Strange panic attack this morning

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Chris711
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   Posted 7/8/2009 3:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
 
Seem to have been doing quite well recently, but I think I had another panic attack this morning. It was brief, but pretty intense.
 
I'm quite prone to muscle cramps (although usually while I'm doing excercise) and early this morning I woke up with agonising cramp in my right leg. That's unpleasant, but nothing especially worrying in itself, but for some reason as I tried to move round to stretch it out my heart rate shot up. I started getting palpitations - it felt normal on the first part of the beat, but on the second part there was a strong flutter. I sat up to try and calm the palpitations, at which point I felt light headed so I lay back down and I started feeling sick. All the while I was breaking out in an intense sweat. After a minute or so it calmed down. That flutter on the second part of my heart beat remained for a while as my pulse went down and then everything returned to normal.
 
If this was the first time I'd experienced anything like it I'd go to a doctor, but I've had similar experiences before which were diagnosed as panic attacks and I presume this is the same thing.
 
The only thing is I haven't really been anxious at all recently and the palpitations seemed quite regular, not the usual random flutter. It was also one of the most intense attacks I've had.
 
I guess I'm just seeking reassurance that what I've described sounds normal! I've no intention of going to a doctor as I have had problems with health anxiety and I don't want to risk re-starting that for what is almost certainly a regular panic attack. Scary stuff though.
 
Chris

mamalicious
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   Posted 7/8/2009 4:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Chris- I hate those cramps.  I got them every night when I was pregnant with #2.  I would wake up screaming in pain and my husband would leap out of bed thinking I was in labor!
 
My OB told me to eat 1/2 a banana and 1/2 a cup of milk at bedtime.  This stopped those stupid cramps!
 
I have PA's, too, and the worst are the ones where I am jolted from sleep.
 
Holly
 
 
 
 
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Chris711
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   Posted 7/8/2009 5:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Holly, I might give that a go. I don't usually get cramp at night it's usually if I'm doing excercise (I'm quite a keen cyclist amongst other things and I'd ridden a 15 mile round trip to work the previous day which probably triggered the cramp last night - it's normally mid-ride I get it though!)

stkitt
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   Posted 7/8/2009 5:53 AM (GMT -7)   

Chris,

How long ago did you have a fast heartrate with a panic attack?

My best advice is to remember if this is new and different for you, you were laying in bed and you were sympotomatic ( lightheaded) with the sudden burst of tachycardia without anxiety it may be cardiac in nature.

If you have another episode like this, I would at least check in with your physician.  I know we cannot run to the Doctors everytime we feel anxious, however, do not dismiss everything as a Panic Attack. Error on the side of caution if you feel this was not anxiety.

Wishing you the best,

Kitt


 

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   Posted 7/8/2009 5:55 AM (GMT -7)   
It could have also been that when you got the cramp it startled you awake really quickly and that may have been the cause of the brief rapid heartbeat. If it happens again, I would contact your doctor. But my personal opinion is you just got startled due to the cramp. JMHO

Good luck,
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mamalicious
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   Posted 7/8/2009 7:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Chris, that's an impressive ride! 
 
I like to do pilates, and have had my arches cramp up when doing certian moves.  It's painful and I will be sore the next day.  It usually happens when I'm not drinking my usual keg of water.
 
Holly
 
 
 
 
Holly- GAD, Migraines, TMJ disorder, Thyroid Disease
75 mg Effexor XR, 1mg Xanax PRN, Maxalt, Phenegran, Levothyroxine
 
 


Chris711
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   Posted 7/8/2009 8:33 AM (GMT -7)   

It was about a minute - two or three at the most I reckon. Basically I woke up feeling normal apart from the cramp I think (difficult to tell as I'd just woken up, but I think the cramp came first). I tried to move quickly to stretch my leg out before the cramp took hold (it's not something I worry about, but it does hurt, so I wanted to avoid it!) and as I did so I went quite rapidly into what I presume was a panic attack. I sort of jumped to try and stretch my leg out and instead of the burst of adrenaline calming down it kept going up I think.

It's not really anything new - I've had panic attacks before and they've been diagnosed by a doctor as just that. This one just hit me out of the blue I guess - I haven't been feeling particularly stressed recently. The only thing that worries me slightly is that the palpitations felt a bit different. If it's not a contradiction in terms the fluttering felt more rythmic, but it wasn't a completely new sensation. It may just be that I'm a bit more used to panic attacks now so I'm a bit more analytical about the whole thing!

I'm young and active and the only thing I have a history of is health anxiety... I've managed to convince myself at various times in the recent past that I had unpleasant conditions only to be told I'm fine, yet the anxiety during hat time was been as bad as any physical condition I've had.

The concern is that if I 'indulge' the anxiety with trips to the doctor it'll continue, forcing me to live through a nightmare which isn't actually happening (and in the long run this stress might not be good physically). It's only a year or since I last went to the doctor with something that turned out to be a panic attack and I've had my blood pressure checked and my heart listened to within the past couple of months (for something else) so I think it's very unlikely to be anything physical. I can practically guarantee if I phoned up and booked a doctors appointment now I'd start exhibiting some symptoms though, and that's a cycle I'd like to break.

It's a bit stupid - I know from previous experience (and speaking to my doctor) that the symptoms fit a panic attack, but every time it happens there's that little bit of doubt. I guess it's just useful to be reminded that other people experience the same thing and it is 'just' a panic attack.

stkitt said...

Chris,

How long ago did you have a fast heartrate with a panic attack?

My best advice is to remember if this is new and different for you, you were laying in bed and you were sympotomatic ( lightheaded) with the sudden burst of tachycardia without anxiety it may be cardiac in nature.

If you have another episode like this, I would at least check in with your physician.  I know we cannot run to the Doctors everytime we feel anxious, however, do not dismiss everything as a Panic Attack. Error on the side of caution if you feel this was not anxiety.

Wishing you the best,

Kitt


voicnoir
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   Posted 2/3/2011 7:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi chris, I'm interested to hear how you are doing, I've had some of the symptoms you are going through, and even though I put it to anxiety and worrying of the symptoms, I'll stilll go through the fears you did. I notice its been a while since you put an update so I hope and gather that you are feeling better

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   Posted 2/3/2011 8:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi voicnoir, you may not get a response to this as it is an older post, and I haven't seen this member on board lately.

I did want to welcome you however, say that I'm glad that you found us, and invited you to start a new thread of your own. I'm sure that many current members are experiencing many of the same things that you are. If you write a little about yourself, we can all get to know you:)

I am sure that you will find this an incredible place, full of information, support and the best people!

Talk to you soon,
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voicnoir
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   Posted 2/3/2011 8:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Many thanks SC,
I suffered from anxiety in 1995, took over my life non-stop for nearly a year. But somehow I cam out of the other side. Now it seems to have reared its ugly head again, Like Chris the same old fears go through the head, cancer,MS,brain tumour - like the 3 horsemen of anxiety symptoms.

I suffered badly from GERD last year, and coming from the UK, you find you are put on very long waiting list until the right person see's you.
At the end of last year I started getting pins and needles down my right arm mainly thumb and forefinger, They think its a trapped nerve, but for some reason my brain has decided to go into over drive and think of the worse, which in turn has resulted in many anxiety symptoms including light headed nausea and palpitations while asleep.

The thing is I know that i suffer from anxiety, as I have some of these symptoms before. I have a good job, but to be honest , I'm bored of it, I want to try something else, but I feel I'm too old to change direction and still pay the mortgage off , and in this current climate you think that taking a risk , IS A BIG RISK. plus I'm getting married next year and I feel responsible to be in a stable career path.

I know I have to take control, and the so called trapped nerve is always a reminder that something is not right physically, but I'm one of these people taht I hardly ever get a cold, so when i feel ill for more than I month, i think of the worse.I sometimes feel I psychologically need to re wire my thinking patterns, to be less negative and more pro active

I was interested in Chris as some of his early symptoms were very simillar to mine, plus then I read a thread that seemed to show that he was showing control of his problems.

Any how

Any help or advice or wise words are always welcome
peace
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