Panic Attack while sleeping?

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bogeysmom
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   Posted 3/12/2009 11:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone,
 
Im pretty embarrassed about this, so bear with me. I started having panic attacks during the past year while my health took a turn for the worst (I have really bad Lupus...strokes, brain anuerysm, etc..). I know the panic attacks are just making things worse. I feel like during my whole life, I was very mentally "strong", and nothing would bother me. Now, I feel like because I have had so many health problems, when I start to feel wierd, I immediately go into panic mode. At first I didnt know what it was, but I believe it to be a panic attack. Heart racing, sweating, heaving, shaking for 10-15 minutes,stomach cramps, and just this overall fear that im having a heart attack or something...
 
Can someone tell me PLEASE, how to get myself out of this when it happens? I DO NOT want to add more medicine to what i take already for the Lupus. I want to be able to try to help myself first without medication.
 
My other question is , how is it possible to have a panic attack while sleeping? I went to bed last night, felt fine, was in a great mood. I woke up in a panic, actually woke up sitting straight up, and was shaking, my heart rate was through the roof, i was sweating, thirsty, same old symptoms, and after 15 mnutes it went away.
 
I feel like I have no control of myself anymore. Im afraid its going to happen to me when I go out in public and I am alone.
 
Sorry this is so long, I just dont understand why now, at 30 , this is happening to me all of a sudden. I feel like such a weak person now.
 
Someone please give me advice on how to prevent them, and how to get out of one quicker when its happening, and if it has every happened to anyone while they were asleep.
 
Thank you so much, its just becoming very frightening for me at this point, and I am scared.
 
~BOGEYS MOM

AuroraRavencrow
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   Posted 3/12/2009 12:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Bogeysmom,
Well, just to relate, I am also 30 years old and have panic attacks almost nightly. I've gotten lucky a few times and didn't have one but they are almost nightly for me. I have woke up from a panic attack and experienced the same symptoms as you. I'm just telling you this so that you don't feel so alone. I know I did when I first started having them until I found this forum. I suggest, if you haven't already, is to get a hold of your doctor so that he may prescribe something for you to help you more through these situations. You are not a weak person at all so please don't feel that way. It's just something that happens. As for getting out of it quicker than what you already do, (15 minutes as you stated), I don't really know how to either because mine last anywhere from a half an hour to 2 hours. It's complete horror for me. I just try some positive self talk and I have started seeing a counselor for my problems. It has helped some. Preventing them I really couldn't tell you either....I mean, I cut back on caffeine and any other kind of stimulants that may add to the situation and like I said earlier, that has helped also. I don't have them nearly as bad or as long anymore. Just take a deep breath and remind yourself that your anxiety will not get the best of you. I hope this made you feel....Not so alone. You do have control of yourself you just need to find out how to take control....as do I. Keep posting and let us know how you are doing. Take care.
AuroraRavencrow
 
Dx:  Anxiety/Panic Disorder, Depression, Bi-Polar Disorder, PTSD


Hibee
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   Posted 3/12/2009 12:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi

Welcome to the forum nice to meet you. You have nothing to be embarrassed about here we can relate to what you are going through at the moment and are here to support you. I quite often wake in the middle of the night in a panic heart racing and in a sweat and it is horrible I think this happens because I have anxiety my mind is always active with racing thoughts even when im asleep hence waking up mid panic. I tend to listen to music on my ipod if this happens and that helps me get back to sleep, Deep breathing and self talk is a other method I use when feeling really anxious which can also help. I have GAD and Depression and do take medication to help with this but have yet to find one that helps me so respect your decision to try and beat this without them . I would recommend that you look into some therapy such as CBT, I have done some therapy and due to start CBT next month and know from members here that it works really well for people with anxiety so maybe something you could look into? Keep posting here to let us know how you are getting on.

Take care

Ben

bogeysmom
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   Posted 3/12/2009 12:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Aurora,

Thanks so much for your encouraging words. I feel better knowing that other people have experienced them at night too, although my hope for you is that yours get better! I cant believe you have them every night. Thats horrible. Im just wondering, did you start getting them after something traumatic happened in your life...thats what I am thinking could be my problem, within a few weeks of each other last year, I had a major death in my family, a small stroke, got married, and found out i had a brain anuerysm, and that my dad had cancer...it was too much to deal with, and I am still having anxiety from it all. I feel like I go to sleep in a good mood, but maybe subconciously I am still thinking about all the things that are going on, and I freak out in my sleep.

Do you get the sweats, and shake too? Feel like you cant take a full breath in. I think the worst is that it feels like my heart doesnt beat right during it.

Well, I made an appointment to see my doctor on monday, and i am finally going to mention it to him, up until now I have been to embarrassed. But thank you for your reply. I feel alot better knowing it isnt just me and Im not all alone.

BOGEYS MOM
Started a Lupus Organization two years ago, www.LupusSurvivalGuide.com


bogeysmom
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   Posted 3/12/2009 12:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Ben~

I have never heard of that technique, but I am definitely going to research it today and see if it is something that could help me. I really appreciate your letter. It is wonderful how transparent and honest everyone is on here, and I already feel better and less alone.

I will let you guys know how it goes, Thanks again ;)
BOGEYS MOM
Started a Lupus Organization two years ago, www.LupusSurvivalGuide.com


AuroraRavencrow
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   Posted 3/12/2009 1:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Bogeysmom,
I would like to say that it happened shortly after a tragic situation, (as much as that sounds bad), because at least then I would know why I'm having them. My counselor just says that it's probably subconscious and even though I'm not thinking about them upfront, I guess my mind is still thinking about stuff and causing my attacks. I have had very many people pass away over the years and most of them were younger. Nothing recent though....and by that I mean in the last year. Anyways, I do get the shakes and sweat alot when I go through my attacks. My heart just feels like its skipping all over the place. So yeah, you are not alone. Here recently, I've been having a "dreamlike" state come over me and I just feel weird all the time. I'm going to tell my doctor that at my next session. I keep thinking that there is a whole bunch wrong with me, even when I've been to the emergency room like 4 times in the last month. They've done EKG's and MRI's and blood work and everything and tell me everything is okay but it's hard to believe that when I feel this way. I just keep telling myself that I'm going to be okay and after a while, I do feel okay. Everything will be alright for you also. I believe that. Let us know how you are doing, okay? You take care and if you need to vent or talk....we are here for you.
AuroraRavencrow
 
Dx:  Anxiety/Panic Disorder, Depression, Bi-Polar Disorder, PTSD


Hara
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   Posted 3/12/2009 2:26 PM (GMT -7)   

I have a technic that I use on occation when things are getting to stressful for me. It sometimes works for me. I think to myself "In through the nose out through the mouth","get oxygen to my brain", "You can handle only one thing at a time the rest will have to wait".."F---- them or it"....

Hara - Fibro, MD, diabetis, anxiety, sleep apnea


stkitt
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   Posted 3/12/2009 3:29 PM (GMT -7)   
BOGEYS MOM
 
Hi there, this is Kitt, I used to wake up and have panic attacks before I ever got out of bed but that was when I was at my worst time of depression.  Since therapy I will still feel down in the mornings but can usually work through the anxiety by staying in the moment and talking to myself........Hey, I answer myself too. cool
Sorry to hear your having these problems.
 
Take care
Kitt
 

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babblin5
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   Posted 3/13/2009 11:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Please don't feel silly! These things happen to a lot of people. I had a period of time in which I had "waking dreams" where I'd be half awake from bad dreams and think they were still going on! No fun I assure you, but they passed soon after I learned what they were. I also learned that they weren't that unusual, especially when people are stressed.

Just know that you have many friends here, and probably anything you share is something many of us have been through.

Welcome to the family! =)

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dean15504
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   Posted 3/30/2009 3:46 PM (GMT -7)   

hi people its my first time on here i have also suffered from panic attacks when sleeping, mine started at work one night when i went  to sleep , i must of just droped of when i woke with a feeling of a rush in my chest and my heart was going so fast , it was horrible i didnt want to go back to sleep. It started happening once every week at work , i only work one night a week and its that night it gets me , i think it because its a strange place that causes this and i also suffer from panic attacts, iv had cbt treatment last year . but i still get the panic attacks.

It all started after a accident i had in december 2005, when i was working on a vehicle a steel platform fell down on my head and pushed me down to my knees, i was checked over at hospital all ok. later that night i started to think about my accident and thought i was looky i didnt break my kneck or spine, thats when i started to shake and felt horrible, didnt know what was happening, i went back to hospital to be checked over again on heart machine, all ok.

since the accident i have suffered from a lot of different things all related to the panic attacts,even after cbt

anyone need to talk please contact.

Hara said...

I have a technic that I use on occation when things are getting to stressful for me. It sometimes works for me. I think to myself "In through the nose out through the mouth","get oxygen to my brain", "You can handle only one thing at a time the rest will have to wait".."F---- them or it"....

Hara - Fibro, MD, diabetis, anxiety, sleep apnea



rosegarden7
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   Posted 3/30/2009 10:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm so glad you posted this. I have been awakened many times thinking I was dying, and did not know it was a Panic Attack. I did deep breathing and eventually I resumed a normal heart beat.

percycat
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   Posted 3/31/2009 5:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Dean and Rose,

I have something similar, although it's a reflux issue that wakes me, choking, and then I am panicked for minutes to hours, fearing for my health. Know that you are not alone in dealing with these nighttime panics - deep breathing does help me, or sometimes I just get up and go on the computer to web surf or play a mind-numbing game - anything that will distract me from thinking of the fear.

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isergodur
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   Posted 3/31/2009 4:00 PM (GMT -7)   
i get frequent panic attacks while i sleep, i hate it because i feel like i cant control them because i am a sleep ;) i wake up in a full blown panic attack.
I cant help you with it because i don't know how to tackle it :S

Good luck
24 year old female
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Medication - Asacol, Remicade, Entocort


stkitt
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   Posted 4/1/2009 8:24 AM (GMT -7)   

Dean and Rosegarden,

Welcome to HealingWell and thank you for your input. It is good to see new members sharing.

We do have a welcome thread for new members to do an introduction if you wouldlike to.

I will bring the thread up for you.

Again welcome,
Kitt


 

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P-Fit
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   Posted 4/2/2009 9:14 AM (GMT -7)   

I also used to suffer from panic attacks at night. I haven't had one since I started taking Clonazepam before bedtime. It really knocks me out and keeps me calm most of the day. I rarely have to take 1/2 of a .5mg xanax, but that is only if things are really stressful.

Hang in there smilewinkgrin


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Ava08
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   Posted 4/3/2009 6:20 PM (GMT -7)   
hey!! I know how you are feeling. I am 20 years old and I have panic attack almost all day long, and sometimes at night. I'm not on anything to help them, but I found a way that helps me to stop them. One when it comes to night time I take like 2 hrs of relaxing before I go to bed. That seems to help me. And when the breathing gets hard and the heart goes crazy I tell myself there is nothing wrong. That I am making myself freak out over nothing, and usually in about 5 min they stop. My panic attack started when I was in high school, and now I have a 5 month old baby, and the stress from that makes it worse. And if me telling myself that I am ok doesn't work I call someone and talk with them or I go outside and walk around trying to keep myself busy. I hope one of those work for you.

Jamie
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   Posted 4/11/2009 1:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm 31 and have suffered from panic attacks since the age of 17. I just recently starting waking up within 1 to 3 hours in a complete state of panic... so bad that I have called 911 and rushed myself to the ER. How embarrassing!! They tell me that it's a panic attack and send me on my way. Even though I wake up with the usual symptoms - complete state of fear, racing heart, sweating, feeling like I can't breath or might even choke.. I still somehow convince myself that it must be something else - like I am going to have a heart attack or this time something must really be wrong.

I just want to have relief. I am now afraid to fall asleep because I am terrified to wake up in this state of panic. I am already on medication and that makes me feel hopeless. :(

stkitt
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   Posted 4/11/2009 6:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to HealingWell and the A & P Forum.
 
I am so sorry to hear you are having these awful panic attacks.  Have you tried anything besides medication?
 
There are many different therapies available as well as self help online programs that you can work through.  Also joining a support group like HW is a wonderful way to find people that understand exactly what you are going through.
 
Stick with us and know we care.
 
Again a warm welcome.
 
Kitt
 

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Jamie
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   Posted 4/12/2009 12:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Kitt,

I have a great book called From Panic to Power. It helped in the past, but for some reason I am not able to relax like before. I have been under a lot of stress and I am sure that has a lot to do with my current anxiety attacks.

They are just so scary at the time I am in full blown attack mode that it makes it hard for me to calm myself down. I need to find some good relaxation techniques.

Thanks again,

It does help to know that I am not alone.

Jamie

stkitt
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   Posted 4/12/2009 5:11 AM (GMT -7)   

Jamie,

One of the best remedies for anxiety is to talk about it. Here's where good friends and family can come in. The old adage "A problem shared is a problem halved" comes into its own here, and while you may dismiss it as nonsense, it may surprise you how anxiety alleviating it can be to just talk to someone.

Obviously when you're feeling at a low ebb, the last thing you tend to think about is the things that are good in your life. But to do this is a sure fire mood lifter and anxiety buster.

In all situations that fuel your anxiety, whether they be job related, family related or otherwise, try and think about all the things that you have done right. While its true that it is a good thing to acknowledge things that you can improve on, beating yourself up over mistakes you've made will only increase your anxiety.

Another trick is to find yourself a diversion that pleases you. Sometimes all we need is a diversion, or a hobby that we enjoy to ignite the pleasure in our lives By challenging yourself and enriching your life with interests outside of your daily routine, you not only participate in a rewarding and pleasurable pastime, you can bring back the zest into your life and divorce yourself your anxiety.

I wish you a wonderful day and I wish you peace ,

Kitt


 

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rossbp
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   Posted 5/3/2011 12:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had panic attacks for about 2 months now - almost 3 nights or more a week. I wake up with a pounding heart, tell myself to calm down and breathe deeply. I convince myself that it is not heart related and that seems to help. I also have night sweats on one of the waking moments. I wake up at least 3 times a night but only once it is bad - the other times I am tossing and turning. I have experienced this ever since I have been on atenolol 25 mg which did not help with sleep and now I am on toprol XL 25 mg and having the same ineffective results as far as sleep is concerned but great results for blood pressure. I have a 1/2 .5 mg Xanax when I know I have to sleep well for the next day's work routine. Does anyone know of a better remedy for BP that will not ruin sleep like this? Is Xanax my only hope? I dont want to become dependent on it even though I exercise great self control and have had a 1 month prescription last 3 months! Thx for any help. THis forum is great to stumble upon!
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