My first "episode" was in church. I was just sitting there listening and my heart started to race. I felt like I couldn't breathe. I was taking rapid, short breaths. I was crying uncontrollably. My EKG showed nothing wrong. There was also nothing wrong in my X-ray. This happened again while I was relaxing with a friend. I was completely still & we were watching TV. All of a sudden I couldn't breathe again. Friends called 911 & I was rushed to the hospital. My heart rate was over 200 bpm that night.
My doctor told me to exercise. When I'm on the treadmill & I feel my heart rate increase (which I know it should since I'm moving), I start to panic and it gets worse. Sometimes at night when I'm laying down, I feel like my heart skips a beat & I pop up and start to breathe hard. This is all very scary, but doctors keep saying nothing's wrong.
My doctor said it could be panic attacks. I have tons of questions. If anyone can answer any of them, I would greatly appreciate it.
How do you just randomly start to have panic attacks? And if nothing is physically wrong with me, why do all the symptoms feel so real? And why are they so severe? My heart feels like it will beat out of my chest and I feel like I'm barely getting any air when I inhale. When I'm having an episode, I constantly put my hand to my chest to make sure my heart is still beating. I know that it is. If I'm still talking, obviously it's beating. But something in my head tells me I have to keep checking my heart. It's so scary.
I'm graduating on May 4. I've applied to grad school, but I haven't received an acceptance letter yet. I am stressed. I know I am. But I've been stressed forever. I always put too much on my place. Why is this just happening now? And when does it stop? This is a horrible thing to go through daily and I can't keep dealing with these episodes?
Any answers from anyone are greatly appreciated.View Thread
I understand that there's the possibility that stress is building up. This never occurred to me. I'm always looking at the "now" and not what led up to now. Like you, I try to walk slowly and do everything slowly because I don't want my heart rate to increase. The only thing I haven't done is decrease the amount of exercise. I am overweight & I've been trying to live a better lifestyle. I've lost 14 pounds since the first attack. It really sucks that a fast heart rate triggers my attacks, though, because I don't want to stop exercising.
I have an appointment with a therapist tomorrow afternoon. I'll keep everyone posted on how that goes!View Thread
You were really helpful. I did talk to my doctor. He prescribed me Zoloft. I've only been on it two days. No difference yet. However, my attacks have gotten worse since I posted. I'm seeing a therapist tomorrow. I honestly think that talking about it helps thought.View Thread
That's exactly what happens to me! I have to talk to my ex (of all people) for hours to feel comfortable again. How does ativan help you? Does it simply calm you or actually treat physical symptoms?View Thread