Feeling like I cant breath... is this just anxiety?
Question posted by babydoll610 on 14 Dec 2014
Last updated on 18 November 2020 by R67
For three days now I've been having the feeling I'm not getting enough oxygen ... I wake up with it and go to sleep with it it last all day and has caused me to have more panic attacks
I'm consitrating on my breathing so I know I'm taking in deep breaths not hyperventilating and I'm not weezy so why do I feel this way its scarrying me to death... I also have the feeling I have to constantly swollow ... Does this happen to anyone???
Just came across this thread I have had the same issues now for 9 months, I just woke up one morning and it was there couldn’t fill my lungs and it’s just never went away. Tried inhalers, anti histamines, chest X-ray and even took a trip to accident and emergency to get checked out. It was causing panic attacks but that wasn’t what was worrying me it was the constant being short of breathe even when I felt relaxed it would be worse at night and on exertion. I’ve been on sertraline for 4 weeks but hasn’t made a difference with the breathing however it has eased the anxiety. Final test the doctor is doing is to check thyroid, I feel like there must be something other than anxiety causing this as it’s been there for so long.
24 Oct 2020
Has anyone one who suffers from the shortness of breath had past nasal surgery ?
5 Sep 2020
It's a common symptom; maybe due to adrenaline rush. Panic attacks are similar and they may be due to hormonal surges or medications.
5 Sep 2020
Just remember if u can go sleep Ur fine and it's just a panic attack.Because if you weren't alright you would not be able to go asleep.
24 April 2020
I would not listen to people that are rushing you off to a doctor I’ve been going through what you said that you’re going through for the last 50 years since I took a bad LSD trip in 1970 when I am not thinking about it I breathe normally and it feels like normal but if I think about it or stress about anything I feel like I can’t get enough air so I wouldn’t worry about it and as long as you don’t think about it I guarantee you it will not happen but if you have stress that lingers it will happen
5 April 2020
Has anyone found the medication has helped with the breathing thing? I am on Zoloft and I’m currently still going through the breathing I’m on week 5 with Zoloft
12 Feb 2020
Bro i feel like this the last 2 weeks i feel like im dying i cry because i wanna be here for my daughter she 1 my wife tells me im tripping and to calm down when we go to sleep but its hard it comes alot when im going to sleep or night i get so scared never had this in my life i just wanna cry and shut down
Olivia del Pilar
30 Sep 2019
That's exactly how i feel, when i feel like this i usually take the capsules or tea of passion flower. Hope it will help you
22 July 2019
Ho sorry ,but all you have to do is to see your medical doctor to first have a check up on you and the findings the doctor will give you and he/she will I device you what to do.
4 July 2019
Yes. When people used to tell me to breath I never knew how powerful this tool is. Breath in five seconds hold five and exhale five. This actually produces calming hormones and slows down heart rate to ease anxiety. It works physically as well as mentally. I have discovered I must tell myself there is no threat and my fight or flight is not needed today. Fight or flight is the rush of adrenaline which causes me panic and yes. I do the swallowing thing too while my brain tries to tell me my throat is closing. I know those thoughts are not real. Anxiety and panic suck. But it always passes. Breath.
31 March 2019
Im so sorry u feel so bad.I have gone through periods of time feeling the same way.The swallowing thing i also had alot and it may have to do with the thyroid.I think some meds have made me have the swallowing thing too.
22 Feb 2019
i have this issue exactly ... at least right now... and the swallowing issue too. it's nervousness. anxiety... panic... it feels like a bubble or lump when i swallow. and I've had a hard time breathing before i go to sleep. it is anxiety. i have gotten tested and what have you... it is a hard time in your life but it will pass...
17 Dec 2018
I've been having the same problem for weeks now, and i'm telling you the only way for it to go away is to stop thinking about it. I know right harder then it seems. However once you distract yourself and are thinking about other things that are going on around you, it pretty much goes away until you think about it again. The longer your concentrated on other things the easier it gets to not think about it.
2 Dec 2018
anxiety cant go to bed. feel short of breath
27 Oct 2018
I’m not hyperventilating. I went down on my anti depressant and was pretty good for weeks and the last few days have been bad. The anxiety I suffer from came back. Not sleeping soundly for a few days. When I breath I feel like I’m not breathing fully even when I know I am. I had to finally go ahead and take the same amount of med today as I was before I cut back. I call this anxiety attacks. Feels like I can’t catch my breath. Heavy feeling on my chest, almost like a tightness. Inability to feel relaxed, accompiend by dizziness and feels like my nose isn’t taking in much oxygen. It’s Interchangeable with just general anxiety. The attacks don’t last long but the general feeling of anxiousness stays. Unfortunately it came on abruptly with no obvious reason why aside from a new neighbor who is home all the time.
I wasn’t experiencing the problems with anxiety on the amount of meds I was on for several years now and thought it would be good to cut back and better for my health among other things and I’m disappointed with today. I hope I will be able to not have to go back up on meds but I might have to.