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Old 03-28-2006, 07:24 AM   #1
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feeling out of breath with simple daily activities

Was wondering if anyone is suffering from same problem. I have had a tough time with ordinary daily activities such as climbing stairs, excersizing, even simplier things such as bending over to pick something up and even talking, because I feel as if I am out of breath all the time. This has been going on fo about 5yrs now. I have gone to about 5 cardiologists, 2 electropysiologist, and I have had all test performed for heart and lungs. Everything has come up normal. I have suffered with anxiety and panic off and on since I was a child. I think it's biological. I am seeing a psycologist now to try and convince me that it's only anxiety. I am to scared to try medication for anxiety and my panic and anxiety has gotten worse due to the way I feel. can anxiey cause all of this???

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Old 03-28-2006, 08:32 AM   #2
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Re: feeling out of breath with simple daily activities

Yes, I do feel the same way...a flight of stairs...taking out the all makes me feel like I ran a marathon...I don't know about you but I am also a smoker...wanted to quit but PCD told me to hold off until we can get the anxiety under control...I use to walk every day 4-6 miles but then got sick with really bad bronchitis on October...this is what triggered my first signs of anxiety and then it got excuse after another and here I am scared to walk because of being so out of breathe...I am considering very small light casual walks and then building myself up to more.

Old 03-28-2006, 08:34 AM   #3
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Re: feeling out of breath with simple daily activities

Hi I'm going through the same thing at the moment but only for the past five weeks, I am constantly aware of my breathing and it causes shrtness of breath and my stomach bloats with air. I am in a terrible state with it. My doctor has said it is anxiety but I worry it may eb something else. Your not alone

Old 03-28-2006, 09:59 AM   #4
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Re: feeling out of breath with simple daily activities

welcoem kjohn
I expect you have been checked for asthma?
anxiety can cause all you mention, try to relax and dont keep the muscles tensed up
breathing is very important, do breathe deep and slow, avoid rapid shallow panting

jacuzzis, hot tubs, massage or just a long soak in a hot bath all relax the body and mind
Life is not a dress rehearsal

Old 03-28-2006, 12:52 PM   #5
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Re: feeling out of breath with simple daily activities

KJohn - yep, me too!!

I now take the stairs super slowly - because my heart pounds & I'm out of breath. And bending over ?? UGH!!! That's the worst!! I get a major palpitation & headrush from that.

I've been through "all the tests" too.......

Sigh. I feel your pain KJohn.... you aren't alone here!

Old 03-28-2006, 01:59 PM   #6
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Re: feeling out of breath with simple daily activities

I do feel the same, but i have asthma anxiety and allergies, never can tell which one it is. Im 14 years old and shouldnt have to worry about stuff like this. Do you guys feel wierd when talking? i dont know how to really explain it, but its like im out of breath while im talking.

Old 03-30-2006, 12:59 AM   #7
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I have the same problem. At first I thought I was just unfit, but that is so not the case, especially since I could just be walking down the street and get out of breath. My chest feels like it is closing up on me and I can't get air. I know it is anxiety, but it's still worrying.

Old 03-30-2006, 07:38 AM   #8
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Re: feeling out of breath with simple daily activities

hi, im suffering with this! i have ashthma but doc said peakflow is normal
i do have anxiety! its so horrible isnt it x

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Re: feeling out of breath with simple daily activities

Oh boy, how I relate to this problem. Took 10 years before finding a doctor who was aware of this condition and able to recognize it. I finally reached the stage I could only take 3 steps and stall out, unable to take another step until I rested a little, then take 3 more steps, exhausted, huffing, etc. Bloodpressure was spiking also.

A hypertension specialist (Nobel Prize Winner in Hypertension) discovered I was a "hidden hyperventilater", that is, I was hyperventilating and did not know it, no one else noticed it. I did not show outward signs of hyperventilating. My breathing got off track for unknown reasons. It is possible to get breathing back on track but does take a long, long time. I finally reached getting back on track.

When we hyperventilate we blow off too much carbon dioxide. Without a balance of carbon dioxide and oxygen the red carpusles cannot release oxygen to vital organs (heart, lungs, brain, etc.). The lack of oxygen will cause the body to panic. Too many doctors think we panic first then the other problems result, not the case when we are a hidden hyperventilater, the lack of oxygen sets off the string of symptoms.

The prescription was the cheapest I had ever had. The doctor pulled out a paper sack from his pocket and told me to breathe in and out of the sack for 5 minutes every hour. Did this for 3 months then was able to reduce to several times a day, morning, noon, afternoon, bedtime etc. or as needed.

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Old 03-30-2006, 11:25 AM   #10
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Re: feeling out of breath with simple daily activities

I suffered for years (and still do) with the same thing.
Eventually, my new doc took my symptoms serious and got me checked for a whole range of possible causes.
Guess what, it turned out i suffer with 'ferropenic anemia', which is when the ferritin levels (your bodies iron stores) are low. I wasnt clinically anemic as my heamaglobin was always ok (this was how it was missed for so long), but the type of anemia I suffer from has all the same symptoms as typical anemia - ie breathlessness, fatigue AND anxiety.

Obviously Im not suggesting for one minute that you are the same as me, but i thought id tell you my story, as Ive suffered for years with this (the anxiety being the main problem) when millions of AD's, SSRI'S etc where prescribed when all the while there was a physical reason for my symptoms.

Hope you feel better soon,

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