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   Posted 10/5/2008 2:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I had an odd experience the other day, and I can't get it out of my mind. I'm not sure if it was caused by anxiety or something else more severe. I get the odd panic attack about once or twice a year - nothing major, and now I know what they are, so I usually don't freak out much anymore. Anxiety runs in my family - my mother used to be agoraphobic, and had severe panic attacks when I was younger. Anyway, the other day I was cleaning up after baking, and I opened my fridge, and all of a sudden I got this feeling coming over me - almost like I was getting a panic attack, but then my vision went slightly blurry. I was fully aware the whole time, and the vision thing lasted no more than 5 seconds, and I sort of talked myself out of it like I do when I'm having a panic attack, and I haven't experienced it before, or since. Since then, I've felt very jittery, and slightly anxious - almost like I've had too much caffeine, but because I'm a parnoid person, I keep thinking maybe it was a seizure of sorts. But, my rational side keeps saying I had a slight panic attack for whatever reason, and now I'm just anxious about it.
Any suggestions? Comments? I feel like I'm going crazy!

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   Posted 10/5/2008 5:01 PM (GMT -6)   


Other members have had episodes similiar to what you explained.  It could be Depersonalization but I am not a professional so please do see your physician if this is a big problem for you.

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   Posted 10/5/2008 8:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Kitt, it could be depersonalization or what they call "splitting" where you feel like you are separate from your body. It also could be something as simple as low blood sugar. People that dont have to check their sugars on a daily basis never think about things like that. I know when i eat certain foods that have a high MSG content (chinese) in it i get really graggy and lightheaded. But def check with your doc and see what he thinks if you are really concerned or if it happens more freuent. Hope you have a great monday

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   Posted 10/6/2008 7:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I thought it could have something to do with my blood sugar level too. A similar experience happened when I was pregnant with my first child, and the dr told me then that it's common in pregnancy - the blood sugar (or blood pressure - can't remember which one) drops all of a sudden, and that causes fainting, or near-fainting. Though this time, I had just finished sampling (ie: pigging out on) a bunch of banana bread batter, so I would think my blood sugars would be high, not low!

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   Posted 10/7/2008 7:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Had you been bending over prior to your 'blurry vision' . Just a thought.. If you'd just bent over to remove something from the oven and then stood up quickly ... it could simply be a blood pressure thing ... like when you stand up too quickly from a lying position ...
I agree with the others that it could be a low sugar thing...
I think it is worth mentioning to your doctor. I wouldn't worry too much about it.. but would make sure to talk to your doctor about it during your next appointment.. .unless it starts happening on a regular basis.
Blurry vision used to be a sure fire sign that a migraine was about to start for me. blurry vision... 20 minutes later. Bang! Migraine! never failed.
Good luck sweetie....
let us know how you are doing.
51 yr.old retired RN,Crohn's D for last35 yrs..severe esophagitis, migraines,strictures,urethral stricture,depression,probable MS.,RLS, arthritis, PTSD ,general anxiety disorder.

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   Posted 10/7/2008 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi monkeyzmum,

Welcome to the forum. I love your name! I'm not a professional so I'm not sure on this one, but I think dizzy spells are just one of those things that happen sometimes. Don't let it worry you too much if it's only happened the once. It may be a form of depersonalisation as Kitt mentioned but not likely to be a seizure. If it is worrying you a great deal then do see your doctor. Keep enjoying that bannana bread batter and let us know how you go.

BTW, it sounds like you are pretty darn good at controlling your anxiety. It's hard to "talk yourself out of it" that took me years to learn!


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