Panic Attacks and Anxiety Attacks

By lorene1212 Latest Reply 2011-09-21 07:36:45 -0500
Started 2011-09-19 12:22:21 -0500

I did a post on this somewhere not sure where but Here it is folks.
I would say about ten years ago maybe a bit longer. lol. I had 9 long horrible awful months all by myself, with panick attacks first they would start on my arms and they would numb up, then I would panick, think I am dying or having heart attack. I stay up all nite. I would call this nurse named Debbie at 2am almost if not every nite… She would say I cant tell you whether you are or not. I got to the point that I would tell her to just tell me I am fine. lol. She would not. She was very used to me calling thou and I would litterally ask for her. For 9 months this took hold of my life and everything to do with it also.
After 9 looooong months I finally went to my primary care doctor and with my 6 yr old daughter Leanna. As soon as my doc came in I began to cry like a little baby thought I am the only one going through this never heard of such things happening with any one else. I actually thought this was it my doc is going to put me in the looney bin. After a straight hour of me crying like a baby and of course Catherine her nurse took my daughter out right away. My doc came in handed me a script for zanax and sent me home and told me before I go home get this filled and take one right away. So that was what I did and I was in shock she was sending me home. After that she set up tests and counseling and for me to see physchiatrist. I found out I had carpel tunnel and that was what was causing the arm numbing and I had an hiatel hernia, causing the chest pains. Still I was having the anxiety attacks and seeing counselors. So I asked one of them how can I get this to go away? What do I do. She sugeested listening to music or taking long baths and ect.. Okay I said. I do not want to be like this forever.
It was very hard to get in a tub at first there were times I would fill it and not even get into it. Eventually I got in . Nights and days I would take up to 6-7 very as hot as I could handle baths.
Finally with meds that were changed to klonopin (clonazepam) is the generic brand. I took them 4 x a day. Along with baths too! They did calm me down and that was how I learned to talk myself out of them that took time too.
Today, I do not have like that any more. Sometimes I can sense them coming and just relax myself and they go away.
I began meeting other people that live with this day in and day out, I wonder how anyone could live like that every day of their life and not want to change it? They are out there.
I am so glad I took hold of the things that I learned and now am over this but yes, it was the scariest experience I went through. So much insecurity involved and stress and basically self esteem was crushed.
I hope this helps anyone of us that have these symptoms because there are ways to totally rid yourself of these panick and anxiety attacks. There is hope…
As always, I enjoy sharing with you all. Have a wonderful day!

5 replies

ston3xc 2011-09-21 07:33:16 -0500 Report

Wow! I'm glad you got help for your attacks. Nobody should have to live like that if there is help. I happen to cry easily - Hallmark commercials send me completely over the edge! lol - and my dr wanted to put me on anti- depressants, but I'm not depressed. I keep passing the test he gives me to see if I am depressed! I had a heart attack New Year's Eve of 2002. My sister, a trama nurse, took me to the er. She was able to get me rushed through but the dr said I was just having an anxiety attack and I should be sent home. My sister ( this is the hospital where she worked ) grabbed his forearm and said " MY SISTER DOES NOT HAVE ANXIETY ATTACKS, cHECK HER HEART!!!!!" He did and when he read the EKG he said "I guess there is someting there." I have 2 stents in my heart and am here today because my sister knew me better than an ER dr! But the point is, get the help you need and don't be afraid if you think you might be thought of as silly. There are meds that can help, sometimes it takes some time to find the right ones. Lots of hugs to you!!!

realsis77 2011-09-19 14:41:06 -0500 Report

So true, I suffered with SEVERE panic and anexity for a very long time id say about seven years! It was a living hell! I FINALLY got some help and take a depression medication. Its non narcotic and it totally RIDS the panic attacks! Thank God. Mine were so bad id have a attack just going to get the mail! When I was driving and once I passed out in a resturant and got rushed to the hospital because of panic. That is something that no one should go through for that long! I agree with you get help! I'm glad I did! Also there are non narcotic alternatives in controling the panic which works best for me and my lifestyle. I first tried the seditaves however they made me feel "loopy" so I went to the depression medication and I'm so glad I did! It took away ALL the panic.panic is a very serious symptom and should be delt with from a doctor! I agree with you! Don't suffer any longer and get help! I'm glad your better now!

lorene1212 2011-09-19 14:48:17 -0500 Report

So true Realsis! So glad you got the help you need as well. Very horrifying experience if you have no clue what is happening to you. Scared to go to bed cause you think your gonna die. Terrible way to live also. As soon as you begin these type of symptoms go for help. Unfortunately we get scared, like myself, and want to not talk about it and try to deal with it ourselves but in long run does nothing but make it worse. Very glad for you Keep doing what your doing girlfriend. Love you and hugs to you. Very proud you came through. We are survivors of many things in life.


realsis77 2011-09-19 15:39:22 -0500 Report

So true! I remember pulling over to the side of the road in my car scared to death! Feeling like I was sit in my car and wait… and wait… (this is before the cell phone came out) and wait… feeling like I could not drive an inch. It truely was a living hell! I'm soooo glad that's over with now! My heart goes out to all people still suffering from panic! Its a very real illness and it can cause loss of concienceness! That also happened to me before ! So like you, I do urge people to get help! And stop suffering! I'm sooo greatful I did! :) God bless you! Thanks for this post! Its a great topic!

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