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What is this tingly feeling

I have suffered with Generalised anxiety disorder since age 19 and am 56 and still suffer.I was diagnosed graves disease 7 years ago which aggravated the anxiety and I suffered a health anxiety which made me very aware of my breathing.I was getting slight shortness of breath with graves disease and even though I am told my thyroid is now within normal range ,it went underactive then normal within last 8 weeks.When I am doing things around the house or am out my heart seems to pound then I feel like I am not able to breath in properly then my hands and fingers go a bit tingly and if I clench my fists it goes.My GP puts it down to anxiety but because I have become obsessed over breathing I cant stop thinking about it and make it worse.

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Have you rung the BLF helpline about it Bev? I'm sure they could help. P x


Tingling in the fingers can be a sign of hyperventilating.....this can happen if you are breathing too quickly or deeply.

Try the pursed lip breathing technique it may help.


Hyperventilation, disordered breathing without doubt. Awareness of ones breathing fits the bill.

Google Dinah Bradley's book.


Thanks ck101, I will check out Dinah Bradley


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