I was reading the blog of a new member, Twinks1954'
Up until Friday, 6 July, I would have said to him/her that I didn't think that stress could affect breathing. I now believe the opposite!
On Friday I went for my check-up (complete with the good wishes of so many of you) at the hospital to find out if I was still in remission as regards the lung cancer I had an operation for four years ago. Being a really positive person I didn't doubt that I would be told I was fine.
The result, as lots of you know, was that everything was fine but what happened before I saw Mr Awan, the Surgeon, for the results really stressed me and I had a big shortness of breath episode!!!
I went for an X-ray when I arrived at hospital. In the past, I have had one X-ray. On Friday, I had three (one after the other) and, when I left the department, the radiographer put his hand on my shoulder and said 'Take care of yourself'.
After going up two floors (by lift) to see the Surgeon, the male nurse on reception called me by my first name, and said 'Take a seat sweetheart' which I did.
It was then time to be weighed. The nurse (female this time) said 'This way lovey'. By this time I was really quite anxious and stressed! I was wondering why everyone was being so kind (everyone at the hospital has always been kind to me but this was really different).
After being weighed I was walking back to the reception area and I got really breathless and had to sit down and use my inhaler a couple of times. I was sitting there thinking OMG - I'm not going to get the all clear this time and that is why people are being extra sweet to me.
By the time I went into see Mr Awan I was in a bit of a state (I was trying to pretend I was fine).
If I had had enought breath when he said that everything was fine I would have had hysterics.
So, yes, I do believe that stress affects physical wellbeing and well as mental wellbeing.
Love and hugs