(Closed) Does anyone have panic attacks?

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

i used to get them fierce – like tight chest, can’t breathe, muscles tense up to the point that I can’t walk … they are terrible.  They seem to have tapered off recently, but the only thing I do to help/avoid them is to avoid stuff that triggers them – there is no underlying fear for me, but certain situations can occasionally set them off.  And if I feel one coming on I try and take slow, deep breaths, which seems to help or at least delay them a little.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I get them too-I hate it. it’s so scary-twice I’ve gotten so worked up that I went to the ER. There is no reason for me to get them…just sometimes I’m sitting there and I get this weird feeling and then I panic even more because i know I am going to have a panic attack.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

i hate that… panicking about panicking.  Happens to me too.  There should be some justice where your condition can’t make itself worse like that.  

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I used to get them a lot when my dad was sick and almost daily for the entire year that he passed away. I get them occasionally now. Mostly, if I have been home for a few days and not gone anywhere, then I get them when I go out in public again. I get them because I’m agoraphobic. Instead of just treating them with medicine, have you talked to a therapist? You say there isn’t an underlying cause, but they don’t just happen for no reason. If you don’t treat that problem, they will never go away. I still get them occasionally, but I handle them a lot differently now, and people never know I am having one because, through help, I have learned how to control them.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Oh man…I have the worst anxiety issues and it’s no fun.  I’ve had several bad episodes over the years, but I have never gone to the doctor for them.  My dad has anxiety/depression issues like I do and several years ago he went on meds which screwed him up even more…so, I’m scared out of my mind to go to a doctor.  I’ve thought about going to a counselor just to talk.  I’m sure if I was vocal enough about not wanting to go on meds, they would listen.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

I as well suffer from anxiety and have experienced a few panick attacks in my life. eek

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I get panic attacks, thankfully, less so now than a few years ago. For me personally, some of them are related to certain events in my past (I know generally what those triggers are, and avoid do my best to them), and sometimes there is no apparent trigger at all.

I do have anxiety Rx I can take for them, but also learned some breathing and whatnot self-exercise techniques to basically “talk myself down” and through the panic/anxiety, which is quite helpful, and works some of the time.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I get them only when I’m driving. I’ve been having them for about the past two years and they only come on at random times when I’m behind the wheel (I’m fine when someone else is driving).  I don’t know what brought them on–I’ve never been in a serious accident.  I used to live in New Jersey and drive the turnpike all the time, which is much scarier than the highways where i live now in NC. 

So now I avoid highways, even if the backroads take longer, because I never know when an attack is going to come on and I don’t want to freak out on the highway. I should probably see someone about them, but I don’t want to take medication and, well, they make me feel weak and embarrassed.  My fiance doesn’t understand at all.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I used to get them in college, but I haven’t had a real one for a couple years. I had several in crowded museums although I generally am not scared of crowds. They also seemed to happen more if I was overheated. Occasionally they would be less “I’m having a panic attack right now” and more of an ache in my chest. That kind was more common when I was overly stressed.

Sorry I can’t really offer any suggestions, but best of luck to you in figuring out what is causing them.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee

I don’t, but SO did/does… Same as you artichokesalad there was no reason for them starting. He had his first one about 3 years ago, for seemingly no reason. He was also prescribed Klonopin, but it didn’t work for him… I’m glad it works for you!! He tried therapy too, but it never really seemed to help. Over time they have lessened, but they still pop up from time to time. It’s very frustrating because he seems to get them more when we have plans to go somewhere… Anything from going on a vacation/long car ride to visiting friends for dinner can set him off sometimes. I have tried so hard to be understanding and supportive, but it can be difficult when you have never experienced them firsthand….

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

i get them really bad, body shaking, short breathing, palpitations and more… medication took to much time to work so i used my seroquel which is for insomnia problem because it make me sleep and if im sleepy i calm down

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

i get them and it usually emotionally induced (getting upset over certain subjects always sends me into one) ive never taken medication for htem, but a nice long hot shower usually give me enough time to calm down and release from the panic.

i also get over excited and nervous alot, in which case i throw up.  super fun, let me tell you. my dad jokes taht  he’ll decorate a bucket when he walks me down teh aisle in case in need to ralph.  haha.  not that funny.

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