By Gwen214 Latest Reply 2013-03-12 11:29:09 -0500
Started 2013-03-11 11:27:12 -0500

I know that anxiety is linked to diabetes. I'm going through anxiety because of stress at work. I've been having signs of rapid heart rate, dizzy spells, unbalance. I wake up every morning with these symptoms. Well, Friday March 9, I experienced a full blown panic attack, I thought I was going to die.i called 911 and the EMT diagnosed it as a panic attack, and did not bring me to the hospital. Amazingly, my blood sugars were stable all day. I guess my question would not be diabetic related… How do I stop the anxiety? I've tried everything, and the anxiety is actually getting worse day by day. The medication, which knocks me out, but weird thing I still tremble and have shortness of breathe. Prior to the major panic attack, I was missing work periodically, but would continue to have minor anxiety. Today, the symptoms are a little more intense then usual, and I was unable to drive. Right now I feel this fear, and I'm not doing anything but typing. I see my doc today, but just wanted to see if anyone has gone through this or is going through this. Thanks.

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diabetesfree 2013-03-12 11:29:09 -0500 Report

You might want to ask your Doctor about checking for a thyroid condition. Thyroid issues can cause oanic diorder and I know quite a few diabetics who also suffer fromj thyroid problems. Your best bet is to rule out any possible medical cause for your anxiety symptoms first. If there is no treatable condition that is causing the problem, then you would definitely benefit from being evaluated for treatment with anti-anxiety medications. You might also look into stress reduction methods (i.e. Tai Chi, meditation, hypnosis, breathing exercises, etc.) and coping mechanisms (i.e. distraction, controlled breathing, music, etc.) as well. Less stress is always a good thing. :-)

GabbyPA 2013-03-11 20:43:52 -0500 Report

There are links between diabetes and depression, but I was not aware of the link with anxiety. We do have a connect site here that might help you more directly with your panic attacks.

jim healthy
jim healthy 2013-03-11 23:41:24 -0500 Report

Hi, James! How are you doing? You've been in my thoughts. How are the treatments going. All the best to you. Jim

jayabee52 2013-03-12 02:11:18 -0500 Report

I just now got back home after a treatment. I think it is helping me build some stamina. Thanks for asking Jim!

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-03-11 19:31:59 -0500 Report

Self talk has/does help me when Panic Attacks hit. I have slowly been figuring out what some of the sneaky triggers are. So when certain work conditions happen I am learning to walk away, if possible, and remind myself that this is not the situation that was bad. If I can't walk away, I just have to try and do what I need to do, while reminding myself the problem was in the past. Sometimes it has taken a week to figure out why a certain situation triggered a Panic Attack. But after figuring out what caused it, the next time the situation happened, I was able to function through it better.
As to why you can be having fear while typing about it is because our brains react the same to actually living through an experience and when we retell or think about it. The brain even lays down new memory tracks of the event every time we remember it. So as James suggests, thinking about good thinks is very helpful. Sometimes good moments to dwell on can be ellusive, but they can sure help cut short the panic reaction.
Hope your Dr. appt. was helpful.

Gwen214 2013-03-11 20:45:45 -0500 Report

Thank you Grayling Bee, also thinking about "maybe having another one" also scares me. I will hopefully Learn some cognitive ways to calm down to work with my medication.

jayabee52 2013-03-11 12:26:47 -0500 Report

Howdy Gwen.

I am sorry to learn you are having these. I experience anxiety myself but not to that degree. So to understand panic attacks I went to read this WebMD article here ~

As to how to how to stop it, I may make a suggestion about taking a mental vacation and focus on a scene that is calming and peaceful to you. Mine is a mountain meadow with a babbling brook running through it. Of course the article gives treatment options:

"Medication : Drugs used to reduce the symptoms of anxiety disorders include anti-depressants and anxiety-reducing drugs. [not my recommendation]

Psychotherapy : Psychotherapy (a type of counseling) addresses the emotional response to mental illness. It is a process in which trained mental health professionals help people by talking through strategies for understanding and dealing with their disorder.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy: People suffering from anxiety disorders often participate in this type of psychotherapy in which the person learns to recognize and change thought patterns and behaviors that lead to troublesome feelings.
Dietary and lifestyle changes [my suggetion]

Relaxation therapy [mental vacations, prayer and meditation] "

I am glad you are seeing your Dr, and I pray you get some relief soon!


Gwen214 2013-03-11 17:14:07 -0500 Report

Hi James, I sincerely thank you for the information, and for the prayer. Deeply appreciated.

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