• 2 months ago

    Panic attacks caused by emphysema and asthma.

    I suffered in my youth from a social phobia and I used to get panic attacks when I had to deal with people, I could not carry on a normal working career and was put onto a disability pension. Through treatment I was able to overcome the panic attacks, which eventually stopped. Then in my 40's I contracted TB. I had been a heavy smoker. and the TB left me with Asthma and Emphysema. I have a problem with my breathing and am on various pumps and tablets.
    I find if I try to do too much or get upset I get very short of breathe. Now I am finding when that happens I start to panic and get a panic attack, which just makes things worse. Am I wrong in calling this a panic attack because shortness of breathe is not the result of the panic attack but the cause of the panic attack. When I mention this to health workers, they cant seem to see it as I do. Yet the panic is still the same, you feel that this time its it, you cant see that you will overcome this one. I have to be on my guard all the time because each one is worse. I have managed the last 10 years without all the shrinks and the heavy medication they had me on and I don't want to go back to that.

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  • 1 month ago

    RE: Panic attacks caused by emphysema and asthma.

    I know how you feel about the anxiety. Last Friday I had a bad asthma attack and was having crazy anxiety after my breathing treatment. Today, I went to the dr and found out I had bronchitis. I didn't mention the anxiety because I know it's a side effect but I fell asleep hugging a stuffed animal I have to calm down. And listened to favorite chillmusic