I have Generalised Anxiety Disorder. It can really affect my breathing and I've had periods of several months where I've been hyperventilating all the time, getting constant chest pain and headaches. I don't get it on a regular basis any more. However it can be really problematic when exercising. When I'm running, I start to panic when it feels like I'm exerting myself and I can't stop breathing through my chest. Because of that I get sharp pains in my chest, numbness in my fingers and I start to feel like I'm going to faint. It's not just irritating, it's painful as well. I'm worried it'll really affect my health.
Can anyone suggest anything I can do to prevent this happening?
- Thread Starter
- 01-04-2013 18:55
- 02-04-2013 23:50
Hi Lu, although I don't have a general anxiety issue now, I remember when I first had a panic attack years ago when I was running and for months afterwards whenever I went running I would get that familiar feeling again and it was very worrying! I think for me I knew it was a simple case of association, a cycle which needed to be broken, so I began adding distractions to my workouts for a while until it eventually subsided altogether. Try taking things down a notch, running with friends, zombie running, jogging and chatting to take your mind off it. But be sure to keep telling yourself that this type of hyperventilation is usually caused by your worry first! ...I used to tell myself that breathing is a completely unconscious process that you don't need to be thinking out in the first place!! Lol... I completely sympathise with your situation but apart from advising you to talk to your GP (always good advice) then I would say find lots of things to take your mind off it. Good luck x