Panic disorder, panic attacks, depression, anxiety. If you ask me, its all the same and all linked together somehow. I've had panic attacks for 10 years, Been on medication from Celexa, to Prozac, to currently Zoloft. I have also been prescribed Advant for "in case of emergencies." I have had them lying in bed, playing a video game, driving my car, sitting in class at college, or just sitting quietly watching a movie or show. The first major one I had a few years ago, started out with me getting up in the middle of the night to untie my dog from around a tree. Her chain was wrapped around it and she wasn't listening to me because she was excited to see me and decided to wrap the chain around me. Of course I was getting upset, which made my heart start beating faster. When I finally got her untied, I went back upstairs to go back to sleep. All of a sudden I tasted the most awful irony taste in my mouth, like it was full of blood and started to freak. Then my heart felt like it was on fire and my heart was racing a million miles an hour. I was living with my Dad at the time and at 2 in the morning, I burst into his bedroom pacing back and forth saying, "Dad! I have to go to the hospital! I have to go now! I feel like I am having a heart attack!" He called the ambulance and when they checked my bmp's, it was at 180. The medical person said it was like I just got done running a marathon, plus I was burning up. He was coaxing me to calm down to lower my heart rate, which was working. Then after a few seconds, my heart would feel on fire again and up went my heart rate. It did this several times. The ambulance took me to the hospital were I was having them less frequently on the way to the hospital. I didn't remember much from the ambulance to the hospital bed but I remember them giving me a half milligram of Advant and I calmed down immediately. They ran 4 EKG tests on me and said everything was fine and sent me home. I haven't had any as bad as that one since but they come pretty close.
I am currently on 50mg of Zoloft now, but still keep having these awful panic attacks. I am pretty much fed up with them and I am tired of having them. I am having them every day now. I know that some events trigger panic attacks, and I think I know what triggers mine. I have a fear of dying. So anytime something feels off with my body, I start to have a panic attack. I know that once I have a panic attack, I start to feel phobic and feel as if I am having a hard time breathing which makes it even worse. Then I have to get up, walk around, and do something that will keep my mind off of it. I am getting to the point of being so upset about these panic attacks and I know they can not be good on your health. Why aren't these medications working? Why can't I just switch these panic attacks off. Its not like I am in any danger at all. I just want them to go away and never come back...EVER!!View Thread
I know a lot of us loves our coffee, energy drinks and caffeinated soda's, but people like us that have panic attacks...well...lets just say...its like putting our finger on the burner. Caffeine raises the heart rate and people that are prone to panic attacks should really avoid these drinks. My doctor told me to stay away from caffeine. There are other alternatives. If your a coffee drinker, try decaffeinated coffee. Soda's, there are a bunch out there without caffeine in them, non-caffeinated root beer, sprite/7up, some faygo's. Most of us that have panic attacks have tons of energy already and don't need more of it, best thing to do is to do some kind of exercise. Exercise will GIVE you energy. Some of the misconceptions of exercising is getting tired after, normally, you'll feel great! Which sometimes, wakes you up a bit.View Thread
Hi Kylie, I too know what you are going through. I do know that being on medication can heighten panic attacks if drinking alcohol,...but not even alcohol can trigger panic attacks. Caffeine is another culprit. I was told by my doctor, that I can't even drink caffeine any more because it raises the heart rate as well. I used to drink a lot of those Arizona tea's with ginseng and had to stop drinking those too. I noticed after not drinking any caffeinated beverages for a while and then every blue moon I have one can of pepsi and Boom! Panic attack! So I just stick to a sprite or non-caffeinated root beer.View Thread