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Old 10-02-2014, 05:37 AM
 
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I've been getting Panic attacks on and off for 2 years now.
My first one just came right out of the blue. I was on a study day at work, my heart gave out one of its usual palpitations and all hell broke loose!
Ever since then i've been getting full blown, pass out panic attacks at the most inconvenient times.
A few examples are in work during hand over (im a nurse).. an important start to the day, in a room full of collegues, heart jumps and im gone! Naturally, with them all being nurses, they hook me up to machines, I see my lovely heart rate & blood pressure for my self and theres no stopping it and I pass out.. The embarressment is beyond words
At the airport! Same story, heart palpitates, I cant get rid of the pins and needles regardless of my best efforts to breath.. bam! I hit the deck.
Witnessing a fight involving my boyfriend, same thing (although this is the ONLY helpful attack ive ever had, it stopped them fighting lol)
Water sports! I dropped on the beach waiting for the boat.
And most recently, yesterday, right before a job interview! Luckily the kept me waiting for a half hour and it happend on the waiting room and thank god no one saw me in that state! If it had ran on time i dread to think what a mess id of made of that interview right?

Ive had many more than the few attacks i mention but the reason i pin point these is that they go completely against my personality!
Im out spoken, brash, fun, talkative and I spend so much time laughing with people, strangers even.
In my job im confident and work well under pressure, i have to, im always calm but if that attack did happen on the interview what would that of said about me?
Im out going, water sports are fun!
Ive seen fights before, ive always been the first to jump in and pull 2 stupid men off each other.
And as for flying? Arghh ive flown all over the place.

Why do these happen to me?
I had a therory that its maybe the general anxiety/excitment/adrenaline we feel during these situations are causing my heart to palpitate and that starts it off? Or my body is realsing too much adrenaline?
I asked my Gp but i feel as a nurse he thinks im being a 'know it all' but I DONT KNOW anything! :'(
He fobs me off with anti d's and a referal to therapy.
I dont know what to do anymore.
Am I kidding myself with the 'im not a p***y' stuff and in actual fact I am?

I know ive written alot (proberly alot of spelling mistakes there too but its hard on a phone, sorry!)
But this is all getting to me now. Im fed up. I really do think the attack i had yesterday has shown me just how detrimental these may actually be?
And im hoping for someone to share with me their stories? Or opinions, advice?
Thanks to anyone who made it through my ramblings!
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Old 10-02-2014, 10:26 AM
 
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To my knowledge, panic attacks are like a "circuit breaker" which trips when our stress level has had "too much".

With an electric circuit, if too much electricity is used, the circuit breaker shuts it off!

If you are feeling like there is too much stress in your life, then you should do something to reduce some of the stress wherever possible. (Not an easy thing to do if you are a nurse! )

If you don't feel there is too much stress in your life, then I would find a good psychologist to start with.

Note when a panic attack occurs, the best thing for it is to immediately reduce the "stimulation / stress load" on the body. No stimulation whatsoever! Go lay in a dark temperature controlled room - no sound, no light, no touch (don't move, no one touching you) - No stimulation.

A couple of hours of that rest from stimulation is quite helpful!

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Old 10-02-2014, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX and Las Vegas, NV
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Do you exercise or do yoga?
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Old 10-02-2014, 09:52 PM
 
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I've been getting Panic attacks on and off for 2 years now.
My first one just came right out of the blue. I was on a study day at work, my heart gave out one of its usual palpitations and all hell broke loose!
Ever since then i've been getting full blown, pass out panic attacks at the most inconvenient times.
A few examples are in work during hand over (im a nurse).. an important start to the day, in a room full of collegues, heart jumps and im gone! Naturally, with them all being nurses, they hook me up to machines, I see my lovely heart rate & blood pressure for my self and theres no stopping it and I pass out.. The embarressment is beyond words
At the airport! Same story, heart palpitates, I cant get rid of the pins and needles regardless of my best efforts to breath.. bam! I hit the deck.
Witnessing a fight involving my boyfriend, same thing (although this is the ONLY helpful attack ive ever had, it stopped them fighting lol)
Water sports! I dropped on the beach waiting for the boat.
And most recently, yesterday, right before a job interview! Luckily the kept me waiting for a half hour and it happend on the waiting room and thank god no one saw me in that state! If it had ran on time i dread to think what a mess id of made of that interview right?

Ive had many more than the few attacks i mention but the reason i pin point these is that they go completely against my personality!
Im out spoken, brash, fun, talkative and I spend so much time laughing with people, strangers even.
In my job im confident and work well under pressure, i have to, im always calm but if that attack did happen on the interview what would that of said about me?
Im out going, water sports are fun!
Ive seen fights before, ive always been the first to jump in and pull 2 stupid men off each other.
And as for flying? Arghh ive flown all over the place.

Why do these happen to me?
I had a therory that its maybe the general anxiety/excitment/adrenaline we feel during these situations are causing my heart to palpitate and that starts it off? Or my body is realsing too much adrenaline?
I asked my Gp but i feel as a nurse he thinks im being a 'know it all' but I DONT KNOW anything! :'(
He fobs me off with anti d's and a referal to therapy.
I dont know what to do anymore.
Am I kidding myself with the 'im not a p***y' stuff and in actual fact I am?

I know ive written alot (proberly alot of spelling mistakes there too but its hard on a phone, sorry!)
But this is all getting to me now. Im fed up. I really do think the attack i had yesterday has shown me just how detrimental these may actually be?
And im hoping for someone to share with me their stories? Or opinions, advice?
Thanks to anyone who made it through my ramblings!
That all sounds so awful, sorry for what you are going through!

Here's the thing...until you get in to some therapy and deal with the underlying stressors in your life this is likely to keep happening

Seek a therapist who also does hypnotherapy

This can be very helpful to you in the short term, but more importantly, the therapist can teach your SELF-hypnosis techniques to give you a great tool for dealing with your anxiety in general.

Best of luck!
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Old 10-02-2014, 11:50 PM
 
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
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All I can suggest is to cut out coffee and sugar (and refined carbs). Coffee and sugar may not be the cause but they won't be helping any. Coffee and other stimulants are known to aggravate such conditions.
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