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breathing problem making it impossible to relax

Discussion in 'Support Subforum' started by nowa, May 28, 2020.

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  1. nowa

    nowa Peer Supporter

    I have a breathing problem which prevents me from relaxing, It started 15 years ago during a period of stress, financial,, cats being ill, pressuring myself to work harder in my studio, etc etc. I know it is a TMS symptom because it doesn't happen at night.



    When I breathe in deeply, I have to cough, before I can breathe out, my gp thought it was asthma, when I did it at the surgery. I am so worried that it might be asthma. but whatever it is, it stops me from ever being able to relax or meditate without anxiety and agitation. It feels as if there is some kind of irritation somewhere in my chest... so i breathe in deeply and have to cough, so there is no air left to breathe out slowly.

    has anybody else ever experienced anything similar, and if so, how did they deal with it?
     
  2. BloodMoon

    BloodMoon Well known member

    Didn't your GP offer for you to try a Ventolin inhaler as s/he thought you might have asthma? If it's not asthma (or TMS) it might be 'Silent Reflux' (aka laryngopharyngeal reflux - 'LPR' for short) - which GPs often mistake for asthma as SR causes breathing difficulties and a cough. I take Gaviscon Advance for my Silent Reflux (as recommended by an NHS ENT consultant) which works really well (you can buy GA off prescription here in the UK) plus, off my own bat, I bought and use a salt pipe (available on amazon and in Holland & Barrett) to also help relieve the irritation in my throat and chest; a salt pipe particularly helps if you have any mucous problems (and some asthma sufferers also swear by them). The GA took a couple of weeks to start to help me. (If you're interested in getting/trying a salt pipe, consider coming back to me about this as I can recommend a particular type of salt - that is better than most if one has SR - and a refillable salt pipe.)
     
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  3. nowa

    nowa Peer Supporter

    No, I haven't tried anything because it doesn't happen at night... I am certain that it is TMS
    apart from when my anxiety takes over, but thank you for all your suggestions. (I have been using Sterimar, a seawater based nasal spray for when my nostrils block up.)
     
  4. BloodMoon

    BloodMoon Well known member

    I don't understand about the night aspect? (For instance, SR happens during the day as well as at night, should your symptoms be due to that...in fact, SR happens mostly during the day rather than at night...SR is not GERD, which I understand tends to happen more at night.) Is it that you're not particularly bothered about your cough when you breathe out during deep breathing because you're not having your sleep disturbed with such a cough at night?

    Are you seeking advice as to how you can breathe deeply without causing a cough? If so, I'll leave it to others to advise on deep breathing techniques - as all I can think of is that you could try to judge how deeply you can breathe without causing a cough. If it were me, I'd try breathing slowly rather than deeply, which I find is great for calming and soothing me generally.
     
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  5. nowa

    nowa Peer Supporter

    I am so sorry, I don' t understand , what is SF?
     
  6. BloodMoon

    BloodMoon Well known member

    Sorry - blame my brain fog - I meant SR - Silent Reflux. (I'll go back and correct this in my previous posting.)
     
  7. nowa

    nowa Peer Supporter

    i thought that was it! the reason that I am sure it is TMS is because it doesn't happen at night, and sometimes, when I am calmer, it doesn't happen during the day, but that is so rare...
     
  8. Karim

    Karim Peer Supporter

    Same for me
     
  9. nowa minarden

    nowa minarden New Member

    HI KARIM, i am sorry I haven't been around on this forum recently, but since I was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease a few weeks ago, the idea of TMS seems a bit pointless for me, because i don't think that Parkinsons is considered to be TMS I wish it was!!!

    I am sorry that I didn't get to see the private conversation that you started with me either..
     
  10. Karim

    Karim Peer Supporter

    Am talkies about lpr
     
  11. nowa minarden

    nowa minarden New Member

    I don't understand???????????????
     

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