Anxiety attack with breathing difficultyI am an Irish male and 37 years old and have lately been plagued by anxiety attacks which always result in me finding it difficult to breathe. This hasn't happened in years.
About 10 years ago I had panic attacks out of the blue, having never suffered from them before. At the time I had a milk allergy and was always coughing up mucus, but this was only a part of the cause and one night of feeling I was blocked up with mucus and also being anxious about wedding plans etc, resulted in me being taken to hospital with a severe panic attack with hyperventillation. I have always been using homeopathy and after the hospital stay, I went to a homeopath for a constitutional remedy. After about a year, I finally was able to control my anxieties with relaxing exercises and homeopathics. Since then, I've been relatively fine, and managing to stop anxieties getting too much for me.
Earlier this year when my wife went abroad to her parents house with the children, it started again. I think because it was the first time in 9 years that we were apart as a couple. I was also extra stressed with work.
Usually it is worse at night, when I focus on it too much.
Presently it is bad again, there is more stress, because my work situation is not great and my wife is due a baby in a month. I am not a great sleeper and have always been awoken over the years with my children, I sleep lightly.
I don't get to the stage any more of Hyperventillation, like I did when it happened 10 years ago, but I always find myself having difficult breathing and having to clear my throat by coughing, even though there is little if any mucus there. It usually comes with the sensation of my neck closing in and my chest feeling heavy.
I can control my anxieties, but it is there in the background and when I am in situations of stress, with work or home life, it is difficult to overcome it.
My anxieties are always related to feeling that I can't breathe properly and it is because I unconsciously focus too much on my neck and trying to breathe.
I take aconite or rescue remedy, whenever I feel panicky, but I try not to rely on it too much.
Feeling of tightness in neck, like my throat is closing in and difficulty in breathing.
Clearing throat all the time, some mucus, but not enough to be always clearing it.
Chest feels heavy and like there is not much air in it.
Head is sweaty and hot
Neck is tense at back.
I do suffer from bad ear infections and get dizzy as a result, or if I have an ear infection and pull my neck out from carrying heavy things, I also get dizzy.
I usually take coccolus for it.
Front of head feels like I am wearing a cap.
I really need to tackle the whole issue at this stage in my life, I am the financial provider in the family and don't want to be out of action because of my fears or anxieties which I am creating myself.
I would be a shy, introvert person, not very confident in my abilities and would be in the background in most situations, where I am working or family gatherings.
I don't smoke, drink alcohol very little.
I am slim build.
rohogain1 on 2009-01-19
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