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Old 02-22-2005, 06:19 AM   #1
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Panic attacks/anxiety

Hi there,
I've always kept a journal but for recent events, I find that I want to jot down my thoughts here because in PLEBA I have found such an amazing network of strong, funny, and supportive people.


Sunday night found me in the ER. My heart was racing and I was extremely tense and frightened. I had been feeling this way since last Wednesday. All week I had been suffering from a sinus headache, rapid pulse and heartbeat, and horrifying thoughts.

Wednesday happened to be the funeral of a very close family member. My uncle..my mother's brother. He had passed away the Saturday before. As an Italian family, we are all extremely close. This was such a shock to me and I took it really badly. So it doesn't seem like a coincidence that my symptoms became so violent starting Wednesday night.

By Sunday night my husband was really scared and took me to hospital where they checked my blood pressure and gave me an EKG...everything was fine. I was given a prescription for Xanax, which I'm probably not going to take.

What happened to me???

Thinking back over the past few weeks I'm beginning to understand the power of the human mind. The weekend before my uncle's passing, my mother was rushed to the hospital with the fear that she was having a heart attack. I turned out to be acid reflux and her heart is healthy.

Then the following weekend, my uncle passed suddenly from cardiac arrest.
Then my brother had a funky dream where he dreamt he was sitting at a round table with my uncle and me.

Then blammo! my symptoms started. Is it so crazy?

I'm sorry for rambling on. I apologize if I bummed anyone out. I just needed to get it out. Thank you all.
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Old 02-22-2005, 06:40 AM   #2
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It's not crazy. I have had panic attacks in the past during especially stressful times. I too ended up at the hospital during one in particular after we lost three family members during a short period of time. I began having them after my oldest son's twin died. Take care of yourself. It will get better.
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Old 02-22-2005, 06:51 AM   #3
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It's happened to me as well

Have you tried something like meditation or yoga? Or herbs? I think drugs should be a temporary thing if necessary, long term I think they're dangerous and addictive. Some herbs can be dangerous too, you have to do research and take them in moderation.

Even walking helps, well it helps me.

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If you wanna talk more in depth, feel free to get in touch with me. I'm familiar with this stuff. I don't know how much help I could be, I could at least relate with ya.
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Old 02-22-2005, 08:01 AM   #5
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I used to suffer with something like anxiety.
I used these drops to calm me down. You just put 4 or 5 drops on your tongue when you feel something coming on. It sounds like total BS but it does work. It worked for me.
It's called Emergency Essence by this guy, Jan de Vries. He does all sorts of things, and an assortment of these drops for different problems.
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Old 02-22-2005, 08:03 AM   #6
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Sweetie and Bono Chick. Last night I was admitted to the ER for this. I am terrified, it was the worst experience of my life. Heart rate going nuts and my hands tingling....honestly thought I was dying. My mind feels like there is a cloud on it still. This morning I felt it coming on again, but I fought it off somehow. Xanix is supposed to help and hopefully when I see my DR. tomorrow he gives me some. Thanks for listening, I am still freaking out a bit.

Please drop me a line if you want, I am in Boston as well.....angeloamico3@hotmail.com
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Old 02-22-2005, 08:05 AM   #7
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Where can I get those drops???
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I've been there too. The first time I wound up in the ER because I didn't know what the hell was going on either....In my case, it seems that stressful situations activate my symptoms, it sucks..
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Thank you all for your advice. I kept trying to tell myself that nothing serious was happening to me. I'm healthy and young and it couldn't be a coincidence that it happened right at the tail end of a stressful 2 weeks. But my thoughts got the better of me and it made me worse. Is it normal to still feel the anxiety almost a week after the initial "attack"?

u2granny I'm so deeply sorry for your loss.
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I've been having these also due to my mother's health issues. I am extremely close to my mother. Additionally I've had two cases of viral malaise caused by a lingering shingles infection. I'm afraid I'm going to have another one because both of those were before the triple bypass surgery, which, to say the least has been a major stressor.
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Old 02-22-2005, 08:21 AM   #11
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Sweetie

I had those things too but that was because I was really depressed and afraid of everyone. (Because my ex-best friend told everything about me to my other friends. Because of this I lost all my friends )

But i don't think it's crazy when you lose a close family-member.

It helps me when I go walk with the dog. Or go atleast outside.

I hope you're feeling better soon.
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Strange this should come up since I had someone close to me experience this last night and I was up late trying to talk to them. I have been there myself and I feel for anyone who has experienced it. I am really sorry the ER didn't guess my problem before charging me for all those heart tests Take care
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Old 02-22-2005, 08:44 AM   #13
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I also have had panic attacks since last year, and it's the most terrifying thing ever, because the physical symptoms are real, no matter how you try to rationalize it. What stuck me is that by talking about it to many people around me, I realized it's very widespread, especially among women.

I only had one full-blown attack, the first one, and I thought I was going to stop breathing and that my throat was going to shut. Then in the following weeks it kept coming back at lower levels, but sometimes 3 times a day. It was horrible. I also think that it's better to try to deal with that without drugs, although I did take some at the beginning when things were going really bad.

Now things are better, although I still have weird feelings that I am going to die or stop breathing sometimes, and it's very scary. The most important thing is to change your lifestyle to be more relaxed. I never thought I was stressed, but it seems like I was unconsciously. Now I cut down on activities, on coffee drinking, and most importantly I am doing physical exercise on a regular basis.

Anyways, I know how you feel, it's the most terrifying thing, and no one aound you can really understand how it feels. Remember that it's not dangerous, it's in your head, and therefore you can take control over it.
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Where can I get those drops???
Hi Angtre. In England you can get them in any good Health Food Shop.
Try somewhere like that.

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I suffered from anxiety attacks too. The first ones appeared when I was living in Ireland. My doctor in Dublin ran some blood tests and a ECG. Evereything was just fine. After a while, these attaks went away. But they came back when my mam had to have surgery last year. And that's when everything started all over again.

It's such a horrible feeling. When it happens, you think it's never gonna end. I used to take some Alplax, which is another version of Xanax. Now I only take these tablets as musle relaxants and to avoid my fecking teeth grinding at night.

In my experience, yoga and swimming helps a lot. Not only they relax your body, but they also take your mind away from your troubles.
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Old 02-22-2005, 09:12 AM   #16
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I know this stuff just doesn't go away on its own...but I do hope everything starts getting better for everyone real soon. I had/have something alittle different....depression/anger whatever you call it. I didn't think I needed anything for it but it just wouldn't go away. I get mad at the smallest things, I don't enjoy anything, not interested in things.. I feel awful most of the time. I just got some St. Johns Wort and that seems to be helping alot. So maybe there is a type of herb out there for you...just becareful with them. But take the help if you were given, there is nothing to be embarressed about.

This thread is a great idea by the way....boy just typing all that made me feel better.....
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Old 02-22-2005, 09:32 AM   #17
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I've been having panic attacks for 5 years now ever since my daughter passed away.....and the only thing I have found that really helps me is talking myself through them. I get them so bad I sometimes throw up, I can't stand any kind of noise, and people being in the room with me makes it worse I have to be alone when I have one.
Does any body elses skin hurt for a day or so after the attack passes, for some reason the slightest touch hurts me.
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to everyone here who has suffered from this. It is a very upsetting experience (unfortunately, I speak from experience with myself and my sister). Thankfully, there is medicine out there to help people who need it. I've found I am able to "talk myself out of it" but my sister takes something every day in low doses and that has helped immensely. There's no reason to suffer if you can get to a doctor and seek medication.
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just got some St. Johns Wort and that seems to be helping alot. So maybe there is a type of herb out there for you...just becareful with them. But take the help if you were given, there is nothing to be embarressed about.
Yes.. but women should be careful about herbs, I've heard that St. Johns Wort in particular lessens the strength of birth control pills. But you're exactly right, Dismantled, there are treatments available and should be used where necessary.

Crazy how common all of this is.. must be something in the water When we finally figured out what was happening to my sister, people came out of the woodwork with similiar stories.
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to everyone here who has suffered from this. It is a very upsetting experience (unfortunately, I speak from experience with myself and my sister). Thankfully, there is medicine out there to help people who need it. I've found I am able to "talk myself out of it" but my sister takes something every day in low doses and that has helped immensely. There's no reason to suffer if you can get to a doctor and seek medication.


to everyone - I haven't had panic attacks, but I have dealt with depression, and it is important to either talk to someone about it or medication, if that helps
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