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Effect of Panic Attack on PSP?

 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2015 12:12 am    Post subject: Effect of Panic Attack on PSP?
 
Hi,

I realise this thread is similar in title to another, although my question is different to that one (I'm not worried about a panic attack causing a tension pneumothorax).

I'm 18 and had a PSP whilst on holiday in the US 4 months ago ( I think the % was in the 20s). At the time it was the worst thing that I had experienced as the sudden shortness of breath was very scary, more than the pain. However, I've come to suspect that this sensation was made a lot worse by a simultaneous panic attack, as I had no idea what was going on and have never had any other medical issues. When I got to the hospital (not taken in an ambulance) I seemed to notice that my breathing got better as I became more relaxed, before I even had any oxygen.

If I were to have another one, I suspect that I would be a lot calmer as I would know what was going on and what to do - So my question is if anyone had a panic attack during their first pneumothorax, and then had a recurrence, did being a lot calmer for the recurrence make it seem better without a panic attack interfering with breathing?

I greatly appreciate any replies
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2016 11:24 am    Post subject:
 
Hello Matt

I can't answer this from personal experience of a panic attack but when I had my first pneumothorax (100 percent) I felt a much higher degree of anxiety than the following two. I knew exactly what was happening the second time and, although I wasn't happy about it, I wasn't afraid. I'm guessing that you may find you are much calmer next time. If you do find yourself getting anxious, concentrate on taking long breaths out rather than trying to get more air in. That should help.

I wish you luck and no recurrences!
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