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Old 09-10-2009, 01:18 PM   #1
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I'm having one right now... Any tips or advice? Never had one before. But I can tell you this much, the fear is that I'm dying... Which Im not. But my mind isn't registering it...

Had most of the symptoms that go along with it. Tingling feeling at times, trembling at times, quick breathing, short breathes, feels like my throat is tighting up a bit. My mouth has dried out. And the occasional chest tightening over the heart, not in the center of the chest. With some spells of dizzyness thrown in. I can just about have myself calmed down and then boom! It goes back through the roof.

I dunno what to do... Help?
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Old 09-10-2009, 02:40 PM   #2
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That's why you shouldn't be snorting coke.
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Old 09-10-2009, 03:08 PM   #3
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Old 09-10-2009, 03:16 PM   #4
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Just relax and try to think of something positive. Is something in your life causing built up stress or anxiety. If you are having these frequently go see your doctor and he will recommend something for you.

If it makes you feel better you wont die. I used to get them all the time but not that bad and had no idea what caused them. Doctor gave me meds and i learned to kill it off once i fell it coming. If you need to talk at all just p.m me
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Old 09-10-2009, 03:35 PM   #6
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Nah, I dont need to Prozac. That would make it worse since I VERY rarely have panic attacks(the last one I had this bad, I was 10). So that would have sent me off the deep in at lightspeed. As far as cocaine goes, no thank you. Not into the yayo!

I've pretty much calmed down now. Still a little uneasy, slept wrong some how, so my back was hurting. And I wigged out and thought it was my chest. And anyone who has a decent knowledge of the brain knows psychosomatic pain is a bitch!

Normally Im pretty good at brushing off things like, nah its just... Today though with everything else thats going on. Didn't work out for me and it snowballed on me.

I guess what it was, I've got a whole lot Im looking forward to, I just hope I'm alive to see it. I don't have a history of health problems or anything like that. But with the way things have been going lately and it finally starting to turn around. I overreacted...

Amazing the kind of power the mind has.

I mean its starts off as one thing. And then that stresses you out blood gets to pumping and it just spirals from there into a never ending loop that unless you systematically stop yourself everytime the fear crosses your mind it doesn't end well... And manifests itself in a fear of death, or the fear of not having control of yourself.

Im good now though. Thank god... I guess the Steelers/Titans game will have to knock the edge off the rest of the way.

Every 8secs someone in the world is having a panic attack... Today just had to be MY day...
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I'm so sorry I didn't see this until now. I can associate with what you went through, as I used to have panic attacks frequently but now only have one once in a blue moon. They are very frightening and some of the symptoms mimic those of a heart attack - in fact, I went to the ER the first time it happened thinking I was having an MI. I have GAD (generalized anxiety disorder) and was prescribed Ativan/Lorazepam over 7 years ago and it works like a charm. I usually only take it at night when I go to bed, as that is when my mind seems to race the most, but if I am having a bad day, I take 1/2 of a 1 mg tab and it calms me down.

When you feel an attack coming on, sit down immediately and take some slow deep breaths. Put your mind somewhere else - think of something that makes you smile or an experience or vacation that you cherish. If you experience hyperventilation with your attacks, always keep a paper bag with you in the house and when you go out. When you start to feel the attack, exhale into the paper bag, then inhale and keep this up until the attack subsides. This redistributes and rebalances the oxygen and carbon dioxide.

If this ever happens again and you need someone to talk to, please PM me. I just sent you a PM with my cell phone number in case I'm not on the board at the time.

Hang in there, OK?
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Stress is also a major cause. My wife used to have panic attacks when she was working (corporate America blues). Now that she is "retired" and home with the baby, she hasn't had one in almost a year.

She just breathed through them.
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I just saw this. I'm not being an ass*ole... I have these all the time as of recently. My hours have been cut to 32 hours a week... that is considerable when you are used to 50 hours a week for over 16 years. I'm struggling mightily just to pay my bills right now.

I don't have any answers for you, other than to do what I do... DRINK. It won't solve whatever is causing you anxiety, but it will help calm you down. Just be careful that you don't let the drinking get out of hand... it isn't the answer, just a symptom reliever.
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I just saw this. I'm not being an ass*ole... I have these all the time as of recently. My hours have been cut to 32 hours a week... that is considerable when you are used to 50 hours a week for over 16 years. I'm struggling mightily just to pay my bills right now.

I don't have any answers for you, other than to do what I do... DRINK. It won't solve whatever is causing you anxiety, but it will help calm you down. Just be careful that you don't let the drinking get out of hand... it isn't the answer, just a symptom reliever.
Not really a drinker, don't drink to get drunk anyway... Hey what ever works for you man. But in all seriousness though I very very rarely have these. I mean the last time I had one I was 10, and as I told MACH1 in a PM, once I noticed he rep'd me saying he didn't realize I was being serious. Stuff normally doesn't bother me, I mean stuff rolls off of me like water. I don't get stressed over hardly anything... But my heart as always been something that freaks me out...

Like back when I was 10 they had a jump rope for heart at my school. And I remember the first one I went to... They showed us these little fake artery things to show the levels of plaque build up and its effects on the heart... And it made me really uncomfortable. I remember asking the gym teacher who was explaining it to us... Can I go get some water, and they were like if I let you go, I'll have to let everyone else go. So I had to sit through the rest of it. Once we got to the actual jumping I was cool, and was for the rest of the day.

But I remember thinking about what they said about the heart... And I started having a panic attack... And of course once my fear shot up. And I started having that chest tightening. Needless to say that was money in the bank. I freaked the hell out, I all I can remember was I ran out my room to my mom, who was still up watching TV like, Im having a heart attack!!! And she was like calm down your to young to have a heart attack its just your nerves. And she figured, correctly, that it was the Jump Rope for Heart event that freaked me out.

Since then I've had no panic, stress, or anything like that. Not to say I don't have some bad days, but its nothing that unravels me. But yesterday sorta made me have a Vol.2 of that panic attack back in the day. I mean shit Ive been at knife point before, because I was getting on this guy about hitting his girlfriend, and he pulled the knife out on me like, this aint none of your business... And luckily a friend of mine walked into the restroom and the guy back off me, of course I went directly for the trash can, to get some space between me and the knife and to pick up a nice HARD weapon(old trash can, solid metal no plastic crap). And the dude got out the room so quick it wont funny once I picked it up. And at no point during that was I scared to the extent I was yesterday. I mean I was uneasy but I wasn't flipping out.

So yesterday was just one slip up from my normal, "carefree/I don't give a F" mind state. You know I don't have any control over when my heartbeats... You know you can live through getting shot, or stabbed, or car wrecks... And a lot of things don't bother me health wise, Im like okay, I'll go get that looked at and fixed. But my heart... Well Im a big baby I guess.

But hell who can blame me really? Thats some scary shit, that could put every horror movie ever made to shame.
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