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    Fear that I'm going to stop breathing

    Hi Everyone
    I've posted a few times on here I've been on my new meds for around 5 weeks now venlafaxine started on 37?5mg for 5 days 75mg for 6 days 112mg for 7 days 150mg for 14 days and now on 225ng for 11 days although I am improving better then when I first started them I don't go into full blown panic attacks but I am still quite anxious like last night I kept thinking that I'm going to stop breathing and I woke up at 3am the same way I also started getting a pain in my tossel/gland area of my neck so worrying about that to but I'm thinking these things but I'm not getting the racing heart the shakiness that normally comes with it when worry so I don't know if this is making me more anxious or what or weather that's all the tablet is going to do and stop the attacks but still have all the anxiety I just so frustrated thinking something is wrong with me

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    Re: Fear that I'm going to stop breathing

    Hi Katie,

    How many times have you stopped breathing?

    I'm trying to address your fear that you're going to stop breathing..

    I'm presuming the answer to my question is 0?

    So this is a 'sensation' of tightness in the chest? If so, it's a very common anxiety symptom, but I also had it when I was taking medications.

    I was put on beta-blockers after a major panic attack and before the side-effects became too much for me (chemical sensitivity) I also struggled with the change to my heart rate from consistently fast to slow. That, in itself, made me anxious but the medication was preventing a full blown panic attack - so I was in this constant state of feeling 'wired' and agitated with chest tightness and muscle tension- especially in my jaw.

    I should imagine that these side-effects with you will eventually ease off?

    You can help yourself by trying to breathe properly when you wake up feeling anxious.

    You won't stop breathing..
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    Re: Fear that I'm going to stop breathing

    Quote Originally Posted by Kalie galea View Post
    Hi Everyone
    I've posted a few times on here I've been on my new meds for around 5 weeks now venlafaxine started on 37?5mg for 5 days 75mg for 6 days 112mg for 7 days 150mg for 14 days and now on 225ng for 11 days although I am improving better then when I first started them I don't go into full blown panic attacks but I am still quite anxious like last night I kept thinking that I'm going to stop breathing and I woke up at 3am the same way I also started getting a pain in my tossel/gland area of my neck so worrying about that to but I'm thinking these things but I'm not getting the racing heart the shakiness that normally comes with it when worry so I don't know if this is making me more anxious or what or weather that's all the tablet is going to do and stop the attacks but still have all the anxiety I just so frustrated thinking something is wrong with me
    You won’t stop breathing. I know when I focus on a thought about my health , I then get all the symptoms.
    I try to distract myself, which does work sometimes x

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    Re: Fear that I'm going to stop breathing

    Thank you for replying it's strange isnt it that when we not anxious we get anxious about not being anxious I do normally get the tightness of the chest but this time I didn't have the chest tightness I just had the thought that I'm going to stop breathing pb you give good advice like me I can give advice but when it comes to myself I can't tell myself the same advice as I give it is very exhausting having anxiety and how I'll it can convince you that you are really appreciate you getting back to me

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