Hey At Wit's End_
I cant say that i've experienced all the symptoms you have. I think panic strikes us and cause us to feel certain physical pains.
Just to let you know, i'm on vacation right now and i think the stress building up the vacation facilitated panic in me. So since you have 3 weeks to go before your vacation, maybe try a few things. Now, i'm no doctor and infact had 2 panic attacks this morning, but i think some of these techniques will help.
1. Dont think getting better by you vacation time. Maybe try and tell yourself that you have panic and you're going to except that, if you have panic while you are on vacation then thats ok.
2. Think i things that make you calmer in the moment. I try and do things that take my mind away from the fear. So i ride my bike for a little while. I think trying to positively cope with the panic and anxiety is true the best way to get rid of it.
3. Dont be hard on yourself at all. You, like everyone else on this board has panic. If you can learn to embrace the panic, learn that there are ways to help with it, than it seems to slowly go away.
I'm still working through panic myself. Its been a really hard journey, and i one point I was a addicted to work. It was the only thing that really took my mind off the panic and allowed for time to go by and helped me get through it. Now that i'm on vacation, ironically enough i want to go back to work and have that distraction again. I think i need to stick it out and do things that make me feel good.
Anyways, i dont think thats much help. But know there are some techniques you can practice that will help you. Also know that its always ok to feel this way. And its always ok to no go or do something. I think you might be building uo this timeline for vacation and if you tell yourself that " I have vacation in 3 weeks and if i dont feel better i might not go" Yeah, i know it seems obvious, but it relieves that trapped feeling. It makes you feel like you have options (which you do) and might just help with the panic
Thanks Danxiety. I need to try something. I have been this way on and off since January. Had a few health issues that started everything, am getting at that age where hormones are doing weird things, had to have our 13 year old dog euthanized back in early April, I was trying to deal with his illness for a month before he died and it stressed me badly, that and the loss of him, and now have had some of the health issues flare up again. The panic attack and symptoms that resulted this morning didn't let up until around noon, and now they are trying to creep back into my body and mind as I feel unusual and within 30 minutes to an hour after eating I develop some weird discomfort and get stressed over it and cannot relax and go with the flow. I little weird feelings terrify me until I am in a state of shaking. I feel I am fighting a losing battle this time. It took me over a month to get rid of the symptoms and feelings the last time.
Post Edited (at wit's end) : 8/5/2007 9:18:24 PM (GMT-6)