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shortness of breath driving me crazy

Discussion in 'Support Subforum' started by savasana, Nov 13, 2018.

  1. savasana

    savasana Peer Supporter

    Hi all,

    Have you ever experienced shortness of breath as a TMS symptom? I KNOW it's TMS, no doubt, because I'm not sick or anything, and I have felt like someone is sitting on my chest the past few days. Forcing myself to take really deep breaths because I feel like I can't catch my breath. Deep down I know this is some sort of anxiety reaction. I almost feel light headed sometimes too! It's a super frustrating and uncomfortable feeling. If I stop thinking about it, my chest will relax, but the moment I become aware of it again, it starts again. Been like this for the past few days non stop.

  2. JoeHealingTms

    JoeHealingTms Peer Supporter

    Hi: Sorry to hear you are in this situation. Before following any advice on TMS, have you cleared up yourself with a physician to check for other causes? Is this recent or have been going on for some time? TMS is only applied once you have made sure that there are no physical underlying conditions, specially when there is shortness of breath or dizzy feelings. If you have properly checked up all the physical things that could also do this and everything is ok, then you can start thinking about it being TMS.
  3. savasana

    savasana Peer Supporter

    Like I said I know this is an anxiety reaction. I’m a healthy person in my 20s. It is also not pneumonia or anything like that. Also like I said if I stop thinking about it it goes away. Thank you for your concern.
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  4. Free of Fear

    Free of Fear Well known member

    I've definitely had it. So annoying. It's an anxiety symptom for sure, a result of tension and mental strain. Trust that it will pass with time, and try not to give it too much attention (very hard, I know!).
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  5. AnonymousNick

    AnonymousNick Peer Supporter

    Yep, my father was a sort of a nut about "proper breathing" and really helped to screw up my natural sense of breath. Consequently I can get tighter and feel like I'm doing something wrong with even breathing! What has helped is to notice when my breathing is shallow or that I can't fully exhale, but not try to fix it. Then I will relax and have a nice natural almost involuntary deep inhalation. Hope it helps.
  6. samuelp180

    samuelp180 Peer Supporter

    Hi! I have it rigjt now and it’s extra hard with corona virus going on!!!
  7. samuelp180

    samuelp180 Peer Supporter

    I’m struggling with it really hard RN
  8. sarah0924

    sarah0924 New Member

    One of my biggest helps has been practicing yoga nidra, in fact it was after practicing for a while I was able to feel relaxed in my own skin/self soothe. I still get "attacks" times when I feel like I can't breathe...happened in IKEA the other day...omgosh so claustrophobic. But, I used some self-talk and reminded myself it was a pattern of thinking and was able to finish shopping.
    I definitely think Covid has made it worse. I hate wearing a mask sometimes it makes me claustrophobic, & I have thought about carrying a medical card for it. It is nice coming here and knowing I am not alone...
    cyber hugs
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