Post # 1
I’ve recently started feeling anxious at the strangest moments. Most notably when I’m trying to fall asleep, but weird things like if my baby toes touch the toe next to it (I’ve put toe socks on to avoid this at times) if I realize my toe nails are too long, if I feel like my legs are stuck under my blankets, things like that. I actually started “freaking out” when I saw how long my toe nails were under my pedicure and almost started crying and immediately ran upstairs to cut them. My husband is getting a little concerned, and I didn’t realize how “weird” I was being until he told me to calm down.
The worst was when we were flying on a 8 hour trip, and I’m normally okay, but for some reason about 3 hours in I FREAKED OUT, burst into tears and started hyperventilating for about 20 minutes. I felt like I was trapped and couldn’t breathe. I do suffer from clausterphobia so that was probably what that was.
I’m thinking I should probably see a doctor, but I don’t want to take medication if that’s what’s prescribed…does anyone have any insight or has this happened to anyone else?
Post # 3
@Ryansgirl: It almost sounds sounds like you have anxiety and panic attacks. My panic attacks remind me of hyperventilating…Even though you suffer from clausterphobia, that can lead to an attack as it has with me.
Majority of mine I woke up in the middle of the night with (usually about an hour or less into sleep). I would wake up in sheer panic, it would be hard to breathe, would sweat, not be able to sit still, and even get an irritable bowel or throw up. Some of course are more milder than others. I also had this happen on a plane, as well as other times during the day in certain situations but mostly at night (especially when I am not at home)
Currently, I take very little medication called paroxetine. I get a 10mg pill that I have to cut in thirds and take every other day. A very low dosage and my doctor is actually surprised it does anything for me since it is so low. It helps to calm me down and take the time to think more rationally. One thing that helps is re-learning to breathe, basically laying on your back with your hands on your stomach and being sure you are infalting/deflating your stomach rather than raising and lower shoulders to breathe, then inhaling through your nose for a count to 4 (slow) and exhaling the same (possibly a bit longer).
First link is just a few pages on information, the second link is a program that I went through to help me get through them (they also have a quiz you can take). They started very infrequent and become more numbered throughout the years.