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For about 6 months now, and in clinically confirmed menopause, I have been experiencing these strange and highly distressing episodes whereby I feel I am going to stop breathing, similar to the feeling you get when you are under water and you are running out of air before the surface. I find this terrifying at times. The strange thing is, I don't wheeze or cough, my respiration rate remains normal and I don't experience any chest heaviness or pain. Lung function tests showed I am fit and a recent ECG and blood test were normal. These episodes mostly strike after a period of inactivity and first thing in the morning. During an episode, no one would know there is anything wrong; I don't gasp for air or appear breathless. But the feeling I experience inside my body is extremely unpleasant. It's very difficult to describe. It starts with a feeling in my belly and travels up into my chest. This is sometimes accompanied by what I think is a hot flash...I feel my cheeks are burning and I feel an impulse to sit down.
I have been taking oestrogen patches and progesterone tablets as HRT. My GP recently changed me to combined patches at my request as they're safer, but I still struggle with these awful symptoms and I feel so alone. My GP is very supportive but at a loss to diagnose this. I have suffered with anxiety and I had a series of awful panic attacks last year as a result of a virus. My GP has referred me to a psychologist, but there is a four month wait. I feel so alone. If anyone else experiences this, I would love to know.
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