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Old 06-07-2019, 06:28 PM
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I put it in quotes because I'm not sure if it's actually an issue or not.

I started noticing it later yesterday, and am still noticing it today. I'm not exactly sure that I would call it "shortness of breath" nor is it hard to breath. It just feels (off and on, not an all day feeling) like I am concentrating more on my breathing, like it's more "effort" or "focus" and I have this urge to take in a really deep breath, but even though I CAN do that, it feels like it's not quite as deep as I "should" be able to go. I notice it more when I'm actually thinking about it, which makes me wonder if I am literally just overthinking it. I am wondering if my lungs/chest feels ever so slightly off, like a mild version of the chesty (NOT congested) feeling I can sometimes get with a cold, but I have no cold symptoms.

I do struggle with anxiety, so I wonder if it's "just" that. I remember feeling this feeling in the past (I'm pretty sure I've mentioned it to my doc at least once when they've asked about shortness of breath, but I can't remember which doc that was). I don't feel like my breathing is distressed, I don't feel faint, dizzy, or anything like that. I'm not wheezing as far as I can tell.

I really don't want to go to the doctor. I feel like they'll think I'm becoming a hypochondriac with all my "issues." Plus it's a really bad time to go with next week being the last week of school, and then the following Monday I leave for vacation. I'm thinking that unless it gets worse, or persists too much longer, I may just jot it down to mention it as I have follow up appointment already scheduled later in the summer. Ugh. I'm tired of doctors!

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Old 06-07-2019, 06:31 PM
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I have had that feeling from anxiety, so I think it could be that. I'd wait a few days and see if you still feel it before going to the doctor, unless it gets worse, of course.
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Old 06-07-2019, 06:32 PM
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I am curious to see responses. I have the same thing.
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Old 06-07-2019, 06:33 PM
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From what you write, most likely your symptoms are due to anxiety. I would not ever worry about what a doc might think. If you know your symptoms are not normal report it to your doc.
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Old 06-07-2019, 06:41 PM
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I think I've had that before, and I think it is at least partly anxiety. Once I notice a little "weirdness" (which is probably normal) I pay super close attention to it and then that's what I focus on. If you think about all of the amazing things our bodies do every second of our lives with all of our different body systems, it's pretty incredible. I try to remember that weird things are bound to happen from time to time with all that's going on inside and that doesn't mean it's always a bad thing.

If you truly feel like it's a breathing issue, see a dr. But maybe give it some time and try to think about other things. With all you've been through, it's not a surprise that something like this would worry you.


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Old 06-07-2019, 07:32 PM
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I get that feeling from anxiety. Are there any other symptoms (tightness in chest or pains)? If not, I would bet on anxiety. I have had those same exact symptoms and even went so far as to buy one of those finger monitors that measures blood gases. My levels were always good, which gave me peace of mind and seemed to help me get over it.

Hopefully, when school is out and you are on vacation, you will feel better and the stress will be less.
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Old 06-08-2019, 03:06 AM
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Yes, I get that sensation. For me it feels like my heart skips a beat, as well as the breathing issue. It lasted for so long--4 months or more--that I finally made a doctor's appointment. Although I see an ob-gyn yearly and an allergist twice a year, I hadn't actually been to my PCP for a check-up for 3 or 4 years.

They did an EKG, which showed perfect health. I still get the sensation, but it's more infrequent.

I do definitely have (undiagnosed) anxiety.

As a PT doc, I prescribe summer vacation for you!
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Old 06-08-2019, 04:56 AM
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I could have written your exact post! I have the same thing and it has bothered me for over a year. My doctor sent me for a lung function test which came back perfectly normal. He then sent me to a pulmonary specialist who ordered more (expensive) tests to rule out asthma. I havent done that yet because I just feel sure it will also come back normal. While I'm not glad that other people feel the same way, I'm kinda glad I'm not alone. I also went to google, MD 😉 and read that it could be anxiety. I take the lowest dose of Zoloft, so I do have very mild anxiety.

Hope we all get relief!
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Old 06-08-2019, 05:01 AM
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Thanks everyone! It helps to hear confirmation that it's probably nothing serious. (not that anxiety and stress aren't serious, they just aren't immediately life threatening). The fact that I can "forget" about it when distracted by something else, sometimes, helps me think that it's probably stress related + focusing in on any perceived problem. I think I'l just hold out for now (unless it gets worse) and bring it up at my next appointment just in case.



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Old 06-08-2019, 07:43 PM
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I have had that in the past and still struggle with it now and then and yours also sounds like probable anxiety. When I told my doctor she asked me two questions: Did I need to sit up or use two pillows to breathe at night? And, did I have it during active periods or non-active periods? My answers were no and non-active, no problems even when working out. Her answer........that indicates anxiety. She told me Shortness of breath indicates more of a physical concern when it interferes with sleep and is especially noticeable when exercising.

I have now been on Lexapro for over a year and I hardly ever have this problem.


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Old 06-09-2019, 09:49 AM
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Thanks! My answers to those two questions would be very similar (though I don't really work out).
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