Hyperventilation and anxiety....I dont know whats wrong with me...

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Kreak22
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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 11/1/2006 2:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I am 17, and perfectly healthy. Just about a few weeks ago i was at the beach watching a vollyball game. I was feeling kinda strange but couldnt describe the feeling, felt kinda out of it / dull. I then began to talk to my friend and all of a sudden the words couldnt come out of my mouth. My face went numb and I fell to the floor and couldnt stop shaking. It looked like I was having a seizure but i was aware of everything going on, but i couldnt speak or control myself. It lasted about a minute and I felt extrememly lightheaded but still aware of everything around me, it was quite shocking and unexpected. My friends took me into the shake where a team of paramedics came and tested me. Blood Pressute was fine, Hearth rate was fine, blood sugar was fine, everything was fine! They called my monther because of my age and offered to take me to the hospital but i refused to go. My mom got a chance to talk to me on the phone and told me I should just get something to eat. We all went out to eat and it made me feel a lot better. So my friends dicided to take me home but my friend would be driving my car back just in case i had another seizure or whatever it was. Just about a minute untill we reached my house I had another one. Thank God I wasnt driving!! The ambulance came and picked me up to go to the hospital. I finally made it there and it wasnt untill a couple hours passed by when I bagen to have my third one. I spent the next 2 nights in the hospital was occasional musscle twitches and i would feel my hands go numb sometimes. The hospital did a CT, EEG, and MRI and said I was fine. They released me from the hospital on monday and told me to take the next day off from school just to see how things are going to go. I spent the day at home without a problem, felt a little light headed but nothing to big. Wednessday is when I went back to class. I felt alright being back at school but after 30 minutes of being in class I started to experience anxiety, i felt like i couldnt breath and had to call my mom to pick me up from school. We went to see the doctor that same day. He did all these check up and concluded that i have HYPERVENTILATION SYNDROME. He said it wasnt a big deal, i dont need any medacine and that its all in control. He said its all caused by stress andanxiety and that I should just take it easy.
went to bed that night and felt like i could barely breath, i started shaking and stayed up a couple hours untill I fell asleep. I missed school on Thursday and went back on friday. I was fine at school but felt nervous for no reason. I socialized but I had some weird feeling I couldnt control, I tried to overcome it. I knew I had to be at school and forced myself to stay. I just hated the idea of missing soo much school and being behind. I spent about an hour at school and couldnt take it anymore. When I got home I layed down and listened to some music. I was fine for about 30 minutes untill I felt like i was russing out of breath. I dont know weather this was panic or anxiety but i felt like i was going to die. I couldnt speak and started shaking. I thought I was going to have another seizure. I started communicating with my step-dad by writing to him because it was almost impossible for me to speak. I went to the same doctor again a couple hours later and he perscribed LOREZEPAM. He said im just worrying too much and its going to go away. Now its wednessday I been taking that medication for 5 days now. I feel a lot better and still feel like I have anxiety but not so severe. Through this whole experience I lost 10 pounds and my appitite hasnt been the same. I am doing school at home but will go back on monday. I am still frighted with the thought of me having the seizure and my anxiety. Has anyone ever had anything like this ever happen to them? If they have let me know how long its been how how they are dealing with it. I dont know what else to say, any support will be much appreciated. Thanks

Twiggygal
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   Posted 11/1/2006 3:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I also take Lorazepam/Ativan everyday, twice a day sometimes. Each pill is .5 mgs.

I can't say that I've actually fallen down in a panic attack or anything like that, the thought of it is making my hands shaky as I type.

You should probably learn some breathing techniques, and I'm not familiar with them so much as others are on this site, and they'll be able to guide you in the right direction.

Anxiety and panic disorder is a very scary thing.

Welcome to HW.

We're all here for you and we're a family. I'm also in the chatrooms at night so if you want to stop in and talk anytime to anyone in the A/P chat we're usually in there.

It helps to talk !! :)

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harry4
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   Posted 11/1/2006 5:47 PM (GMT -7)   

HI Kreak

I expect they checked you out for other things including low blood sugar, also called hypoglycemia ( details of it on the net)

hyperventilation can become a bad habit, lots of info about it on the net, it can cause people to faint but they recover soon, if feeling faint or strange, sit or squat down and get your head low

avoid rapid breathing, especially avoid rapid shallow panting, this panting can make you feel good and can distract you, it was used by women giving birth to distract themselves from the pain

the best way for everyone to breathe is deep and slow, in a relaxed way, with no tensing or forcing

also dont hold your breath or forget to breathe when concentrating hard on something

the lorazepam, a valium type med, will help to relax and calm you, take a few tablets to school and if needed, disolve 1 under the tongue for fast help, see sublingually on the net, sadly many docs dont know about this

it may help to carry a note that says "I am having an attack of hypoglycemia" that you could show to people just in case

try to not worry about and remember the deep slow breathing will prevent  it


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


MsKittie
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   Posted 11/1/2006 7:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Kreak22

Welcome to HW. You will find pleanty of support here and it won't take you long to feel like family. I'm so happy you have found us.

You are so young and having to go thru this must be horrible I am so sorry. It sounds like you have a great set of friends that are really watching out for you and that is awsome. Just do your best to hang in there and try some slow deep breathing maybe this will help.

Please keep posting and keep us updated on how your doing. Your doing great.

 



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shell79
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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 11/1/2006 10:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Kreak-  sometimes I do hyperventilate and have to really calm myself down with breathing exercises.  As far as actually falling to the ground, I have never done that.  I am a shallow breather, and usually find myself short of breath, then I begin to hyperventilate! I had labs done Monday to rule out anything other than anxiety and I was retaining CO2, which proves to me that I need to work on my breathing!

tylerman
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   Posted 11/2/2006 12:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Kreak: I also get that feeling that i'm not in control...its very scary, I know...I had an attack today...sometimes its hard when its happening to convince yourself that its going to go away..but it always does.

And don't feel bad if you think about it a lot. Its totally normal. Sometimes even when i'm not feeling bad I will start to get down because I feel i'm thinking about it too much and it "controls my life" etc. This will all get better with time. There will be good days and bad days. But just know that it can't hurt you and it can't make you "go crazy." Keep talking to your doctors and do things that make you feel good. Even though that is sometimes hard to do.

ALSO, don't try to fight it when it comes on..i know it seems like you have to do something when it happens.. just keep reminding yourself that it is all due to anxiety, which is completely harmless physically, its just scary mentally.

jethro
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   Posted 11/2/2006 8:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Acute attacks can be eased by breathing into a paper bag to raise carbon dioxide levels in the blood.  Distraction will also help.
 
For the long term, five minutes of slow controlled abdominal breathing twice a day will help control it.
Try to breathe slowly, less than five times a minute, without holding or breathing too deeply. This may not be easy at first but don't give up, it gets easier.  
The mind is like a parachute - It works better when it's open.


normalsnofun
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   Posted 11/2/2006 11:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Practice breathing even when youre not having an attack breath in slowly through the nose and make sure your stomach expands and breath out through your mouth. Practice enough and it wont take so much effort when you need it.
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tylerman
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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 27
   Posted 11/2/2006 10:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Kreak: I also get that feeling that i'm not in control...its very scary, I know...I had an attack today...sometimes its hard when its happening to convince yourself that its going to go away..but it always does.

And don't feel bad if you think about it a lot. Its totally normal. Sometimes even when i'm not feeling bad I will start to get down because I feel i'm thinking about it too much and it "controls my life" etc. This will all get better with time. There will be good days and bad days. But just know that it can't hurt you and it can't make you "go crazy." Keep talking to your doctors and do things that make you feel good. Even though that is sometimes hard to do.

ALSO, don't try to fight it when it comes on..i know it seems like you have to do something when it happens.. just keep reminding yourself that it is all due to anxiety, which is completely harmless physically, its just scary mentally.
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