Recently, when I lay down to sleep, I feel very short of breath. My arms feel numb and I feel short of breath. I also feel short of breath sometimes during the day. I'm concerned - it makes it hard to rest at night. I've been to the doctor about this before, and he seemed to think it was anxiety (?). It's really bothering me, but I feel like I'm crazy going to the doctor again for this same thing if it's just anxiety. Maybe I need better coping skills. Frustrated.
I would consider trying to see a physical therapist. You may have a compressed disc or pinched nerve in your neck or upper back that is contributing to your numbness and shortness of breath. I think it is worth checking out. I do hope you feel better soon.
Anxiety can indeed make a person feel very short of breath. This is a classic symptom of anxiety or panic, in fact. And a disk problem can cause numbness in the arms and hands--but so can anxious over-breathing!
You can read about the symptoms of anxiety and how to deal with them in a nice little paperback called 'Hope and Help for Your Nerves,' by Dr. Claire Weekes. Just google it.
But here are a few questions that might help us give you more information:
1. How old are you?
2. Any family history of heart disease?
3. What kind of doctor are you seeing?
4. Have you ever been told you have a heart murmur?
5. Have you had an EKG and/or cardiac stress test?
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