I'm a late comer to this discussion and am surprised that so few folks reach for the "rescue inhaler". I can't imagine either a primary care doctor or pulmonary doctor not prescribing one. Using the nebulizer if at home is a great idea but if you're out and about a rescue inhaler is a "life saver". Perhaps I've never experienced a panic attack. My career and safety training taught me to focus and not panic - whatever the situation. In one case I shared my inhaler with a co-worker who had severe asthma problems - his had run out. Pursed lip breathing really helps also. Perhaps find something you can chant while getting yourself back together - an ohm type of mantra. I've told my primary care provider never again to tell me I have "end stage" copd and my pulmonary doc not to tell me I have a certain percentage of lung capacity left. While I know there's no cure, I actually feel better, have less problems and, while its taking time, I'm rebuilding some strength. Frustrating not to be able to achieve what I want as quickly as I could, but I'm plodding away and believing in myself. I don't know that my words will be of any use and I wish the very best for us all!!
I had the occasion to try the paper bag technique just today. I was carrying a load of laundry, and BAM....it hit me! I carry my rescue inhaler in my pocket, so I use it, but panic had already set in. A few puffs in the bag and things calmed down. Isn't it the scariest feeling in the world? Episodes like this keep me humble and so very thankful for good days.
Ground Yourself -
Look around you
Find five things you can see, four things you can touch, three things you can hear, two things you can smell and one thing you can taste -
Helps you control your surroundings and balance your insides,
Not to panic is the key..Someone on here had a great idea about breathing exercises..they said to blow bubbles..so I got some bubble stuff with blower and feel like a kid again aND my dogs love chasing the bubbles..great way to have fun while benefiting your breathing! Breathe easy everyone!
Deep breathing exercise when your Short of breath.
1.Relax the muscles in your neck and shoulders.
2. Sit in comfortable chair or just sit on floor which ever is easier.
3.inhale slowly through your nose for 2 counts.
4. Feel your belly get larger as you breath in.
5. Pucker your lips as if you were going to whistle or blow a kiss.
Continue until you feel better. Also good for aniexty, and panic attacks.