You get the idea from the title. Essentially whenever I do a hard effort and my breathing rate goes up I start to feel panicky, like I’m suffocating.
My legs, heart and lungs are never the first to go, it’s always me almost choking on phlegm in my throat. Breathing through my nose has always been a bit of a non-starter for me as well, when I get to hard efforts.
It’s frustrating as I feel it’s severely limiting my abilities.
I don’t feel at all ill otherwise and it’s certainly not a symptom of overtraining because I’m like this all the time, even if I’ve not done a serious workout for months.
I know it’ll sound ridiculous, but I kinda feel I somehow lost the ability to clear phlegm some years ago. I’m sure I used to be able to just “hoik” it up and spit it out, but the days the best I can do is a horrible snort (my wife is VERY tolerant of a lot of my quirks but she rightly finds this pretty unpleasant!), and then kinda swallow down whatever my snort collected. But that doesn’t help as it’s then still in my airway.
This isn’t normal, right? What can I do about it? I live in the UK and the NHS is fantastic but I’m reluctant to waste a GPs already-stretched time on something that doesn’t affect “normal life”. Would they be able to do anything for me anyway?
All thoughts and suggestions welcomed, sorry to those of you who are eating your dinner!