I feel a lot of tension - no pain in the chest, just tension. Every once in a while, I get this "head rush", sweat a little bit. It only lasts about
5 - 10 seconds and is over. If it went any longer, it may feel like I could pass out. It has happened while eating out, in a meeting, or even exercising. Does this sound like an anxiety attack?
Some history - I started having issues once in a while waking up in the middle of the night. The doc thought it was anxiety, and put me on temazepam as needed. I now find that I am taking it nightly. Then, over the past couple months, I had the issue I mentioned above. I have had them before, but they seem a bit more frequent now. Went to see the doc (general physician), and he gave me Xanax (.25 mg) as needed. I take it when I feel real tense, but I am afraid I may get hooked on this benzo as well. I also have sleep apnea, and am using a CPAP machine. That doc gave me a prescription for Zoloft, thinking that would help with waking up overnight. At that time, I was not having these "attacks". I am thinking about seeing a psychologist, but have not pulled the trigger. Anxiety disorders do run in my family (mom and sister). My mom got over hers, and my sister puts up with her episodes, refusing to take meds.
Does anyone use temazepam (Restoril) or Xanax? Any advice? How do you "live with it" - ignore the symptoms?
Thanks so much...