panic attacks and CFS

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sleepyzzz
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   Posted 9/17/2008 7:31 PM (GMT -7)   
i didn't know whether to post this in the CFS or anxiety section, sorry!
 
hey there, i'm new here. i've had chronic fatigue syndrome for most of my teenage life, but more recently i've had to deal with some awful panic attacks. i have had a sort of symptom change with the CFS and i think thats possibly what triggers the panic attacks. at my lowest of low points i would just sit and scream in complete anguish, and eventually i was admitted to hospital, but was sent home again. i've been doing better recently, and i have a lot to be grateful for, but i get bouts of shaking and insomnia and this complete feeling of dread, like nothing's ever going to be ok again. i was on medication but, as is the case with a lot of CFS patients, the side effects ended up outweighing the benefits!
 
i was wondering if anybody could offer me some advice or some simple words of comfort! i have never had panic attacks before now, and i kinda want to nip them in the bud, if thats possible...
 
thankyou for reading!

stkitt
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   Posted 9/17/2008 9:04 PM (GMT -7)   
sleepy,
 
Love your name, you could be one of the 7 dwarfs, I could be Happy !
 
Welcome to HealingWell and I hope we can be of help to you.
I understand panic attacks as I have had them.
Remember this:
 
It does not matter if you feel frightened, disorientated, dreamlike, or unsteady. These feelings are an exaggeration of the normal bodily reactions to stress.
 
Just because you have these sensations doesn't mean you are crazy. These feelings are just unpleasant and frightening, not dangerous. Nothing worse will happen to you..
 
Let your feelings come. . Don't run away from panic. When you feel panic build up, take a deep breath and as you breathe out, let go. Keep trying. Stay there almost as if you were floating in space. Don't fight the feeling of panic. Accept it; you can deal with it.
 
Try to make yourself as comfortable as possible without escaping. If you're on a street, lean against a post or a store wall. If you're at the cosmetics department of a store, find a quieter counter or corner. If you're in a boutique, tell the salesperson you don't feel well and want to sit for a while. Do not jump into a car and go home in fear.
 
Don't indulge in stinkin thinking, "Why can't I be normal ? Why does this have to happen to me?" Just accept what is happening to you. If you do this, what you fear most will not happen.
 
Think about what is really happening to your body at this moment. Do not think "Something terrible is going to happen. I must get out." Repeat to yourself "I am ok, I will not die or lose control."
 
Try to distract yourself from what is going on inside you. Look at your surroundings. See the other people around you. .They are with you, not against you.
When the panic subsides, let your body go loose, take a deep breath, and go on with your day. Remember, each time you cope with panic and anxiety, you reduce your fear.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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nervymeg
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   Posted 9/18/2008 6:30 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi sleepyzzz,

welcome, you have buds here for sure :-) Nipping panic attacks in the bud to my thinking is to challenge them head on. I'm not sure what triggers your pa but I know for me what worked was to find what was going to cause the panic and then go and and do it (with much care) and in small doses. If you could let us know a little more about your pa we could help you out a little?!!! I am sorry for your CFS..I hear it's the pits. We are here to support, please stay with us.

Meg


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percycat
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   Posted 9/18/2008 6:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome, Sleepy!

I'm with Meg on trying to challenge the triggers before your PAs get worse. I have just managed to face one of my triggers, but for three years, it had the better of me. If I had recognized it earlier on, I don't think my anxiety would have gotten so bad about it.

What are your triggers? You mention a change in symptoms. Are you afraid the CFS is getting worse, or do the symptoms make you fear other conditions, or what? Trying to name your fear and then ask how likely it is to really happen is one of the things my therapist encourages me to do.

Please keep posting! We're glad you're here in this fantastically supportive place!

percycat

sleepyzzz
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   Posted 9/19/2008 1:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all, thankyou so much for responding to my post! I'm glad you like my name, too!
 
for reading your responses, i automatically felt much calmer, not to mention just a teeny bit warm and fuzzy! also, thankyou for including such great advice. i realise there is no easy cure for panic and anxiety, but i'm glad that there are people here so kind and willing to help. My CFS is most definitely the trigger of panic attacks, which makes things a little tricky, because i wake up every day and have to face it. to answer some of your questions, i think my biggest fear is that it is getting worse, or that i will never recover from it. these are unlikely fears, i know, but CFS can last for as little as six months or as long as 20 years! i am feeling particularly velnerable at the moment because i have come off my medication as the side effects were making the CFS worse. i have been having good old camomile tea though! it really works!!
 
thankyou for such a warm welcome!
 
sleepy

stkitt
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   Posted 9/19/2008 6:27 AM (GMT -7)   

Good Morning Sleepy,

Great advice from Meg and Percy, they are right on.

Never lose hope in dealing with your fears and depression. Notice your feelings, figure out what's real, ask 'so what?', make it bigger than life, walk through it, and celebrate who you are. Do these things, make them habits, expose the ridiculousness of your fears (but in a loving way), and all by themselves they'll go away in time..

It will take time and babysteps but you can overcome this fear. Remember one foot in front of the other.
 
We are here to support you so stick with us.
 
Hugs
Kitt
 

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