help! anxiety breathing difficulty?!?

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I'm a 22 yr old male for the last 6 months I have had this constant pressure in my chest and my breathing is shirt labored/difficult and i mean constant all day every day.

i have obviously been to the docs and even to the emergency a couple of times where they have done chest xrays and heart tests and bloods all came back clear. They are putting it down to my anxiety. I cannot believe that this is cause by anxiety. Has anyone experienced the same thing???? Any help is appreciated

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    Hi Adam

    It is hard at first to get your head around the fact its anxiety.

    Its a switch in your brain that is broken it is telling you your in danger when your not.

    Try to distract yourself when an attack is happening exercise meditation keep hydrated a good diet are all good.

    Consider therapy it teaches you how to cope with anxiety/panic.

    Anxiety feed of fear so the more stressed you are about your psychosimatic health worries will only make your anxiety/panic worse

    Stay Strongcool

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    Thank you for your reply. My symptoms just feel to real to be anxiety related all day every day my chest feels so tight and my breathing is so labored and forced.

    i was hoping to hear from someone experiencing the same thing because it seems to be a very unique symptom of anxiety.

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      No Adam it is a very COMMON anxiety symptom I get it and most of the people on this forum get it to.

      There are 100's of anxiety symptoms just as you get rid of one another comes along

      Therapy will help you understand it and cope with itredface

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    it is called Concious breathing. Even talking about it will make me have it. Breathing is something your body does on its own... For whatever reason you focused on your breathing, and now you have made it a forced action. You are trying to breathe too much and too deeply causing your chest to feel right. I imagine you aren't out of breath like you ran a marathon (this would be a bad symptom that your Dr has likely ruled out) I imagine it is like mine, where when I get busy and stop thinking about breathing, it goes away. Because of my severe anxiety and this specific symptom, after looking at my lungs and my pulse ox being 99-100, he upped my Zoloft and gave me Klonopin to take every day until the Zoloft has kicked in. It is helping a LOT. The breathing is still a thing, but once I can take a good deep breath, I am ok. I even ran a 5k this weekend with no issue. Trust me, you are ok. Mind over matter always with Health Anxiety.
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    It's bloody horrible it doesn't come or go when im anxious it is all day long everyday hard to breathe
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      its not a nice thing. i hate waking up in the morning because of it. i dont eat much because of it either. it is so debilitating and i cant cope either. but having a littke girl means i cant give up and have to.fight this.

      i dont want to .be stuck worrying about death insteaf of living my life.

      hope you get better soon x

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      Hi tara I too get the feeling of not being able to get a full breath. I have to force myself to yawn or take a deep breath that then causes a pain in my chest. It's true what they say try keep busy & you will find you don't notice it as your not thinking about it. The minute you think about it it's there. This is an anxiety symptom that comes & goes for me. I should by now relise if it was anything serious it would be there constantly. Hope this helps xx
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      My anxiety is really bad at the minute I have the breathing thing going on I get chest pain im dizzy I have an upset stomach & every night my legs are restless. I've had anxiety for 4 years now & I hate it I just wish I was the person I was before all this started. I suffer with tension headaches when my anxiety Is bad 👎 xx
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    Hi Adam,

    Ive been suffering the same now for 10 months. None stop pain in my chest, stabbing pains when i breathe in. When it first happened i couldent lie on my left side. I also get pain on the back upper left hand side of my back and its almost like a hard ball, however had every test ubnder the sun and doctrs say its "Anxiety". Had it for 10 moths mate, none stop chest pain every day rolleyes

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