Waking up in panic mode

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   Posted 5/18/2018 11:20 AM (GMT -6)   
So since ticks have been out I have been waking up in the middle of the night in panic that I have ticks on me.

Idk if I'm having nightmares that are leading to this or what.

I wake up & automatically feel convinced I have ticks on me so I start panicking and looking through my legs and my whole body to be sure.

Usually the next day I can remember what happened & it always seems crazy to me but in the moment at night it feels so serious & it freaks me out.

We have a inside dog & we found a tick on him a couple weeks ago & I believe that's what has set it off.

I don't really think there's anything I can do about it but I'm just wondering if anybody else went through this.

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   Posted 5/18/2018 4:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I don’t panic about ticks but when I’m awakened early morning with mild anxiety and sweating, I have these doom and gloom feelings.

It’s getting better though.
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   Posted 5/18/2018 8:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Panic yes, and I think these buggers (Lyme n co bacteria) will bring out whatever fear you are focusing on, whether it logically makes sense or not, it's not always fear of ticks, but often other fears and anxiety.

However that's a fairly realistic fear tempered by real events, that of wanting to avoid ticks and being aware of how debilitating they can be.

I'm very aggressive with mosquitoes now, in a way that I didn't used to be, now that I know how much misery and disease they can transmit, I swiftly kill them and I'm extra mindful when they are buzzing around me.

I would be extra vigilant and paranoid when hiking in the woods if I ever dared to venture that far again, careful to avoid tall grass and stay in the cleared areas. That's just knowing what I know now, and how dangerous these crawling disease needles are.

I think yours is a healthy fear, and might make you safer to be aware of your environment to keep it as tick free as possible.

edit: and sorry for the tangent, it's like I'm calmly narrating the nightmare you are having (lol im so sorry about that) , but yes I've woken up drenched in sweat, I've felt disturbing psychological and physical pain simultaneously, I've yelled myself awake on numerous occasions to where the neighbors heard me. I've had some of the worst hallucinatory panic attacks one could imagine...nevermind the myriad other neuro-psych manifestations, vivid sound loops, feeling like I'm literally going crazy.

On a positive note, it is manageable. Be good to yourself, learn about calming herbs, smells, try to do low stress things.

just remember it's not you, it's the bacteria and toxins working their way out, it's hard to keep that in mind I know when you feel nothing but abject fear, discomfort and you can't sleep. This is a multi systemic ailment and hard to shake.

Just keep coming back here with your fellow spoonies for support : ]

Post Edited (borrelioburgdorferii) : 5/19/2018 4:02:36 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 5/18/2018 10:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Any chance you have babesia? I think it can cause you to wake up in the middle of the night in a panic

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   Posted 5/19/2018 12:18 AM (GMT -6)   
I used to have really intense sleep paralysis with lucid dreams. It was so bad, I was afraid to sleep. Did you ever see Nightmare on Elm Street? It was like that. LOL. What I did, was every time I laid down to sleep, I told myself: If I go into sleep paralysis, I'll be fine. I'll just keep dreaming what I'm dreaming and try to have some fun in my dreams. I have nowhere to go.

I also started telling myself what I wanted to dream about. I did that for two weeks. And now? No more sleep paralysis.

Try telling yourself, every night: I will wake up feeling calm and secure.

It might take a while, but try it.
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