breathlessness & anxiety attacks ?

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This may sound absolutely ridiculous but I had yet another night when I was awoken at 4am with feelings of doom & problems filling my lungs with air, really frightening situation, lasted about an hour

Tried the breathing in through the nose & out through the mouth, took 2 codeine & had a hot water bottle in between my shoulder blades to ease the symptoms which eventually calmed down, even stood outside in the cool air to try to breathe easier.

Eventually went back to sleep until 9am, it's 10am now & don't feel too bad, took my first 10mg of cilatopram yesterday & am undecided on wether to take another one today ????

But my main question is... ( & I know you will probably laugh at me) but can these breathing episodes end up killing you or would the worst case scenario be that you would just pass out or am I just plain overreacting, please give me some advice ?

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  • Posted

    Possible Panic attack?? or maybe a mild form of Asthma?

    I would get yourself checked out if you are worried.

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      Hya Dawn, went to doctors yesterday & he took my blood pressure & heart rate which were both fine, also checked my chest with a stethoscope & it was absolutely clear with no congestion, he gave me citalopram & I took the first one yesterday, gave me a bit of dioreah & nothing more so I think I'll take another one now.

      We go abroad tomorrow & I always seem to get this ailment about 5 weeks prior to going, not aware of being afraid of flying but get so many feelings of doom & gloom about what could go wrong, sounds crazy I know Dawn but it really does get me down ?

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      see how you go with the citalopram,

      i have a family member the same and a work colleague also feels the same way you do.

      take care hope all goes okay tomorrow smile

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    I get the exact same thing!  I have had to get up and pace around the house for like 45 minutes to get over it, I can tell I am panicking during, but that feeling of not getting enough air/going to pass out is there.  Its amazing how KNOWING you are having a panic attack doesnt ease your mind at all during one.  
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      Thanks for your reply Misty & sorry to hear you are also going through it, this problem is a pain in the assignment but we can beat it that's for sure, there are a lot of people on here with exactly the same thing which is reassuring in itself.

      With breathing techniques & positive thinking we can get on with our lives & not let it rule us. I keep telling myself that it is a state of mind & can do me no real harm, I'm trying not to think about it bothering me tonight, instead I'm trying to tell myself I will get a good nights sleep & think of other things instead of this stupid anxiety, please keep in contact misty & let me know how you are ☺

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      I will, thank you for your kind words!  Yes I have been trying to actually take notice of times when I feel great, no uneasiness, and be thankful.  I also have been trying to use some distractions to keep my mind off the attack, like focusing on curling my toes or soemthing stupid, lol.  
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    Hi Andy,

    I have had anxiety off & on my whole (long) life.smile.  Went away but made a comeback in the last year.  If it is anxiety it won;t kill you.  But it is an awful thing.  I take ativan when needed.  When I was doing yoga it was so much better.  It you do some deep breathing (learn the right way) it will help.  Feel better.

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