I walked home from my psychologist appt this avo about 30 min walk (alone), I got really stressed, sweating profusely, lethargy, pins & needles in my hands, apnea, headache, face redenned like a beetroot, trouble breathing... I've not experienced this before??
Not symptoms of a classic panic attack but it is something that needs checking out with a doctor. You mentioned apnea - cessation of breathing?? First thing Delila please see your doctor, it does sound stress related but needs proper investigation.
Sorry I can't be more helpful.
Hello Delila. Yes it does. The trouble breathing, sweating, anxiety all are symptoms of a panic attack. I used to have them years ago and are frightening. Terrifying (in my case) is a better word. That is when the benzodiazepines came into my world and played such a major part/role of my own life. I hope that its a one time deal for you and will not happen again. If it happens again, meaning walking alone, perhaps a friend can tag along and keep you company. Bye bye now, have a great weekend and try and not to worry too much over it (if you can) :-0)
Delilah, it sounds like a panic attack to me and they are so scary. Someone here long ago, either JK13, or psyched, gave a detailed description of panic attack symptoms and said that all senses can be tweaked or dulled during an attack. I then looked it up in wikipedia and found more. I will mention that my attacks got much more pronounce during peripause and menopause, because of the hormone fluctuations and now that I look back, I likely also had them in puberty too. So if your hormones are not balanced, it could make them occur. I tended to hyperventilate during them and found breathing into a small ziplock baggie helped me, get over thqt faint-y feeling, because it let's some of the extra oxygen level out. Hope you are feeling better today. Patti
My basic starting symptom of panic was fear.. it started in my car. Like an overwhelming feeling of weakness and I shook and sweated. My heart raced, my hearing gets really sensitive like I could literally hear people talking that were far away. Like the room or car is shrinking and I don't have enough air. Choking on my own air. Blurred vision, and trouble with figuring out which direction I'm going. It's bad. Real bad.
It also does it onset of my migraines. The flight or fight response usually kicks in making you feel extremely defensive to anyone or anything. Like you need to hide to escape harm. I once had this happen in a Wal-Mart a lady was following me. She had already been too close to me and I panicked, punched her in the face. I walked out of the store and she followed to my car.. I then opened my trunk and grabbed a tire iron. I screamed out leave me alone. She walked away at that point but I was struggling so bad just to get to my vehicle. In my head I had a thousand thoughts and none of them included trying to understand her. I have PTSD. I carry a card with me because I have to be careful when alone that I can safely get to where I am going and back without altercation. Between anxiety and post tramatic.. its hard to get things done. I would have a talk with your doctor because these kinds of problems don't solve themselves..
It sounds like a panic attack to me. Classic, in fact.
Tell your psychologist about it, maybe she can help you with these horrible feelings? I hope so!!
Best wishes to you, and try to relax if that is possible. If you have agoraphobia, it was probably agoraphobia that started it, and kept it going.
But, I'm sure you know that already.
Perhaps you can google 'panic attack' and see if your symptoms are the same as their's?
I'm so sorry that you had to experience that. I have delt with panic attack's or panic disorder for a very long time. It's no walk in the park. I pretty much had it under control until almost three years ago. My 21 yr old was 18 at the time, and to make a long story short went to jail and tried to commit suicide shortly after going there. He called me crying his head off saying... I want to come home mom. Although I tried to stay as strong as I possibly could for him, I started having panick attacks again. It was at this time I was reintroduced to benzodiazapines. I seriously think I went through a nervous breakdown. I don't know about that, but I would be in the store with my husband and all of a sudden tell him... I have to go to the car. I would have one right in the middle of the store. It was horrible. Like anything else, if a person has never had one, they don't understand what it's like. I hope and pray you don't have anymore. I completely understand how scary they are and you are way too sweet to go through this.:) Keep us informed if it happens again. We love ya, and care about you. Take care hon. Your friend, Ruthie
It sounds like one to me also. When I had my first one at age 16 I thought I was having a heart attack. I didn't know what was going on & it was very scary but I dismissed it after I went to the doctor & they said my heart was fine excet for an arthma. I didn't have many more until after my first child & marriage. Then in my early 20s I found out I had an anxiety disorder along with BPD & BD. I learned some exercises to do at home to help get through them along with meds. I agree with everyone else you should talk with your doctor about this. I didn't realize that my anxiety was caused by some bad experences in my past & the sistuation I was going through at the time made them worse. Dealing with my past helped. I'm not saying don't still have anxiety but its not as bad now that I know what the underlining cause was & how to deal with it.
Yes. These are classic symptoms of an anxiety or panic attack. Talk to your Doctor about putting you on XANAX, either short lasting (immed. relief) or XR - extended release to control your attacks.
The short lasting Xanax is for "emergencies" when you're already having an attack & need the symptoms relieved within minutes. The extended release (XR) is to keep your anxiety at bay all day.
I have both and the extended release Xanax I take in the morning and it wards off anxiety all day.
The rare times I do end up having an anxiety attack or even star feeling anxious I can take my immed. relief Xanax & it calms me down in less than 5 minutes. Both serve their own purpose.
Well, you have received answers from some of our Forums very most learned gurus, especially dear pledge.
I have not experienced panic attacks but my daughter did while attending college for her BS RN. Her symptoms were were very similar to yours, but a different diagnosis.
It was also very unusual that she was simultaneously found to have a burst ear drum, which had occurred sometime in the past, perhaps during college sports. This resulted in a significant loss of inner ear fluid which resulted in the episodes of dizziness, tingling limbs, nausea, rapid respiration-the more she panicked the worse they got.
The specialist advised that in young people the brain is often able to learn to compensate for this ear fluid loss, although its never replenished. Some individuals have a type of physical to learn to avoid triggers for the bothersome symptoms.
I hope you're soon able to figure out what's going on with you. And as pledge wisely said, try not to panic! lol
Seriously, just being able to recognize what's happening makes it easier to self soothe and calm one's self.
Please keep us posted how you're doing.
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