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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 13, 2007
  • 05:17 AM

I am 19 years old and in decent physical condition. Recently I have been having trouble breathing, and my doctor can basically not find out why. Heart checked out okay after a sonogram, physically good condition. Rarely smoke cigarettes, no more drug use, etc. I was prescribed Asmanex after taking a 'breathing test' ... 'slight bronchial obstruction' ... I am not asthmetic. I do not wheeze. I feel like I cannot get the breath I need, I yawn a lot. I read about illnesses on the internet and feel like I have everything. AIDS, Brain Tumor, Heart Disease, Liver Chrissosis, etc etc etc, the list goes on. I feel I am a candidate for everything.

Mentally a lot of **** has been bothering me. I know I am not mentally right, but could my physical symptoms be from an underlying mental condition? I go to bed every night fearing I won't awake, my lifestyle has completely changed because of my fear of death.

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  • Is it possible for you to get a hold of some valium/xanax? If you could take some, and the breathing issues resolve, it should give you a clue as to whether this is anxiety related.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 13, 2007
    • 08:16 PM
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  • You could be suffering from a chemical imbalance causing depression, anxiety, or both. I do not advise you attempt to self medicate with borrowed pills. Dosage of psychoactive drugs is very precise and different ones are appropriate for different people. If you tried a friend's pill, you could end up even more depressed or anxious. Don't do it. Be frank with your doctor. Tell him or her you think this problem may be related to a chemical imbalance in your brain. If you used to be a drug user and have recently quit, it can take the brain quite some time to adjust. Depression can indeed cause sleepiness and a feeling of sluggishness as if you are not getting enough oxygen. It can also cause an obssessive fear of death and of sleeping. Someone in my family went through that when my father died, and required medication for a few months.
    BesideMyself 41 Replies
    • September 13, 2007
    • 09:21 PM
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  • It seems as if the people who frequent these forums have either tried everything, or haven't tried anything. Sometimes we suggest a simple plan (try a Valium) or action (such as taking a drink) to relax an overly anxious person about their condition. (which is probably not medically/politically correct, but could point the "asker" to the correct type of treatment".) If someone has horrible bladder pain, I would recommend they run to the drug-store for some urostat which would help the pain. Then talk to the doc. Many people seem to have long waits til they get an appointment. So to Beside Myself, if you had a very distraught friend and had a spare tranquilizer, wouldn't you give her one? Think of us as just a bunch of friends sitting around gabbing and exchanging remedies that work in a pinch. Desperate situations require desperate remedies.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • September 14, 2007
    • 11:49 AM
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  • Get a cortisol level drawn-blood, not urine, afternoon, not morning-be careful that your ranges aren't considered to be in MORNING normal range, because the afternoon range is much lower (some docs will assume that because you're in normal range in afternoon, that your levels are normal-big mistake)Sounds like you're under a lot of stress-not only can "normal" stress result in high cortisol levels, and some of the symptoms you're describing, but any underlying mental condition is highly likely to result in high cortisol levels-see an EXPERIENCED endocrinologist, and describe problem with cortisol (many endos aren't even familiar enough with cortisol related symptoms to recognize its significance)good luck
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 23, 2007
    • 08:53 PM
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