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Apparent breathing problem when sitting idle, tigers on seeing someone with breathing difficulties. Help?

hi doctor i have problem in breathing but this problem is not permanent it happens when i m free and sitting idle wen i m busy and engaged i don t have the problem whenever i have a problem i try to divert my mind and get engaged in other activities then the problem vanishes and also strange part is that whenever someboy talks about oxygen or i see a patient with oxygen in tv or a movie the problems starts .it has been two years i m suffering from this problem one of physician prescribed me libotryp and told that have this medicine sharp at 9 oo pm and got to the bed straight away .. unfortunately at that time i was workin in a company (night shift) so unable to follow the routine ... so plz help me
Asked On : Thu, 13 Dec 2012
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Emergency Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

A breathing problem which occurs only during times when you are idle or watching a tv or movies showing patients with oxygen, and gets relieved when distracting your mind is most likely anxiety-related. Remember, anxiety can manifest itself with not only psychological symptoms, but with physical symptoms also.

Libotryp is, in fact, an anti-anxiety medication, which has sedative properties as well. Now, if you have to go for night shifts, you can try taking the medication before you go to sleep in the day. There are also other anti-anxiety medication which don't cause sedation. So, you can ask your doctor for an alternative, non-sedating medication also.

I would also advise you to practice relaxation techniques like deep breathing, meditation, yoga, etc., which will all help in relieving anxiety and hence relieve your breathing problems also.

Best wishes,
Dr. Sheeba Stephen
Answered: Thu, 13 Dec 2012
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