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Date Joined Dec 2009
Total Posts : 2
   Posted 12/22/2009 5:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone-
I have finally decided to talk with other people that have experienced panic attacks or panic disorder and hoping that if I know other people have experinced some of the same things that I have, it will help me start healing and living a "normal" life.
I had my first panic attack at age 17- no warning, I just remember lying in bed and feeling my heart race.  I thought I was having a heart attack.  I woke my Mom up and we drove to the hospital- I started to hyperventilate and felt like I was about to pass out.  I had my first EKG that night and it was normal.
Fast forward 20 years and many trips to the ER followed by EKGS(which were all normal) and I still suffer from panic attacks.  I have done so much research on the subject and I know that it is a condition that is really in my mind, but in the throws of a panic attack, I am convinced that I am losing control and feel that I am dying.
I have developed a fear of driving on crowded freeways and dread the thought of being stuck (I feel trapped) in traffic.  I have found ways to avoid freeways and if I start feeling panicky I call someone to distract my attention, it helps, but I just want to be free of this panic.  I feel that I have wasted so much valuable time and I want to get better.
It will be great hearing from other people who may have experienced some of the same things that I have.
I look forward to reading some other peoples post and hopefully they will help on my road to recovery.

Regular Member

Date Joined Jun 2009
Total Posts : 215
   Posted 12/22/2009 7:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Ninja,
I know exactly how you feel and its horrible! Have you ever considered medication? Thats the only thing that helped me. Also, you are NOT alone. Many people live with this and it does get better with the right treatment. Good Luck.

New Member

Date Joined Dec 2009
Total Posts : 2
   Posted 12/22/2009 8:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I am on Sertaline (sp?) it has helped take the edge off, but I still do have the attacks. I just wish I could wake up one morning and have these attacks just go away

Regular Member

Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 164
   Posted 12/22/2009 11:16 PM (GMT -7)   
welcome, im in the same boat you are. its not easy but talking helps.

Elite Member

Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 14995
   Posted 12/23/2009 6:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Ninja,

Just wanted to add my welcome to the others. You will find we have a wonderful and supportive forum. I look forward to hearing more from you.

Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease & Anxiety/Panic
Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

Regular Member

Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 218
   Posted 12/23/2009 7:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I know what you're going through...I suffer from anxiety that literally makes me feel as if I can't breathe.  My upper back and my chest muscles hurt from trying to draw a deep breath.  This has been going on for two years.  Some days it's better than others but it is never really "normal" least not the way I remember it to be before I became this way.
I went through a very anxious period when I was a young newly married woman and moved to another state away from home and family...I experienced breathing problems then...but it lasted only a half a year or so and I became comfortable once I adjusted.  I didn't have any problems for many years until I lost four sisters...three died within the same year.  their deaths sent me reeling back into this terrible anxiety and feeling like I can't breathe. 
I tried ativan and it helped for a while but I suffered horrific headaches and had to stop taking it.  Weaning off it was H-LL!  I'm glad it helps other people it just wasn't for me.  I'm not on any meds now.  I just read a lot of self-help books and pray I will someday be better.  I am better now than I was when I first lost my sisters and I think I will be out of this misery in time.  Please hang in there and I am sending healing prayers your way.  Joni

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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 32602
   Posted 12/23/2009 7:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Ninja,

I'd like to extend a warm welcome to you on your first visit to Healing Well!
I have found the support, validation and encouragement that I receive here, to be so helpful and healing. I hope and trust that will be your experience as a member of the HW family.

Please know you have come to the right place as we all know where your coming from and what you are going through.

Again a warm welcome,

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