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Get dizzy and out of breath while talking

Hello all- does anyone out there find themselves feeling dizzy and then panicked when carrying on a conversation? When I stop and breathe for a few minutes I am fine, but I get dizzy/ tingly then I freak out because I don’t want anyone to know.

Anyone else do this?

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I often find talking leaves me short of breath, feeling dizzy and tingling in the lips. So i find explaning things realy hard and often talk in very short sentances witch lets me get my breathing setteld inbetween. Unfortunately i have no magic answers as how to stop this but you are not alone

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Ty. That is good to know

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I'm the same I get panic attacks. Because I start to worry that I cannot breathe properly, which I know is silly. I get into a state have to sit down and breathe as slowly as I can until I'm back on an even keel hubby helps. By just holding my hand. Sometimes happens as we are going out getting into the car. I'm learning to put try and remain as calm as I can.hope you are ok soon. PS the tingling does happen to me as well.

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I have anxiety disorder to start with so I hear ya! Thanks for answering

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Hi

Speaking requires lots of energy and oxygen use. Take your time and use shorter sentences. Be more direct rather than lengthy explanations. Frankly the more people know and realise then conversation will become more normal.

You have a lung condition not the plague, it’s not contagious.

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I’ll try those techniques. Sometimes when I’m getting into a conversation I start talking fast and that does it. The reason why I don’t want people at work to know that I have Copd is because I don’t want to be labeled- I want to keep this job until I retire. I’m only 53 so there’s a good chance I will be really sick before then. Luckily at 10 years I can get a non duty disability. 4 down 6 to go

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I find myself doing the ralking fast thing, it dosent actualy help as i still get out of breath but quicker and people often ask me to say it again as they dident catch it all the first time. Its like trying to do something quickly befor i run out of breath. It realy dosent work that way. As stone said short sentences at a slow but steddy pace is best

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Try looking up breathing exercises on You Tube and practising them. They will help you pace your breathing, use your diaphragm so that you have more breath to use when speaking, and you may be able to learn the glottal stop breath technique where you can pull in a little extra air while pronouncing a consonant. Do slow down your speech, and take a breath at natural comma breaks as well as full stops or the end of the paragraph.

All the best.

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TY- good ideas to try

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I call it the telephone test. I often don’t realise my breathing is struggling until I’ve chatted on the phone. Tends to be a faster conversation, I suppose, so the advice given to slow down might apply to me as well.

But it is a useful pointer to watching my breathing and using reliever inhaler sooner rather than later, which often helps in the long run.

Hope things work out for you and your job, Meow2018.....super name! 🌺

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TY much! I love kitties. I’ll work on slowing down

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I've changed the way I talk.

Firstly I talk less. Yes it's unfortunate but I've learned to live with it.

Practice breathing from the belly - belly/diaphragm goes in and out, not your chest, particularly the upper chest. This isn't just when you're talking but all the time. It's worth pursuing.

Of course if possible breath through your nose all the time! Very important.

My talking technique is as follows:-

I talk slower.

Think about the words I'm going to use and use as few as possible.

Take a breath in through your nose and speak three words, take a breath in through your nose, speak three words etc etc. Practice at home and you will eventually be able to do longer periods without a breath (aim for 5 or 6 words). It will eventually become much less noticeable. It will seem impossible at first and annoying, stick with it. You will notice that some public speakers have learned this technique.

I also find having to talk loudly difficult so I make sure someone can hear me before I begin so I don't have to repeat myself.

Seems ridiculously tedious? Well yes, but isn't everything with lung disease? You'll get used to it.

Anxiety? Practice relaxation all day long. Don't overthink things. If someone upsets you, even a little, get rid of it immediately. It literally takes oxygen from your cells. Why should they do that to you......don't allow it!

God bless x

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Excellent advice. TY! God Bless as well

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Lizzab thank you heaps for that tip on breathing through nose and saying 3 words etc. Excellent!

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At group on the Isle of Wight a few years ago many of us felt embarrassed about our illness Sosad I think because people do stare

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Yeah and we are judged cause we asked for it by smoking.

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I buy Bimuno from amazon but you can get them in boots as well these are sachets which you can put in drinks food and yoghurts I have 4 lots of antibiotics and they have messed with my tummy and I feel so tired with them

Lina

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I get out of breath a lot and no energy much when i read loud to someoene.

Take a deep breath in and also calm yourself. But surely can be uncomfortable. take care.

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