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Soccer1
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   Posted 9/17/2014 4:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey all,

I've noticed lately that I every time I do any sort of heavy exercise my heart feels like its pounding out of my chest and I sometimes get dizzy in some cases. I got an ekg/echo and that came out normal so I'm just wondering if I'm just over sensitive to my heart after my first panic attack a month ago (just anxiety or stress) or if its something of more concern. I also have a soccer game in a few days and now I'm contemplating on skipping it due to this. Should I work my body up to heavy exercise again or just play in the game?

TooMuchAnxiety
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   Posted 9/17/2014 7:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Story of my life! I wish I had some advice for you. The doctor's tend to think it's just my anxiety kicking in when I exercise, so I have slowly been working myself back into things. I started with brisk walking, then to jogging and last night I was able to run for the first time in forever. I took it real slow and easy though, and didn't "panic" until about 5 minutes in.

My advice would be to not push yourself too hard at the soccer game, take your time, and try to relax if you feel "off."

Scaredy Cat might chime in on this because I think she is an athlete of some sort...?! Don't know for sure.

Soccer1
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   Posted 9/17/2014 7:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah I think that's what I'm going to do. I'm glad in a way that I now know that I'm not the only one that has this issue and that its just anxiety. Thanks for your response!

TooMuchAnxiety
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   Posted 9/17/2014 8:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Anxiety is SO STRANGE how it works. You'll get through this though, little at a time!

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   Posted 9/18/2014 1:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Are you accustomed to 'heavy exercise?' (ie: daily?) What is your definition of 'heavy exercise?' How often do you engage in this and what do you do? How long have you been doing this type of exercise (all together, as well as more recently, ie: the past few months)??




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Soccer1
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   Posted 9/18/2014 6:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm referring more to cardio/running. I am in decent shape and I'm 18. Since my panic attacks last month I've had one game where the symptoms above have happened. Recently I have just been walking and I haven't really done any heavy running except for that one game.

brendaboo
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   Posted 9/18/2014 7:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Soccer I was exercising faithfully for over a year, lost 78 pounds, then one day out of the blue while doing a work out DVD in my living room I started having the same thing happen, I had to stop, to this day I have not put that DVD back in because I am afraid to have a panic attack again like that.

My brother who is a certified personal trainer(not his job just a pass time)exercises ALL the time, runs marathons(boston), does triathlon etc and I would have never known he too suffers from anxiety attacks, in fact he had to wear a holster from a Cardiologist just to make sure his heart was okay, he has had issues with swallowing and feeling like something is stuck in his throat, had to go through all those tests and he is fine, so I asked him how do you get through it, he said he just keeps going, he doesn't stop and works his way through the panicking.

He is very silent about his panic attacks, I would have never known, he would never take medication or anything like that, but he still works through the panic, I just don't know if I am that strong.

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 9/18/2014 10:28 AM (GMT -6)   
S.,

It is very easy to see how exercise could be a trigger for anxiety. The physical sensations are very similar! Increased heart rate, body temp, sweating, muscular fatigue, breathlessness...ect...

After a panic attack...(one of the most terrifying and miserable experiences one can have)...a person would try very hard to avoid feeling the same way again, right? So many people develop a secondary anxiety....exercise anxiety.

My advice is to break this developing fear slowly. Start again gradually with your running. Go at a moderate pace for as long as you can. If you feel symptoms coming on, slow down, but don't stop! When you feel the symptoms start to fade, pick up the pace again.

This will reinforce in your mind and body that you can feel the sensations of exercise, and distinguish them from panic.


I had to do this with my job, because physical exercise is my vocation! I had no choice but to push through my fears!

You will have to decide if your upcoming game is something that you want to try at this time or not. If you need more time to work up to running again...without the pressure of being in a game...then perhaps waiting for the next one is not a bad idea.:)

Wishing you the best! Keep us posted.

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Soccer1
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   Posted 9/18/2014 11:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your advice guys, I'm not really scared of exercise the symptoms just happen. But I might just be scared in the back of my mind. Ill let you guys know what I decide to do!
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