Another panic attack?

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Chris711
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   Posted 6/17/2007 8:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi,
 
A few months ago whilst sufering a bout of anxiety I had what I think (and for that matter my doctor seemed to think) was a panic attack. Now I think I may have had another....
 
This morning started off really well, I'd had a good nights sleep and was generally relaxed. As I was snoozing I felt a pain in my chest - looking back, it was nothing too dramatic and I have frequent acid reflux problems, which often produce that sort of pain. I am however a bit of a hypochondriac and the possibility of a heart condition has never entirely left my mind, depite an 'ok' from the doctor. I don't know why, but probably as a result of this paranoia I sat bolt upright in bed when I felt the pain. Next came a fluttering in my chest, followed by a feeling of slight dizziness. I started to feel like I was about to be sick. At this point the dizziness got much worse, almost as if I was about to pass out and I began sweating profusely. I was still sat up and the symptoms weren't getting any better I tried to control my breathing which didn't seem to have a massive effect and finnally I lay down on my side, at which point the symptoms fairly rapidly eased. In the space of 5 minutes I'd gone from being relaxed and feeling good, to the worst I've ever felt and back again. Ok, I was a little shook up, but I was physically ok in probably somewhat less than 5 minutes.
 
From what I've heard this sounds like a fairly text book panic attack. As mentioned, I have mild chest pains, which after a brief examination my doctor concluded were due to acid reflux. Ever since I was a kid I've had occasional 'flutters' in my chest which occured rarely and never really worried me. Recently, I've put this down to esophegeal spasms caused by the acid reflux. I also have occasional bouts of feeling rather spaced out (like your drunk, but I hasten to add I'm not a heavy drinker or a drug user) I just put these down to an unfulfilling job and recent anxiety. A friend suggested those symptoms combined might point to Mitral Valve Prolapse. I'm a young (24) healthy male with no history of heart disease in the family, whatsmore I have a rather under-used analytical mind which likes going off on scary tangents! So, it may just be esophegeal spasms mimiking the chest flutters, the occasional panic attack when I get too worried about it and a spot of general anxiety causing the unreality..... Who knows. Just feel a bit happier sharing my experience on here.

stkitt
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   Posted 6/17/2007 10:22 AM (GMT -6)   

Good Morning Chris,

There are many definitions of panic attacks and many symptoms but here is the basic definition to refresh our memories:

The sudden onset of intense anxiety, characterized by feelings of intense fear and apprehension and accompanied by palpitations, shortness of breath, sweating, and trembling. Also called anxiety attack.

I am glad it subsided for you and that you have had discussions with your physician so he is aware of your symptoms.
 
If something changes in your attacks, please follow up with your physician.
 
Stay with us my friend, we care about you.
 
 
Respectfully
Kitt
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harry4
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   Posted 6/17/2007 4:20 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Chris

panic attacks are often diagnosed by eliminating all other possibilities

panic attacks

and GERD often go together

when a panic attack starts, it helps to avoid tensing up or fighting back but do accept, try to relax and do breathe deep and slow

panic attacks wont hurt you, I am now 65 and in good health after 20 years of panic attacks


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Howlyncat
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   Posted 6/18/2007 5:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Chris
I too ahve to agree with Kitt on this and I believe you are having A/P attacks
It is quite common with all the symtoms you have listed so far
I PREFER to call it Health Anxiety not hypochondria
I also believe that we are more in TUNE with our bodies and feel every twinge there is ......

Stay with us and do tell your DOC all of what you have said in post as well as any other info deemed necessary
That is the only way they can properly dx any disease

Keeping you in our thoughts

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Chris711
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   Posted 6/20/2007 3:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks guys.
 
Will go back to the doc shortly and give him an update.
 
It's quite annoying - thought I'd got over the anxiety I had before. When this attack happened I was about as relaxed as I ever could be - Sunday morning, slept in a little, sun coming in through the window. Then, chaos - felt pretty horrible.
 
 

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   Posted 6/20/2007 5:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Panic attacks will hit you at any given time IMHO

Take care and let us know what the doc says plz

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   Posted 6/20/2007 1:27 PM (GMT -6)   
part of the difficulty of living with panic attacks is their unpredictability, they usually dont happen when they should  but do hit you 'out of the blue' when not expected

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Chris711
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   Posted 6/21/2007 10:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the support guys, I appreciate it.
 
We had a brief talk about the symptoms and she listened to my heart and concluded everything was fine medically and it was "probably just an anxiety thing, nothing to worry about" (slight irony in that sentence :-) )
 
Just stated that everyones heart litterally skips a beat every so often and if you're not doing anything (ie sat at the computer screen all day in a boring job!!) and also particularly conscious of your body you're more likely to recognise it, which I suppose is true.
 
She was happy that the 'episode' over the weekend was just an unexplained panic attack.
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