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all I keep doing is crying it's my breathing getting me down I was diagnosed with bronchialitisis but all the symtoms I have is quick shallow breathing is there something they can give you to help me with this I'm terrible in coping with illness what about medications can this be operated on thank you 

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    Hello Jayne

    I am so sorry that you are struggling with this diagnosis. I am not a physiotherapist, but my understanding is that shallow breathing is more relations hyper-ventilation. This is quite understandable as you've just been diagnosed and are feeling quite upset. 

    I know now it is easier said than done, but see if you can do some deep breathing using your diaphragm. Hopefully this should help with shallow breathing.

    however, the medical practitioner should have done more than just advise you of your condition. I suggest that you arrange to see them Asaph, and explain how you are feeling.

    hope you get some positive results soon.

    best wishes

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      Thank you very much I go see my chest specialist next week and hope he will put me on the right road thanks again 
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    Jayne I am very sorry you are so worried. One of the reasons you may be breathing in a quick shallow way is that you are so very anxious. This is called over breathing. To slow it down you have to be very calm, sit still and breathe very slowly through your nose. Don't heave your ribcage up. Let the breath go down into your tummy. Then breathe out as slowly as you can manage through your mouth. Don't pant or snatch for breath. You may not be able to do it at first. Just go back to the beginning and start again. That might help immediately. Then make an appointment with yoir doctor and tell him or her everything you have told us. You can't live with this fear. I have bronchiectasis which may not be the same thing you have but if it's any comfort I have lived for 66 years with it and lived a pretty normal life too.

    Good luck and bless you.

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      Ah bless yes I have bronchialitisis it just started with my shallow breathing I get a pain in my right lung area too I haven't had any more symtoms yes I am going to tell him everything what's going on I just feel so breath I have had it since the end of February and they still haven't gave me no meds I have now decided to pay private no disrespect to the NHS but it's taken 18 weeks or more to see a specialist sending you many thanks for your help 
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      Jayne this is shocking. Do whatever it takes to get help. Breathing exercises will probably be provided for you. No idea what drugs they have for your condition. There aren't many for us! Let us know how you get on but do see your gp about your anxiety too. Of course shallow breathing and anxiety go together - if you can't breathe deeply you are not getting enough oxygen to your brain which doesn't help with panic. And panic makes you breathe even more shallowly. All the best.
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    Hello Jayne. I'm sorry to hear you're having difficulties with you breathing. It can be scary, I know. I've experienced fast shallow breathing as many people on this forum have too.

    As Sparkright says, it's called hyper-ventilation. Scary, yes, but it will not harm you.

    Operalyn is right too, you will have to try and slow down your breathing.. from the abdomen.

    There is an online group called NO PANIC. They have a website and information and a telephone helpline during the day. Have a look on their site, I'm sure there's something to help you. You'll probably not need them much after youstart to cope by yourself, but they're there for you when you need a little boost.

    You don't have to join and there are various rates for membership if you do wish to.

    They've definitely helped me, I've been a member for Well over ten years and will keep up my membership.

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      I just don't understand why I'm only getting the shallow breathing I have back pain too maybe I have a infection I hope will all turn out in the end ... How do you cope with your breathing at night as soon as I lie down my lungs feels like sponge it's hard to explain .
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      You are very anxious and keyed up at the monument Jayne.

      Your body is in what is known as the fight-or- flight mode.

      All your muscles are tense and sore. It's an over- reaction to a threat that isn't really there.

      It's real to your mind and body so it tries to protect itself by gearing up ready to take on all comers by taking action (fight) or reacting (run [flight] ) hence the shallow breathing.

      The idea is to try to stop this and end the self-feeding cycle of shallow breathing. The more you shallow breath the tighter your back and chest muscles become and you have to breath harder to get the same result which is no good to you.

      There is a book by Dr Claire Weeks titled "Self help for your nerves." It's very good. She explains things in a way we can understand. No technical terms, just plain common sense. The No Panic site has a phone number you can get the Night time crisis message to talk you through a panic attack and breath correctly. It's always available as it's a recording. You can also purchase a copy of the message from the website. Do try it. You'll find it helps when you're learning the correct technique. Let me know how you get on. http://www.Nopanic.org.uk/

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    So sorry to hear this.  Do you have any medicines to help with your breathing?  deep breathing exercises are very helpful to me.  I sit quiety with some relaxing music.  Then I draw in a breath as steadily and deeply as possible.  Then I hold it for 3 seconds, and then let it out as slowly as I can..  This helps in more ways than one.  after a deep. reathing session, I notice that my blood pressure goes down about 10 points.  Once you have mastered the deep breathing...then you can add "huff" breaths to your routing.  They are a quick deep breath followed by a quick "huff" to get the air out quickly.  It usually causes me to cough, which with bronchiectasis is a good thing!  Good luck with your appointment!
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      Thank you all for such lovely help trouble is my only signs are breathing and tightness I have no cough had no phelm so how come everybody seem so different I just can't help 😂 hopefully once the specialist at bupa will give me more self a stem good bless to you all x
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      That appears to be one of the things about Bronchiectasis and related conditions. Each of us can have similar symptoms, exact symptoms, or none like any of the rest of us.

      I think it's just down to the way each of our bodies reacts to different conditions. Really, I suppose why some people get heavy colds and others are hardly affected, if at all.

      Dr Claire Weeks has a book called 'Self help for your nerves.' It explains worry and anxiety in an easy to understand manner. I found it of great help. Your local library should be able to get you a copy, or you could buy the book yourself. Let us know how you get on Jayne.

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