Choking, coughing, scary feeling-need reassurance

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   Posted 6/1/2007 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I have panic disorder, OCD, etc. and have been obsessing about something that has happened to me the past two nights. Please don't scare me (thanks.)
The first night I ate crab cakes and then starting OCDing about food allergies (my best friend had just told me she was allergic to shellfish.) I woke myself up during the night (I may have been coughing) feeling like my throat was closing. Checking with a flashlight, I saw that it was fine and convinced myself I was ok.
The next night I woke up coughing (I think) and my mouth was super dry. I jumped up freaked out and had a weird feeling in my throat and didn't think I could breathe. Then I drank some water and talked myself out of a panic attack.
Now I am scared to go to sleep tonight. I'm a big baby and need some reassurance. Thank you so much.
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   Posted 6/1/2007 6:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I think you have a bit of "Anticipatory Anxiety .........going on
Becuse your friend had told you this and is having probs DOES not mean you are BUT in your mind while you are sleeping no doubt you are thinking it is gonna happen to you

Try getting those thoughts out of head ,have water by the bed for dry mouth and are fine ......

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   Posted 6/1/2007 6:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Lyn, and God bless you.
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   Posted 6/1/2007 6:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Yep, that's exactly what it is. I think the reason I stay up so late at night is because I don't want to wake up in the morning. That doesn't make sense, I know, but I used to wake up feeling so bad in the mornings it really messed with my head.

It's the mind playing tricks on you. One thing's for sure, if you had a shellfish allergy you'd know without a doubt by now! No reason to fear going to sleep.
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   Posted 6/1/2007 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   

I agree with Lyn and would only add that if you were truly allergic, you would have reacted shortly after you ate the crab cakes as it would be a systemic reaction. You did not have a reaction and the time frame is way past reacting now. :-)

Tonight you may go to bed and  sleep a restful sleep and wake up refreshed.

I am glad you posted.  yeah

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   Posted 6/2/2007 7:53 AM (GMT -6)   
if your think about something long enough it will set your anxiety off like for instance if i sit here and think my ativan is gonna make me light headed it will its all in your mind and how u control it yesterday i sat and dwelled i was gonna have an allergic reaction to my antibiotic im on for my sinus infection and what happened... NOTHING ceot i felt i was havin an allergic reaction in other words dont dwell on stuff unless they happen to u first hand i know its hard but thats prolly the best thing is dont think about anything unless u expierience them first hand


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   Posted 6/21/2007 12:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Greyhound, I would have to say you have gotten some great advice so far...there is nothing for me to add on it. The one thing I do have to say is to Debaser...I think I do the same thing...try to stay up late so I don't have to get up in the morning. Mornings are the worst for me. Evenings and nights are generally pretty great. (If not great, at least more comfortable) So, I feel like if I stay up later, I will sleep in longer. I don't mean to take away from you Greyhound, I just wanted to add that I found comfort in Debasers message, since I do the same thing!!!

I hope you are feeling better Greyound!
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