Is this a panic attack?

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Date Joined May 2007
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   Posted 6/25/2007 5:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello again,
Okay, I want to ask another question regarding panic attacks.  What is it exactly?  Is it different for everyone?  Are there atypical symptoms?  My friend experiences chest pain and burning, jaw pain and a soreness all around the head.  These sensations/pain come out of nowhere.  Her heartbeat and pulse is not rapid and does not race during these "attacks".  This is not typical of an anxiety attack right? She does feel any anxiety prior to these "attacks".   All medical tests for heart defects have come back normal.  Is anyone familiar with these symptoms?  Can this be a panic attack?
Thank you.

Post Edited (happypills) : 6/25/2007 4:37:24 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 6/25/2007 6:19 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi there,

Anxiety chest pain is so universal and completely harmless, in fact, it usually turns out to be nothing more than muscle pain, indigestion and sometimes nerve pain, All  caused by the underlying anxiety disorder.

Anxiety chest pain can be sharp, dull, in the centrer, to the side or all round the chest. It can expand  into the neck and shoulders, to  the back of the head and down into the stomach area. The  chest pain can come and go, come and stay or you may only have an occasional twinge.

I have looked at many sites and texts since this topic comes up frequently.

If your friend is under the care of a physician and had all the cardiology tests, then IMO working on controlling the anxiety is the goal for your friend to concentrate on.

Stay with us happypills. Your family.


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   Posted 6/25/2007 6:55 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks Kitt for your response,

Unfortunately my friend has been battling this for almost 2 years now and has not been able to accept an anxiety diagnosis.  Her personality does not fit the profile.  She is not a worrier and does not stress out easy.  Her overall symptoms do not fit the typical panic attack. It's not just chest pain, it's sometimes a vibrating sensation.  Medication does not seem to help so far.  Insurance is a problem and she's not sure where else to turn.  I'm hoping that someone might have the exact same symptoms.

Well, thanks again.





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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 6/25/2007 7:46 PM (GMT -6)   
My 'panic attacks' were not that at all, even though I was the right age, (middle forties) and I could easily have put it down as a panic attack. It first happened one day sitting in the traffic on the way to school My heart gave a great jolt, and then went into a horrible tachycardia. I ended up in the school sanatorium feeling very stupid. Then it happened at my own school, just as all the pupils were going into assembly. The boss called an ambulance, and kept the whole school in assembly, while I was stretchered off to hospital via the back staircase. That time, and several times after, they stopped my heart I think with adenosine, and then restarted it, whereupon it would act normally for a while. The loNgest tachycardia went on for over an hour, and beating @260 beats a minute. Finally they decided to deal with me surgically. I was kept awake during the whole procedure, and it took a good few hours, over four. The surgeon threaded a piece of wire with a CAMERA ON THE END OF THE WIRE.l. Basically wherever he foUnd, ARRANGEMENT WERE MADE TO ZAP IT. I'm pleased with the outcome. The doc said he got most of the abnormal beats, and that there would a good outcome, and there really has been because I kept it down to an ectopic heart beat, and it never progressed into anything worse. The actual attacks were the most awful, I always used to think that my number was up!!. Apparently the problem in my case was congenital, ie. I was born with it, and it only reared its ugly head when I was middle-aged, although, with hindsight, I used to faint a lot, when I was younger, and I could never tolerate claustrophobic atmosphere's like that of a nightclub, or sometimes even church on Sundays. I dont see why your insurance company should have a problem with it because although not hugely common, it is recognised as a problem, and not a psychological one.
Take care,

Post Edited (marijo) : 6/25/2007 6:57:23 PM (GMT-6)

selina lynn
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   Posted 6/25/2007 9:49 PM (GMT -6)   

dear happypills.

i would like to talk to you about your friend that has the vibrating symptoms,im pretty sure she has the samething i have.i just don't think she knows how to explain it.

selina lynn
if god brings you to it
he will bring you through it

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   Posted 6/26/2007 10:52 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Selina,

It would probably be best if you communicated with her directly.  I have asked her to post her situation on this forum but she is reluctant, so I'm not gonna push.  Maybe you can describe your symptoms and I can show it to her.  If she feels that she can identify she can contact you.



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