Panic attacks

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  1. Neil.C

    Neil.C Most Honored Senior Member

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    I must admit I find those types of bridges creepy too when I'm driving in the US.

    I almost expect to find the bridge half finished at the apex when driving up!

    Fine on the way down.
     
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    Neil.C Most Honored Senior Member

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    Re the claustrophobia thing I think it is fairly common.

    I had to have an MRI that pushed me down that tube. I thought I'd be fine but panic set in and I was pushing that button like mad to get out after only a few seconds!

    The nurse in charge said about 20% of people have the same reaction apparently.

    Fortunately I got the MRI later with something like a big UFO coming down on so I was not completely enclosed.

    Even that was pretty tough but I managed it.


    OP, now you have had an anxiety episode and understand the cause if you ever get another you will cope far better from experience.
     
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    nigelr Senior Stratmaster

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    I've had a few and ended in ER once. The last two I had (last summer) were worse but I didn't bother going to ER, I just dealt with it, knowing it's nothing physical helps a lot.

    What you need to do is really think hard and long about your life and what can be triggering it, there is always a trigger, maybe hidden somewhere deep.....

    When the next one happens, try to distract yourself and let it slowly go away.
     
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    A timely topic. My wife was hit by a scary panic attack at the beginning of the month - she was terrified and it felt like her heart was about to burst out of her chest, it was beating so wildly. It was like she was trapped in a vivid nightmare and I couldn't wake her up.

    We called an ambulance, and they said the ECG looked a little off, so they brought her to a hospital for two days of tests and observation. They said her heart looked pretty good, but if she has regular attacks like this, she should consider a cardiac ablation procedure which cauterizes nerves in the heart to minimize over-excitement. She will see a therapist next week, and has a follow-up appointment with a cardiologist in April.

    The last two weeks have been really good (knock on wood), and we suspect all the stress she's been under for the past year (office/frail elderly parent/pandemic/loss of social contacts and hobbies) is now coming out.

    OP, I hope you are feeling better, and don't have to get on that roller-coaster again.
     
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  5. jtoomuch

    jtoomuch Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    I'm really touched by the outpouring of support from you all. I guess in more ways than one I'm not alone. Thank you.
     
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  6. jtoomuch

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    Funny, the 1st day of it I stopped taking Wellbutrin. I had been on it for just about a month. I just stopped taking it because I had no idea what there or not that would be contributing.
     
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    Yup - and since that first attack I've had several close calls since (once in a plane and another in an airport shuttle,) - things that never would have bothered me before - common denominator seems to be the combo of lack of space and poor air circulation. In both cases I was able to get my composure once we got some air moving - I was still uncomfortable in the tight space, but could at least calm myself down and keep my grip.
     
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    amstratnut Peace thru Music.

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    What you describe sounds like sleep apnea. Get a sleep study if you havent.
     
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    amstratnut Peace thru Music.

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    I have mild ones sometimes. It helps to slow my breathing. And tell myself I know what this is. It will pass.
     
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    Seamus OReally Mr. Serious Gold Supporting Member

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    Getting into the moment and in touch with your body by giving your breathing your total attention is a real good start with a panic attack. Not only does it give you mental focus, it reminds you to breathe, which is easy to forget while it’s happening.
     
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    Talk to your doctor, general rule for stopping an antidepressant is gradually and not cold turkey.

    Also it can take 4 to 8 weeks for an antidepressant to reach its therapeutic value.

    And yes, sometimes a side effect is anxiety/panic when starting a new medication. Again give your doc a ring and let him/her know what’s going on. And what @Seamus OReally said, focus on your breathing. Hang in there you’ll get through this.
     
  12. Howard Emerson

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    I thought so as well. I used to snore at some point, but my wife poked me enough times that I've stopped, and believe me: She would not tell me I've stopped to make me happy.

    These incidents have occurred while watching TV next to each other, so if I was snoring at that moment, she'd pause the show and wake me.

    It does present as apnea, though, but it never happens when I actually am sleeping in bed, on my side or stomach.

    Now the only thing that wakes me up is our cats, or if I get a leg cramp.

    That is a Rude Awakening!

    HE
     
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    jtoomuch Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    Yes I spoke with my doctor and he said to discontinue the Wellbutrin at least for now.
     
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    My wife gets them...they’re real. Been to the ER many times in the last 3 years.

    I’m starting to recognize the precursors before she goes full attach. If she needs to leave a situation to avoid one, we get up and go no questions asked.

    We actually had to end a vacation in the mountains short one time because the thin air was setting her off.
     
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    amstratnut Peace thru Music.

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    Fwiw, snoring doesnt have to accompany apnea. I do snore and thats obstructive apnea but, there is another type where you spontaneously stop breathing. I have that too.
     
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    Duly noted.

    The chances of me be able to actually fall sleep in a strange building for a sleep study, though, are pretty slim.

    Thank you for the information in any case!

    Regards,
    Howard
     
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