Ok, I was diagnosed with dysfunctional breathing in early spring after lung function tests showed that my long-uncontrolled asthma was now controlled to the extent that the complex of symptoms I still experience are unlikely to be caused by asthma. Those (daily) symptoms are:
Chest and back pain
Tightness of chest
General, shifting discomfort from throat to diaphragm
Constant, looping (maddening) awareness of breathing (fun one, that)
I get the premise of overcoming dysfunctional breathing is fully to accept the diagnosis (given that anxiety about possible causes will only exacerbate the symptoms of DB) and so I have been pretty stoical about said diagnosis and very committed to breath-retraining exercises. Three months of this, however, and there’s been almost zero improvement. Which, at this point, means that the doubts about whether or not diagnosis is correct are inevitably beginning to creep in.
I guess what I’m looking for from posting here is other folk’s experiences, and so the ability to weigh them against my own to see if I should probably just persist in breath retraining and keep the faith in the diagnosis or go back to the doctor for more tests. It’s also that thing at some level of a need for a small sense of community. That other people have also spent nights staring into the dark, aware of every breath they pull into their body, of the strain in the lungs and the ache in the ribs. I’d be grateful for that, too.