I am a 39 year old male. In the Fall of 2008 I started experiencing a feeling that made me want to get out of my office and find some space away from wherever I was. Then, I had a hangover (would fall into social drinker category for the most part), and moved something heavy, and chopped wood while being out of shape. I had a pounding in my chest, and got pretty scared. It lasted about 10-20 seconds, but freaked me out, I told my wife, and we both agreed I should go to the ER. I did, everything came back normal. Over the course of the next 3-4 mos I went to the ER 2 more times, once when I was alone with my 2 kids. My daughter was sleeping, and I got her out of bed and loaded us all into the car during this axiety attack or whatever it is. I had the fear that I will have a heart attack or something, and they will be there with me on the floor.
I had a physical after these trips to the ER, along with a Holter monitor for a day, and a stress test. Everything has come back w/in normal limits. My blood pressure tends to run maybe a little high normal (family history possibly), especially if I have had a cup of coffee. I bought an analog (old school) bp cuff at Walgreens for $12, and I check it when I feel this awful feeling. Usually, it is 120-130 over 70-85, again usually at the lower end w/ no coffee. So, I don't seem to have high bp.
My doctor who gave me the physical prescribed ativan, and I have taken it only when I feel like I can't cope. It has calmed me down every time. Lately, the anxiety has been more frequent, and I have taken the ativan 3 days in a row.
I am trying 5-HTP, since it is the winter months, and I know that I nay have a bit of the SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). I lived in Seattle, and was pretty depressed after long, grey winters. I am hoping the 5-HTP will help, along with consistent exercise and mediatation. I'm also looking into foods, as is my wife, that supposedly provide anti-anxiety chemicals.
Thank you for this forum, and I hope that we can somehow help each other.