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   Posted 11/12/2007 11:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I've suffered with anxiety and panic attacks for a couple of years now.  I have tried recently to stop going to anxiety sites thinking that maybe it was exacerbating the problem.  I have just been diagnosed with a Thyroid disorder (Hashimoto's which is auto-immune) and some of my symptoms could be related to that.  I started taking meds two weeks ago and I know it can take some time for that to help.
On Saturday my 12 yo son was pitching in a Little League game and got hit in the head by a line drive.  I was not at the game and had to travel 45 minutes to the hospital.  I could tell during phone calls with my husband that he was going to be all right.  I felt like I was pretty calm about the whole thing after the initial "freak out".  However when I walked into the hospital my heart rate went crazy, my skin got red, and I felt like I was going to pass out.  This continued off and on the whole hour I was there.  I really thought that perhaps I was having a heart attack. 
Anyone else have these kinds of symptoms even when you think that you're NOT anxious?  I feel like I should get my heart checked out.  I did have a complete cardiac workup, including a cath, in March of 2006.  The cardiologist said it was anxiety. 
I'm due to become a grandmother in a few days (at the tender age of 44!) and my son wants me to babysit 2 1/2 days a week.  I also homeschool my 4 other children (12, 10, 8, 7).  I want to be able to do this, but I feel overwhelmed by health anxiety.  Don't know if I need to have more health tests, especially cardiac.

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   Posted 11/13/2007 7:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I get the dizziness feeling, I also feel flushed but I actually don't think I am. My panic attacks are a bit of panic and also a phobia of fainting - however my CBT therapist did say that it is IMPOSSIBLE to pass out and to try and ride the attack. But, yes in answer to your question I get panics in the most bizarre of places when I am happy, and I don't understand them - CBT says that the day you accept them and wait for them is probably the day you will keep on waiting!
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   Posted 11/13/2007 10:23 AM (GMT -6)   

Good Morning,

I too will get the hot flush effect with anxiety and just feel my heart skipping beats but I know it is the anxiety and will practice some of the ways I control my anxiety.

If you feel you need to follow up with a cardiologist, please do so.

It sounds like you are taking on added stress with the addition of babysitting into your routine.  Is there another alternative ?

Take care and gentle hugs to you


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   Posted 11/13/2007 11:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I know that you want to look after your GK but I like Kitt think it may just add more to your already full plate of stress right now

I agree is there another alternative

Yes I will get the same way ..........it just grabs ya ya know...Please do see a cardio if this persists and kep us posted

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   Posted 11/13/2007 12:01 PM (GMT -6)   

I know what you mean about the babysitting.  I have made it clear that I can only commit to giving it a try.  If I find that it's too much I'll have to stop or maybe cut it down to one day a week.  After the episode at the hospital on Saturday, I'm having anticipatory anxiety about going for the birth as well.  I know that I should be there, especially because our relationship with this son is not the best, but I'm not looking forward it! 

Wishing you all a wonderful day,


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