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Asthma and Subterranean Anxiety?

I started wheezing during the night about a year ago.

The wheezing was waking me up constantly, and really interrupting my sleep patterns, etc.

So I told my doctor and he sent me to specialist last month to test for asthma.

The specialist determined I have a sensitivity to asthma.

Now that it is rainy season again, the wheezing is getting even worse and I noticed a subterranean anxiety, maybe due to not being able to breath normally?

Do other people with asthma feel a subterranean anxiety when asthma is worse?




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Re: Asthma and Subterranean Anxiety?

When you say "subterranean anxiety", what do you mean?

(I'm imagining a low-level, persistent, but not in-your-face-like-a-panic-attack sense of anxious discomfort?)

I've had a variety of mildly unpleasant visceral feelings as a result of asthma (and more seriously unpleasant feelings if I have an asthma attack), but I'm not sure I'd describe any of them as anxiety, exactly.

EDIT: On the asthma side of things, steroids (inhaled and/or oral) were a godsend for me, especially in dealing with chest-tightness. Now looking into allergy shots as well.

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Re: Asthma and Subterranean Anxiety?

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When you say "subterranean anxiety", what do you mean?

(I'm imagining a low-level, persistent, but not in-your-face-like-a-panic-attack sense of anxious discomfort?)

I've had a variety of mildly unpleasant visceral feelings as a result of asthma (and more seriously unpleasant feelings if I have an asthma attack), but I'm not sure I'd describe any of them as anxiety, exactly.

EDIT: On the asthma side of things, steroids (inhaled and/or oral) were a godsend for me, especially in dealing with chest-tightness. Now looking into allergy shots as well.

Yes, a "low-level, persistent, but not in-your-face-like-a-panic-attack sense of anxious discomfort", is a highly salubrious way to put it.

I seem to wheeze on a different airway than I was normally conscious of?

My wheeze goes off singing to its own song, like I had another set of lungs.

It's all really interesting, I need to learn more about the anatomy of topics.

When I can't sleep I've been trying to learn to change the tempo of the involuntary wheezing, by listening to and relaxing the voluntary breathing.

I can't control the song the wheeze wants to play but I can change the tempo a little.

Do you know what I mean?






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Re: Asthma and Subterranean Anxiety?

I noticed I had two comfortable sleeps the morning after the days I had the inhaler during the tests, which were two weeks apart.

I am not wheezing yet tonight, and I find it really hard to focus and voluntarily listen and relax my voluntary breathing without being able to hear the involuntary wheezing.










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Re: Asthma and Subterranean Anxiety?

Weren't you given any meds? I used to have horrible asthma, it got better
when I wasn't living with a smoker anymore. I still need an inhaler in the
cold wet weather. My oldest granddaughter inherited the asthma and has
to use an inhaler at times too.
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Re: Asthma and Subterranean Anxiety?

i don't have asthma, so unsure how relevant this is.

however, my main symptoms of panic attacks are shortness of breath and feeling like my throat is closing, which spikes my anxiety further. i also, due to OCD, feel like i have to take a "good" breath, which i find impossible to take the more anxious i get.

point being: i strongly relate my anxiety to breathing issues....or, rather, feeling like i have, or actually having, breathing issues, stokes my anxiety a great deal.

hope that helps.

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Re: Asthma and Subterranean Anxiety?

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Weren't you given any meds? I used to have horrible asthma, it got better
when I wasn't living with a smoker anymore. I still need an inhaler in the
cold wet weather. My oldest granddaughter inherited the asthma and has
to use an inhaler at times too.
Yes, I got an inhaler yesterday.

Definitely helps.

Wheezing and anxiety was less.

Doctor said wheezing should improve over the next few days.

There was also list of environmental factors my doctor recommended I read, some that I am allergic to and other irritants that I can work on reducing at home that will also help lessen wheezing and anxiety as well.



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Re: Asthma and Subterranean Anxiety?

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i don't have asthma, so unsure how relevant this is.

however, my main symptoms of panic attacks are shortness of breath and feeling like my throat is closing, which spikes my anxiety further. i also, due to OCD, feel like i have to take a "good" breath, which i find impossible to take the more anxious i get.

point being: i strongly relate my anxiety to breathing issues....or, rather, feeling like i have, or actually having, breathing issues, stokes my anxiety a great deal.

hope that helps.

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It is definitely scary not being able to control my breathing normally.

I'm lucky to not have as severe asthma as other people I know, I think my anxiety would feel less subterranean, if I had more severe breathing issues?

I am grateful for the break down of this thread discussion.

I did not plan it, but after considering the discussion topics, this discussion might help as a comparison and less controversial approach to discussing some of ADHD related topics that I have had a hard time expressing in the past, in regards to inherited factors and environmental factors?

Thanks for Everyone's help considering the topics.





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Re: Asthma and Subterranean Anxiety?

Asthma is so strange. You can breathe in just fine. You can't breath out to
make room for another breath. And my breath always whistles when I have
asthma. Mostly it's annoying. Prevents me from sleeping.

Cigarette smoke triggers it for me, cold and damp are also triggers.
As long as I have an inhaler it doesn't give me a lot of anxiety.

The allergy to scented products gives me a lot of anxiety.
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