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Wed Feb 20, 2019, 02:29 PM

Last Month I had my very first full blown panic/anxiety attack, last night I had another



Today I had a visit with my Dr. She recommends I get a Sleep Study, exercize more and UNPLUG (cuz I'm a news junkie)

Not sure I can give this place up Cold Turkey (I know I can't) but I may need to find something else to do (at work LOL)

Anxiety Attacks really suck, I don't recommend them at ALL

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Reply Last Month I had my very first full blown panic/anxiety attack, last night I had another (Original post)
Gunslinger201 Feb 20 OP
Currentsitguy Feb 20 #1
Gunslinger201 Feb 20 #2
Currentsitguy Feb 20 #3
Muddling Through Feb 20 #4
Gunslinger201 Feb 20 #5
DDKick Feb 20 #6
Boadicea Feb 20 #7
joefriday6 Feb 20 #8
762Justice Feb 20 #9
KittyCatIdiots Feb 20 #10
nolidad Feb 20 #11
MumblyPeg Feb 20 #12
KittyCatIdiots Feb 20 #16
Ruby Feb 21 #19
MumblyPeg Feb 21 #20
Ruby Feb 21 #21
MumblyPeg Feb 21 #22
Ruby Feb 21 #24
KittyCatIdiots Feb 22 #28
Daves Not Here Man Feb 20 #13
KittyCatIdiots Feb 20 #17
Gunslinger201 Feb 22 #26
USNRET1988 Feb 20 #14
Squeek Feb 20 #15
Jardinier Feb 20 #18
KittyCatIdiots Tuesday #34
Ruby Feb 21 #23
Lira Feb 21 #25
Gunslinger201 Feb 22 #27
sobek Feb 23 #29
Gunslinger201 Feb 23 #30
KittyCatIdiots Mar 2 #31
KittyCatIdiots Mar 8 #32
Steelydamned Mar 8 #33
KittyCatIdiots Wednesday #35

Response to Gunslinger201 (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2019, 02:36 PM

1. I've had one

It landed me in the hospital overnight. I thought I was having a heart attack.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 20, 2019, 02:40 PM

2. First one, Me too. Susan took me to ER

didn't admit but spent much hours there, tests X-rays, IV

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Response to Gunslinger201 (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 20, 2019, 02:42 PM

3. It took the docs to tell me what happened

I was clueless. Creepy, weird feeling. To this day I don't know what triggered it. I suspect it is some sort of momentary hormonal or chemical imbalance that turns on the fear/flight response.

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Response to Gunslinger201 (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2019, 02:50 PM

4. Video games.

Play more video games.

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Response to Muddling Through (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 20, 2019, 03:04 PM

5. I used to paint Civil Wargaming Figures, it was relaxing

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Response to Gunslinger201 (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2019, 03:08 PM

6. Its hard watching what the left is doing.

Sometimes disconnecting from the news feels like a vacation. We used to go camping in the NC mountains during the summer. No cable no internet and it was wonderful.

Be well above all else.

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Response to Gunslinger201 (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2019, 03:10 PM

7. Ive had two

Thought I was having a heart attack.

I haven’t figured out how to not have them. The first one was when mr b and I were having problems and my grandmother was dying at the same time

The second one was in the middle of my boy’s epilepsy episode when he was having seizures and they were starting to cycle closer and closer together.

They are no fun.

Glad you are ok.

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Response to Gunslinger201 (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2019, 03:20 PM

8. I had something similar,which is why I stopped frequenting boards. The more you learn in boards that

give you a panorama of how the country is disintegrating the closer you get to panic attacks.

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Response to Gunslinger201 (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2019, 04:02 PM

9. Good luck to you. I have not had these.

Maybe keeping things in perspective can help?
There are lots of things that go on in the world that I can not do anything about, so spend as much time as I can making sure things I can do something about go as well as possible.

Look after yourself, and those that look after you.

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Wed Feb 20, 2019, 04:40 PM

11. Yeah they do suck!

I am 64 and had my first one last November when I did my 3rd MRI to study a precancerous cyst on my kidney!

I will pray for you for they do spark real freakiness in your soul!

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Response to Gunslinger201 (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2019, 05:03 PM

12. i always thought a "panic attack" was like a mental freakout...

What kind of symptoms were there?

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Thu Feb 21, 2019, 07:47 PM

19. Symptoms can vary from person to person...

But for me... it starts with tingling in my feet, then my heart races, chest tightens, I loose feeling in my hands and feet, my whole body (including my head) shakes violently, I get tunnel vision, and just *know* I’m going to pass out and/or die. Imminently.

Worst part about it for me is that it happens when I’m driving. Which makes me certain I’m gonna crash my car. Most of the time, I pull over.

It’s both horrifying and exhausting.

Do not want.

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Response to Ruby (Reply #19)

Thu Feb 21, 2019, 07:51 PM

20. this is new info for me for sure. I never realized there were actual physical

symptoms like that.
I've had my heart start racing and pounding a few times in my life (unprompted), but a doc told me once that everybody has that once in a while so I don't think that's what it was.

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Response to MumblyPeg (Reply #20)

Thu Feb 21, 2019, 09:22 PM

21. Yeah. Ive had heart palpitations since my early 20s.

They can be kinda scary but you get used to them. The panic attack thing? It’s both mental and physical. For me everything is extreme. The first time it happened I pulled over and almost called 911. After it subsided I burst into tears. The fucked up thing is that I’m a very “mind over matter” person but for the life of me I can NOT stop it once it starts. I try to think (and sometimes say out loud) “You’re fine. You’re fine”. But my brain thinks “I’m gonna die”. It’s pure unprompted fight or flight. And it comes out of nowhere.

The muscle convulsions are the worst part of it for me because I feel like I have no control over what’s happening with my body even though I feel like I should. I’m actually physically sore when it’s over.

Imagine being as terrified as you could ever imagine being for no reason whatsoever.

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Response to Ruby (Reply #21)

Thu Feb 21, 2019, 09:26 PM

22. now I'm more curious. Have you been to a doctor about it?

Do they tell you what things trigger this sort of reaction? Like fatigue... or?

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Response to MumblyPeg (Reply #22)

Thu Feb 21, 2019, 09:40 PM

24. I did go to a doctor. She gave me Lexapro.

The first and only time I took it I cut the pill into quarters. I really don’t like taking drugs that mess with my brain chemistry. Long story short I missed two days work from that quarter of a pill. My jaw was clenched so hard that I cracked a tooth. I couldn’t see or think straight for days.

Thing is... they really don’t know what causes panic attacks so doctors just throw drugs at the problem. They probably get a sweet kickback too.

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Wed Feb 20, 2019, 05:16 PM

13. wow, really?

i know nothing of you than what you post here, but you seem like a calm and easy going guy. i hope ya don’t get stressed out too much. take care of yourself, man. even a nice walk once a day does wonders for people.

i think i had one once. it was about a decade ago. i had a horrible poison ivy rash. i am talking huge pus bubbles. i guess i am severely allergic. i had it on my face and hands. one particularly nasty pus bubble was in between my fingers where they join at the palm, ya know? this thing was easily as wide as a nickel and round as a marble. can you imagine trying to do anything with that kinda shit going on along with various ones all over my hands and face?

i was in the bathroom and just looking in the mirror. i was in pain and as miserable as i have been in a long while. it suddenly felt like a heart attack, i guess. it was brief and i have never experienced it before or again.


later that day I sat in a hot shower with a razor blade and cut away some of the pus bubbles. that was fucking gross.

so what i am saying is...do NOT go walking in any poison ivy.

and do what your dr says.

if not for you.

for your family.


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Fri Feb 22, 2019, 04:30 AM

26. Thank you

This was a new experience for me....not an enjoyable one at all

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Wed Feb 20, 2019, 06:16 PM

15. Sorry to hear that...

I've been having them since 1962, when I was ten years old.

There were times I became severely agoraphobic because of it.

Fortunately there are a variety of different ways to treat it.

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Response to Gunslinger201 (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2019, 10:05 PM

18. Do what that doctor says about the exercise and sleep study thing but try not give up DI

You'd be missed. I promise I won't post any more shit about muslims.

I was under unbearable stress 16 to 8 years ago. 8 years of stress! That's the problem with not being a quitter - you don't walk away when you should. I had plenty of anxiety attacks and then a few panic attacks. I knew what was causing it - it was the stressful situation someone had created and then took control away from me. I'm still pissed off I let it happen.

Anyway, a year ago, out of the blue I started waking up with super bad anxiety and I had no idea why. Life is good now and has been since 2011. I have very awful physical health problems but that panic/anxiety last year really took the cake. One night was up all night determined to figure out why this was happening to me and I realized it was my new med combination. Did some research on-line and figured it out. I stopped one med cold turkey and weaned myself off another. I was feeling better within a week. It hasn't happened since.

Hope you get yourself sorted soon. Susan sounds like a good woman. xx

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Thu Feb 21, 2019, 09:28 PM

23. I have them too.

I described how mine are to Peg upthread. My doctors first response was the give me drugs but they REALLY fucked me up,

I wouldn’t wish panic attacks on my worst enemy. They’re horrific.

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Response to Gunslinger201 (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2019, 10:08 PM

25. I'm sorry

you're having these attacks.

Listen to your doctor. I suggest you try skipping the news, read a novel instead. Come here every other day, perhaps. Or come daily, but limit how long you stay. You would be missed by so many of us if you didn't come here at all.

Here's hoping you have had your last attack.

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Fri Feb 22, 2019, 11:22 AM

27. ...

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Response to Gunslinger201 (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2019, 12:28 PM

29. Drs. say it's a "fight or flight," syndrome.

I conquered it by stopping to care about my physical well being and even my life.

I chose to pick the "fight" option.

Supposedly it's in our inner instincts to react that way to stress but the way society is organized, this instinct is suppressed, causing these wild physical reactions.

More studies are needed, but I would say that going against your own nature could bring on an attack.

Heavy, vigorous exercise may help.

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Sat Feb 23, 2019, 02:52 PM

30. ...

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Response to Gunslinger201 (Original post)

Fri Mar 8, 2019, 05:30 PM

33. Yeah...

...it's no fun. I've only had one and it was back after my Dad died. I was the one who held it all together, calming everyone else down, keeping the peace, planning the services and all that.

But about 3 weeks later, while in the process of scanning old pictures to make a memorial video for my family, I just started feeling weird, sweaty, light headed, thought I was having a stroke or something. I had to back away from the video thing for a while as it was all just too fresh.

It certainly won't hurt to take it easy on all this crap though. I follow the news online, I post here and that's it. I don't watch any cable news and I don't often post on the weekends or after hours cause I'm just doing other things.

Panic attack is no joke so, take care of yourself and stay away from media over saturation for sure.

Hope you feel better!

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