Hi everyone can you please tell me what your panic/ anxiety attacks feel like in detail???
Hiya, yeah it is such a bad thing to go through, it robs u of peace and inner wellbeing and makes you feel you have some of the most terrible diseases going, i know how you feel. This is what happens to me when i have a panic attack:
Sometimes its starts with my chest tightening and i find i have trouble breathing, i start to take gasping breaths and hyperventilate. At the same time i have overwhleming pangs of panic shoot out from my chest into my arms, legs, throat etc which makes me feel extremely weak, sometimes to the point i can not walk and feel like i'm going to collaspe, my legs become so heavy they feel like lead weights. My vision fades and my head becomes very lightheaded and everything becomes muffled, i become dizzy, sweaty, pale and feel sick. My heart seems to go into a shock type state where it feels like it's under too much pressure and can't cope, i feel pain, immense pressure and panic within my heart and i have severe palputations, which actually causes me to feel like i will die then and there, it actually feels like my heart is going to give up. I will shake like a leaf in the wind, my hands uncontrollably and my neck and head shakes along with everyother bodily limb.
Recently i have also developed a burning type sensation in the souls of my feet and in my left hand as well, not only when i have a severe attack but it lingers around after the attack sometimes for hours or days, which is unpleasant. It feels like someone is sticking a thousand red hot needles into my skin and i get a lot of aching. My mouth will go deathly dry, and i always feel like i will pee myself. Also after the attack my digestion is messed up for a couple of days, i will suffer from an upset stomach and food doesnt sit right, i get indigestion. and proberly a ton other symptoms as well that i just can't remember right now.
So what do i do to help myself in an attack, well, as a result of the severity of the attacks i have developed agoraphobia and now have a very limited comfort zone that i travel within. Even still i will avoid large crowds within this zone. I live opposite a football ground and if it is a match day i will not choose to go out side due to thousands of people going to and fro.... so this is the consequnce of having the panic attacks i am now somewhat a prisioner within my home and mind. Although when i do go out i pack up my bag with 1 bottle water for dry mouth to sip on, 1 bottle of pure orange juice for instant added energy, diaizpam 2mg for emergencies, rescue remedy bottle for calming relief and chocolate bars for energy. I always make sure i have cab fare money on me so if i feel stuck in a situation i can call a cab to get me home and i have a long list of cabs in the area so if one cab firm don't have any i can call another, although sometimes when i have been having a severe attack i will call and order three or four cabs, so whoever gets there frist i can jump in and go quickly....it is rather difficult though is they all turn up at the same time...lol
I do breathing exercises, breath in through the nose and out through the mouth to help calm me down which does work and i repeat affirmations in my mind like 'peace, love, safe or i am safe, secure and am in no danger, i am at peace. Things like this. I also made up a little book which i carry in my bag of prayers, affiramtions, calming verses, little pic's my children drew me to remind me to be strong and relaxation techniques to help get me through the crisis. I find i prefer not to travel with people cause i can tun around and leave the situation at a moments notice without having to explain myself or think of them or having to worry that they will see me in this panicky state and start to panic themselves. I find it makes me far worse if they are constantly asking me if im ok and assessing me for signs of a panic attack coming on, of course it brings one on.
I am under the psychiatrist and have a care plan organizer, who has now reffered me over to another Cognitive Behavioural Therapist who will shortly start working with me on all my issues, which i am mostly looking forward to. I also go to a day centre for people with mental issues like myself so i am not cooped up in the house and i get to be around others so i dont feel so isloated.
You can pm me any time if you need a chat, as i know first hand how you are feeling... there have been times i have just wanted to give up and say no more pain and suffering but having my 3 girls have stopped me from doing that..... all the best now Julie Read More At : ...