I seem to get anxiety when getting ready to go out somewhere. Hyperventilating and Having a harder time breathing, when I was breathing just fine right before. [Only on nighttime oxygen.] A lot of times when I go to bed and just put the oxygen on, I'll have to sit up a few minuets to calm down.
I'm wandering if it is common or normal? Or if it's just me? should I say something to my regular Dr. or my pulmonologist? Or is it just me freaking out.
Hello. It doesn't matter. If it's something you are going through, ask. ( Everyone) !!! We all have same disease only differently !! There are a bunch of people going through what you are. You're not alone !!
Anxiety is very common among people with COPD. After all, what's more frightening than not being able to breathe properly? That said, you can find meds that will reduce the anxiety if you want, but for my money the best thing is to learn to manage and control your anxiety, just like you manage and control your COPD. Find a good Cognitive Behavioral Therapist who is skilled in working with people with anxiety and learn how you can manage and control your anxiety without panicking. Once you know how to do that, you are once again in control and can manage your situation.
IN MY OPINION ANXIETY is normallike PhilFerris said try to stay positive trying to think of the things i can do and be greatfull for them
Please talk with both of your docs. I'm stage 4 and the anxiety has finally hit me. I am 24/7 oxygen. I keep back up oxygen machines to give me peace of mind that I will have oxygen available if one of the machines fails. Had that happen last spring and finally starting to get over the trauma. Make sure you carry the rescue inhaler all the time. Look for a good psychical therapy to learn exercises to help open your chest, learn how to breath(yes, yoga) and stay calm.
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