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Titareza,,, Sorry your having this problem but it really is pretty normal with us what i find out works better for me is when i know its starting,Remember nobody can tell what you are doing but just act like it is not happening and breath deep and exhale very slow anyway it works for me but it takes practice..It just resets your thinking by slowing down your fight of flight action.this happens when something triggers you anxiety can be a thought or something you see.keep working on these tools and it well get easier and easier,many problems are caused by our breathing to rapid good luck my friend
I think because of your asthma along with panic attacks, you would do well to see a specialist to help sort all this out. There are good medications and therapy methods to help with anxiety. I happen to have a lung disease which can make it very hard to breathe. It causes panic in me. You may have an inhaler to help the breathing. My disease wont work with it. So I have to take Xanax. Or I would keep feeling the panic breathlessness. Talk with a good therapist for relaxation and a good physician to treat all your disease and symptoms. It will be so much better for you.
And your heart is not going to stop. You will be fine. You have been well every time this has happened. That is why the relaxation practice will help you so much. Let me know how you are doing.
There are a variety of symptoms people have when they get anxious. The most common is heart palpitations, or the feeling of heart pounding or racing. Others have symptoms such as dizziness, or stomach problems or diarrhea. It seems to me that we all have vulnerable areas. For me, I noticed the dizziness almost to the exclusion of all the other symptoms. But by far, for the majority of people with severe anxiety, sxs having to do with their heart are the most common. Why - the brain perceives anxious feelings as a threat, an emergency, and starts pumping adrenaline to get you ready to "fight or flee" (the well known 'fight or flight syndrome'). And the more you worry about your heart or think thoughts like "What If I'm having a heart attack?", the more your body will keep pumping adrenaline.
that's a really simplified explanation of 'why' you have palpitations. You might want to read Claire Weekes' books, like Hope & Help for Your Nerves which explains this very well, - and I've found it very reassuring.
Dear Titareza, I (being diagnosed with a heart anomaly when I was a newborn) was extremely worried to find that I was having sharp pains in my chest, a faster than normal heart rate, and more common palpitaions at the age 15. I was very confused, and I went to the ER at one point. They said that they had found a U-wave which is a rare extra beat within the heart. Skip to a few weeks of wearing a pestering heart monitor, my cardiologist(a very reliable and known doctor for her field) had said that I was actually suffering from anxiety and impared vision which made me motion sick. I still suffer with palpitations from time to time, however, with exercise and a healthy diet, they were able to stop for the most part. As for your anxiety, research something called mindfulness, there is a whole magazine devoted to it.
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