Greetings everyone... so here is my situation. For the last couple of years, I've experienced what I can best describe as "chest discomfort". Recently, during the last couple of months, I've had these episodes where I literally am scared that I'm about to have a heart attack. It's like I'm fine one second, then I start thinking about my heart and why it's feeling stressed, and it sends me into a panic attack, or an induced state of panic where I literally just have to get up and leave the situation, whether it be walk outside, or leave an area where it is causing me to freak out. I've experienced some confusion, but it always seems like I can keep it in check enough where it doesn't seem to others like I'm bothered... just maybe tired, or kind spaced-out... which during meetings, and other events I go to at work, doesn't exactly raise a red flag to anyone but myself. The weird thing is this: I'm an occasional drinker, and everytime I have a glass of wine, or a beer or drink, I immediately have these windows of time where I feel like my old self. It's like it helps me to forget about my anxiety, and even when I think about my heart beats, or the chest discomfort, I'm able to brush it off and nothing comes about. However, If I drink too much, or I'm hungover, then the symptoms are 10x worse then on any usual. I at first thought I have some blood flow problems, but this idea of being able to feel perfectly fine after a drink is starting to make me think I have big anxiety issues, and maybe that when something little starts to happen, or I feel anything, I take it to the extreme level. This has been happening lately driving home from work, and it scares the crap out of me because I start thinking like "wow, what if I crash cause I pass out... or what if this gets worse", and eventually I can talk myself out of it long enough to get home. And usually, once I'm at home, I'm fine again. The symptoms seem to happen to me at random... leading me to believe it's panic/anxiety when any little thing happens because I know I've had this annoyance in my chest for a couple of years and haven't done anything about it, hoping that it will just go away. I have an appointment with my Doc finally, and I'm going to explain every thing to him, but my question to y'all... has anybody experienced this? I mean, I'm 6'0, 194 pounds, in good shape, work out a couple times a week and eat fairly healty, and it just seems like this is out of the blue. I've been told that something like Xanax, or another benzo might be a good stepping stone but I certainly don't want to take something that I will become dependant on... on the other hand, I'm ready to take anything that anyone advises me to take because this is really starting to affect my life
Well first of all your doctor will want to check your heart so you will probably be hooked up to a treadmill and walk quickly until your heart rate is elevated
to see if you have the same symptoms or pain. You might have a ECG done to see how your heart is beating and working for you. By what you are saying it sounds like Anxiety and panic attacks to me. Your mind is a powerful tool and if can just realize that you are fine and you are healthy then you need to take a deep breath and try to relax as soon as you are aware it is happening. Eventually you will have better control and it will be easier to calm down. Try not to panic when it happens just slow your breathing because when you panic you breathe faster and it escalates and makes it worst. Once you find out your heart is fine it will be easier for you to do this. Breathing in and out slowly during the day will help you practice for when this happens.
Good luck and take care,
I suffer from the same but hope its in my past now!
It took me a long time to admit to myself that it was anxiety and panic attacks. I had so many tests done including the camera down my throat. I realised one day when having a beer with a friend and I said I have this and this and this to do. She simply said all I'm thinking about is how darn nice this cold beer is. It was this moment I realised and admitted to myself that yes I did have anxiety.
I went to counselling and it was the best thing I ever did. I learnt how that when u are having a panic attack ur body produces adrenalin and it is a constant cycle - I had to learn to break this cycle. It's not an easy thing to do.
My dr put me on 20mg of lexapro and Valium for when I needed that extra help. I found the Valium helped me come back down to normal from feeling like I was running in crazy mode where my brain kept thinking. I still use it though only when I need to, I can go 1 mth without any but than may need 1 for a day or too.
I am now actually 2 days off the lexapro after weening off. My energy levels have increased though I feel the rush coming hard and fast sometimes - I use other methods to calm and relax to reduce the anxiety.
My best advice from someone who sounds like we are going through a similar experience is to let ur dr help, seek counselling to learn and understand how anxiety and panic attacks work and try alternative treatment. I personally love meditation and hypnosis every night to calm the mind and inturn my body. Rick collingwood had some wonderful hypnosis tracks I like the insomnia one just before I go to bed!
Just remember u are in control and when u feel ready! One day u might take the plunge like I am today to try without meds. But remember without them I wouldn't have the courage to get to this stage as life with panic attacks was too hard to bare.
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