I think I'm having occasional panic attacks

By tabby9146 Latest Reply 2011-02-24 16:12:06 -0600
Started 2011-02-19 10:07:53 -0600

This has happened to me twice in the last three weeks at a store (the same store) while grocery shopping. It's weird I know, but I am convinced it was not my blood sugar. It "feels" just like a low spell, kind of strange feeling, dizzy, light headed, you feel you shouldn't walk like it will get worse. Then in a couple of minutes maybe three minutes it's gone. Both times, I tried to walk calmly to the restroom and I checked my BS, which was fine both times, I had eaten well each time before going out. one time my BS was 85 and I had just eaten a big salad for lunch with low fat dressing, lots of veggies on it, and edamame, no croutons, or anything like that. Another time my bs was 100, I had eaten about an hour or so before I checked it, before this happened. It is scary, but after I get in thre alone, I'm fine. I shake a lot during it, but I think that is nerves, because I am so worried when it happens, just out of nowhere. I never felt stressed before they occurred. I had a few incidents like this before I was diagnosed with diabetes over two years ago. I've talked to people who have had panic attacks, some who are taking medicine for it, and they tell me they are like a low blood sugar feeling. I'm not going to the doctor, because there is no way they can tell me for sure what is happening, it's only occasionally and if they put me on anything, by the time I take a pill, it would be gone. I am just going to have to deal with it for now. If it becomes more frequent, I will have it checked out.

4 replies

tabby9146 2011-02-19 21:41:49 -0600 Report

Thank you. No, I don't have shortness of breath, if I'd had that, I would have made an appt. I took some slower deep breaths, and then after a few short minutes I am fine. I just hope it does not kep happening. My mother in law used to have this, for a year or more and then they just stopped, and she hasn't had one in about two years.

realsis77 2011-02-19 12:22:25 -0600 Report

I also suffered from panic attacks for many years. Its an awful feeling and its very scarey. I finally went to the doctor and I was put on a depression medication since then I've never had an attack again. My attacks were getting worse and worse and were awful! I would speak to my doctor if I were you and see if he could help. I wish you the very best. Good luck!

petals 2011-02-19 10:55:04 -0600 Report

I have panic attacks and this sounds like it may be what you are having. Do you have any trouble breathing, like taking a deep breathe? I have trouble breathing normally when this happens. I am on meds. for mine, makes a world of difference. Maybe you should talk to yor doctor. My prayers are with you, hugs.

christynina 2011-02-24 16:12:06 -0600 Report

You may be the person I have been looking for. My 17 year old daughter is hypoglycemic. She has trouble sleeping and it is because of anxiety. At night she lays in bed and her thoughts just go crazy. We never leave her home alone at night and she knows that in reality she is as safe as she can be. She has to leave her contacts in at night because if she can't see, she panics. We haven't tried medication yet. I will never tell her that her fears are unreasonable, because they are something she can't control. Did you see a therapist or did your regular Doc give you the medication? I know that sugar levels control brain function, so I do not believe she is capable of complete control. When she is awake, she eats almost constantly to keep her sugar level up. She can't do that and sleep. Any advice on what worked for you?

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