Panic attacks associated with faintness, not rapid heart rate?
Also, I forgot to mention that during my panic attacks, I definitely do get a feeling in the pit of my stomach that is like serious butterflies. That's another significant component of these attacks, but sorry, I forgot to explain... another thing is that I feel unsteady, or like the room is hard to navigate; everything is pretty hard to figure out while having a panic attack... all of my sense feel like they are on overload, visually, hearing-wise, and also my sense of up from down. Not that things are spinning. It's just very unsteady.
I also forgot to mention that I've had a tilt table test and a holter monitor but they did not help and weren't revealing.
My blood pressure does tend to be on the low side. Around 90/60, sometimes even lower. My pulse rate is pretty normal. After I have a panic attack, it can go way down though, sometimes as low as 40 beats per minute. The Holter monitor showed this but the cardiologist didn't really make any mention about it other than to ask, since I noted that I'd had a panic attack in the book they have you keep while you test. Nothing wrong though.
Does anyone else have panic attacks without a rapid heart rate? Should I ask my doctor about this? The medication is working well, and it's all largely under control. I don't have much generalized anxiety, but occasionally can get anxious or fatalistic about things. It's pretty much just panic attacks and a constellation of mainly social phobias that trigger them.
What's with the faintness? I don't get it. Everything I read says panic attacks do not cause faintness but rapid heart rate. But on my life, I get faint and have been for the past 25 years sometimes many, many times per day! I also sometimes feel like I'm being smothered, but I wouldn't say that it feels like fast breathing, more like drowning suddenly in terror.
Also, when I get scared in general, my heart rate drops. I tend toward fainting when not having panic attacks. I'm one of those people who faints when they get a fright from something, definitely. Usually on announcements of someone's death or something like that. Any real emotional stressor.
Does anyone understand why this is? I don't understand the physiology behind the attacks at all and can't seem to figure it out from online, sorry. Also, it makes me a bit anxious to feel like some kind of odd ball. It's hard enough living with panic disorder and feeling like an odd ball in the first place :( Read More At : ...