brains that automatically regulates our respiratory system. It wont just stop why don't have to monitor our every breaths just like we don't monitor our every heartbeat or every blink of an eye. Try to focus on something else other than your breathing to try and break the cycle.

Please see your doctor though to check everything is ok then try and relax.
 
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Woah Big red flag here.
You said you Quit smoking on Monday?
Expect a bad chest for a few weeks whilst your lungs get used to not have smoke inside them. Its well know and many people including myself when quitting smoking develop a horrible chest. Its also not unusual to cough up a multitude of colours of gunk from your lungs in the first few weeks of quitting.

Give your lungs a chance to recover. This may take months even years but you have started the clock running now so don't go back.

All the time now after quitting the smokes your body is improving and already you have dramatically reduced your chance of a heart attack in time your lungs and heart will return to that of a non smoker.

Give it time.
 
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Ok so even though I took the breathing test and it show I had mild copd that doesn’t mean I have it?? My doctor said he dosent think I have it he thinks I have to just quit smoking and come back in six months to re take the test and I should do fine... but I feel so weird every single day now I’m dizzy I feel lightheaded I feel like I’m not getting enough oxygen to my head and my head feels like I’m in outer space everyday ever since Monday
 
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Ok so I have had this checked and the spirometry test said I am very mild copd but my doctor said he dosent think I have copd he thinks it is normal deconditioning of my lungs because of how long I smoked so he told me to quit and come back in six months to retake the test..

Now with that being said I quit Monday it’s friday and I feel like my head is in our space every single day since I quit smoking my dizzy I’m lightheaded I can barley breath I feel like I’m not getting enough oxygen to my head or something then I have been reading allllll over the internet about copd and freaking myself out I’m scared I feel like I’m dying at 30 years old
 
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Jtreyo I am glad you stopped smoking-this is a big thing. You are not going die at age 30. Definitely panic attack. Panic can present in all kinds of ways like I think it is with you right now. Not sure if you are willing to get on anxiety medications. I feel bad for you going through this. Something is wrong and seems to be panic attacks ongoing. Call your doctor and he will help you. You can not go on living this way in fear and that's what panics attacks do cause. I feel for you and hope it all works out. Please get some medical advice. Love and hugs Jules
 
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As Fazza says, it gets worse before it gets better upon quitting smoking. It also takes time for your lungs to recover to their pre-smoking capacity. When I used to smoke I couldn't breathe out for very long (probably not long enough to do a breathalyser). However, after a few months I could breathe out normally, hold my breath for a minute and got 98% of average for my age and gender in an FEV1 test, and 103% in the FEV6 test. (FEV1 is one second's lung blowing power and FEV1 is 6 seconds' lung power).
 
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