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scw1217
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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 1/27/2007 3:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all. I stumbled across this group doing a web search. I have panic attacks. Just yesterday I had one in the middle of Epcot in Orlando, Florida. My husband, who is very supportive, saved me from total ruin with "hard love". He kept telling me to pull myself together. He, of course, was right. I began having these about 5 years ago. I did not know what was "wrong with me" until last year. I cannot tell you, or perhaps I can, how big a relief it was to know I was a) not crazy and b) not going to die. I think knowing was half the battle.

However, my biggest battle right now is how it keeps me from doing things and going places. I hate holidays, those are just opportunities to fall apart in public, and I avoid "road trips". I know this is wrong, but home feels "safe" to me. Typically, I get really extremely nauseous, my arms and feet go numb, I get dizzy, and then feel like lead. I physically cannot get up. Yesterday's attack lasted about 4 hours.

I guess I am hoping for some feedback from people who have suffered with this and know what its like.

btflnvy
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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 1/27/2007 4:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome. This is a really great place and the people here are awesome.
Most people with anxiety feel "safe" at home or with their "safe" person. I used to feel that way. Most peoples panic attacks are different and can last from 10 minutes to several hours. Knowing that it is just anxiety and talking positivly to yourself will help reduce the length and severity of the attack. Are you on any meds? or have you tried any psychatrist? I think you will find a lot of support and education here. Good day.

"The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out." Thomas B. Macaulay


MsKittie
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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 789
   Posted 1/27/2007 5:07 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello scw1217

Welcome to HW were so happy you have joined us here I just wish it was under better conditions. You will find great support and information here and make many friends. If you ever have any questions about this site please just ask and you will recive help.

My safe place is my home but I can still get out and go places and you can too it will just take you time to learn how to calm yourself when you start feeling a PA starting to happen. Like btflnvy said you have to learn to talk to your body and remember to tell youself this is a panic attack I have been here before. It can not kill me and I will not fight it and let it run it's course before you know it you will be able to just ease thru them. I try focusing on things around me like what people are wearing, there hair doos ot get a magazine anything to direct your mind somewhere else. I know this easier said then done but it works for a lot of us here you can also do the deep breathing. I hope this helps you out some and please post here often so we know how you are doing. Again welcome to HW my friend. 


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hunniebee
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Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 116
   Posted 1/27/2007 5:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi welcome scw. 4 hours is a LONG time to panic. I completly understand. Mine last forever too. I've been having them for almost 7 years now. I thought after 2 billion drs visits, 50 billion tests and about 2500 trips to the ER, my head would finally believe ITS JUST PANIC. But for me....i still freak out about it and everytime i get one..( like about 10 mins ago) I think its different this time and thats it..its over...something is about to kill me. Im still a little shaky which is why I am on the site right now. Its a GREAT place to come when you feel crappy, panicy, anxious, or just having a great day too. Everyone here is so supportive. I hope you find comfort here.

Blessings* Julie

Ps: are you on any meds for the panic attacks?
Expecting life to treat you well because you are a good person is like expecting an angry bull not to charge because you are a vegetarian.--


scw1217
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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 9
   Posted 1/27/2007 6:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much for the friendly welcome. I am not very good at expressing myself, so apologize if my writings don't make much sense. As to your questions, no I am not on any medication or seeing anyone for it. I do not take medicine well, so that option is out for me. I have never been able to talk to anyone about it, except for my husband who is very understanding.

I understand totally what you said about focus. I do that too and usually I can get through it that way. But yesterday's attack was more severe because I was so nauseous. Feeling nauseous makes me panic worse because it has always means an attack coming on. It is somewhat of a trigger for me.

As to the length, my attacks are usually long, at least an hour. Yesterday's attack began with an episode of gastroinstestinal reflux at about 11 am, which in itself did not make me believe I would have an attack. It may have contributed to the nausea though, thinking back on it. The nausea began about 30 minutes later. I was not able to walk on until about 2 and remained weak afterward, though able to move around finally.

What gets to me afterward is the guilt for making a scene and changing family plans. I can after all blame no one but myself for messing things up.

I do want to say that I am usually a very stubborn and determined person. I am a "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" kind of gal. So to have something so debilitating is very hard for me. Its hard to admit I need help when I need help. But it was very freeing to finally know what the problem is.

hunniebee
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Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 116
   Posted 1/27/2007 9:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I feel for you hun. Its certainly an adjustment in one's life when we develope panic. You say you are not good with meds so its not an option. I am really bad with meds. I have a super sensitivity to almost all meds. Pain pills, antibiotics, cold pills. I cant take them. But the one thing that i can take and that helped TREMENDOUSLY with my panic attacks is Ativan. It's a Benzo. It's not a pill you have to take every day like antidepressants. Its just a tiny pill you take when you feel a panic attack is about to come on and like magic its gone or at the worst very very slight. This has helped me when making plans with my family and planning trips. I know the panic wont ruin it because I have an ativan if it does. Just some advice talk to your dr about it. It may help you start feeling confident again. Best wishes* Julie
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 1/28/2007 6:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome you have been given great advice and support already by these wonderful peeps so I will just say keep on posting and coming here for support
We will always be here
Lyn
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scw1217
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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 9
   Posted 1/28/2007 8:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks again. I may lurk for a while and read other posts without posting, at least until I feel I know enough to comment. I appreciate all the kind words.

MsKittie
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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 789
   Posted 1/28/2007 3:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello SCW
 
Honey your always welcome to lurk but remember you don't have to know much about others illness to put a warm smile on there face. tongue   Hope your doing better soon and yes we are all here pulling for you to feel better.
(((HUGS)))
   MsKittie
 
~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*  
I have an illness, My illness don't have me.
~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*                                      
 
Being happy doesnt mean everything's perfect.It means you've decided to see beyound the imperfrctions!God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain, but HE did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears & light for the way                                        

 

 

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