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   Posted 2/26/2010 6:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello! Here is my story. about 2.5 weeks ago I suffered my first panic attack. I was surfing the internet while waiting for the LOST premiere when I felt a tingly sensation behind my eye. I started to feel light headed so I got up and headed to the living-room to find my bf. By this time I felt like I was dying. I told the bf, "This is it! Call 911" I headed outside so I could breathe. I paced for 5 minutes until the police showed up and the ambulance. By this time I was feeling better, ( I did have the shakes), so I decided not to go to the hospital. (On a side note: I watch too many doctor dramas) The following Sunday I had another attack, less serve, while watching a video.

Last Monday was the worst. The bf and I were shopping and I started to feel bad so I sat down. I told him I'm feeling the way I did during the previous attacks. So we left. A few minutes in the car I had to get out. I could not breathe so I stood on the sidewalk for a bit. My arms became numb and the side of my face. I told the bf I need to go to the hospital because I am having a stroke. Bf did not know where the hospital is so I had to direct him all the while I could not breathe, my arms were numb, and I was contemplating death. Finally we got to the hospital I ran inside I told the front nurse that I cannot feel my arms and she started asking me rudimentary questions! At last a nurse sat my down and did heart test and such and told my I am hyperventilating and to breathe in a paper-bag. I ended up being at the hospital for 3 hours. My attacks would subside and then return. All the while I was sure I was having a stroke and the bf complaining about how much work he had to do that night!

So here I am. The past four days have been horrible. Every sensation brings panic. I keep thinking that I am about to have an attack or something far worst. I have a rashes on my face (is this a normal symptom?) and I still swear something is wrong with me. It is so hard to breathe and relate how I feel to anyone. I went to the eye doctor-nothing is wrong. On Monday I 'm going to a therapist. Tomorrow I'm going the doctors for a check-up. (to put my mind at ease) Funnily enough, before the attacks I've been feeling great. I figured out schooling.


Post Edited (polkadotlilac) : 2/26/2010 6:34:00 PM (GMT-7)

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Date Joined Feb 2010
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   Posted 2/26/2010 11:01 PM (GMT -7)   
hello! my story sounds sooo similar to yours...My first attack happened while I was at home having a regular conversation with my father. We called the ambulance but I was feeling better before they even arrived. A year went by before I had a second attack (while shopping) and this one sent me to the ER it was so horrifying. Since then, I have been to: the ER several times (and admitted to the hospital), a neurologist, a cardiologist, an internal medicine doctor and my family practice doctor....every single test has come back clean and unbelievably, I still have fear that is something else is wrong with me that hasn't been detected. However, I feel so much more confident that it's anxiety after hearing other people's anxiety stories. All of your symptoms sound like anxiety, as far as the rash, Im not so sure about that being a symptom of anxiety?? I also found that worrying about my health and whether or not it was actually anxiety, CAUSED even more anxiety. So after you've seen your doctor and certain things have been ruled out, try not to worry (so much easier said than done I know), because it is the scariest experience ever. Just a little info you may want to speak with your dr about: A friend of mine watched an episode of "Dr Oz" and on the episode, they spoke of various disorders that cause anxiety-like symptoms. They were: mitral valve prolapse, hyperthyroidism, acid reflux, and pheochromocytoma (an adrenal gland tumor). You may want to mention these things to your dr. Anyway, I wish you the best, hope everthing turns out well for you....Take Care...

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   Posted 2/27/2010 7:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Morning and welcome to HealingWell,

I understand that feeling of rising anxiety and panic. One of the better ways to control the anxiety/panic is to practice breathing techniques. I am going to post one method you may want to try when you start to feel the first sx of rising anxiety. With lots of practice you should be able to control the anxiety. Also if the anxiety begins to interfere with your life, do seek out the opinion of a medical professional.
Anxiety Breathing Techniques:

Four-Seven-Eight Breath
Best done sitting but can be done standing or lying down.

1. Sit with your back straight and your hands resting comfortably in your lap or on your thighs.

Look ahead...try not to fix your gaze on anything in particular. Slightly closing your eyes helps.

Try to focus internally on your breathing.

All inhalations are done through your NOSE; all exhalations through your MOUTH.

Throughout the exercises keep the tip of your tongue in contact with the top of your mouth, just behind your top teeth.

2. Commence inhaling slowly, smoothly and deeply to a mental count of 4 seconds. Fill your lower lungs first (by pushing out your abdomen), then your middle and upper lungs.

Hold your breath for a mental count of 7 seconds.

Slowly and smoothly exhale for a mental count of 8 seconds.

As you exhale, try to let go of all your anxiety, tension & stress.

That's one round. Pause briefly without inhaling then start another round. This natural pauseis very therapeutic and relaxing.

Do 10-12 rounds to begin. Build up to 25-30 rounds several times a day AND whenever you feel anxious or nervous, etc.

Summary: Inhale for 4 seconds - Hold for 7 seconds - Exhale for 8 seconds - Pause briefly - Repeat.


Calms your mind
Tones your nervous system
Regulates your breathing
Balances your emotions

Can be done anywhere - on a bus, in a line, at work, before a test
If you lose your breath, stop, breathe freely then try again
With practice your pauses between rounds will naturally get longer
Soothing music or ear plugs can help reduce external distractions
Again a warm welcome and stick with us.

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