Re: Can anxiety/panic attacks cause breathing problems?
Yeah, I think so. I had an issue with this a while ago. I was having some stress at work, and started having breathing problems. I couldn't get a deep breath. There were some times where I almost had to pull off the road. The shortness of breath would come and go, but it could get really bad.
I had everything checked, from allergies to asthma, and finally the docs decided it was 'vocal cord dysfuntion', which is related to anxiety. It sort of made sense because I had anxiety in the past. I got put on Zoloft (had been off antidepressants for a while), and the shortness of breath went away. (Changed jobs too.)
It was weird because it didn't feel like anxiety, but apparently that's what it was.