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Mon, 08-30-2010 - 11:14am

I think I may have posted here once or twice a few years ago.

I'm Tina, 33 years old. Never had anxiety issues until after I had my daughter who is 4 now. Both my sisters and grandmother have anxiety so I guess I was destined to get it. I hate it.

My anxiety is mostly about health. I had a son who was disabled, who died right during the height of all my anxiety, which did not help. At first I thought I would die and no one would take care of him so I'd google to see what my pains meant. Convince myself I had cancer and so on...

It did eventually become manageable.

Now for the last 6 months I have had shortness of breath and I can't tell if its anxiety related or because I'm just not in good shape. I went to the drs and she is sending me for an echocardiogram and even though she says she doesn't think it will show anything, I will be convinced I have heart problems.

UGH!

Its nice to find a board where other people can relate. No one I know gets how crippling anxiety can be.

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Registered: 04-08-2003
In reply to: lneonkia
Mon, 08-30-2010 - 12:26pm

{{{ hugs }}}

I'm so sorry for your loss.

If after your echo comes back normal, maybe look toward your sinus health.

I didn't realize I was suffering allergies & my allergies pumped up my anxiety. I didn't show all the normal signs of allergies (blurry eyes, sneezing, runny nose). Instead I swell, causing post-nasal drip, so I didn't know how runny I was.

If you want to try on your own now, to see if you get any relief, get a neti-pot or some other type of nasal irrigation. Give it a week of washes & see if you start to feel better. In yoga they say to use in the morning, I personally like to do at night so I can breath better while sleeping. Or maybe try with, or alone, a nasal decongestant.

Oh! And if you are finding some relief with sinus attention & you want to start exercising, but cannot due to lack of energy. I've just been reading in the book "Breathe Better Now" to do arm exercises in a chair. It will get your blood flowing & start to build muscle mass w/o putting too much pressure on your breathing. Which will help build up stamina to start more exercises as you start to feel better.

I hope your doc is right & you'll get good results from the echo.

Peace




"Only when we are sick of our sickness shall we cease to be sick."

~ Lao-Tzu, from The Tao Te Cheng



"Only when we are sick of our sickness shall we cease to be sick."

~ Lao-Tzu, from The Tao Te Cheng
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Registered: 06-16-2004
In reply to: lneonkia
Mon, 08-30-2010 - 12:35pm
Thanks. You know I was having sinus issues a while ago so I went to a specialist. I was getting sinus infections a lot. She sent me for a CT, told me I had a deviated septum and my right side was clogged or however she phrased it. It went on for a little longer but then it just stopped. Maybe it is sinus related. I'll keep you updated.
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Registered: 03-11-2004
In reply to: lneonkia
Mon, 08-30-2010 - 3:06pm
WB, Tina! Sorry to hear about the shortness of breath): It's a common symptom of anxiety. I call mine, *raggedty* breathing. No matter how hard I try, I cannot take a deep breath. Usually this happens when I am under a lot of stress or don't get enough sleep.
I hope your tests come out negative. Many times that is enough to *convince* ourselves that we're ok. It helps to repeat that as an affirmation. *I am ok. My tests were normal. This is anxiety. It will not hurt me. Etc.*
Thanks so much for thinking about us & returning to our community. We understand anxiety & will be glad to listen, as you face this challenging time. You CAN & WILL feel better. GL & GBU! (((hugs))) jan