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everydayallday
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   Posted 6/18/2008 3:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been dealing with my anxiety and depression disorder my entire life. When I was a kid I used to get horrible stomach pains because of it and fainted for the first time when I was 8. I came to the conclusion years later that I was hyperventilating. When a bad attack hits I get cold sweats, the shakes, my heart feels like it's fluttering, and I can also turn as pale as a ghost sometimes with a yellowish tint. If I don't stop the attack I start to get dizzy, see lights and then I wake up on the ground. about a month ago I started to get muscle twitches and about a week or two ago I started to feel the muscle in my legs and feet tighten at random times, I also get a pins and needles feeling in my hands and feet at times. I do no more physical activity than usual that would cause these symptoms. I do not think I have a potassium deficiency because I eat plenty of bananas and yogurt. Neither of these symptoms are painful. Does anyone else experience these things?

stkitt
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   Posted 6/18/2008 3:38 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello and Welcome to HealingWell.  We are glad to have you.

When you talk of the fainting spells you sound like you are hyperventilating,  have you ever tried to breath into a paper bag when your breathing gets to fast.

Hyperventilation is breathing that is deeper and more rapid than normal. It causes a decrease in the amount of a gas in the blood (called carbon dioxide or CO2). This decrease may make you feel lightheaded, have a rapid heartbeat, and be short of breath. It also can lead to numbness or tingling in your hands or feet, anxiety, fainting, and sore chest muscles.

Hyperventilation is not a disease, but you may need to be checked by your doctor if you have repeated episodes of hyperventilation symptoms.

Also when you start to breath to fast lay down where ever you are and slow down your breathing, nice and easy..............

Again welcome to HealingWell
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everydayallday
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   Posted 6/18/2008 4:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I have not had an attack that has led to fainting in many years. I pretty much have that part under control. When I do get an attack that is very bad I've noticed that drinking water helps to keep me from hyperventilating and opens up my air ways. The fainting and hyperventilation is not what I am concerned about. As bad as it sounds I have been dealing with these symptoms for almost my whole life and have found ways to control it. I also have been to the doctor many times and have had many test done to make sure there weren't any under lying problems. I have also been clinically diagnosed with an anxiety and depression disorder and have been on medication on and off for many years. The part that I am worried about is the new symptoms such as the muscle twitches and tightening. Thank you for your advice though. It is very much appreciated.

stkitt
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   Posted 6/18/2008 4:52 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello and I am sorry I repeated info you  already knew............ eyes

If you have these new symptoms and you are concerned I would see your physician to make sure they are not due to a physical cause. I did not list all the sx but there are many and I do not experience any of these.

However, I have never taken my ER patients a glass of water for hyperventilation as they may aspirate while breathing so fast. I am glad this is something that works for you at home.  You really appear to have a good handle on your anxiety attacks.  I am proud of you for advocating for yourself.  Keep it up.

Kitt


 

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jordaNZone
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   Posted 6/19/2008 4:20 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi there 'everyday allday'...from experience - when new symptoms appear - going to the doctor is the best option, helps setlle the nerves and stops the worrying about what it could  be :-) . I wish you well,

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percycat
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   Posted 6/19/2008 4:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome, everyday!

I hope you'll find the support and comfort here that the rest of us have!

Jordan's got some great advice there. A conversation with the doctor can definitely help shut out some "what if" thinking. My therapist and I often talk about how the "what if"s increase my anxiety.

Good luck!
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helpingme1
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   Posted 6/19/2008 10:32 AM (GMT -7)   
hey everydayallday,
im so glad you posted. i have been having issues with my legs for about 2 weeks now. i started the post leg pain and one of the replys really scared me so i havent posted about it again. but my legs feel the same way. crampy ,tight, and tingly all at the same time. sometimes it feels like my feet and other times it feels like only my legs. this has really increased my anxiety and i was doing so well before this started.i hope you feel well really soon.

everydayallday
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   Posted 6/19/2008 4:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for your replies. It's nice to finally talk to other people who understand what I am going through because they experience it too. I think I will take the advice to see a doctor again. Perhaps it's time I start on medication again till things smooth over.

Helpingme1, I also hope that you feel well soon. It sounds like your symptoms are a little different from mine though because you experience pain with yours. I would probably see a doctor as well if I were you just to be on the safe side.

I made a habit out of not always assuming the worst. I have had so many blood tests and test done on my heart to make sure there wasn't any thing else wrong with me only to discover years later that every symptom I experience is caused by my anxiety. I just got a little freaked out when I started getting new symptoms after having the same ones for so long.
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