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Anxiety and breathing

By Anonymous November 24, 2018 - 4:15pm
 
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Hello.
I suffer from anxiety and am treated with prescribed medicines (Lustral, 100mg once a day) due to bad, severe hypochondria.
My anxiety comes across as not being able to breathe deeply, or at least makes it feels as though, causing me, especially at nighttime, to over-inhale, basically, just so I could feel like I got a “good” breath.
I got tested several times at my physician’s office, who listened to my lungs & breathing and said it was all A-OK (knock on wood lol).

But, sometimes, at night, when I have that oh-so-repetitive ritual of inhaling, I noticed that sometimes when I inhale a deep breath, there’s a small wheeze. Why small? Not significant, and pretty sure nobody else can hear it (unless, maybe with a stethoscope). I will again state that only happens SOMETIMES and not every time I inhale a deeper breath.
Needless to say, I am terrified, as I have learned from damned google search that wheezing when inhaling is even more dangerous than when exhaling. :(
MY ANXIETY IS OFF THE CHARTS AWFUL DUE TO THAT GOOGLE ARTICLE!!
What should I do? Does it sound dangerous? Please help

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Hello, Anon.

Thank you for posting.

If you have recently gotten over an illness (cold or flu, etc) this might be the cause. We cannot know. If you are otherwise feeling well, try not to worry about it. Your doctor can listen to your lungs, however, if you need reassurance. Given your anxiety, you might want to avoid Google search. If you do use it, just remind yourself it's information only.

best,

Helena

November 24, 2018 - 5:07pm
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