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Rock50
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   Posted 1/17/2007 6:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been telling people I have been getting panic attacks, although I have not been diag. by a doc other than in the ER.  What happens is I start to feel real funny very quickly and then it is like I am suffocating and I mean scary as hell.  I went to the ER twice and O2 levels were fine and that I was getting plenty of oxygen. They said I was probably having a panic attack.
 
Does this sound like a panic attack?  What do you do when they hit if that is what they are?  How long does yours normally last?

Rock50
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   Posted 1/17/2007 7:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Mitamins,

If I want a commercial I'll turn on the TV. Because I respect this site and the people I will refrain from telling you where to stick your Vitamins, but see if you can figure it out.

SarahP
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   Posted 1/17/2007 7:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Eric, my panic attacks were very similiar to what you are experiencing. I would just get this sudden onset of 'symptoms' and would let myself freak out from there. The whole hard to breathe thing, feel really strange, almost disoriented, heart would start to race(tho I figured out later that was MY reaction to the panic attack causing the heart thing).

Panic attacks are nasty little buggers. I am glad to see that you went and got checked out physically. But dang, they sure do FEEL like something is seriously wrong, don't they?

Best wishes
Sarah
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Rock50
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   Posted 1/17/2007 7:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Really nice to here from you Sarah, I missed you where have you been? Yea you told me about these before but I have never been to a private doc to get it diag. Really don't see a reason to spend the money I don't have.

jordaNZone
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   Posted 1/17/2007 8:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Rock
Sounds very like a panic attack..very scarey at the best of times...I detest the physical symptoms of anxiety! eyes
You really have been through heaps lately - and I guess it's your bodies way of telling you to chill out a little..difficult as it may seem (sigh)
My best weapons against panic attacks are:
Breathing - nice and steady when you feel the panic attack coming on..coz sure as eggs u gonna hyperventilateif you don't!
Distraction - Change whatever the record it is that keeps playing in your brain..change activity for a while and come back to what ever u were doing later.
Meds - I have lorazapam for really bad days when nothing works and my 'off switch' has failed!
Counselling - this has helped greatly in the past..learning new skills to cope better with stress.
Book - I love the book 'Living with IT' - A survivors guide to Panic Attacks by Bev Aisbett....this book is set out in cartoon form and show the lighter side to panic but is filled with helpful ideas and somehow relaxes me because I know I am not alone in suffering these symptoms.
Hope this helps just a little.
Maree

SarahP
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   Posted 1/17/2007 8:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Eric, great advice you just got above. Distraction and deep breathing got me through the worst of it. Another book is by Claire Weekes "Health and Hope for your Nerves". I also learned how to throw up a mental STOP sign to stop the slide from mild panic to full blown panic.

I emailed you with update on where I've been..lol.
Sarah
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 1/18/2007 5:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Eric '
I really believe you are having Panic attacks and you are going thru hades right now so just know we are here '
I am on your shoulder sweetie always
Know from whence you come ............
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nervymeg
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   Posted 1/18/2007 4:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Yep, that's a panic attack all right.  I often feel like that when it happens, like my throat is closing over and I will pass out.  I find this feeling can last for a few hours and I try and cope by putting my focus somewhere else.  If that doesn't work I take a low dose of valium.  The Bev aisbett book is fab, thanks for the reminder maree.  Thanks for telling mitamins where to go, you made me smile big time eric!!

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seechell
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   Posted 1/18/2007 5:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Sounds like a panic attack to me also. I am on klonopin everyday and if I have a really bad spell I take a couple xanax. My signs are a smothering feeling, heart races, butterflies in my tummy and I can't speak very well. Sometimes I just breakdown and cry for no particular reason. It is very scary. I know you said you don't want to pay a doctor (other than the ER) for a diagnosis but it might be worth it as they can give you a definate yes and maybe give you something to take to stabalize your mood. I've heard people talk about St John's Wort. It's just an over the counter herb, but they say it works. Maybe look into something like that too. Anyway, good luck and may your attacks be few and far between!

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   Posted 1/19/2007 3:40 AM (GMT -7)   
How ya making out today hun
Hoping things are easier
luvs ya
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Geebs
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   Posted 1/19/2007 6:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Definitely a panic attack. What helps me a lot is to do some deep breathing exercises. Focus on your breath going IN and then OUT. It really helps get things under control.

Mommy65301
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   Posted 1/19/2007 6:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Rock50,
Hi my name is Brandi I have never talked with you before but I think I read in one of your posts that you had been or are on oxycontin for pain? If you are I have some info on that drug if you would like. Just post back to me and let me Know. Hope you are feeling well
Nurse Brandi

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Rock50
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   Posted 1/19/2007 10:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Please Brandi as soon as possible.

Thanks Eric

Howlyncat
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   Posted 1/20/2007 2:11 AM (GMT -7)   
How are ya Rock
Thanks Brandi for your input
I too have info if u need it hun but I will wait til Brandy sends her stuff k
Luvs ya
Lyn
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Mommy65301
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   Posted 1/20/2007 1:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Eric,
I am a nurse I work in long term care, Oxycontin is a very contriversal drug that was developed by the drug company as a drug to be used for terminal patients suffering from severe pain, It is a time released drug that stays in your system for 12 hrs at a time and releases amounts of the drug throughout the 12 hr dosing period but the the thing that has made it so contiversal is the fact that Drs are prescribing it wrongly or for the wrong reseasons for pain control, it is a Herroin derivied pain med, other wise known on the streets as hill billy herroin people will by it on the street and crush it or chew it to get a faster rush, but the problem with this is it is a central nervouse system depressent and too much of it (since it is time released) will or can decrease respirations and people are dying form using it illegally, there are also sites you can find on the internet that have testamonals from peolpe who have been treated with this drug for different pain issues and they talk about the side effects and personality changes that they experienced while on the medication and the withdrawls they had coming of off it, the are alot of law suits being filed against this drug company and the Drs prescribing it because like I said before it is/was ment for poeple suffering form pain from a terminal illness. Isuggest you just type in oxycontin on your search engine and see what you can find I think you will be very surprised let me know what you think, there are other alternative meds that are very effective for handling the pain that you are suffering from Oxycontin is a drug that scares me please look it up and do some research.
Nurse Brandi

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Howlyncat
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   Posted 1/21/2007 1:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I believe I had posted something simuliar a while ago about this med am retired RN myself and in geriatrics
I was given it for the right reasons I just didnt like how it made me feel
Thanks for you input
Lyn

Rock you are okay right??
Luvs ya
Lyn
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