I have been diagnosed with panic disorder. I wake up in a panic every morning. I have c.o.p.d. My PCP has told me that having c.o.p.d and anxiety together makes it 100 times worse... if I feel like it's hard to breathe, that makes me anxious. If I'm anxious, it makes it hard for me to breathe... a catch 22. I dealt with anxiety for years before I knew about the c.o.p.d though, and the c.o.p.d isn't severe. When my pcp listens to my lungs they are ok and I've had the pulminary tests done also (breathing into the tube) and it is normal... it's so hard to believe I have that much anxiety!!! I'm on Celexa, Lamictal, and Klonipin. I learned that taking the Celexa and the Klonipin helped ease the anxiety tremendously, for the first 4 or 5 days, then it went back to the level it was before. Help?
The Celexa and klonopin will help in time. How long have you been on them? It may take upwards of a month on the Celexa to reach maximum effectiveness, if you haven't been on it that long hang in there, it will get better. I may benefit from learning some deep breathing exercises. You can google this and find directions. Learning these along with the medications should help tremendously.
Hello there. I answered a question of your earlier. and stated that we share the same diagnosis. And I also have copd. I use advair, 500/50 twice a day. I truly need it for without it my breathing is a struggle. Even though your lungs are fairly clear when breathing you do have copd, and my opinion only, I'm surprised that you aren't on a inhaler of sorts for it. Have you tried a fast relief areosol inhaler? It can do wonders as it will give you instant relief, there by at the same time, giving you a lot less stress, hence no anxiety, or less of it. Anxiety will do a number on our breathing. It happens to me, my anxiety might run high, and then my breathing becomes a struggle. best to you.
(I am daddy's girl also, and in Dec I will be turning 50! It's good to know we are so loved, yes?)
I cannot answer to the copd problem, but I can give you a worse case scenario of 'how bad can anxiety get?'. I struggle with fibromyalgia and anxiety and had a 'worse case' two years ago. I was suddenly awakened from a dead sleep with severe pain in my chest that radiated thru to my back. I could not stand, sit, lie down and felt very nauseous. (all the symptoms of a heart attack) We were on a family reunion trip out in the boonies. My mind was racing as to how in the world will I get to a hospital, how will I even get to the truck, and as I worried over these things it got even worse! For some odd reason I asked my husband for a benedryl. I went from short shallow hyperventilating breaths to calm, normal breathing, normal pulse rate in just a matter of minutes. I have no idea why I came up with the idea, and thank goodness my husband just happened to have one pill in his truck, but it actually helped. Immensely. I was able to lay down and fall off to sleep w/in an hour of the episode. I always carry benedryl with me now. I have no medical theory to back this up, but I do have my personal experience, and I know it truly did work for me. Maybe it was just the fact that the benedryl allowed for my breathing to slow down or relax me enough to allow my anxiety to come down, I don't know. But whatever it was, it sure helped.
Just sharing my experience. Hope this helped. :)
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