Question about panic attack??

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   Posted 2/11/2007 2:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone, I know that I have had panic attacks before, but does anyone ever get the feeling that you cant walk?? It kinda feels like you are just going to collapse?? I was at the mall the other day alone and I started feeling this way. My heart started racing and I was having hot flashes and I just felt like I would collapse or something. My whole body was shaking! I got a drink and as Im paying the cashier Im trying to keep my hands from shaking! sooooo embarrasing!! So I did what you arent suppossed to do and left the mall. I ended up being ok by the time I got home, but still felt a little nauseated. Im a little worried about the feeling like you cant walk feeling. Can anyone help me???

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   Posted 2/11/2007 3:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I had samething on begining of my anxiety,just if that problem gonna bother you again,and again,get some prescription from youre doc,and when you fell it coming take the pill,and more you thinka about gets you more.

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   Posted 2/11/2007 4:08 PM (GMT -6)   

  Hi JOHNNY26     And well come to HW

  Angela we have all been in your shoes and that feeling of just running away from it and going to a safe place, but it's not the best thing to do. Have you talked to your pdoc about this as sometimes getting on the right kind of meds can and do help with anxiety and P/A's along with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and taking some kind of a fast acting med for your moment of high anxiety like xanax or valium. I would strongly feel that you talk to your pdoc about this that way you can get a grip on it before it gets a grip on you

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   Posted 2/11/2007 10:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had similar feelings before - felt like I had to sit down before I crumbled. I agree with Cowboy - a xanax type med is good for panic attacks (especially if you dont have general every-day anxiety thrown in). Therapy and learning CBT and relaxation are the best for longer term treatment.

When I have a panic attack in a public area I always try to find a restroom and shut myself in till I can work thru it. That way I dont feel like I'm running away, but can still avoid the embarrassment of the moment!

Good luck and keep us posted on how you're doing.

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   Posted 2/12/2007 10:57 AM (GMT -6)   
YOu have been given great input from both freezin and Karen
I do the same til I work thru it all
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   Posted 2/13/2007 6:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I, too, get the feeling like I'm going to collapse, and almost feel like my body "freezes" up and it's hard to move.  I just try to relax as much as possible and kind of float through it.  The shaking is the worst as I always think everyone must be able to see me shaking like a bowl of jello...which causes more anxiety of course.   Just know that in 17 years of going through this, I've never collapsed, and I've always managed to move...especially towards the car to!  Great idea Karen!  When I'm home and have panic, I go off into the bedroom alone where it's quiet and I can work through the panic without distraction, in public it's very hard to do that...I never thought of going to the bathroom and sitting in a stall to get some quiet...thank you for sharing that, I'm going to try it!!!

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   Posted 2/14/2007 9:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Like others have said this is something that I have felt too but try to find something that will calm you down.  Set a small goal, perhaps five minuets on a bench during this feeling before you pack it in and leave.  You have to be careful because it becomes too easy to stay home rather than try to deal with these scary situations.  At my worst I started keeping the kids home from school rather than face a ten minuet drive to drop them off.  Your doctor may be able to help with some medications or a referral to a counslor for some help.  Good luck to you.

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   Posted 2/20/2007 1:44 AM (GMT -6)   
yep ive had that feeling before....and i actually did black out for about 5 or 10mins.....almost happend to me again a few wks ago in the shower......
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