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tnkrbll31
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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 7/9/2007 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Actually, I don't even know if what has happened is for sure panic attacks. I am in the process of going to doctors to determine it is not neurological or heart related. But I have been reading a lot on the internet, and all of the symptoms point in the same direction. After today, I feel most certain I am afflicted with this problem, and I am terrified.

I am 32 years old. My Mother has suffered from high anxiety her whole life. Last Wednesday (July 4th), I was in the middle of Transformers (the movie), and all of the sudden felt as if I couldn't breathe. My heart started pounding, I felt disconnected and dizzy, and I lost all feeling in my hands. I was afraid I was having a heart attack. My fiance helped me to the car, and the feeling went away. Then two days later, the same thing happened again.

The really bad side is that I started a new job today. I was fine this morning, but my new boss wanted to take me to lunch, and as soon as we got in his car, I felt a little dizzy. Immediately, I began to think I was going to have another attack, and that I would not be able to do anything because I was stuck with my boss (not to mention being terribly embarrassed if it happened). Then from there, I was in "panic" mode all day. I didn't have an attack, but I was so worried and stressed out, it caused me to focus on my breathing, and quite honestly, I have no idea what he said or what I said from 12 o'clock on. I kept counting numbers in my head to try to prevent myself from having an attack. Now I've found out I have to drive in a car with three other people for an hour and a half on Wednesday and sit in training. I am terrified. I have no idea how I am going to manage this, and I can't get out of it without risking losing my new job. I am in a corporate level position at a bank.

I don't really have any questions, but I don't know anyone else who has suffered these problems. I can't really get any medication until I get on my new insurance in September. Right now, I'm just trying to figure out if I can make it through Wednesday.

I'll appreciate any sympathizing or if anyone has any great ideas. I haven't figured out how to calm myself yet as I only started dealing with this on Wednesday. I am so afraid of having another attack, I'm going to cause myself to have another attack.

Thanks for listening/reading.

stkitt
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   Posted 7/9/2007 8:44 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello and Welcome to the A & P  forum. We are glad you found us.

I understand your fears a I have had those same fears. 

I have learned to stay in the moment, don't let what happened in the past cause you to worry that it will happen again next time.  Leave it in the past.

Try to make other arrangements for driving to the seminar, can one of the others attending be the designated driver.  Your the new kid on the block. If you are really worrying about it come up with a reason for why you can't drive..............lost your license, freeway driving is not your forte, your car is not running well......................just ask someone else to drive this time and you may be alright the next time the issue comes up.

Again try to stay in the moment and if a scary thought flits into your mind, notice it but let it pass on through, it cannot hurt you..............

With each task your doing at work just concentrate on that one and don't anticipate the next. Avoid the anticipatory anxiety.  Does that make sense?

Gentle Hugs to you and a huge welcome.

Kitt


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Howlyncat
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   Posted 7/10/2007 7:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to our lil family
So glad you found us here
Some drug companies from my understanding will help you out with meds.....if you have RX for them at present and explain your predicament ..........''

I know others that have posted and taked about this I believe Janet did if not mistaken

In the interrim Kitt is right

Anticiapatory Anxiety is the worst

Stay with us hun and get the support you need '

As for this long car ride how about going at it in a "lil Journey " type thing and leaving the a/p out of the pic

YES it may be hard but at least give it a shot

DONT forget we are all here to lend our support and caring

LYN


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Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 7/12/2007 7:09:08 AM (GMT-6)


bluejelli
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   Posted 7/10/2007 11:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tnkr, Glad to know you are ruling others things out. It does sound like A/P. The best thing you can do is to not stop, Keep going and try to focus on your new job. As hard as it will be, it will be harder if you quit trying. I know first hand. I have been home bound twice now from this. You can get great support here from people who know exactly what you are going through. Which is a very big help in knowing you are not alone. It's very hard for people to understand and even sometimes accept when they themselves have not experienced it.

As soon as you have the feelings start thinking of something else, Don't focus on your breathing, EVen if you have to excuse yourself go into the bathroom and splash some cool water on your face. Go outside and get some fresh air.If possible pick up a phone and call someone. Think of a errand or project you need to finish or do. Anything that is going on in your life expect the a/p to get your mind tuned to something else. It can leave (the feeling) just as quickly as it came. I doodle a lot, I have found that just by doodling or writing can take my mind off of it. Work on something that needs problem shooting. Anything that takes thought process and will divert your attention away from the "thoughts"

As others said the Anticiapatory Anxiety is the worst. Also, don't let the place you had one become a no go zone for you. It can happen very quickly. My prayers are with you. Im sure others will be along with more greta helpful tips.
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boxcastle
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   Posted 7/10/2007 7:05 PM (GMT -6)   
that is EXACTLY like me, seriously. I was getting heavy nausia and sickness and then i felt as though i couldn't breathe. Somtimes i would be fine, but the second i felt i wasn't in controll of my enviroment and that i couldn't get an easy escape if i needed too, i would start to think "do i feel sick, am i having an attack?" and sure enough, that triggered an attack, or at the least made it hard to breath, because i was focusing on it so much.
I don't know if this is too late now, and i'm really sorry if it is too late and you have already had your meeting, but try this site http://www.patient.co.uk/showdoc/23069094 My therapist showed me it, and it did actually help me quite a bit. Also i find music helps me, if you could maybe get a personal player with you without seeming unsocial? Or if that wasn't an option, maybe planning something you have to do later in EXACT detail in your head, getting on a thought trail. That kind of thing helps me a lot. I really admire your bravery in all this, it takes a strong person. If it does happen, think to yourself "i remember this feeling from when it happened before, and i was actually fine in the end before, this is just a panic attack and is caused completely by my mind." I know thats easier said then done, but try and keep that somewhere in your mind.
i really hope this has been of some help, sorry its a bit long, i tend to go on a bit! I really hope the best for you on this work journey and for the new job in general.

tnkrbll31
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   Posted 7/10/2007 7:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much for all of your thoughts and ideas. I actually did a lot of these things today, without even reading your posts, as I just got home from work. And they worked pretty well. I did lots of internet research last night, and this morning reminded myself all the way to work that an attack couldn't kill me, and if I had one, I could just go and sit in the break room and wait it out. I also had to remind myself that every time I had a pain or I felt dizzy, that didn't mean I was having an attack.

Now about tomorrow and that drive to Tulsa...funny thing is, I'm more afraid of going with people. If I go by myself, I'll be okay. So I arranged to drive myself there and back, without having to ride in a car with anyone else. That way if I have an attack, I'm not embarrassing myself or anything.

I appreciate everything. It is nice to have some people around who at least know how I am feeling. My fiance is great, but as I used to not understand anxiety (until last Wednesday), I know he cannot understand either. You just don't get it until it happens to you. So, thanks for some great ideas.

Aurora60
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   Posted 7/10/2007 10:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I suffer from panic attacks and I understand what you are going through. Oten times the anticipation of tne attack or anxiety is worse than the actual attack. It is true that you need to tell yourself to stay in the present, here and now. I take Lorazepam for my attacks and I have also had cognitive behanvioral therapy which may or may not work. Just know that you are not alone with this problem. Exercise helps to relieve anxiety and you might talk to your Dr. about some medication. The one thing I know for sure is that you will not expire from a panic attack even though it feels that bad. Try to think positive thoughts and remember they only last a short time. You are very brave to drive by yourself! Driving is the one thing that is difficult for me so limits my world. Take care.

debaser
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   Posted 7/10/2007 10:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree about the anticipation thing. Anticipation can cause a person that only has occasional panic to have a higher degree of anxiety other times, and then they're more likely to have an attack. It's hard not to anticipate, though...it's a lot easier said than done but I think you have to try.

The good news is that this is treatable and September isn't that far away!

Good Luck,
D
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 7/12/2007 8:10 AM (GMT -6)   
How are you doing today
Feeling a bit better knowing you have support and caring does help out immensely

LYN
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