PART 2 of THINKING PANIC ATTACKS!

By William for wheezingaway.com

(ALWAYS REMEMBER – A person without good breathing, is a person with a life of constant caution’ so let’s do what we can, to learn what we can, to improve what we can. – William)

            Once again as I continue my walk through life with a chronic illness, I continue working with the belief that those who have a constant battle with any chronic illness should always be on the mindset that educating themselves never ends!

            With me the battles are with severe Asthma, Stage III COPD, Fatigue and a chronic heart condition. Each of these provide a need for different ranges of reading and educating so that I will know what my battle is and how that battle may play out in my life depending on the knowledge and skill level that I design to fight or work with each of these chronic illness situations.

            As I write my blog here at www.wheezingaway.com and share that blog on various channels such as Facebook at www.Facebook.com/copdtravels/, I try to keep that mindset of educating others and myself with each and every word I write.

            Here with my series, ‘Reflections’, I try to share materials which may help or benefit others in their daily battles with whatever chronic illness and/or disease they may be walking with in their travels of life.

            Anyone that has ever battled a chronic illness will most likely be aware of what I am referencing as we have all had those moments where just battling the chronic illness itself can put us in an occasional mode of panic!

            While many seem to feel that panic attacks are not real or maybe just a show of self-surrender to nonsense of the mind – I can bet that those who have these panic attacks feel as if each and every one are as real and scary as anything they may have ever faced.

            Through my readings both in books (and yes folks, I for one still read), magazines and on the internet, I have found various theories about panic attacks and found that many narrow down to three particular categories for describing the symptoms of panic attacks.

            Those three categories are: Breath Related Discomfort – Uncomfortable Bodily Sensations – and Catastrophic Thoughts!

            TODAY – ‘Reflections’ continues its four-part series on ‘THINKING PANIC ATTACKS’.

            TODAY – We discuss what they call BREATH RELATED DISCOMFORT!

            The feeling of a panic attack can come pretty much any time but is more prevalent when a person with any lung issues worries about having an attack or a battle with SOB (Short of Breath) which can be set off by some unforeseen trigger when with others or in the general public.

            When symptoms appear as what we call ‘breath related discomfort’, a person most likely will fell one of three breath related concerns.

            These concerns would be:

            SHORTNESS OF BREATH – that moment when you feel as if you are being smothered. This seems to be a very common symptom and one that many can relate to the most.

            CHOKING – that feeling that your breathing issue is coming from a choking type or feel of the moment.

            DIZZY/LIGHTHEADED – that feeling as if you are fainting, getting dizzy or feeling very lightheaded. This is a symptom which many times may also be caused by a sudden change with high blood pressure and/or heart issues.

            For me in my battles with COPD and severe Asthma, those moments when I would begin to have an issue with my breathing, it very much could send me into a PANIC ATTACK mode and once I enter that mode then I am assured to have at least a small episode of SOB.

            While I have not, at least to my recollection, had the feeling of choking I can see where that would possible be a panic type of situation, especially if it were to happen while eating.

            Now the lightheaded or dizzy feeling is something for which I have dealt with in the past, most recently with episodes leading up to a massive heart attack I had in 2012. As a child I do remember having episodes of SOB that were so severe that yes, I would get dizzy and/or lightheaded.

            One thing about being dizzy or lightheaded, especially if it does come from a major flareup of SOB, beware of the lightheadedness leading into a major headache that will come when you suddenly get that full breathing mode back.

            I have found that when my breathing issues cause lightheadedness, that quick or instant fix to restore the normal breathing mode can bring on a major, but normally brief moment of aching in the head.

            Coming up next will be our final two postings dealing with ‘Thinking Panic Attacks’ dealing with Uncomfortable Bodily Sensations and Catastrophic Thoughts!

            As I try to do with many of my postings, I try to throw a QUESTION out for my readers/followers to consider and maybe even take a moment to offer feedback, information or insights back to us at www.wheezingaway.com!

            TODAY’S QUESTION IS: If you find yourself having a breathing issue, what about it can send you into a ‘panic attack’ mode, and which of these three symptoms have you felt during those times?

            WE ALWAYS STRESS – If you have a chronic illness or disease then you must always stay attuned and alert to any and all new or previous knowledge that will offer any glimpse of hope and faith of getting through one’s own battles.

            AS ALWAYS – if you or anyone you know may have any symptoms involving lung and breathing functionality, and those symptoms linger over and over while disrupting a lifestyle – then please start asking questions and get it checked out!

            With that, I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing. William

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NOTES: Sometimes we share what may seem like medical information, but we are only giving descriptions and highlights of various aspects of having COPD and/or Asthma and no way do we ever want our information to be considered medical advice.