Hi All, this is my first post to write and you can't believe what a relief it was to locate this site (well maybe you can). I have read post, after post and can honestly say that although I don't know any of you, I don't feel so alone anymore.
I too, experience the chest pain, shortness of breath, out-of-body experience, thoughts of dying, etc... What's bizarre is, I am a 36 year old female, who has just recently been diagnosed with anxiety. So that leads me to my first question: how does this just creep up on you??
Here's my background (short story): about 6 months after I had my last cigarette, is when I realized I had anxiety issues. There was a point where I couldn't even fall asleep at night, because I thought I was having a heart attack or because I thought I felt my heart stop, etc... The stress of the situation pushed me off the wagon and I started smoking again. During the day, I am totally okay - rarley experiencing any form of anxiety (of course having a high-stress job might explain this); however at night when I'm lying in bed - that's when it ALWAYS hits. Of course, since I started smoking again, now all I can think about is dying of lung cancer, heart disease, etc...
My second (and last) question is: does anyone expeience the situation above? Okay during the day, freaking out at night?? I guess I just assumed that anxiety hits at all hours of the day and not just at one specific time of day.
Does anyone else smoke? This seems to take the edge off - does anyone else feel the same way?? Has anyone been able to quit moking successfully and still maintain some sense of sanity? If so, how did you do it?
I apologize for all the questions. Thank you so much for any feedback you can provide. I wish all of you much luck and success in your "healing".