I think you need a full physical workup from your doctor to determine if you have a physical problem, like maybe asthma. Then you could get with a therapist for your anxiety. Feel better soon! Blessings - Blu
Make an appointment to see your doctor about this. The sooner you go, the sooner you will be given the right treatment to correct this.
You may have asthma like BluCrystal says. The doctor can do a lung function test in whilst you are there or send your for a lung function test at the hospital.
You may also be very anaemic and a doctor will be able to take a blood test to find out, and will be you on a course of iron. If you are lacking in iron you will be feeling tired and gasping for oxygen.
You do not mention any other symptoms.
But if you have a chest infection that will give you problems and you will need an antibiotic if it is a bacterial infection.
You need to get checked out as soon as possible to rule out lung and heart problems.
Difficulty in breathing or air hunger can have many etiologies.
Any problem in breathing is a call for a visit to an emergency room.
It is not possible to determine the cause.
Constriction of the passageways within or leading to the alveoli can be precipitated by ingesting a non-self substance, an antigen or hapton.
Fear does not make you breathless. Fear can increase the heart rate to a point where the heart does not fill properly between beats, which can cause breathlessness. So can atrial fibrillation, which can be induced by stress..
There are many possible tests. An ultrasound of the heart is often recommended, as well as an EKG. EKG's however will usually be normal except when an attack is taking place.
A stress test would probably be appropriate, as well as a pulmonary evaluation.
This condition may or not be serious. It doesn't pay to take a chance.
I would recommend a teaching hospital for a work-up because they have all the equipment necessary, which may not be the case with your family practicioner. Arriving at an ER with a chief complaint of "hard to breathe" will get you to the head of the line.
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