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Will the anxiety ever fade?

So, since being diagnosed asthmatic, especially in the last few months, I have felt really anxious about "will this cause an attack?" or "What if I don't have my inhaler right away?" or other similar thoughts, I've just been really nervous and anxious about all of that. Does that fear ever go away. It has seemed to only intensify as I've gotten to know my asthma.

  1. Hi Wild Tech - good question - thanks for posting it! Yours is also a valid concern!
    Just as asthma affects everyone differently, anxiety levels also vary from patient to patient. For some folks anxiety may be a driving force for episodes of asthma while for still others. not so much.
    I think it is reasonable to expect that as one gets to know more and more about their own specific asthma condition, and that condition is brought under better control, the anxiety levels should begin to decrease.
    What do you think?
    Leon (site moderator

    1. Well, this was like years ago, in the times before asthma (for me), the last time I had strep was when I was 16. I don't know how it would affect me if I got it again. I'm leaving on the 10th

    2. Well, that is already a few years ago, as you said, Wild Tech, so let's hope for the best! Try to bring everything you may need to be able to take care of yourself. This may help to keep your mind at ease.
      Wow - vacation begins tomorrow for you - enjoy it!
      Keep in touch if you like, otherwise, we will look forward to hearing from you upon your return.
      All the best,
      Leon (site moderator

  2. Thanks for sharing this! I too relate to the feeling of anxiety with asthma. Honestly, I have a hard time getting to sleep at night especially if I've had a particularly symptomatic day or night before. My lungs are so unpredictable, which in and of itself causes a lot of extra stress. I feel a lot more comfortable with managing my condition after years of practice, but there is still a certain amount of anxiety I deal with regularly simply from having chronic illnesses. It's always handy to have some coping skills when that comes up - I love to write, watch "Friends," read a good book, or reach out to a loved one. I've found one of the most helpful things is to reassure myself that through all the scary health things I've encountered, I've always made it out on the other side. It's not easy and 100% relate to and support you in this. -Corinne, moderator

    1. I can relate too. I was diagnosed with extreme anxiety several years ago when my sweet brother was suffering through early onset Alzheimer/Parkinson's disease. This alone brought on asthma flare ups due to worry and concern, and too, coming in contact with certain triggers. Staying focused on positive things in my life such as , my faith, family and friends and seeing how the challenges in times past of my life has worked out. When it comes to traveling, I check on the nearest hospital to where I am staying. Air purifiers for the vehicle are great to have as well. It isn't easy for sure.
      Thanks for sharing. Very good question!

      Best wishes on safe and happy travels!

      1. Wild Tech, have we talked about mindfulness meditation before? I've been using Calm and Headspace, and both of them have been useful for both periodic anxiety attacks and lessening more generalized anxiety overall. Youtube is a good source for free meditations too. I promise I'm not one of those folks that believes meditation solves everything -- it's more about learning to train your body to relax and distance yourself from the grip of those scary feelings. I've been in your shoes and it's been a big help for me. <3 -Melissa, team

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