Welcome to JustAnswer Health...and thank you for your question. I am a verified Expert and am delighted to help you today. Have you had a problem with anxiety in the past?
The feeling of the inability to get a full breath is one of the most common complaints of those who are experiencing anxiety.
Does it seem to get worse as the day goes on?
Do you have any swelling in your ankles? Do you have a wet cough?
Are you still here?
good... ( no swelling or cough)
The scary thing about Anxiety is that it can seem to come out of nowhere.. without a concrete cause that you can pinpoint. Anxiety can cause alterations in breathing patterns and it may be that you are holding your breath or breathing too rapidly which can cause fatigue and the symptoms you are experiencing. There is something you can do right now to stop it.....initiate proper breathing. You can help alleviate the feeling of throat tightness, panic and and shortness of breath by changing your breathing pattern to abdominal breathing. To abdominal breathe ( which is a much more effective breathing technique) place one hand on your abdomen and one hand on your chest... watch to see which rises. It should be the abdomen, NOT the chest.Practice breathing using your abdominal muscles... (to breathe with chest muscles causes fatique and more shortness of breath) by taking in a deep breath through your nose.. making sure only the hand on your abdomen moves, slowly.. and exhale slowly through the mouth.. your abdomen should flatten with exhalation. Do this three breaths at a time. Breathing correctly will immediately eliminate anxiety...., every time. If it comes back do it again. Here is an excellent link to read more about anxiety:
COnsider taking extra hydration ( atleast 8 glasses of water per day), this will help as well as destressing through the use of biofeedback and relaxation techniques ,
definitely plan to get adequate sleep. Sleeping is so important for over all well being.
Here is an interesting article and video:
for constipation, I have something that works GREAT!
Purchase Bio- K ( available in the cold case of health food stores) , which is an excellent probiotic that will not only help with regularity but also improve your immune system, also purchase Benefiber..( Over the counter) and take it per package directions. This combined with Bio K will promote regular, productive, well formed, easy to pass stools and help eliminate abdominal bloating and gas.
I know it is very scary to feel like you can't breathe.... but if you do the breathing technique as above you will see that you will feel much better.
no...in all honesty,,, it really sounds like anxiety. Please do the breathing... it will be such a big help to you:-)
you are very welcome:-)
I am sure it will. You know....
something that may be a big help to you
would be to purchase an inexpensive pulse oximter..they are available now in most pharmacies and some reatail stores. This measures the amount of oxygen in your blood. You simply put your finger in a little hole and it measures it for you. SEEING that it is normal will be a big stress reliever .
I will find a photo for you... onem oment
You want your reading to be above 90, which it will be:-)
I am so happy to hear that!! You are very welcome! :-)
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