As always, it is best to seek the medical attention of your doctor to rule out any physical illnesses.
1.) If it makes you feel better, any type of sedative medication makes my heart palpitate and makes me feel like I can't breath well. Basically, it makes me feel funny.
2.) For weeks I had severe panic to where I could not go to sleep. I thought I had sleep apnea, except my problem was similar to yours, where as soon as I laid down and began to fall asleep, I would jerk awake out of bed. I have also experienced "night terrors" several times in my life. Through out the years, my symptoms have manifested into different ways and I have no idea why they stopped, began, the reasons they happened at that moment....
Anxiety appears in so many different forms and there really is no explanation why, I have found. I have also found that once a symptom begins, I obsess about
it and sometimes "make them come back". When I jolted awake, I expected it to happen every time I went to sleep, and it did. When it stopped, I was able to forget about
it and move on.
I don't know if I'm helping at all. I'm simply saying that anxiety is SO powerful, it can produce so many strange symptoms to where one truly feels like they are dying. Also, regarding the diarrhea, when the heart races it works the body to where it makes one "need to go".
"When anxiety strikes, various systems within the body are activated. Heart rate increases, blood pressure becomes elevated and gastro-intestinal activity slows in preparation for the "fight or flight" response. Adrenalin rushes into the circulatory system. Blood supply is increased in and around the intestinal tract for increased absorption of nutrients, and decreased around the stomach. Senses become heightened--sight, hearing, smell--in preparation for the "fight or flight" response. Numbness and tingling of the face and extremities often occur in an upward spiral of symptoms."
Even my husband has "to go" after he goes running and his heart rate gets up to 165.
You are not alone. If it is truly anxiety you are suffering from, you CAN hold on. Everyone here has gotten to the point where they don't think they can hold on, but you can! Talk to your doctor for sure. You sound like you are overwhelmed and just need some reassurance.
Are you feeling better in regards to your breathing? Again, I have had a new anxiety symptom pop up to where I feel like I am trying to take extra breaths - - where my breathing seems "fluttery". I have to make myself not thing about
it. My problem is, I don't want to go back to the doctor, since he will ask if I've started my SSRI (and I haven't because I'm too fearful or SSRI's). So I try not to think about
A lot of anxiety pops up at night. Have you tried to occupy your mind? Do you have family that can help? Have you talked to your doctor about
all of this?
Like I said, we totally understand.
Keep up posted!
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