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Hi. I am 49 years old, diagnosed with MS in 2005 and Gastroparesis (delayed stomach emptying) in 2014. I am married to a wonderful man who has been on this long roller-coaster journey with me. I've suffered from depression and anxiety for most of my life. When I developed the gastroparesis, I became very ill and lost a bunch of weight, getting down to 88 pounds and requiring a PICC line for nutrition this past May. There were complications with the PICC line and eventually after 2 months it had to be removed. I am holding my own at 100 pounds but wish I could gain weight. I panic around food and at social events (where panic attacks are a given) because I can't eat out due to so many diet limitations. I am always concerned what others are thinking and saying because I can't eat or drink alcohol like they do. I prefer to be alone most of the time. I know it's not healthy for me to be like this but I don't know how to turn my life around. A few months ago I started having breathing issues with anxiety and was wondering if anybody else had the same thing. I feel like I'm getting too much air in my lungs and miss breaths. I hope I'm not alone with this breathing issue, however, it's such an awful that I hope nobody suffers from.

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  • Yes, anxiety can cause us to focus on symptoms and overthink things like breathing. When I was very anxious and panicky I would focus too much on my breathing and felt I couldn't take a deep breath. So it's the anxiety causing it. You will get through this. Have faith in God's protection. Read Psalm 91 (king James version) about being under God's protection. I'm praying for your healing.

  • Thank you, Sunshine

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