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Can't take a full breath, is it stress/anxiety ?

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Hi,

I'll keep it short, around 2 years ago I got really bad panic attacks and a rare disorder called 'HPPD'. After 6 months of panic attacks, doctors not knowing what was going on and thinking I was dying. I finally got the help I needed. Another 6 months passed with alot of help from doctors, hospitals and medication. I was feeling alot better and my panic attacks stopped and got diagnosed with HPPD. Even though the doctors had no idea what this disorder was or how to deal with it.

The year after that I was doing alot better, I didn't have panic attacks anymore and only a little anxiety sometimes. The HPPD will probably stick with me forever but I don't really mind anymore. That's not why I'm here.

After a year of all the anxiety and everything I got trouble breathing. It feels like I need to take a deep breath but it gets limited. My lungs are full but it doesn't feels like they're. It just 'stops'. Also when im yawning I sometimes can't.
This goes on and off everyday. Sometimes it's better, sometimes it's worse.

I've been to the doctor for this problems around 7 times now. Everytime they check my lungs/heart and everything seems to be fine. I got help to control my breathing from a specialist but even she things everything is fine. After 2 months of therapy from her it still wasn't going any better. So she send me to the doctor again.

This time they made me do a breathing test but it couldn't be done because my lung capacity wasn't big enough. This was the first time they saw that there's something. After that they let me do a Thorax scan (complete torse scan). But everything was perfect. No lung, heart or veins problems, all healthy. They also tested my blood, made an MRI scan of my brain. But everything was in perfect health.

So again, nothing to see, they know nothing...

I spoke with a guy who also had panic attacks and anxiety for a while. And he told me he was having the same problems with his breathing as me. For him it was linked to stress and anxiety.

So now my question, any more people who are experiencing the same problem with breathing?
 
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have they checked you heart and Blood pressure and pulse. to rule out anything with your heart as ongoing stress does load your system .

the other thing is diet- high cholesteral have you had that checked

i am not a doc i am only putting my thoughts down. sounds horrible
 
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Hey, thanks for the answer.

Yes they've checked my blood pressure and pulse multiple times.. All is good. Also my blood/cholesteral is good. I eat really healthy and take extra B12 & Iron (because I don't eat meat).

i am not a doc i am only putting my thoughts down. sounds horrible
Yep, it's really annoying.. Especially because the doctors can't find anything.

The only thing I can think of is stress or anxiety. That's way I'm looking at this forum to see if more people are having the same issues after a period of anxiety & panic attacks.
 
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ongoing anxiety does load the system. being stuck in an axiety loop is hard to break. hope someone can come up with something
 
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Thanks, me too... Maybe it's still the health anxiety. The only reason why I'm having anxiety in the last months is because of the trouble breathing. Maybe this is causing a loop
 
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yep reckon you are onto something there. can you start maybe to do some breathing exercises no wierd eastern stuff now. if you want any suggestions i am happy to help
 
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I suffered for years from the feeling of not being able to take a full breath when my anxiety first started. The only advice I can give you is to make sure you exhale completely and try not to inhale too deeply, also try not to concentrate on your breathing unless you are doing breathing exercises....easier said than done. The only time I get it now is when I get silent acid reflux so it might be worth you taking some antacids just incase but my guess is that it is anxiety
 
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After a year of all the anxiety and everything I got trouble breathing. It feels like I need to take a deep breath but it gets limited. My lungs are full but it doesn't feels like they're. It just 'stops'. Also when im yawning I sometimes can't.This goes on and off everyday. Sometimes it's better, sometimes it's worse.

No now my question, any more people who are experiencing the same problem with breathing?
I used to experience something similar. It would feel as if I wasn't getting enough air. It can still happen occasionally if I am extremely stressed out.

With Anxiety Disorder there is frequently a problem with tensing of the muscles in the neck, shoulders and chest area, which can cause either real breathing difficulties or at least a sensation of not filling the lungs. Because I used to be a musician, I was all wound up with worrying about whether I was breathing 'correctly' or not. Once I learned to let go and just breathe any which way without worrying whether the breaths I was taking were deep enough, the problem went away for the most part.
 
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Wow I'm an musician/music producer too. I work alot on my own music & documentary music in the studio (so sitting alot behind a computer/synths). Also travelling 2 times a month to other countries.

I'm also experiencing alot of problems in my neck/shoulders. Maybe it's time to find some help for this and see if the breathing problems are caused by this.

I noticed a few times the breathing was getting better when I took a small dosses of benzo's. But I didn't knew if it was really getting better, or because I just wouldn't notice it anymore. Thanks for your answer HauntedWitch. Gonna call the doctor again tomorrow and get physiotherapy.
 
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I suffered for years from the feeling of not being able to take a full breath when my anxiety first started. The only advice I can give you is to make sure you exhale completely and try not to inhale too deeply, also try not to concentrate on your breathing unless you are doing breathing exercises....easier said than done. The only time I get it now is when I get silent acid reflux so it might be worth you taking some antacids just incase but my guess is that it is anxiety
Thanks, kinda happy to hear that more people are having these problems. This explains why the doctors can't find anything.

yep reckon you are onto something there. can you start maybe to do some breathing exercises no wierd eastern stuff now. if you want any suggestions i am happy to help
I do alot of breathing exercises and I'm really into meditation. Even had 6 months of meditation classes and history lessons about it when I was still in college. The breathing exercises work for a little while. But come back after a few minutes when I stop...
 
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I work alot on my own music & documentary music in the studio (so sitting alot behind a computer/synths). Also travelling 2 times a month to other countries. I'm also experiencing alot of problems in my neck/shoulders.
I can relate. Computer work will do it too. I have a problem with sitting sort of hunch-backed over the computer. I spend hours working with the laptop and have to remember to get up and walk around or do stretching exercises every half hour or my joints become stiff and painful.
 
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I do alot of breathing exercises and I'm really into meditation. Even had 6 months of meditation classes and history lessons about it when I was still in college. The breathing exercises work for a little while. But come back after a few minutes when I stop...
the breath is a great place to start however it helps to make some lifestyle changes as well to help to reduce anxiety levels
 
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I can relate. Computer work will do it too. I have a problem with sitting sort of hunch-backed over the computer. I spend hours working with the laptop and have to remember to get up and walk around or do stretching exercises every half hour or my joints become stiff and painful.
I've the same problem. Have to remind myself of sitting right. Otherwise my neck/back will kill me the next day. I'm gonna see if physiotherapy will help for the breathing problem.

the breath is a great place to start however it helps to make some lifestyle changes as well to help to reduce anxiety levels
Definitely, until a few months ago. I was working 12 hours a day on my music and travelling 2 times a month to play at festivals. And I was still in college. So doing 2 fulltime jobs... I decided to quit my college and do what makes me happy. The anxiety got way better after this decission.
 
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