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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 3/15/2007 4:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello All,

Well going back to mid January, one day at work I had a sudden panic attack and basically thats where all this started. That day i had major problems breathing and
everything I did i started to always panic, I was basically afraid to goto work for the next few days because i was getting so out of breath from just doing nothing at all, I
swear i would walk like 100 metres and feel like i ran a marathon! But after a few days I was back at work but i still had these moments where I just couldnt breathe properly
and this would cause heart palputations and yeah its not a good feeling, but i tried my hardest to ignore it all!

I do work in a semi stressful enviroment but I think i handle myself pretty well when it comes to my work, I never panic at work and i usually feel fine.. I think the last month I
havent been too bad. I still get heart palputations but they dont stick around like they used to. But i do sometimes feel really dizzy and light headed like the floor is moving.

I used to be heavily into sports, I mean i used to play tennis and basketball 5+ days a week with no issues, I am now 25 and i'm just afraid to even bother excercising which
isnt good as i like to be active and stay fit! :\

Tonight i was working to a work function after work and suddenly it felt like my heart basically stopped then it just raced and i then became really light headed and dizy so I had
to basically stop and hold onto a something.. Right now i'm not feeling too bad, but yeah stuff like this really gets to me.

I went to the doctor a few months back and he said im pretty healthy and he said my palputations are probably caused by anxiety, yeah i guess i worry a bit to much about things
and over think situations.. I know most of you understand this, I mean having your heart feel like its going to pop out of your chest isnt exactly great :p

I try to explain how i feel to my family and others but i just dont think they get it, I just go along and try to act as normal as possible.. even my friends dont know,
sometimes i will be walking with them and suddenly i feel out of breathe, I just try to keep on going and fight it.

The thing is today was a really humid hot day, and when i first got this it happened on a similiar day.. its like the humidity doesnt really agree with me anymore, then
again I was in singapore last year and thats a very hot/humid country and I had no issues back then.

I'm thinking about going to a heart specialist to see what he thinks , I guess I just need a confirmation that i'm okay so i can continue to live my life and do all those things
I really enjoy.. I mean going out with friends then pulling out because your pan icing isnt nice, I feel really left out when this happens.. But i just dont think they understand
what it feels like.

Anyway i just needed to get it off my chest, nice to have some people around who go through a similiar thing to me.


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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 3/15/2007 6:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello welcome to HW. You will find pleanty of support here and from people going thru the same things you are. It won't take you long to feel you part of out lil family here.
It's always good to get a second opion to make sure your ok but the signs your showing does seem to be anxiety and panic. Please keep us posted on how your doing.
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Date Joined Mar 2005
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   Posted 3/15/2007 11:44 AM (GMT -6)   


if its anxiety this will be diagnosed by testing for and eliminating the other possibilities, one is hyperventilation, read about it on the net

find a doc who will take the problem seriously and get some tests done

for anxiety, the best way to breathe is deep and slow, in a relaxed way, when anxious, relax, dont tense up or fight back, tension in the chest and lungs can make breathing seem difficult

again, if its anxiety, any valium type med will help by relaxing your body and mind, they work fastest if disolved under the tongue, many anxiety sufferers always carry a few tablets with them when out just in case

also read about panic attacks on the net

stay with us yeah

recovered former longtime anxiety and panic attack sufferer and helper of other sufferers  but no training or  qualifications in medicine or psychology, any remarks that may be taken as advice must be confirmed with doctor or other health professional
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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 74
   Posted 3/15/2007 11:59 AM (GMT -6)   
harry - do you believe that benzos can contribute to depression even if used as prescribed in those people who have some depression to begin with?
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