Panic Attacks

MrsCDogg
By MrsCDogg Latest Reply 2014-07-25 07:26:46 -0500
Started 2014-07-15 09:12:00 -0500

I think I posted about my trip to the ER and stay in the hospital back in May. I had to have two stents placed and all that seems to be better now.
I still keep having the "episodes" that sent me to the hospital. My heart races, I shake uncontrollably, feel like I am going to die, get a big knot in my stomach, feel like I am going to pass out, blood pressure shoots up and now I have started to cry and there is nothing I can do to stop these attacks. I have recently figured out that I am having panic attacks. I discovered last night that if I just take a walk I will feel better. I just got back from a walk around the neighborhood and my mood has improved.
Do any of you other good folk have panic attacks? If so how do you handle them? I have an appointment with my regular family doctor on Monday. He's a very caring doctor so I know he and I can come up with something to help me.
I feel like I am losing my mind when these attacks happen.


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MrsCDogg
MrsCDogg 2014-07-25 07:26:46 -0500 Report

Thanks for the encouragement everyone! I went to see my family doctor on Monday of this week. He wrote me a prescription for something to help "knock the fire down" as he put it. They are to be taken only if I have another one. It's been over a week since I have had one, thank goodness! He also told me that one of the hallmarks of a true panic attack is that it comes out of nowhere. Yep, that's me! I thought at first it happened when I was very fatigued and sleep deprived, but it also happens when I've had 8 to 9 hours sleep. Doc also wanted me to get some cognitive therapy. That sounds great but we can't afford the co-pay for it!
Thanks again for all the kind words everyone!

Waffles&syrup
Waffles&syrup 2014-07-19 23:39:50 -0500 Report

I've had anxiety longer than I've had type 1 diabetes and I still get a lot of panic attacks. I try humming a song to myself, and try thinking of something else. I also fidget and find it oddly helps. If I get a panic attack at work it's usually at the beginning of the day, so I know if I can get through that one panic attack I can get through the rest of the day. I find I'm exhausted the rest of the day though. I hope you find your own little tricks!

Teenski
Teenski 2014-07-25 02:41:04 -0500 Report

I also have panic attacks i will pace back and forth until it's over this helps alot. And sometimes i think of music or words to a song i like. And i to feel exhausted after it's over.

yodabear
yodabear 2014-07-18 09:52:12 -0500 Report

I too suffered from panic attacks they are scary and they come suddenly and unexpectantly.i learned how to control them by taking deep breaths and slowly letting it out. I literally talk myself through them because I know its anxiety.they come a lot less frequently now. Prayers for you and know you are not alone in this

Gabby
GabbyPA 2014-07-16 06:28:07 -0500 Report

I have never suffered anything like that, but I understand they are very debilitating. Rational thinking kind of goes out the window during one. It's great that you have found a way to combat it on your own. That is very telling of the strength you have to work through this. You should be very proud.

I used to have a hard time really getting "depression" or other things that I always kind of felt we should be able to "pull ourselves up by the boot straps" with. I am learning to find more compassion for those who suffer with it as I have had friends and family who do. I do tend to use some tough love on some of it, but other parts I have to leave to people who understand it better. The last thing I want to do is say or do something that would make it worse.

It's great you have a caring doctor. I hope that he is able to guide you in a good direction to help you overcome it.

MrsCDogg
MrsCDogg 2014-07-16 20:10:54 -0500 Report

I used to feel the same way about panic attacks. Until I started to have them on almost a daily basis. I have had them occasionally since I was a child but not to the degree I do now.
I have learned to have more compassion for people who have invisible illnesses too. Thanks for the support.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-07-15 11:12:27 -0500 Report

I had them about 20 years ago. I had biofeedback and relaxation therapy. I stopped having them when I got tired of being depressed. It helps if you face problems head on instead of letting things get to the point that you can't control things going on in your life.

I have a friend that has them frequently but she is afraid of everything. I told her to grow up and stop acting like a two year old. I told her if she is in her house and sees a neighbor walking a dog, how is the dog going to hurt her. I asked her if she is on a plane what makes her think it is going to crash. I also asked her why is she so afraid of the unknown. She doesn't have them when I get on her nerves and I get on her nerves deliberately just so she doesn't have them. She has not figured that out yet.

The best thing to do is talk to your doctor and a psychologist. You could have subconscious problems that have not come to the top and sometimes talking to someone can bring them on and you can deal with them with professional help. Good luck and glad you feel better.

MrsCDogg
MrsCDogg 2014-07-15 11:34:44 -0500 Report

With all due respect you are lucky your friend doesn't slap you. What works for one person might not work for another person and telling someone to grow up doesn't seem like much help.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-07-15 11:43:28 -0500 Report

We are long time friends and we always get on each others nerves. We love each other to death. We have been through heaven and hell together and we can say what we want to each other and never get angry or mad.

I think you missed the rest of what I said. Since you did I won't say another word.