Hi all! Just thought I'd stop by - I'm normally in the colitis forum (hence the name), but I have very mild panic issues.
I almost always get them just before falling asleep at night. I don't know much about what happens physiologically when I get them, but my amateur theory is that they are cuased by a sharp, sudden release of adrenaline. I have sleep apnea, so I'm wondering if the jolt that I get to wake me up when I stop breathing might cause the panic attack? I don't just wake up with my heart poundung, well, sometimes that's all it is, but when I have a panic attack, I get all of the symptoms. and it usually lasts 10 minutes or so. I must admit, that before I knew what it was, I went to the emergency room a couple of times. very scary experience. You feel like you're going to have a heart attack and/or die.
I have a very interesting way that I deal with it now. First, I tell myself "here we go again" and, "this is just like the last one, you get this all the time, so just relax, ride it out and and it will go away". In other words, I try to keep myself togther by rationalizing it. It helps to keep my head together. That's how I start, but the key, at least for me, is while I am laying there in bed, I roll over onto my stomach, and I lay with my fist pressing into my chest/abdomen, just below my sternum. I think that I found an accupressure point there, because as soon as I do that, I can feel that panicy feeling immediately dissapate, and I am overcome with a feeling of well-being. I don't know why this works for me, but it does. crazy isn't it? I found this on my own. Sometimes it takes a longer amount of time than others, but I've never had it not work...
Male - Age 39
Diagnosed in 1988
Moderate Pan Colitis 10 years ago, but mild and fairly controlled since then
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