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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 10/28/2006 2:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Would any of you ever describe your panic attacks like you feel like you're having a stroke. I was looking in the mirror today and it looked like one of my eyes was droopier than the other. Which I had some kind of really bad dizzy spell last night so the first thing I assume is I'm having mini strokes. Well the longer I look in the mirror the stranger things look. So I start to get dizzy and my eyes got blurry. Took a xanax but stil don't feel right. This is so aggrivating.

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   Posted 10/28/2006 6:26 PM (GMT -6)   
LOL. After a really stressfull night, I noticed my right eye did look a liitle diff from my left... like the skin and appearnace of it had aged 10yrs, even had a vein/vessel that was a little raised from the skin. The next day it went back to normal. THey say stress ages you. That's another reason for me not to give into it nono :-)

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   Posted 10/28/2006 6:42 PM (GMT -6)   

Ya know I think that most all of us that suffer with A/P have a terrible tendency to notice every single thing that may be different about our bodies. Then the more we focus on something the more we aggravate the actual symptom of whatever it is that we may be worrying about. I am sure most of us here at HW would agree. I have done the same thing many many times. In fact I at one time was convinced I had an aneurysm in my brain cause I had suffered w/ a headache for several days on the left side of my head. My face on that side was a little swollen making my eye look weird. Eventually I ended up at an oral surgeon - it was my wisdom teeth! So I just wanted to let you know that no, you are not by yourself on this one - I could go on and on about situations I have been through similar to yours. I am 29 and have had Panic Disorder since I was 22. So I am a pro! So if you can just try to relax and do the best you can to draw your thoughts away from whatever it may be that you're dwelling on. Believe me I do know how terribly hard this is, but you can do it. If you ever need any support we are ALWAYS here. There are alot of great people here. If I may ask are you seeing a psyche? They can help you tremendously with different ways to overcome this. Keep us posted! If you ever want to chat I am in most every night. Take care, God bless...


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   Posted 10/28/2006 6:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Lol - I see you're a reg member! So you already know how wonderful everyone here is. For some reason when I posted that last message I was thinking you were new. :-) Take care - Idie

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   Posted 10/29/2006 1:26 AM (GMT -6) not stay in front of the mirror for too long me it's something I try and avoid even on a good
Seriously, when panic attacks and depression set in I think we become extremely sensitive to any little changes in our bodies..but - somehow we do calm down and eventually desensitise ourselves - which is just as well eh? lol
Take care.


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   Posted 10/29/2006 7:24 PM (GMT -6)   

lots of info about mini strokes or TIA on the net, can be hard to tell them from a panic attack, I assume theres a test but dont know of it

some panic attack sufferers will insist they are having ministrokes as they consider that admitting to panic attacks is a sign of personal weakness or insanity! eyes

panic attacks are very hard to live with, being unpredictable, sadly most people and doctors have little sympathy, some docs dismiss us as exagerating or as hypochondriacs

recovered former longtime anxiety and panic attack sufferer and helper of other sufferers  but no training or  qualifications in medicine or psychology, any remarks that may be taken as advice must be confirmed with doctor or other health professional

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   Posted 10/29/2006 8:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Harry, panic is so unpredictable. I have been having a/p attacks for about 6yrs now and I still get new symptoms sometimes. I had never had nausea until my last panic attack about a month ago, I didn't eat for a week probably. It always scare the h*** out me, I always have to stop myself. It always takes me about a week to kill the anxiety from it sometimes two wks depending on the symptoms. One of the things that helps me is to stop paying attention to it. Thats alot easier said than done though. If you can don't look up the problem on the net, don't check yourself and try and tell yourself its ok to not be worried and scared then distract yourself in a way that takes up your thoughts. It helps me, I hope I was a little help to you and that you feel better soon. 
"Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it, what is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside." -Ramana Maharishi 
"Mind is the source of happiness or unhappiness".-Buddha

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