Does anyone else's legs freeze? and they feel like they cant make it home?

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   Posted 5/31/2009 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been having panic attacks for many years but lately the attacks have become unusual and just started seeing a CBT therapist. The reason why I am posting is because I have never actually spoken to anyone who has had these same types of panic attacks and while I am told this is text book panic I would feel less alone and make more sense out of these sensations if ANYONE out there could say this is something they experience (or have experienced) as well.

Here is what happens:
Sometimes when I am walking home (I live in a big metropolitan city) (even if I am only a few blocks from home) i begin to get a feeling like I wont physically be able to make it home. I am not sure exactly what goes through my head. maybe that my legs will freeze up, I feel dizzy and out of it to the point its hard to focus. I am trying to pinpoint the exact thoughts and sensations so I can describe it to the CBT therapist so she can be as helpful as possible but really all I can think is "I dont think I can make it home" and I freeze. This is the point where i call a cab or call a friend. yersterday it happened and I was only four blocks from home and I was frozen on the corner. My phone died and I happened to run into a friend (thank god!!) who was walking down the street at that exact moment. He walked me home but even with him next to me two blocks later I turned to him and said "I dont think my legs can make it home". I made it home, my friend was very nice and understanding but Im sick of this happening. its infinitely uncomfortable and it feels like torture and I never know when its going to happen.

Please please if anyone gets these please write back. It would be helpful to know:
1. what goes through your head
2. how you deal with it
3. if there is anything that is helpful to do in the moment or long term

thanks and much luck to all in overcoming anxiety.

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   Posted 5/31/2009 6:49 PM (GMT -6)   

When your anxiety stops you in your tracks challenge your negative thinking with positive statements and realistic thinking. When encountering thoughts that make you feel fearful or anxious, challenge those thoughts by asking yourself questions that will maintain objectivity and common sense.

I talk to myself and tell myself in just a short time I will be past this feeling.  Or I start to repeat a mantra in my head and keep moving forward.

When you get to your home are you better and does the feeling in your legs pass?

Welcome to our forum and please know we are here to help you.

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   Posted 6/1/2009 2:38 AM (GMT -6)   
I have moments where I feel like I can't make it. Like I'm suddenly totally weak and feel helpless. But they pass rather quickly. Usually within a few minutes. But I talk myself (Like Kitt) out of it. Or focus on something else. If I over think it. Then I get really upset about it.

One thing to remember. You're FINE. It will pass as long as you don't dwell on it. If you do it will take a lot longer for it to go away.
Mine usually just appear out of no where. I'm fine one minute and just feel totally weak. But i can walk, talk, lift etc as if nothing is wrong. It doesn't even take extra effort. But yet it feels like an apple would weigh a ton.
Its weird and I don't understand it.

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   Posted 6/1/2009 9:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Can you remember the first time this ever happened to you? Do you know what you were thinking? A lot of times I think we have this crazy "what-if" thought that seems silly at first, but then we dwell on it until it becomes something very real. I've noticed myself doing this.
You almost have to find a way to prove to yourself that it's just a product of your own thoughts. Maybe try counting your steps along your route, or use some other means to keep your mind from going to thoughts of your legs freezing up.

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Date Joined May 2009
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   Posted 6/3/2009 11:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks guys for the feedback. It just sorta of happened again and I wish I had read these posts before I left the house this morning. But anyway. I am usually much better when I get home so I know its not a real physical problem with my body/legs. I suspect that there is something minorly wrong or hormonal happening ont he days that this happens or I am exhausted and then that feelings of being weak ir tired etc trigger panic feelings and then my thoughts snowball and spiral into panic. My what if thoughts are mostly "what if I cant make it home" I dont really have a vision of what would happen like falling down etc. (sometimes I feel like I am going to faint) but its mostly an urgency to go home and a feeling like my legs or my mind wont co-operate and I simply wont get me back. I am so so so so sick of this. I see the CBT therapist tomorrow for the second time. Honestly I think it would be a miracle if Iwas able to work through this and feel at ease with the world like I once did.

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   Posted 6/3/2009 12:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I've read of this happening in some anxiety books. It's a symptom of anxiety. You need to continue putting one foot in front of the other when it happens. Use positive self talk. Hopefully you carry a water bottle and can keep yourself hydrated. Keep your focus on the surroundings and maybe think about what you're making for dinner or what's on t.v. that night.

When your fear of this symptom goes away, the symptom will go away, too. Maybe you can also print up some of these replies and carry them with you. When you get that strange feeling, pull out the replies and remind yourself you're not alone. Take care!
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