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    i can't breathe

    Thanks. Yes, I went to an allergist. It's not allergies. There are a number of potential causes for VCD, including environmental irritants, stress, acid reflux, and too much exercise (I wish!) I had acid reflux since 1995 but wasn't diagnosed with it until I mentioned it to my pulmonologist a...
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    i can't breathe

    After roughly a year and a half of chasing my tail and getting dismissed as a Hysterical Female,* I finally have a diagnosis! Apparently it's "vocal cord dysfunction." In short, my larynx and trachea are constricted such that from an anatomical standpoint I'm breathing through a cocktail straw...
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    "Edith's 50th Birthday" article

    Yeah, I can't bring myself to watch it. I saw it once with my mother (I was maybe 8 years old at the time?) and of course came away with SO MANY QUESTIONS. My mother tried her best to field them in an appropriate way, but it left me feeling much more confused and vulnerable. I can't believe she...
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    "Edith's 50th Birthday" article

    This is a blast from the past. Perhaps a little dated, but not by much. If you were a fan of "All In the Family" back in the day, you may remember a 1977 episode where a man forces his way into the Bunker household while Edith was alone with clear intentions. I watched it as a kid (probably way...
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    "... just wanted to talk"

    Some random stranger offering my dog a treat would be all the red flag I needed. My dog's trainer told me about how someone poisoned his dog that way. And while the odds of that are pretty slim, isn't that what Gavin de Becker called "loan sharking?"
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    i can't breathe

    Thanks Tez! It's great to hear from you too. Other than the occasional cameo appearance I have essentially quit martial arts (it's complicated) which has a lot to do with why I've stayed away from the forum. I always enjoyed the community here, but on some level I feel embarrassed about not...
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    i can't breathe

    You asked for an update, so here it is ... Since my last post I've noticed that my chest burns with every inhale. After several meetings with my GP and a pulmonologist came up empty, last week the pain got more concentrated in one specific spot prompting a provisional diagnosis of...
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    i can't breathe

    Thanks Dan! You're absolutely right about them not being fatal. But I don't think this is panic, because it usually happens at really prosaic moments - sorting laundry, conversation with friends, or walking half a block down the street. This started very suddenly after donating blood and it's...
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    i can't breathe

    Thanks everyone. I know about square breathing. In fact, I'm such a big fan that I've taught it to many of my mental health clients over the past several years of my social work career and most of them love it too. What I'm surprised and embarrassed to find is that when the suffocation feeling...
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    i can't breathe

    I've been having a weird medical problem with shortness of breath, and it's taking a big bite out of my quality of life. It started a couple of weeks ago, immediately after donating blood. I came home from the blood bank and sorted laundry, and got so winded that I had to stop and gulp air as...
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    Bizarro neighbor issue

    Ugh! One of my garden beds is swimming in cat markings, to the point that I had to get an air freshener for one room. I think the urine is soaking into the foundation or something. This is exactly why I rent!
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    Bizarro neighbor issue

    "As to booby traps - definitely illegal and I'd advise against it." Truth undisputed. That said, at the end of September the harvest is in. Where I store my own inverted tomato cages in my own backyard is my business. :mooning: :muted: When the trail camera comes in the mail tomorrow, I'll be...
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    Bizarro neighbor issue

    I made my report tonight, and the officer was much more respectful than I expected considering the content. It was pretty funny how the conversation went. After taking my basic info, he clearly had a mental script because he asked me what part of the house was affected. Then "What was taken?"...
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    Bizarro neighbor issue

    No sign of an overnight camp. As for altercations? None that I can think of, or at least not with the kind of person who would turn around and do this. For the last few years I've worked as a mental health provider, but we always take pains not to give out personal information.
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    Bizarro neighbor issue

    Thanks everyone. I have to dash off to work now so I can't respond in depth, but here are a few thoughts. As to the woman in Colorado Springs, it occurred to me to wonder whether inappropriate defecation is the new Viral Sensation taking the place of last year's creepy clowns, and milking and...
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