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breathing problems

Posted by @knat5065 in Just Want to Talk, Apr 7, 2012

I'm a 46 year old female with no medical problems. In October of 2011 I started having breathing problems. I could not catch my breath. I had been at work all day and this hit me all of a sudden after getting home. I was afraid to go to sleep so after several hours of being afraid and it getting worse I went to the ER. They said my oxygen level was fine and they diagnosed me with anxiety. I was prescribed xanax. The xana (30 pills) lasted me for 6months. I don't feel this is anxiety. Doesn't aniety come and go. I seen another doctor and they also think it's anxiety but she said she has anxiety also. She wants me to start taking citalopram every day. I haven't started these yet. Still debating. The symptoms have worsened. I have shortness of breath most all the time. I don't have any type of pain that goes along with it except fear. I do have indigestion at times. I feel this is something more serious and I don't know what to do. Has anyone else had this before? Thank you.

Tags: breathing problems, shortness of breath


Posted by @tamijo, Apr 18, 2012

Hi, I'm Tami Jo and I've suffered from anxiety for years. you stated that you took xanax for 6 months but did'nt say if it helped or not. Did it? Anxiety has many faces. Fear is a major one. Panic attacks are also associated with anxiety. I was given an anti-depressant along with xanax. a life saver for me,as I was making frequent trips to the e.r. p.s. I also suffered from shortness of breath and indigestion.
Do you have oyher symtoms?


Posted by @knat5065, May 12, 2012

Thank you for responding. I have started taking an anti-depressant. I don't take the xanax often. I guess it did help. I just couldn't and still can't really understand how anxiety can make you feel like you can't breath. IT FEELS REAL. My job has been real stressful for the last year and a half. Long hours, can't sleep..........I work in HR. I don't have any other symtoms.

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