I am trying to figure out how to describe my symptoms, or if I am describing them in a way that makes sense. I hear things like "elephant on the chest" or "tight chest" but they don't always seem right to me. This is how I describe my symptoms:
like someone or the muscles are squeezing my chest really hard
Like a band is wrapped tightly around my chest
undefined breathing issues
paper bag around my lungs or breathing with a wet bag
Slow to the point that it seems like I forget to breathe
Like I can feel my lungs deflate if I exhale too much (this one is usually when I am lying down at night to sleep)
Like there is a vacuum right in front of my nose and mouth and I have to fight for each breath.
Like I am not getting enough air.
I have had a case of hyperventilation, and that one feels like I am trying to gasp in air but there is no room for the air to enter, causing pain because it can't fit the air in. None of these descriptions above involve those feelings of hyperventilation.
I have other minor symptoms that are easier: no energy, fatigue, klutzy/absent mindness, etc. Not worried about those so much.
I would love to know how other people describe some of these more common symptoms. If I am describing them wrong, that might cause confusion with my doctor (and in Japan with my husband translating, getting it right is super important)