Hi Trekker (I hope it's ok to call you that)
WELCOME! I am so happy that you have joined us here at HW. I get a lot of the same things as you. Head pounds, heart pounds, nausea. No fun. Can you describe "air hunger" for me? I assume it is not being able to breathe?
I think I get "air hunger"..it's when I hyperventilate (ouch). You are breathing in/out but it feels like suffocation yeah? I try to work on that by counting, five in, hold, five out. It seems silly and basic but it brings me back to here and now. Possiby it takes away from the right now of anxiety and helps you get in touch with another emotion. Please keep posting and let us know how you are doing
I get the fight or flight response from the adrenaline surge. I want to run away, I feel very antst and agitated if I am having a panic attack.
Panic attacks are short times of intense fear and anxiety, I try to remember they are self limiting and just breathe as I keep repeating "I am ok" I may have to get up and leave the area I am in. My last attack was in a restaurant. The need to escape was overwhelming so I tried not to run................ ...but I did leave and went outside to the car.
When I first had panic attacks I had chest pain, numbing of the extremities, air hunger, racing heart, blurred vision, muscle weakness, shakiness, chills, sweating, and the fight or flight feeling. Now that I don't have anxiety on a daily basis, I have two lingering symptoms that I get when I am overtired, stressed, or in an environment of which I am uncomfortable in. They are a skipped beat feeling in my chest and a quiver in the soft spot of the throat. Both last about a split second. Both are disconcerning. I have learned to deal with both of them so I don't flip out and make a mountain out of a mole hill leading to a full blown attack, but just wish I could learn a way to prevent them altogether. Any ideas? I know that the skipped beat feeling is common among anxiety sufferers. Does anyone else get the quiver in the throat?