Welcome to Healing Well. We are a caring and supportive family here, I am glad you have joined us. What happened to you sounds pretty scary, but you did the right thing by asking for help. Please never feel embarrased to ask for help!
I get the hot sweats and the racing heart as well when I have panic attacks, it's very unpleasant (understatement!!) and scary. I think part of what makes panic/anxiety attacks so scary is not knowing when they will occur. The more you worry about having an attack, the more stressed out you get = more likely to have an attack. Not fair really.
Percy is right though, even though it feels sometimes like you are dying, and attack cannot hurt you. It is only as bad as you give allow it to control you. If another attack does happen, let it do it's thing, but tell yourself that it wil pass and you will be okay. Because you will.
Anti-depressants are often prescribed for panic/anxiety and they can really help. Which anti-dep are you on? (you don't have to say if you don't want )..they can sometimes take a while to start working 4-6 weeks and are really helpful when used with counselling or relaxation techniques. Dis your doctor mention any of this? Please keep us posted, and again, welcome.
Welcome Your normal..............but please remember I am not a professional. My daughter has this same phenomenon. It started in her teens. Did any of the physicians mention Vasovagal syncope (fainting)?
In order for you to remain conscious, your heart continuously pumps blood to your brain. Fainting due to vasovagal syncope occurs when your autonomic nervous system, the part of your nervous system that regulates heart rate and blood pressure, goes awry — ultimately depriving your brain of this blood supply.
Potential triggers are numerous:A number of different stimuli — both emotional and physiological — can trigger vasovagal fainting. The reason behind many of these triggers is unclear. Fainting may be the result of one or more of these causes:
Emotional distress, including panic attacks, anxiety attacks or fear
Standing in a hot, crowded area
Unpleasant situations, such as the sight of blood Breathing too fast (hyperventilation)
I Hope this helps you understand why the fainting.
I tend to feel your physician is correct, you are having anxiety attacks.
Panic attack symptoms can include:
You may have a few or many of these panic attack symptoms. Panic attacks typically begin suddenly, without warning. Panic attack symptoms usually peak within 10 minutes and last about half an hour. But panic attacks have many variations. They may last hours or, on rare occasions, up to a day. You may feel fatigued and worn out after a panic attack subsides. One of the worst things about panic attacks is the intense fear that you'll have another panic attack. Reference: Mayo Clinic
Please consider therapy along with your med to help with your anxiety and panic attacks.
Take care and keep posting. We are here for you.
Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety, Panic & Depression *~*
Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 7/31/2008 3:18:57 PM (GMT-6)
I hope you come back!
Thanks for that wonderful input. It's lovely to have you as part of our HW family.