Patient :Hello I am a 26 year old male. The past or so I have been having a constant pressure in my head with shortness of breath. I am still able to take a deep breath but it feels like I have to force myself to breathe. I do have severe anxiety though. I never no if that is it or not because each attack is worse than the last. My spo2 level is 98. Is it possible to have an spo2 of 98 if you have a breathing problem? Just looking for an answer thanks.
Thanks for writing to us.
I have read your case and can understand your concern.
It seems you are more likely having anxiety disorder.
Stress causes muscles to contract, and therefore, tighten.
When muscles remain tense, they can become painful, which is a common reason for stress-related headaches, head “pressures,” and feeling like you have a “tight band around your head.”
The other symptoms of anxiety disorder are:
Numbness and tingling
Fear of impending doom
Shortness of breath
Weakness in legs
Feeling like you are going crazy
Inability to rest
If you have some organic breathing difficulty usually spO2 should decrease.
It is advisable for you to see your doctor who may start you with antidepressants/ anxiolytics like Escitalopram, Sertraline, Fluoxetine etc. Benzodiazepines like clonazepam, lorazepam etc. can be given to relieve acute anxiety attacks. This can be accompanied by psychotherapy like Cognitive Behaviour Therapy which aims on modifying cognitive distortions to rational thinking.
Hope this helps.
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