Anxiety!?

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  • quaium 3 Mar 2009 22:00:16 399 posts
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    I've recently been feeling really breathless and finding it difficult to breath in the normal way, mostly resorting to yawning in order to get a full breath of air in to me. Also getting very light headed and feeling dizzy at times.

    I am asthmatic so thought it might be related to that so the other day when I had a really bad patch of breathing where I felt that I couldnít talk because I was so out of breath I went to the local A and E.

    The doctors checked me out... blood pressure... blood test... ECG and a quick check of my chest and came back to tell me that I'm a healthily young man and they have no idea what I'm doing here! Nothing to do with my Asthma!

    They told me that it could be related to anxiety, which I was very surprised with because I don't have any stress or even anxiety in my life at the moment. The doctors told me that it might not even be something I'm aware of (how I can get stressed over something I don't know about is beyond me).

    Anyway they sent me home without any medication which left me wondering how I get rid of this "anxiety" or even if the doctors were right.

    Just wondering if anyone else has been through anything like this and could advice me on how I combat it? At the moment this breathing thing is really starting to annoy me and I canít seem to find a way out!
  • phAge 3 Mar 2009 22:19:44 24,387 posts
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    See a therapist - I'm pretty sure there are people who specialise in exactly your condition.
  • skuzzbag 3 Mar 2009 22:22:46 5,653 posts
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    Could the funny breathing now be causing the anxiety? Medical doctors are shit at this kind of stuff (IMHO) you need to see a psychologist (qualified so a doctor not just some student still at uni). If you had it really really bad they'd probably refer you but as you aren't a complete mess this won't happen.

    I should try a different forum to be honest :)
  • Deleted user 3 March 2009 22:32:25
    Sounds strange, have you been eating and/or sleeping well?
  • Red-Moose 3 Mar 2009 22:36:01 5,346 posts
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    Get a referral from your GP to a Psychiatrist, who is a medical doctor specialising in anxiety, depression and other mental/psychiatric illness. Around 15% of the population suffer anxiety at one time or another.

    A differential for your symptoms would be psychiatric as well as cardiac, respiratory, etc., .

    Dont' bother at the moment think about why or what you could be "anxious" about - the words used to described anxiety are primitive, so you can presume there is a cause. Anxiety can exist as common "worry", the way newspapers will use it, but the same word also describes a large range of very specific disorders, that can be treated as can many illnesses.
  • phAge 3 Mar 2009 22:36:23 24,387 posts
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    The mind does weird stuff sometimes. Last year, I woke up one morning and just felt really dizzy. It didn't go away until a week later, when I'd succesfully passed an exam I was studying for. Funny thing was that I didn't even realise how much it had been affecting me, until after it was over. The second I walked out that door, the dizzynes disappeared completely.

    I bet it's the same thing with you - probably no biggie, but best get it dealt with now.
  • DaM 3 Mar 2009 22:36:49 13,362 posts
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    My body has got "stressed" a few times, during exams and stuff. I feel fine mentally, but my guts go to pot. Peppermint tea does the trick for some reason.....
  • jaxon58 3 Mar 2009 22:37:41 2,422 posts
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    If it IS anxiety, then yes, go see a therapist. If you are anxious about something you're not aware of, they'll find out what it is. Try and stop it now before it gets worse. It can take weeks to get appointments with therapists. Good luck!
  • Razz 3 Mar 2009 22:38:00 61,429 posts
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    Even now and then I get this for no apparent reason. I've even had full blown anxiety attacks in the past. :/ Never got it checked out though. Let me know how you get on.

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  • Red-Moose 3 Mar 2009 22:39:01 5,346 posts
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    Also don't smoke weed, or drink alcohol and DO look both ways when crossing the road.
  • Razz 3 Mar 2009 22:41:16 61,429 posts
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    Admitedly every anxiety attack I've had has been after a smoking session of cannabis. :/

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  • Syrette 3 Mar 2009 22:42:07 43,862 posts
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    Don't smoke too much ganj.

  • Red-Moose 3 Mar 2009 22:42:47 5,346 posts
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    Information on Anxiety
  • Razz 3 Mar 2009 23:38:47 61,429 posts
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    lol

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  • Stickman 3 Mar 2009 23:42:25 29,666 posts
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    Doctors can prescribe anti-anxiety pills if they think it's going to be a long-term things. Look up ways to help prevent hyperventilation.

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  • Deleted user 3 March 2009 23:43:00
    Even the thread title sounds anxious.
  • Deleted user 4 March 2009 00:21:47
    Gremmi wrote:
    Even the thread title sounds anxious.

    /feels a Chris Morris sketch coming on

    edit: can't believe I spelled sketch wrong.
  • Ged42 4 Mar 2009 00:22:52 7,760 posts
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    Have recently eaten anything you don't normally have or changed your washing powder or anything that could be triggering an allergic reaction? It's also getting into spring now and the pollen from the daffodils and other early spring flowers could be exacerbating your asthma, making you feel a little short of breath constantly.

    My missus has asthma coupled with anxiety attacks and the docs said that one thing that can caused anxiety is too much of your asthma inhalers, have you been using them more than usual? Also some over meds can increase your heart rate, which when coupled with the inhalers can make you feel like your heart's beating too fast, have you recently started any new medication?

    But the best thing is to get your GP to send you to Psych and see what they think, my missus takes some stuff called Cytalopram which seems to work day to day and Diazepam for accute attacks. Though these have some side effects so should only be for if you're really bad.

    There's also some herbal stuff called Rescue Remedy in the chemist that may help a little.

    Also don't do what I just did and play Project Zero in the dark.
  • sirtacos 4 Mar 2009 00:56:15 7,337 posts
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    Make an appointment with Hugh Laurie. He'll refuse to take your case at first, but then you'll collapse in front of him and he'll become interested. Then he'll come up with a routine treatment which will almost kill you. He and his team will then brainstorm a new diagnosis and find another treatment. You'll get better almost immediately, and then while the Doctor utters line after line of clever witticisms in your hospital room you'll suddenly start bleeding from your eyes and shooting lumps of brain from your urethra.

    Finally, an offhand comment from a colleague will give Hugh an epiphany. The treatment he advocates will be karazay - "let's take out his heart and replace it with a party balloon". Everyone will forbid him from doing it, which will only spur him on to kidnap you and operate on the back of his motorbike. When his boss finds out about this, she will cross her arms, look indignant and waggle her finger a bit. In response, Hugh will make a comment about how fat her ass looks and how she'll never find a man to have children with. She will playfully punch him in the arm.

    Meanwhile, you'll get better, then you'll get worse again, and finally you'll be cured and won't sue for malpractice.

    But that doesn't matter. What matters is that House keeps pushing everyone away from his heart.
  • quaium 4 Mar 2009 20:44:00 399 posts
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    Ged42 wrote:
    My missus has asthma coupled with anxiety attacks and the docs said that one thing that can caused anxiety is too much of your asthma inhalers, have you been using them more than usual?

    Now that is interesting. I have been taking my inhalers a lot recently because everytime I have breathing difficulties I automatically think it's the asthma and start puffing away! Do you know what the doctor suggested apart from stopping the puffing? Do the symptoms go away after a while or would it need some sort of medicine to sort it out?

    Thanks for all the other comments guys. I think if it carries on like this I will need to see a therapist!
  • ronuds 4 Mar 2009 20:46:19 21,788 posts
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    I'll bet he smokes...
  • Deleted user 4 March 2009 20:51:49
    The inhaler thing makes sense, I used to feel anxious after taking the brown one.
  • AaronTurner 4 Mar 2009 20:52:14 7,793 posts
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    I could well be anxiety. I've been in the situation were I've not realised how stressed I am until my body tells me. I've had breathing problems before, these days I've learnt to ignore it. I also get heart problems.

    Best thing to do, in all seroiusness - tire yourself out. Go jogging, cycling, have sex or do anything that will tire you out. I can't stress how much of a difference this will make. It's a god send to me whenever I realise I'm getting stressed.
  • AaronTurner 4 Mar 2009 20:53:48 7,793 posts
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    Although saying that, I wouldn't want to convince you to go out running if indeed you do have a breathing condition, as you have asthma :)
  • ronuds 4 Mar 2009 20:56:47 21,788 posts
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    KILLA wrote:
    The inhaler thing makes sense, I used to feel anxious after taking it in the brown one.

    yuck!
  • chopsen 4 Mar 2009 21:12:21 16,127 posts
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    quaium wrote:
    The doctors checked me out... blood pressure... blood test... ECG and a quick check of my chest and came back to tell me that I'm a healthily young man and they have no idea what I'm doing here! Nothing to do with my Asthma!

    None of those test exclude asthma! Wot, no peak flow?

    See you're GP. They're a bit better than A/E doctors at treating and diagnosing chronic asthma and anxiety.
  • quaium 4 Mar 2009 21:18:24 399 posts
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    Chopsen wrote:
    quaium wrote:
    The doctors checked me out... blood pressure... blood test... ECG and a quick check of my chest and came back to tell me that I'm a healthily young man and they have no idea what I'm doing here! Nothing to do with my Asthma!

    None of those test exclude asthma! Wot, no peak flow?

    See you're GP. They're a bit better than A/E doctors at treating and diagnosing chronic asthma and anxiety.

    Sorry did forget to mention the peak flow. They did do that test.
  • ronuds 4 Mar 2009 21:23:30 21,788 posts
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    Yeah, but do you smoke?
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